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Domtar’s PARCview tool and wood-chip flow among recent improvements

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 5:16pm

In Kentucky, five years after the introduction of a transformative barge unloading system, Domtar’s Hawesville Mill continues to embark on projects that help increase reliability and performance in producing pulp and paper. One of their continuous improvement projects is a plant analysis and visualization tool called PARCview to monitor up-to-the-minute manufacturing data across their network of 13 pulp and paper mills.

“In the same spirit, the Hawesville Mill is testing a state-of-the-art wood chip moisture analyzer to provide operators real-time data that keeps the mill’s chip digesters running smoothly,” according to their press release. “Digesters are similar to large pressure cookers, where wood chips mix with chemicals and steam. Over a period of several hours, the digester separates the lignin from the wood fibers we use to make pulp. Strong process control is essential, particularly at this stage.”

Wood-chip flow through the wood digester is another area that is ripe for improvement. Over the past three years, the mill has lost an average of 3,500 air-dried metric tons of production due to chips flowing unevenly through the bin, creating plugs. So the team contacted the bin manufacturer to discuss the issue.

“In working with the equipment manufacturer, we discovered they made a design change after installing our bin that improved chip bin flow,” Forrest says. “We incorporated the design change and reoriented the bin during our fall 2018 outage, and the results have been much improved.”

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Ethanol production down slightly over last week

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 5:16pm

In Washington, D.C. ethanol production declined 13,000 barrels per day (b/d), or 1.2%, to average 1.044 million b/d—equivalent to 43.85 million gallons daily, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. It remained 3,000 b/d (0.3%) above year ago levels. The four-week average ethanol production rate moved 0.2% higher to 1.056 million b/d, equivalent to an annualized rate of 16.19 billion gallons (bg).

Ethanol stocks shrank by 0.3% to 22.6 million barrels. However, this remains 3.0% higher than year-ago inventories. Stocks rose in the Midwest, fell in the Gulf Coast and were fairly stable in other regions (PADDs). There were no imports reported by EIA for the 29th week in a row. (Weekly export data for ethanol is not reported simultaneously; the latest export data is as of March 2019.)

The volume of gasoline supplied increased 0.5% to 9.441 million b/d (396.5 million gallons per day, or 144.73 bg annualized). However, refiner/blender net inputs of ethanol declined 1.8% in the holiday-shortened week to 931,000 b/d, equivalent to 14.27 bg annualized, but remained 3.3% above the year-ago level. Expressed as a percentage of daily gasoline demand, daily ethanol production decreased to 11.06%.

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7 takeaways from FDA hearing on CBD and hemp

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 5:14pm

In Washington, D.C., last week, the Food and Drug Administration held a public hearing to determine a pathway toward regulating CBD. Mile High Labs Founder and CTO, Stephen Mueller spoke at this hearing and provided 7 recommendations to the FDA. He said “Don’t wait to regulate. CBD is rapidly becoming a preferred ingredient in everything from lip balm to pet food. According to a recent study by Consumer Reports, 64 million Americans have tried CBD in the past 24 months. With so many stories touting the benefits of CBD, demand is rising and so too will the supply, with some experts estimating it will “soon become a $22 billion industry. Simply put, the market is growing too fast and the public demand is too high for the FDA to wait to act.

His recommendations include starting with labeling requirements, enforcing testing standards, requiring good manufacturing practices, regulating dietary supplements, foods and cosmetics at lower strengths, requiring new dietary ingredient notifications, evaluate each cannabinoid separately, require testing for contaminants.

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Olive oil wastewater could be useful for value-added compound production

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 5:12pm

In Argentina, researchers are looking at olive oil wastewater in a whole new light from its current status as something to be discarded and a harmful agro-industrial effluent to something that is full of carbohydrates, organic acids and mineral nutrients, as well as elevated contents of phenolics and other natural antioxidants compounds, that make it a potential source of high value-added natural products.

