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Amyris seals $255 million development and commercialization deal for cannabinoids

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 5:24pm

In California, Amyris announced that it has signed a binding term sheet for a planned cannabinoid development, licensing and commercialization partnership valued at up to $255 million (not including significant royalties once the products are commercialized) with a confidential partner. The $255 million in payments include an upfront payment and the remainder are linked to milestones that are expected over the next 12-36 months following the signing of a definitive final agreement. Amyris has a successful track record of leveraging its unique technology platform to scale No Compromise sustainable products and successfully bring them to commercialization. In addition to lab-based milestone payments, this agreement also provides for significant milestone payments for commercially scaling each product.

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NTSB warns against the dangers of transporting ethanol by pipeline

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 5:23pm

In Washington, earlier this week the National Transportation Safety Board announced its 2019–2020 Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements. The Most Wanted List (MWL) was developed from safety recommendations that we’ve issued but that haven’t been acted on acceptably. The NTSB’s investigations have shown that moving ethanol by rail and crude oil by pipeline can be unnecessarily hazardous. It says these essential commodities must be conveyed in a manner that ensures the safety of those who are transporting it as well as those in the communities it passes through.

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India allows restricted biofuel exports from export zones

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 5:22pm

In India, the government has lifted its restrictions on the export of biofuels for non-fuel purposes when they are produced in special economic zones and export-oriented units—under certain conditions—following outcry from producers when biofuel export was prohibited in August. The easing of restrictions was due to the realization that biofuels produced in those zones used imported feedstocks. Biodiesel exports rose to $5.36 million last year compared to $2.73 million the year prior. Biofuel imports in addition to exports are also restricted.

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New study shows RFS2 reduced GHG emissions by 600 million metric tons since 2007

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 5:10pm

In Washington, new study released Wednesday finds that the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) has been a tremendous success in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with nearly 600 million metric tons of GHG reduction since 2007. Actual GHG reductions under the RFS2 have far surpassed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) original expectations of 422 million metric tons, according to the study. The analysis was conducted by Life Cycle Associates, a California-based scientific consulting firm, and commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF).

The findings, which come as two House committees hold climate change hearings this morning, highlight the important role that ethanol and other biofuels can play in efforts to fight climate change and reduce GHG emissions.

As outlined in the report, the larger-than-expected GHG reductions are due to:

The adoption of technology improvements in the production of corn-based ethanol, resulting in far greater GHG reductions than originally estimated by EPA;

The GHG emissions of petroleum are higher than the baseline estimates originally projected by EPA; and

Advanced biofuels like biodiesel, renewable diesel, and renewable natural gas have contributed additional GHG reductions, even though actual cellulosic biofuel production has been lower than initially projected.

Using the latest available data and modeling tools, the study found that the conventional ethanol consumed in 2018 reduced GHG emissions by 43 percent compared to petroleum, even when hypothetical “land use change” are included. That compares to EPA’s initial projections that conventional ethanol would achieve only a 20 percent GHG reduction versus petroleum.

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Trade association coalition urges congress to extend biodiesel tax credits

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 5:09pm

In Washington, a coalition of 10 trade associations representing producers and marketers of renewable fuels urged Congress to pass a multiyear extension to the biodiesel tax credit in a joint letter.

Signatories to the letter were Advanced Biofuels Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Trucking Association (ATA), the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), the National Renderers Association (NRA), NATSO – Representing America’s Travel Centers and Truckstops, the New England Fuels Institute (NEFI), the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA).

The existing $1.00 per gallon tax incentives for both biodiesel and renewable diesel expired at the end of 2017. The letter urges Congress to enact a multiyear extension that retroactively covers 2018 and extends the credit into the future to encourage producers and blenders to make forward-looking infrastructure investments.

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Biobased smart bombs for pests: two new strategic investments in biopesticides from TechAccel

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 5:06pm

If you’ve seen many World War Two thrillers about strategic bombing, you’ll know that precision, precision, precision is the goal, and smart bombs as a military technology have been in the public imagination since their first successes in Afghanistan and later in the first Gulf War, and ever since.

Think on an incredibly small nanoscale and down to the pests that threaten crops instead of the bad guys that threaten civilization, and the same transition from carpet-bombing to precision bombing is underway, and TechAccel – one of those accelerators worth paying attention to – is all over it.

