Monthly Archives: February 2019

Gevo teams with HCS Group on renewable isooctane purchase and sale agreement

In Colorado, Gevo announced that it and HCS Group have entered into a long-term, definitive, binding and bankable renewable isooctane purchase and sale agreement, dated February 21, 2019. HCS Group will be supplied exclusively for sales of Gevo’s renewable isooctane … Continue reading

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Cardinal Ethanol looking to potentially sell out

In Indiana, in the face of low ethanol prices that have in many cases led to negative margins, local press reports that Cardinal Ethanol is looking to potentially sell its 10-year-old ethanol plant despite being one of the most profitable … Continue reading

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Senate confirms EPA Administrator

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Senate has confirmed the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to the role permanently in a tight 52-47 vote. Democrats and a sole Republican voted against his confirmation due to his record of … Continue reading

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ePure welcomes European Court of Justice appeal ruling in favor of anti-dumping duties on US ethanol imports

In Belgium, ICIS reports that ePure has welcomed the European Court of Justice appeal ruling upholding the European Union’s 9.5% anti-dumping duties on US ethanol imports in place since 2013. The original case was won by the US’s Marquis Energy … Continue reading

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FGV sees palm oil range at between $491.8 and $614.7 per ton

In Malaysia, Reuters reports that FGV sees crude palm oil prices rising to a range of between $491.8 and $614.7 per metric ton thanks to increased demand from domestic biodiesel blending and growing exports mixed with smaller production for the … Continue reading

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India approves $253.9 million in gap funding for 2G ethanol

In India, the Economic Times of India newspaper reports that the country’s cabinet has approved $253.9 million in gap funding to help fund cellulosic ethanol plants over the next half dozen years including 12 commercial projects and 10 demonstration projects. … Continue reading

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NREL researchers find way to upcycle plastics into higher value greener products

In Colorado, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered a method of plastics upcycling—transforming discarded products into new, high-value materials of better quality and environmental value—that could economically incentivize the recycling of waste … Continue reading

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Paul and Grassley looks to extend biodiesel tax credits in new legislation

In Washington, U.S. Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Chuck Grassley of Iowa introduced the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2019 (S.581), legislation that would remove burdensome regulations on domestic energy production. “The Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act provides … Continue reading

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World’s 1st for product carbon footprints, polyhydroxyalkanoates bioplastic, BASF shoe shanks, bacteria-infused knits, Eastman’s cellulosic yarn and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of February 28th

The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of February 28th. In today’s Digest, world’s 1st for product carbon footprints, polyhydroxyalkanoates bioplastic, BASF shoe shanks, bacteria-infused knits, Eastman’s … Continue reading

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BioSNG Bulletin: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biomass to Synthetic Natural Gas (BioSNG)

Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all areas of the bioeconomy. Mark Robertson, from Small Planet Engineering and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview … Continue reading

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The Competitive Edge: Benefuel Inc.

Benefuel Inc. Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity? Benefuel recognized that … Continue reading

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UK implementing EU fuel pump rules to help drivers identify biofuel blends

In the UK, drivers are set to benefit from new labels to help them to easily identify the right fuel for their vehicle, thanks to new rules being rolled out by the Department for Transport. The labels, which will be … Continue reading

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Kern Oil threatens EPA with lawsuit over failed response to hardship waiver request

In Washington, Reuters reports that Kern Oil sent a letter to the Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency on February 7 threatening to sue the agency after it failed to respond to its small refinery hardship waiver request within … Continue reading

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CropEnergies decides to resume ethanol production in the UK

In Germany, the executive board of CropEnergies AG, Mannheim, has decided to resume ethanol production in its UK plant in Wilton at the beginning of March 2019. It is planned to initially run the factory at reduced capacity to supply … Continue reading

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Australia-first 100% renewable diesel trial kicks off

In Australia, the Australian-first trial using 100 per cent renewable diesel to fuel a Scania test engine is up and running thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund. Southern Oil’s Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant at Yarwun, near … Continue reading

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Boeing delivers China Southern news A320NEO on 10% aviation biofuel

In China, China Southern Airlines has become another airline to join the programme to use a blend of traditional and sustainable biofuels to power aircraft for delivery flights from Airbus. The aircraft involved is the first A320NEO for China Southern … Continue reading

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Democrats push Washington low carbon fuel bill out of committee

In Washington state, Democrats on the state’s House Appropriations Committee voted succeeded in moving the proposed low carbon fuels bill to the full House debate in a 19-14 line party committee vote. Opponents claim the proposed legislation that would reduce … Continue reading

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EU project looks to include 3D printing in biofuel production

In Cyprus, Omni3D Ltd, which is specialized in the production of industrial 3D printing, is conducting an innovative project in collaboration with the Cyprus University of Technology within the European M-Era net. The participants of the project “The production of … Continue reading

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Group of 14 bipartisan Senators ask Department of Commerce to look closer at Argentine biodiesel

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) thanked a bipartisan group of 14 Senators – led by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) – for writing to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross regarding his agency’s recently launched “changed … Continue reading

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Cellulosic Commercialization: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellulosic Ethanol

Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all areas of the bioeconomy. Douglas B. Rivers, PhD, from Sunflwr Consulting and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating … Continue reading

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