Their research highlights how olive mill wastewater can be exploited as feedstock for production of high value-added commodities, an overview on potential uses of OMWW and related valorization strategies, how a multifaceted approach integrating sustainable management and biorefinery concept is needed, and how the valorization of various waste streams including OMWW is the main challenge faced by olive oil industry.

The research article summarizes the state-of-the-art in relation to the exploitation possibilities and the use of OMWW to generate added-value compounds of great significance for the biofuel, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, chemical, food, and agriculture industries. Valorization of this significant waste steam in particular through a biorefinery platform could substantially enhance the environmental sustainability aspects of the whole industry while simultaneously contributing to the improvement of its economic viability.

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Where is NEXT Renewable Fuels going next and why we want them as a neighbor

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 5:07pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEXT Renewable Fuels, Inc. is leading the way in turning recycled organic materials, like used cooking oil – white and brown grease, animal tallow and a variety of vegetable oils – into renewable transportation fuels, like second-generation advanced green diesel and other products, with their Oregon facility.

Representing an investment at Port Westward of more than $1 billion, and an expected annual processing capacity of 13.3 million barrels (600 million gallons or 2 million metric tons) of renewable feedstocks, this is no small project, yet they are remembering the small details, going beyond what many companies do, and teaching us how to be a good neighbor, much like the beloved Mister Rogers did for over 30 years via television.

In today’s Digest, we start with the what, who, when and the 411 on the project and their latest developments like the Port of Columbia County vote last week, NEXT’s recent agreement with BP, how they are being a good neighbor to those in Columbia County, and more.

The what

What will this facility produce? No small feat, with 37,500 barrels per day of renewable feedstock and advanced biofuels. About 90% of that will be NEXT’s Advanced Green Diesel. About 9% will be turned into renewable propone that will be recycled back into the refining process and a small percentage will become other residual renewable products. The decision to recycle the renewable propane is a smart choice since it further lowers their GHG emissions by limiting the need for external inputs such as natural gas. They tout much as 85 percent less greenhouse gas emissions compared to petroleum‐based diesel.

Even better, their fuel will be a drop-in fuel since they will be chemically identical to the petroleum‐based fuels they replace.

The who

Let’s first take a look at some of the important partners that are involved in making this facility come to fruition. Honeywell UOP is their technology partner – they are using Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining technology to convert renewable feedstocks into renewable diesels and related co‐products. Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining is currently used to produce about 30% of the global supply of renewable diesel fuels. With the addition of NEXT’s planned capacity the Ecofining process will account for over 50% of the global supply of these fuels.

NEXT hired Triten IAG to manage the design, engineering and construction of their facility. IAG has managed the construction of more than 200 large-scale energy projects in 20 countries, so they are in great company in terms of building the facility. “NEXT selected IAG for this vital role based on their vast experience and past success in managing and bringing complex industrial projects on‐line both on time and on budget,” NEXT President Lou Soumas said.

So who will NEXT be selling their products to? They already have some lined up and plan on selling mostly to West Coast markets in the U.S. and Canada. They signed a purchase and sale agreement with Shell this February and also hope to provide renewable products to several local users of diesel and LPGs. There is talk of selling their renewable propane and renewable naphtha to supply contracted off‐take agreements for customers in the western United States and Canada as well.

The when

Currently in the permitting phase, the facility is scheduled to open in 2021, when BP will commence supplying the facility with renewable feedstock…more on that in a bit.

The 411 on the project

There’s been quite a few updates lately on the project, so here’s a quick recap.

Last week in Oregon, the Port of Columbia County Commissioners voted to amend a site development and option agreement with NEXT Renewable Fuels allowing the Port to consider leasing 80 acres to NEXT for an Advanced Green Diesel production facility. As reported in The Digest, the 80-acre parcel is adjacent to the 25 acres NEXT recently secured from Teevin Bros, providing a contiguous 105-acre site. Both parcels are zoned for industrial use.

“This step affirms our commitment to Columbia County and will allow us to immediately move forward on permitting Oregon’s first Advanced Green Diesel production facility. Our unique product uses all renewable feedstock and will help Oregon and the nation meet clean fuels standards,” said NEXT President Lou Soumas.