Just like bombing in the military world, you need the weapon, a delivery mechanism and a high-throughput manufacturing capability. Same with pests.

What makes the effort to transform pest control particularly interesting at this moment in history is that one small-ish but highly-regarded technology accelerator, has taken on the entire supply chain — weapons, delivery and heavy manufacturing — in a signature series of investments and company formation.

And, for those who are special fans of the fast-developing world of genetics, in the area of weapons development, TechAccel has formed a company to exploit the relatively new and certainly far-out world of RNA interference, known in the community as RNAi and easily pronounceable only by Norwegians.

There are a thousand interesting things about RNA, but here’s the one you need for this story. Your DNA creates RNA in order to express your genetic code — so, if you have, say, green eyes, those genes are written in DNA but get translated into RNA before any tissue is actually produced and that green color shows up in your iris. Interfering with RNA makes it possible to suppress genes without actually changing the genetic code. It’s like removing the switch instead of re-writing the circuit.

JA Lindbo wrote a few years back. “RNA interference, or RNAi, is arguably one of the most significant discoveries in biology in the last several decades. First recognized in plants (where it was called post-transcriptional gene silencing, PTGS) RNAi is a gene down-regulation mechanism since demonstrated to exist in all eukaryotes.”

As TechAccel CSO Brad Fabbri explained to The Digest, “We like RNA. It’s very specific. It’s safe — we eat it every day. We can design it to hit one insect, unlike traditional approaches such as organophosphates, which are like carpet bombing, you’re killing a lot, including insects just wandering in there.”

“No one wants to kills butterflies and bees, and any time you kill a bunch of insects, you leave this blank area, you’ve disrupted the biome and you may find that things are way out of balance, other things can move in that weren’t there, and not the ones you wanted,” explains Fabbri. “So, RNAi can be much more specific; there’s potentially less management, and its a much more intelligent and prescriptive approach, and we just hit the things we wanted to hit.”

It’s starting to sound a little like modern cancer therapies, isn’t it? In the old days, with traditional chemo and radiation, the aim was to try and kill any rapidly dividing cells, which absolutely kills more cancer than regular cells, but you can get those really bad side effects. Something more mundane might be the use of antibiotics, which also takes a sort of carpet bombing approach — along with the bad bacteria the treatment is aiming at, there can be other, useful microbes caught in the crossfire, and that’s why, for example, people can get gastro issues when they take antibiotics.

If we could hit the bad bacteria and not the good ones, then we wouldn’t get out of balance.

As it is with you and your microbiome, so it goes, more or less, with pests in the plant biome. Smart bombs allow us the opportunity to hone in on the target.

About RNAissance Ag

Accordingly, it’s big news that TechAccel launched a new company out of their acceleration chambers — this one is RNAissance Ag LLC, which holds the exclusive license to RNA-interference technology in partnership with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO. The new company will use the proprietary technology in the development of sprayable insect control measures.

RNAissance Ag, which is pronounced “Renaissance,” was formed following successful research at the Danforth Center funded with TechAccel’s first grant in the “Path to Commercialization” Program. The Danforth Center is one of the world’s leading independent plant science research institutes.

The RNAi technology was jointly developed by Bala Venkata, Ph.D., senior research scientist and Nigel Taylor, Ph.D., associate member, and Dorothy J. King Distinguished Investigator at the Danforth Center.

As Wikipedia observes: “Cells in the midgut of some insects take up the dsRNA molecules in the process referred to as environmental RNAi. In some insects the effect is systemic as the signal spreads throughout the insect’s body (referred to as systemic RNAi). RNAi technology is shown to be safe for consumption by mammals, including humans.”

The near-term targets: chewers, beware.

For a second, let’s rewind to our World War Two analogy, that you need high-throughput manufacturing and a delivery mechanism as well as the actual weapon.

For now, think spraying. As TechAccel’s Fabbri explains it, “particularly for [near-term] RNA insecticides it could be a spray, so that R&D doesn’t have to focus on making it systemic. The first ones on the list could be insects that chew leaves, not sucking or piercing insects (then there are more challenges). Fortunately, there are a lot of insects in that group.”

