Monthly Archives: April 2019

Total biomass-based biodiesel imports fell 42% in 2018

In Washington, the Energy Information Administration says U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel, which include biodiesel and renewable diesel, totaled 22,000 barrels per day (b/d) in 2018, down 42% from 2017, and 64% lower than the all-time high set in 2016. … Continue reading

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Malaysia sets up $1.2 million “just in case” insurance fund for vehicles damaged by B10

In Malaysia, local press reports that in an effort to help increase confidence amongst the driving public that B10 won’t damage vehicles, the government will set up a $1.2 million insurance fund that will pay for repairs to vehicles that … Continue reading

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Mexico and Canada remain major importer of ethanol and DDGS following USMCA

In Washington, the US Grains Council says Mexico has purchased 16.59 million gallons of U.S. ethanol in this marketing year. Canada continues to rank as the second largest buyer of U.S. ethanol at 159.2 million gallons so far this year, … Continue reading

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol sales jumped 44% during H1 April

In Brazil, Renewables Now reports that H1 April hydrous ethanol sales jumped by nearly 44% on the year to 863.17 million liters why anhydrous ethanol increased by less than 20 million liters to 323.92 million liters. Only 6.92 million of the … Continue reading

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EPA denies NWF and API’s requests to extend comment period on year-round E15

In Washington, the National Wildlife Federation as well as the American Petroleum Institute requested that the Environmental Protection Agency extend the public comment period for the proposed rule. EPA sent letters explaining our denial of these requests to each of … Continue reading

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Chinese imports remains at a trickle during March as US-China trade war continues

In China, Platts reports that ethanol imports during March were only 4% of that imported in March 2018 at just 7,389 cu m, compared to 76,468 cu m the year prior. The trade war between the US and China broke … Continue reading

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Brookhaven researchers discover ways plants control oil levels in cells

In New York state, biochemists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered two ways that autophagy, or self-eating, controls the levels of oils in plant cells. The study, published in The Plant Cell on April 29, … Continue reading

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White House halts EPA’s attempts to reveal companies seeking hardship waivers

In Washington, Reuters reports that following push back from the oil industry, the White House has put the kibosh on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to publish the names of companies seeking hardship waivers for small refiners under the Renewable … Continue reading

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Tequila-waste straws, blood-based sneakers, green burials, spider silk athletic apparel, 3D printed heart, water-filled seaweed spheres, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of May 1st

The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of May 1st. In today’s Digest, tequila-waste straws, blood-based sneakers, green burials, spider silk athletic apparel, 3D printed heart, water-filled … Continue reading

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Algal Genomics: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Joint Genome Institute

Joint Genome Institute’s mission is to advance genomics in support of the U.S. Department of Energy missions related to clean energy generation and environmental characterization and cleanup. Supported by the DOE Office of Science, the JGI unites the expertise at … Continue reading

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Former DuPont employee gets 42 months in prison for stealing trade secrets

In Iowa, Josh Harry Isler, age 55, from St. Ansgar, Iowa, was sentenced Wednesday in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids to serve 42 months’ imprisonment as a result of his July 11, 2018, pleas of guilty to one … Continue reading

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Growth Energy releases new biofuels-focused high school curriculum

In Washington, Growth Energy, in partnership with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), announced the release of their new curriculum aimed at educating high school students to the world of biofuels. The curriculum is the first industry-supported biofuels curriculum … Continue reading

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Novozymes sees 2G as a big opportunity for India

In India, Novozymes’ VP for biorefining commercial told the Business Standard newspaper that the country’s push towards 2G ethanol will not only help it achieve energy independence, but it will also create jobs in rural areas that are so desperately … Continue reading

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Indonesia’s B30 trials should be done by October

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reports that the national biodiesel associations expects road trials on B30 to be completed by October, with 40,000 kilometers of the trials already completed as of mid-April. Engine damage, tailpipe emissions and fuel efficiency are … Continue reading

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Malaysia looking at opportunities for palm oil in aviation biofuel

In Malaysia, the palm oil board believes that palm oil could be a good feedstock for aviation biofuels and trials are currently going on with an unidentified American company in Chicago to test the possibility. The country’s palm oil industry … Continue reading

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Ethanol stocks fall as product moves out of the Midwest and exports rise

In Washington, Platts reports Energy Information Administration data shows that ethanol stocks fell for the third straight week last week to 22.2676 million barrels, down more than half a million barrels on the week, despite ethanol production averaging 1.016 million … Continue reading

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WPI researchers develop novel process to produce isobutanol cheaper

In Massachusetts, taking a step closer to a “green” replacement for fossil fuels, a research team that includes a chemical engineer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a novel process using an unusual solvent and an exotic microorganism that … Continue reading

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Minnesota state legislature closer to investing in Crookston biodiesel facility

In Minnesota, funding for a soybean crush and biodiesel facility in Crookston has passed a key hurdle in the Minnesota legislature. The proposed Soy Innovation Campus at the University of Minnesota Crookston will receive $5 million in funding as part … Continue reading

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Circular economies, from California to Sweden: Neste’s wheeling, rolling, moving, flowing

In California, waste feedstock from the city of Oakland is now being converted to Neste MY Renewable Diesel and fuels the city’s fleet. The city, Neste, fuel distributor Western States Oil and local collectors for used cooking oil joined forces … Continue reading

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Putting CO₂ Emissions to Work: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Opus 12

Opus 12 has developed a device that recycles CO₂ into cost-competitive chemicals and fuels. Their technology bolts onto any source of CO₂ emissions, and with only water and electricity as inputs, transforms that CO₂ into some of the world’s most … Continue reading

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