“We are encouraged in this latest step to bring a renewable, environmentally friendly energy project to the Port District. NEXT will enhance our region, bringing jobs and economic impact and making Oregon a leader in renewable fuel production,” said Doug Hayes, executive director of the Port of Columbia County.

NEXT also recently announced an agreement to source its feedstock through BP, as reported in the Digest on May 28. The feedstock will include used cooking oils, animal fats and tallows, greases and seed oils from its global feedstock aggregation and sourcing network. NEXT’s feedstock will not include any virgin palm oil.

BP’s multi-year supply to NEXT’s Oregon plant represents the largest single renewable feedstock sourcing agreement contracted for a renewable fuel facility.

“Sourcing of quality renewable feedstock is a critical component of bringing on‐line the world’s largest renewable diesel facility. We are thrilled to be partnering with BP and their global sourcing network to supply NEXT at Port Westward. Working with the BP team committed to developing new and low carbon intensity transportation fuels, NEXT and BP will deliver on a greener planet,” said Lou Soumas, NEXT Renewable Fuels President. “We are honored to be partnering with BP, and share their vision of diversifying the global liquid fuels offering for consumers.”

“As part of BP’s mission to help our customers and consumers lower their emissions, we are pleased to be supplying renewable feedstocks to NEXT as they begin producing renewable diesel fuel,” said Jason Breslaw, BP’s Renewable Feedstock and Biodistillate Business Development Manager for the Americas. “It’s all part of BP’s commitment to meeting the dual challenge of providing more energy with fewer emissions and to supporting a range of technologies that will help us transition to a lower‐carbon future.”

Bottom Line

One of the reasons we love this project is it goes beyond the business and into planet and people. Ok, the GHG emissions savings are awesome. Renewable feedstocks, great. Big deals already with Shell to sell product to and BP deal to bring in feedstocks, splendid. But what is even more impressive is the little things, like the fact that the finished product will move in and out of the port by ship, meaning little additional rail traffic. The fuels produced in Oregon will be shipped up and down the west coast and create an emissions savings equivalent to removing more than 1 million automobiles from the road.

And the people. NEXT is looking out for the local community with this project too. NEXT even hired a local businesswoman as their community representative to open dialogue with the citizens of Columbia County. They expect that the plant will engage hundreds of skilled, local tradespeople for the building phase – for a total of 2 million labor hours – and will hire more than 200 full‐time local employees once operational. The facility will contribute an estimated $12 million in local property taxes and $5.5 million in port fees annually.

Oh and did we mention, while the new site is in the Enterprise Zone, NEXT has committed that it will not accept any tax breaks, and will pay the full amount to the local community? How’s that for a friendly neighbor?

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RFA publishes E15 Information Resources

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 8:01pm

In Washington, DC, the Renewable Fuels Association shared key RFA resources on E15 are available publicly, including RFA’s Model Misfuelling Mitigation Plan which has been promoted by the EPA; RFA’s comprehensive E15 Retailer Handbook which provides fuel retailers with regulatory and technical guidance in order to legally store and sell E15 ethanol blends; a comprehensive review of E15 infrastructure compatibility considerations; a variety of fact sheets on E15, and more.

“EPA’s action last week allowing E15 to be sold year-round is already generating lots of interest and questions from retailers who were waiting for more clarity and certainty,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “Our association has worked with EPA, terminal operators, retailers, and many others to provide important tools to every part of the supply chain before E15 ends up in drivers’ gas tanks. We want to ensure that retailers, marketers, terminal operators and others who are taking a serious look at E15 for the first time have all the information they need at their fingertips.”

“RFA is proud to offer these resources to retailers and consumers, and to share our strong confidence in the future of ethanol,” Cooper said. “E15 is a win-win for all, lowering gas prices, supporting the rural economy and helping clear the air. With it now available year-round, we can all breathe a little easier.”

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Port of Columbia County to consider leasing 80 acres to NEXT

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 6:35pm

In Oregon, Port of Columbia County Commissioners voted Wednesday to amend a site development and option agreement with NEXT Renewable Fuels allowing the Port to consider leasing 80 acres to NEXT for an Advanced Green Diesel production facility.