The manufacturing capability: Looking at GreenLight

TechAccel also announced it participated in GreenLight Biosciences Inc.’s latest funding round, with an interest in collaborative research leveraging GreenLight’s technology in advancing biopesticides.

This is incredibly important to the story — the manufacturing capability. As Fabbri explained, “when we looked at RNA, you can do all this design and stuff, but the price of the active ingredient has to be in line with what farmers are normally paying. And it’s been really hard to imagine getting there, with RNA in some purified forms going for $1,000 a gram or even $10,000 a gram. Pharma can look at those prices, but not agriculture.”

“Companies have been coming forward only recently with a capability to make cheap RNA,” said Fabbri. “Biologix is one. RAAgri another. To us, GreenLight is the most interesting, and they have publicly announced that they could get to a cost at scale that’s below a dollar a gram. And this has put it in the range of commercially viable and a cost of goods a farmer would buy.”

“And once you have the active ingredient, and you’ve proven that you can spray and it doesn’t degrade, once you have design and cheap manufacturing, now you’ve made that sprayable effective,” said Fabbri. “That’s why we’re investing across delivery and manufacturing, we have a lot of the pieces and we think we can advance that efficiency.”

GreenLight Biosciences, based in Medford, Mass., is a biotechnology company developing bioprocessed RNA products for healthcare and agriculture applications, including biopesticides. The company announced its $50 million Series round last month.

About precision farming

There’s been an awful lot of chat about precision over the years, and the FAO tells us we’re going to have 10 billion people by mid-century and precision ag is part of how we are going to produce the food, feed and fuel. A lot of that has been in electronics, and Case and John Deere have been active there, with GPA technology, for one, allowing precision planting and application. Monsanto bought Climate Corp and there have been other big and small deals, enough to see that companies like Indigo, the Novozymes/Monsanto BioAg Alliance are a wave of the future.

But, more than planting density and precision application of nutrients — there’s an entire effort we might see based around more intelligence — being able to see the plant biome as a whole system rather than simply a plant stuck in the soil. This is not just about organic farming and pricey but chemical-free lettuce at the store where rich people go. It’s about a broader renaissance based in gathering data and assessing strategies to assist the biome to produce more of a target product without compromising the biome’s long-term viability or creating side effects because of carpet bombing approaches that burn the good villages along with knockin’ out the bad guys.

RNAi might well be a big part of that story — for sure, we need more yield. As Danforth Center president Jim Carrington observed, “Over $40 billion per year is spent on pest control, yet over 20 percent of all crops are still lost due to insect damage. This new company is evidence of an exciting new technology advancing toward market with the potential to make a major impact.”

The TechAccel effort

The two actions are part of TechAccel’s broad strategy to develop safe, effective and sustainable biopesticides to address global crop losses from pests. TechAccel disclosed select additional biopesticide research and development occurring along several fronts:

  • • Leveraging a stable nanoparticle technology licensed as a form of biopesticide delivery;
  • • Piloting the injection of RNAi compounds as a delivery mechanism in fruit and nut trees; and,
  • • Continuing development of a separate, novel RNAi biopesticide approach based on research underway in Europe.

TechAccel also recently announced collaborative research with AgroSpheres Inc. to explore nanotechnology in biopesticide delivery.

TechAccel, LLC, was founded in 2014 as a first-of-its-kind venture and technology development company in the agriculture, animal health and food tech sectors. TechAccel sources, invests in and acquires early-stage innovations. Through collaborations with universities and research institutions, TechAccel conducts advancement and de-risking research and development to ready technologies for commercialization.

More on the story: visit or follow @Tech_Accel.

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Better Policy for Better Fuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to SE4All and below50

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 5:03pm

Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) was created to drive the energy transition, particularly in developing countries and below50 is committed to growing the demand for sustainable alternative fuels that reduce emissions by more than 50% relative to fossil.

Gerard J. Ostheimer, Ph.D., Global Lead of Bioenergy Accelerator for SE4ALL and Co-Founder and Senior Advisor of below50, gave this illuminating overview of the organizations’ work on promoting bioenergy, and the need for better policy and finance to reach faster de-carbonization at ABLC Global 2018 in San Francisco

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Shell agrees long-term offtake agreement with NEXT

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:41pm

In Texas, NEXT Renewable Fuels, Inc and Shell Trading (US) Company have entered a long-term Purchase and Sale Agreement for the purchase of renewable diesel from NEXT’s planned Port Westward, Oregon facility.

