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Biofuels for Marine Engines and Pathways to Success: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to BETO

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) focuses on several bioproducts for R&D and has been assessing the value proposition of biofuels for marine engines. Zia Haq and Jim Spaeth, both from the U.S. DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, … Continue reading

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Neste takes the plunge and decides to invest EUR1.4 billion in tripling renewable production in Singapore

In Finland, Neste Corporation has made the final investment decision on additional renewable products production capacity in Singapore. The decision is based on a growing global market demand for low-carbon solutions in transport and cities, aviation, polymers and chemicals. The … Continue reading

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Shuttered Florida biodiesel facility leaking glycerin from old storage tank

In Florida, local news reports that a mothballed biodiesel facility in North Fort Meyers owned by Green Gallon Solutions has begun to leak glycerin-like products that are treated as hazardous materials. The state’s department of environmental protection has called for … Continue reading

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Call for Philippines to boost ethanol blending to 20% in light of higher taxes

In the Philippines, a governor who is running for the Senate next year is calling for an E20 blending mandate to reduce the rising cost of fuel resulting from increased taxes. She claims that the current blending law wouldn’t need … Continue reading

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Chicago Argo ethanol prices fall to lowest level in 15 years

In Illinois, Platts reports that prices for Chicago Argo ethanol have fallen to $1.1725/gal the lowest level seen in 15 years. Healthy margins kept ethanol producers pumping out more than a billion barrels per day well past the peak summer … Continue reading

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Brazilian biodiesel auction sees less fuel sold at lower prices than previously

In Brazil, Reuters reports that the most recent biodiesel auction held by the ANP saw nearly 915 million liters of biodiesel sold, down from nearly 965 million liters during the prior auction. The average price for biodiesel sold fell as … Continue reading

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National Farmers Union pushing Congress to expand use of mid-level ethanol blends

In Washington, as Congress looks to revamp and coordinate federal-level policies that govern the transportation fuels and vehicles sectors, the National Farmers Union is urging legislators to expand use of high-octane, mid-level blends of ethanol in the transportation fuel supply. … Continue reading

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Harvard researchers develop yeast bio-hybrid system

In Massachusetts, researchers at Harvard University have expanded the concept of “biological-inorganic hybrid systems” to baker’s yeast that in combination with light-harvesting semiconductors is able to produce shikimic acid, an important precursor of the anti-viral drug Tamiflu, several other medicines, … Continue reading

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Malaysia PM launches B10 for February 1

In Malaysia, the Prime Minister officially launched the B10 mandate that will come into effect from February 1, up from the current 7%. The move is expected to reduce an additional 1.7 million metric tons of CO2 emissions from transport … Continue reading

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Pre-flight Checklist for Biofuture Takeoff: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Biofuture Platform

Biofuture platform was launched at COP22 by 20 countries and top representatives of FAO, IEA, IRENA, UNIDO, SE4ALL, WBCSD, UNICA, and other leading organizations, whose aim is to kickstart a global, advanced bioeconomy and impact the future of bioenergy. Renato … Continue reading

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Circa gets EU green light to import or manufacture its bio-based solvent

In the UK, biotechnology company Circa Group has received authorization from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to manufacture or import up to 100 metric tons/year of its bio-based solvent CyreneTM in the European Union, after receiving REACH Annex VIII approval. A … Continue reading

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Institute of Technology Tralee gets EU grant to develop country’s first biorefinery

In Ireland, the Institute of Technology Tralee will receive EUR940,000 under the EU Agricultural European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI), which is co-funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine and the EU, to lead the Biorefinery Glas project, Ireland’s first … Continue reading

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China seen producing 6.6 million tons of ethanol annually from 2020

In China, Reuters reports that the country is expected to nearly triple its ethanol production to 6.6 million metric tons annually by 2020 in time for implementation of its E10 blending mandate. Installed capacity in 2017 was 2.7 million tons. … Continue reading

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Judge approves Syngenta $1.51 billion settlement over GMO corn rejected by China

In North Carolina, Farm Journal reports that a federal judge has approved the landmark $1.51 billion settlement by Syngenta to those impacted back in 2013 by China shutting off imports of GMO corn varieties and DDGS produced from those GMO … Continue reading

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Green Plains laying off around 40 employees to “right size” following asset shifts

In Nebraska, Reuters reports that Green Plains has started laying off employees in the wake of selling off ethanol production assets rather than due to weak production margins. Sources told Reuters that about 40 people had been laid off as … Continue reading

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New Energy Blue five months away from finalizing permitting and engineering for 2G plant

In North Dakota, Agweek reports that design for the $150 million New Energy Blue cellulosic ethanol plant in Spirtwood is chugging right along with permitting and engineering about five months away. The 16 million gallon per year facility will use … Continue reading

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TU Delft researcher develops model assessing impacts of transportation emissions on climate

In the Netherlands, a PhD candidate at TU Delft created a unique chemistry-climate response model called TransClim (Modelling the effect of surface Transportation on Climate) which assesses the impact and the contribution of road traffic emission scenarios on O3 and … Continue reading

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Biodiesel companies urge Congress to extend biodiesel and renewable diesel tax breaks

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and more than 50 member companies and affiliated organizations delivered a letter to House and Senate leaders, urging them to enact a multiyear extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive before … Continue reading

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Torrefaction of Biomass: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to International Biomass Torrefaction Council

The International Biomass Torrefaction Council aims to promote biomass torrefaction and let the world know that integrated torrefaction process technology is mature, available and happening. Michael Wild from Wild & Partner LLC gave this illuminating overview of biomass torrefaction’s status, … Continue reading

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Year of the Tree, CORSIA fuels, Mabus’ remarks, a breakthrough on woody biomass?: Heard on the Floor at the CAAFI general meeting

When the world’s leaders for sustainable aviation fuels have a general meeting the week before the COP24 global climate sessions (this year in Poland), you can bet that the focus will be breaking the “You Can Have Two out of … Continue reading

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