The 80-acre parcel is adjacent to the 25 acres NEXT recently secured from Teevin Bros, providing a contiguous 105-acre site where NEXT will develop a facility to produce 37,500 barrels per day of Advanced Green Diesel. Both parcels are zoned for industrial use.

Specifically, the Port and NEXT have amended the Site Development and Option Agreement, which they entered into on Sept. 12, 2018, to reflect NEXT’s selection of the 80-acre property adjacent to its existing 25-acre plot. The planned Advanced Green Diesel production facility is projected to create more than 200 full-time, family-wage jobs, generate more than $12 million a year in local property tax revenues, and pay more than $5.5 million Port fees.While the new site is in the Enterprise Zone, NEXT has committed that it will not accept any tax breaks, and will pay the full amount to the local community.

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BIO lavishes praise on United’s “Flight for the Planet” as example of industrial biotechnology

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 6:34pm

In Washington, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood released the following statement today on the departure of United Airlines’ “Flight for the Planet.” The flight, which is traveling on World Environment Day from Chicago O’Hare to Los Angeles, is the most eco-friendly commercial flight of its kind in the history of aviation. The flight is utilizing sustainable aviation biofuel, zero cabin waste efforts with bio-based products, carbon offsetting, and operational efficiencies.

“United’s Flight for the Planet is a perfect example of how industrial biotechnology is reducing society’s carbon footprint and paving the way for sustainable travel,” said Greenwood. “Biology-driven innovations—such as biofuels and bio-based products—are helping preserve our planet, and it’s exciting to see global companies, like United, and consumers embracing these environmentally friendly advancements. We congratulate United on this historic aviation milestone and its commitment to growing the worldwide bio-based economy. BIO supports these efforts and will continue to champion policies that make the promises of biotechnology a reality.”

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REG sells life sciences business to Genomatica

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 6:33pm

In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. announced that it completed the sale of substantially all assets of REG Life Sciences’ to Genomatica on May 29, 2019. REG acquired the Life Sciences business in 2014, but since then the team has successfully advanced the technology development over several years including through key strategic partnerships with Exxon Mobil and Clariant. Many of the REG Life Sciences team members will join Genomatica at its San Diego Innovation Center.

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CARB settles with Tesoro for $1.36 million for violating LCFS

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 6:32pm

In California, the California Air Resources Board announced a $1.36 million settlement with Tesoro Refining & Marketing, LLC for violating the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The LCFS requires that regulated fuel producers report the carbon generated in the production of transportation fuels sold in California. In this case, the company misreported 1.9 billion gallons of gasoline, diesel, biodiesel and ethanol, including underreporting 403 million gallons of LCFS deficit-generating fuels.

In March 2017, Tesoro notified CARB that the company had misreported fuel data from 2011 to 2016. The inaccurate information spanned 24 quarterly reports. Tesoro formally acknowledged the mistake in a letter outlining the problems, and worked with CARB to account for all the fuel provided and correct their reports. Because of the company’s cooperation, the settlement is for far less than the maximum possible penalties.

The money from the fine will be deposited in the state Air Pollution Control Fund where it can be appropriated by the legislature for air quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction efforts.

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UK rolls out labeling and campaign for E5 and B7

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 6:31pm

In the UK, drivers are being urged to think more carefully about the environmental impacts of their journeys through a new government campaign launching Thursday when filling stations across the UK will start rolling out new labels, which will help educate drivers on the benefits of biofuels.

Gasoline, which contains up to 5% renewable ethanol, will be labelled ‘E5’, while diesel, which contains up to 7% biodiesel, will be labelled as ‘B7’.

This is the latest step in the government’s drive to get consumers thinking more actively about the environmental impact of their transport choices, and follows a commitment to end the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2040, set out in the Road to Zero strategy.

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Neste teams with Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on sustainable fuel initiative

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 6:30pm

In New York state, Neste and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on its joint sustainable fuel initiative.

