Monthly Archives: January 2019

BiochemUSA signs MOU to develop $422.9 million biorefinery in India

In India, local press reports that Petron Scientech Inc’s BiochemUSA has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Gujarat to develop a $422.9 million biorefinery that will produce ethanol, biodiesel, corn oil and animal feed using corn and … Continue reading

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Japan December ethanol imports fall to 58,758 cu m

In Japan, Platts reports that ethanol imports fell to 58,758 cu m in December 2018, more than 16% lower on the year and nearly 8.5% lower than in November 2018. The entire volume imported was undenatured with 45,319 cu originating … Continue reading

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European farmers want the European Commission to strictly monitor Argentine biodiesel imports

In Belgium, Copa and Cogeca welcomed EU Member States approval of Commission’s package of definitive anti-subsidy measures against Argentinian biodiesel’s imports, during Trade Defense Committee held on January 30. Nevertheless, the approval of an import quota of 1.2 million tons … Continue reading

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New WWF report looks at opportunities for aviation biofuel production in Africa

In Austria, a new study, designed by IIASA researchers for conservation charity WWF, has found that while there is a small but not insignificant potential for the production of sustainable biofuels in sub-Saharan Africa, this should be prioritized for the … Continue reading

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Consortium launched to develop circular polymers from waste plastic

In Saudi Arabia, SABIC announced together with its customers Unilever, Vinventions and Walki Group, the launch of certified circular polymers to be manufactured by SABIC and planned to be used by its customers for packaging solutions for a variety of … Continue reading

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“Ethanol in India” portal launched to promote biofuels on the ground

In India, the transport minister has launched a web portal intended to promote information about and uptake of ethanol across the country. “Ethanol in India” looks at a wide range of ethanol feedstocks from corn to sugarcane and some non-traditional … Continue reading

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University of Illinois researchers look at how to grow Miscanthus in cold climes

In Illinois, for farmers, Miscanthus represents a big up-front investment. The large perennial grass must be established from vegetative pieces at great cost to farmers, but it promises a decade or more of massive biomass yields, starting in year two … Continue reading

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Washington state inching closer to boosting biodiesel use

In Washington state, legislation currently under consideration in both the state’s House and Senate would see biodiesel used locally, rather than that produced by companies such as SeQuential and REG being shipped out of state or even to British Columbia … Continue reading

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Transport bursts onto global decarbonisation map

By Matthew Stone, Managing Director of PRIMA Special to The Digest Transport has long been recognised as the hardest part of the global economy to decarbonise. Sitting outside the remit of schemes such as the EU’s carbon Emissions Trading Scheme, … Continue reading

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QuantaVision: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Biofuture Solutions

Global Biofuture Solutions have a team of global consultants that help guide legislators and regulators as they develop the policies and approaches to realize new investment in the global bioeconomy, evaluate, share and promote sustainable best practices for the entire … Continue reading

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POET launches corn-oil-based asphalt alternative

In South Dakota, POET has entered the asphalt market with its newest green alternative to fossil-fuel products. POET’s “JIVE” is a proprietary corn-oil-based product now being used by construction companies across the US to modify or rejuvenate asphalt in roads. … Continue reading

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France looks to ethanol as solution for high fuel prices

In France, Reuters reports that public upset over rising fuel prices has also increased demand for crop-based biofuels. Consumption of E10 in 2018 rose to 43% market share versus 39% the year prior while sales of flex-fuel conversion kits have … Continue reading

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Study shows that low and zero-emission fuels have role to play in decarbonizing marine transport

In the UK, Lloyd’s Register (LR) and University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS) have released ‘Zero-Emission Vessels Transition Pathways’, a study that aims to show what is needed to enable the transition, both at the ship and supply infrastructure level, to … Continue reading

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USGC sees ethanol exports reaching 4 billion gallons by 2020

In Iowa, Successful Farming reports that the chief economist for the US Grains Council has estimated US ethanol exports could reach 4 billion gallons by 2020, more than twice the volume reached in 2017/18 of 1.62 billion gallons, already an … Continue reading

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Argentina and EU agree price floor and volume cap for biodiesel trade

In Argentina, Reuters reports that the European Commission has at last come to an agreement with the Argentine government that will allow biodiesel exports to resume, with prices and volume limits to be announced next month. Those producers who agree … Continue reading

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Scania welcomes Thailand’s push to decarbonize transport with B20

In Thailand, as Scania prepares to open its new manufacturing hub in the country that will serve for the Asia and Oceana region, it welcomed the country’s move towards B20, saying that all of its diesel trucks can run on … Continue reading

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Mexican students producer gluten-free, high fiber flour from agave waste pulp

In Mexico, students from the National Autonomous University of Mexico have developed a method to produce a gluten-free, high fiber flour from agave waste pulp. The tequila and mezcal industries produce about 2 million metric tons of the waste per … Continue reading

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Leading politician publicly mocks PM for story about biogas coming from sewage pipes

In India, the president of the national Congress party has shown his ignorance in public by mocking the Prime Minister at rally, ridiculing the PM’s vision for biogas produced from sewage. On Biofuels Day in August 2018, the PM related … Continue reading

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Nouryon partners with Unilever, investment companies and startup networks to accelerate innovation in chemistry

In the Netherlands, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) has officially launched the third edition of its Imagine Chemistry collaborative innovation challenge. Through this program, the company invites startups, scale-ups, university spin-outs, and other potential partners to tackle chemistry-related challenges and … Continue reading

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Renewable Diesel: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste MY

Neste produces a drop-in renewable diesel fuel that is refined from a mix of more than 10 different wastes and residues and various vegetable oils. Matt Leuck, Technical Manager, North America at Neste MY Renewable Diesel gave this illuminating overview … Continue reading

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