Monthly Archives: June 2019

How Low Can You Go with Carbon?: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis

Aemetis is an international renewable fuels and biochemicals company using patented industrial biotechnology for the construction and operation of advanced biorefineries. They own and operate a 60+ million gallon ethanol plant in California, a 50 million gallon capacity Biodiesel and … Continue reading

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Food security gets a boost: Calysta gets $30M from BP for protein-based animal feed from natural gas

From Menlo Park, California comes big news that alternative protein producer Calysta got a hefty $30 million investment from BP Ventures to support a worldwide rollout of Calysta’s FeedKind protein. Touted as a huge step forward in global food security, … Continue reading

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Integrated Landscape Management Reduces Biomass Production Costs By 20%

In Idaho, a new techno-economic analysis by Idaho National Laboratory demonstrated that, by using integrated landscape management (ILM) techniques, bioenergy stakeholders could produce biomass at costs 20% lower than previous assumptions. Researchers modeled the cost reductions achieved by leveraging ILM … Continue reading

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Bipartisan ‘Financing Our Energy Future Act’ could help algae markets

In Washington, D.C., the Algae Biomass Organization is supporting legislation, like the Financing Our Energy Future Act re-introduced earlier this month by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA-05) and Ron Estes (R-KS-04) … Continue reading

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NREL selects 21 participants for 2019 Executive Energy Leadership Program

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 21 leaders to participate in its 2019 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), which provides non-technical business, governmental, and community leaders an opportunity to learn … Continue reading

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Small rapeseed harvest coincides with strong demand for biodiesel

In Germany, according to UFOP, due to the poor growing conditions that have been accompanying winter rapeseed since it was sown, Germany will only see a small rapeseed crop in 2019. The estimate is for around 3.1 million tonnes. This … Continue reading

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Cielo closed third tranche of private placements, announces joint venture extensions

In Canada, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. announced the closing of $1,020,250 in gross proceeds in the third tranche of its previously announced private placement of convertible debenture units and announced an extension to the deadlines to complete the previously announced … Continue reading

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Sugar mills diversifying to biofuel because of sugar tax, low prices

In South Africa, the Gledhow sugar mill used to produce just sugarcane products like refined sugar, but is diversifying into biofuel now that the South African government has been more supportive of biofuel from sugarcane. Since the government’s new sugar … Continue reading

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BASF reshapes organization, reduces 6,000 positions globally

In Germany, with an organizational realignment, BASF is streamlining its administration, sharpening the roles of services and regions and simplifying procedures and processes. As a result, the company expects savings of €300 million, which is anticipated to contribute €2 billion … Continue reading

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Avantium awarded nearly $1.5M for providing sugar streams from nonfood feedstock

In the Netherlands, Avantium N.V. has been awarded €1.3 million (almost $1.5 million) for its Dawn and Mekong Technologies from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. The consortium, … Continue reading

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ANA and LanzaTech Sign Offtake Agreement for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

In the land of the rising sun, things are looking a whole lot brighter for All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, and for LanzaTech and their sustainable aviation fuel. ANA and LanzaTech signed an offtake agreement for sustainable aviation … Continue reading

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Scientists better understand how proteins move out of cells

In Missouri, Gavin King and a team of scientists at the University of Missouri used an atomic force microscope to study the movement of the E.coli proteins. Unlike previous studies where proteins were frozen, the atomic force microscope allowed researchers … Continue reading

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Senate bill focusing on small refiner exemptions from RFS introduced

In Washington, D.C., Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the RFS Integrity Act of 2019 on Friday. The bill sets a June 1 deadline for small refiners to submit petitions for exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard … Continue reading

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Largest volume in 44 weeks for ethanol production

In Washington, D.C. ethanol production expanded by 52,000 barrels per day (b/d), a 5.0% increase, at an average of 1.096 million b/d—equivalent to 46.03 million gallons daily and the largest volume in 44 weeks, according to EIA data analyzed by … Continue reading

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German biodiesel exports rose substantially in Q1 2019

In Germany, UFOP reports that German biodiesel exports increased sharply in the first quarter of 2019, with exports to Great Britain seeing the biggest growth. In the first three months of 2019, German exports of biodiesel surged around 33 per … Continue reading

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Neste’s Zero Island project cuts emissions on Lidö by 78%

In Sweden, Neste and its partners set to turn the island of Lidö in the Swedish archipelago into a climate neutral Zero Island in just 12 months. As a result of the project, the island’s emissions were brought down by … Continue reading

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IRENA report shows cost of electricity from bioenergy down 14%

In the United Arab Emirates, a new International Renewable Energy Agency report said that the global weighted-average cost of electricity from concentrating solar power (CSP) declined by 26%, bioenergy by 14%, solar photovoltaics (PV) and onshore wind by 13%, hydropower … Continue reading

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Stora Enso to convert Oulu paper mill into packaging board mill

In Finland, Stora Enso is investing approximately EUR 350 million (about $390 million) to convert the Oulu paper mill into packaging production. The typical end uses for kraftliner are in packaging segments that require high strength, quality and purity, such … Continue reading

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Cielo Waste Solutions’ opens Aldersyde renewable fuels refinery

In Canada, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. is holding the “Grand Opening” of its renewable fuels refinery in Aldersyde, Alberta on July 11th. Cielo has been working diligently since its temporary shut-down of the Refinery, as announced on May 7, 2019, … Continue reading

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Universal Biofuels India hits record domestic biodiesel revenues in May

In India, Aemetis, Inc announced that its Universal Biofuels India subsidiary achieved record domestic biodiesel revenues in May as shipments commenced under the previously announced $23 million biodiesel supply contract to the three government-owned Oil Marketing Companies (OMC’s). The Aemetis … Continue reading

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