The partners will be working together to facilitate the use of sustainable transportation fuels at Port Authority facilities and in its fleet vehicles and equipment, including renewable aviation fuel, renewable diesel, renewable propane and other sustainable fuel products.

“As the first U.S. transportation agency to embrace the Paris Climate Agreement, the Port Authority is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by supporting the use of sustainable fuels across our facilities – especially in operations where electrification is not yet viable,” said Christine Weydig, director of the Port Authority’s Office of Environmental and Energy Programs. “One of the key elements of that commitment is working closely with partners who can help us enact an aggressive sustainability agenda. So we are excited to collaborate with Neste to identify ways to develop the regional market for cleaner liquid fuel, as we work towards our goal of reducing the agency’s emissions 80 percent by 2050.”

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Urban Air Initiative study shows ethanol blends reduce PM emissions

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 6:29pm

In Washington, new study finds that ethanol blends reduce particulate matter (PM) coming out of the tailpipe, which in turn reduces overall toxic emissions. The study was conducted by the University of California Riverside and the University of Wisconsin, Madison and commissioned by the Urban Air Initiative. It was published in Elsevier’s journal ‘Science of the Total Environment’.

The study found that on a per mile basis, the reduction of PM due to increasing amounts of ethanol was highly correlated with reducing health concerns. According to researchers, the E30 and E78 fuels had a consistent and dramatic decline in emissions that cause inflammation and oxidative stress, two key contributors to diseases such as asthma and heart disease. In addition, the higher ethanol blends reduced the emissions of carbon monoxide, NOx and total hydrocarbons.

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GAO report says fuel price impact from RFS mixed while GHG emissions reductions limited

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 6:28pm

In Washington, a new report released by the White House’s General Accounting Office says that the Renewable Fuel Standard led to some states seeing higher fuel prices at the pump as a result of ethanol blending while other states such as Minnesota and Missouri saw lower prices. The report also says that the policy has likely led to minimal greenhouse gas reductions from transportation due to the vast majority of biofuel blended came from conventional corn-based ethanol.

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It’s Genomatica! Renowned San Diego bioeconomy hotshop to acquire REG Life Sciences

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 6:27pm

In Iowa, we’ve learned that Renewable Energy Group has completed the sale of substantially all assets of REG Life Sciences’ to Genomatica.

REG acquired the Life Sciences business in 2014, when it was known as LS9. Since then the team has successfully advanced the technology development over several years including through key strategic partnerships with Exxon Mobil and Clariant. Many of the REG Life Sciences team members will join Genomatica at its San Diego Innovation Center.

The REG Life Sciences backstory

We last looked in depth at REG Life Sciences in “The Bio Wilburys: ExxonMobil, REG add Clariant to monumental effort for cellulosic-to-biodiesel — that’s here — and in 2016, we reported that REG Life Sciences delivered its first commercial product, a specialty fatty acid.

REG developed, produced and delivered approximately one metric ton of the renewable, multi-functional chemical to Aroma Chemical Services International. ACS will use the specialty chemical for the production of a high-performance musk ingredient for sale into the $620 million global musk ingredient market.

Fatty acids are one of three product areas REG Life Sciences has focused on, along with esters and alcohols. Work on this product began last year after REG and ACS identified the specialty fatty acid as particularly well suited for the production of a high-performance musk.

In 2017, we reported that ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group announced that by utilizing REG’s patented fermentation technology, the companies’ joint research program has demonstrated the ability to convert sugars from a variety of non-edible biomass sources into biodiesel.

But what about the sourcing of the sugars? In January we reported that Clariant will conduct trials at its pre-commercial plant in Straubing, Germany using different types of cellulosic feedstock that will be converted into sugars for conversion by REG and ExxonMobil into high-quality, low-carbon biodiesel.

More on that storyline here.

The Genomatica backstory

Backed most recently by the spidery web of Gingko BioWorks and its sprawling ambitions to deliver better molecules to everyone and everywhere — and mindful in that respect of Genomatica’s potential to provide better industrial processes to everyone, everywhere for everything bio (though its specific pipelines are into disciplined channels of advantage) — let’s look at Genomatica and this REG Life Sciences acquisition.

What they get is an advantaged set of organisms — a library of advantage, as it were — and perhaps missing that step of translating an organism into a process for which Genomatica has become justly famed through its work on BDO, butadiene and elsewhere.

Just a few examples. In March we reported that Covestro and Genomatica launched a partnership for high-performance plant-based materials.

In February we looked at High Tide for Brontide – Genomatica’s Butylene Glycol and its markets.

And last October we looked at Genomatica Magica – $90 Million Financing, Commercialized Technologies, Biobased Nylon — that’s here.

The REG backstory

We last looked at REG in depth in December in “C.J.s back and REGI’s got her: Warner tapped as new Renewable Energy Group CEO” — that’s here.

Reaction from the stakeholders

“We are pleased to be selling our Life Sciences’ assets to Genomatica, who are well positioned to build upon the technical progress we have made, and to advance the team and the technology through to commercialization,” said REG’s CEO Cynthia J. Warner. “As we focus on our core strategies to grow our fuel business, this deal allows the technology to develop with a new owner while we retain the opportunity to participate in the successful commercialization of the technology in the future.”

“Consumer demand for sustainable products continues to grow, and successful companies will increasingly switch to ingredients that reduce harm to the environment and work with partners with shared values,” said Christophe Schilling, Genomatica’s CEO. “This acquisition adds powerful technology and talent to help Genomatica enhance the sustainability of everyday products.”

For more information about this announcement or inquires related to the technology, contact Genomatica at info@genomatica.com or visit https://www.genomatica.com/.

The Bottom Line

When REG announced they were on the hunt for a buyer for the Life Sciences unit, we speculated that the acquirer would have a strategic interest in the work with ExxonMobil and Clariant in the area of cellulosics-to-fuels. Genomatica’s interests are bound to be much broader than that — digging into the substantive library of potential that the old LS9 and then REG Life Sciences developed, to see where these advantaged organisms can be turned into viable, affordable processes and thereby gain the great commercial success that has oft been expected from this unit and team but has so far eluded it over the years of developing its library.

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Miscanthus BBQ fuel, microalgae, new bioreactor for fermentation, cacao bean waste to beer, soy shoes, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of June 7th

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 6:24pm

As we turn the corner from spring to summer, the pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of June 7th

In today’s Digest, miscanthus BBQ fuel, microalgae, new bioreactor for fermentation, cacao bean waste to beer, soy shoes — these and more, ready for you now at The Digest online.

#1 Clean, green, grilling machine with new miscanthus BBQ fuel

In the United Kingdom, Waitrose introduced new eco-friendly 100% Natural Miscanthus Briquettes and Firstarters in 19 key stores after a successful trial. These innovative BBQ Briquettes and Firestarters are made from Miscanthus, a renewable energy crop grown by British farmers.

The range is all-natural, has a high density and a low moisture content of 8% which means it burns cleaner, hotter and longer than any other BBQ product.

Miscanthus produces a crop each year, without the need for replanting and it doesn’t require any fertiliser or pesticides. It thrives even on the poorest land and enhances biodiversity and soil health, making the BBQ Miscanthus Briquettes the most renewable and sustainable fuel available.

Terravesta, the company behind the launch, is confident that the new range fulfils a need for ‘greener grilling’. “We are responding to consumers, who don’t want to be using dirty, unsustainable fossil fuels and are welcoming a wider range of cleaner, environmentally-friendly alternatives. People care about the planet and the dangerous, long-lasting effects of petroleum-based products, and are shopping accordingly. Waitrose is at the forefront of this initiative, sourcing products such as ours which are good for the local economy and the planet,” says George Robinson Terravesta managing director.
More on the story, here.

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United Airlines’ Flight for the Planet used sustainable aviation biofuel along with zero cabin waste and other measures

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 6:14pm

In Illinois, United Airlines made history Wednesday – World Environment Day – with the departure of the Flight for the Planet, the most eco-friendly commercial flight of its kind in the history of aviation. On the Flight for the Planet, United became the first known airline to demonstrate all of the following key actions on a single commercial flight: utilization of sustainable aviation biofuel; zero cabin waste efforts; carbon offsetting; and operational efficiencies.

United is using the Flight for the Planet to evaluate key measures of flying as sustainably as possible using the airline’s current technology, resources and fuel-saving procedures. The flight departed from gate B12 at United’s hometown hub of Chicago O’Hare for its “eco-hub” in Los Angeles, where sustainable aviation biofuel has helped power all the airline’s flights from the Southern California hub since 2016.

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Cielo Waste closes a second tranche of private placements

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 6:13pm

In Canada, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. announced the closing of C$787,000 in gross proceeds in the second tranche of its previously announced private placement of convertible debenture units, initially announced on May 7, 2019.

Cielo announced on May 7, 2019 a private placement offering of a targeted minimum of C$1,000,000 in convertible debentures units. Each unit consists of one C$10,000 unsecured convertible debenture and 5,000 share purchase warrants.

The Debentures bear interest at a simple rate of 15% per annum, the initial two years of interest to be prepaid on the date of issuance of the Debentures by the issuance of common shares at a price of C$0.10 per Prepaid Interest Share. The principal of the Debentures together with all accrued interest exceeding the Prepaid Interest will be repaid 48 months from the Issue Date unless repaid earlier by Cielo without penalty or converted by the holder(s) thereof any time after four months and a day following the Issue Date at a price of C$0.06 for the Principal and C$0.10 for the Interest Balance.

Each Warrant is exercisable for a term of 48 months from the Issue Date at an exercise price of C$0.25 per share, subject to acceleration in the event that the common shares of Cielo listed on a recognized stock exchange trade at C$0.50 or higher for at least five consecutive trading days, in which event Cielo may provide a notice to holders that the Warrant Term will terminate 30 days from the date of notice.

In conjunction with the previously announced closing of the first tranche of the Offering on May 7th, 2019, a total of C$1,805,000 in gross proceeds has been raised in the First Tranche and the Second Tranche collectively. Net proceeds of the Offering are being used toward the costs of completing the new construction required to be completed to the Company’s refinery in Aldersyde, Alberta, as well as for general working capital.

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Swedavia’s airports to refuel with aviation biofuel for the next few days

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 6:11pm

In Sweden, beginning June 5 and for the next few days, bio jet fuel will be used to refuel aircraft at several of Swedavia’s airports, including Stockholm Arlanda Airport. These airports are some of the only ones in the world to use this fuel, which sharply reduces emissions of fossil carbon dioxide. This venture is part of Swedavia’s strategy to work for the transformation of the air transport industry to tackle climate change and for fossil-free Swedish air travel by 2045.

Swedavia has worked for a number of years to promote large-scale use of bio jet fuel, which reduces emissions of fossil carbon dioxide by up to 80 per cent compared to traditional jet fuel. Since 2016, Swedavia purchases bio jet fuel each year for the amount used for the company’s air travel for business purposes, equivalent to about 450 tons.

This year’s delivery of bio jet fuel is made from used cooking oil by the Finnish producer Neste. The fuel is mixed in with traditional jet fuel and will be used for refueling at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Malmö Airport, Umeå Airport and Åre Östersund Airport. Later in June, Göteborg Landvetter Airport will also receive a delivery. The bulk of this year’s supply will be delivered to Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

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UK and Ireland’s Federation of Petroleum Suppliers launches clean growth and decarbonization vision

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 6:10pm

In the UK, the liquid fuels distribution trade association for the UK and Republic of Ireland The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) has officially launched its future vision for clean growth and decarbonization during its annual exhibition FPS EXPO 2019.

FPS unveiled its vision for cutting carbon through the development of biofuels to visitors at this month’s FPS EXPO at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool, when its new name UKIFDA (UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association) was also voted on at the AGM and agreed upon. There are currently 1.5 million homes in the UK and 686,000 homes in Ireland that rely on liquid fuels for heating.

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