Representing an investment of more than $1 billion, NEXT continues to develop its Oregon renewable diesel facility with an expected annual processing capacity of 13.3 million barrels (600 million gallons). Scheduled to open in 2021, NEXT will supply Shell and other partners with its alternative liquid fuels, satisfying end-user demand while also meeting both federal and state environmental compliance and fuel security requirements.

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Growth Energy goes after EPA in court over hardship waivers

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:40pm

In Washington, Feedstuffs reports that Growth Energy filed a petition in appeals court in DC regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to boost the 2019 blending mandate following issuance of small refinery hardship exemptions that eroded ethanol demand by cutting the number of RINs required for compliance with the Renewable Fuels Standards. Growth Energy says the agency’s failure to replace the waived RIN compliance goes against the law. It estimates 2.25 billion gallons of ethanol demand have been lost due to the waivers.

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Balrampur Chini commissioning additional ethanol production by year’s end

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:39pm

In India, CNBC TV18 reports the Balrampur Chini will commission an additional 57 million liters of ethanol production by the end of the year which will boost its capacity to supply ethanol to oil marketing companies to 180 million liters from around 115 million liters now. The company’s MD said he expects overall sugar production to fall last next year but the market will still likely be in surplus due to this year’s and last year’s excessive production. The government is promoting the additional production of ethanol in an effort to reduce sugar supplies.

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Alliance Bioenergy Plus restructures debt

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:38pm

In Florida, Alliance Bioenergy Plus announced that a number of former insiders have agreed to subordinate over $2 million in debt so that repayments are only due out of future profits.  Alliance has successfully renegotiated down other smaller debts and continues its efforts to renegotiate additional obligations.

Two disputes remain outstanding, one with the Company’s former Controller and the other with a lender, Lucas Hoppel.  Alliance has filed counterclaims, which management believes have merit, against both of these parties.  Detailed information related to these disputes as well as our current debt status are available at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, Case number 18-23071.

Alliance continues to believe that it can reach a global agreement with its legitimate creditors, with minimal dilution to existing shareholders, under a chapter 11 plan which will allow it to exit bankruptcy with an appropriate reserve for any disputed claims that may remain.

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Paul McCartney and Ed Sheeran Argetine concerts be powered by biodiesel

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:37pm

In Argentina, local press reports that Paul McCartney and Ed Sheeran have demanded their upcoming concerts be powered by biodiesel. The biodiesel will be produced from UCO and the government of Santa Fe has even set up a contest to encourage people to donate their used cooking oil in exchange for tickets to the concerts to be held later in February and March. The program is marketed using the #BioenergizáTuMúsica (#BioenergizeYourMusic) hashtag. Roger Waters was the first concert to be powered by biodiesel in the country.

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BioD Energy collecting most of India;s UCO

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:36pm

In India, BioD Energy is collecting used cooking oil from 700 of the 800 kitchens participating in the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s UCO collection program under the “Eat Right India” initiative aimed at enhancing food safety by getting poor quality oil out of the food chain. UCO collection is being managed through an app that helps to facilitate sourcing of the oil that is then converted into biodiesel. Biodiesel production remains only a fraction of ethanol production but government and private sector initiatives are striving to narrow the gap.

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Brazilian researchers see beef and sugarcane ethanol reducing pressure on forests

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:35pm

In Brazil, SciDev reports that researchers have determined that coproduction of sugarcane and beef cattle on the same land can allow expansion of ethanol production without the risk of deforestation. Byproducts from the ethanol production such as molasses, yeast and bagasse could be converted into animal feed, reducing the need for pasture for some of the country 200 million head of cattle. The computer model used to determine the feasibility used the US ethanol and beef industries as a baseline.

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Proposed EU low ILUC risk criteria not strong enough for some Commissioners

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:33pm

In Belgium, Euractiv reports that the sustainability criteria under the second Renewable Energy Directive has been held up because some European Commissions felt the proposed low ILUC risk criteria for certification weren’t strong enough. Directorate Generals were only given two days to review an ILUC proposal that was being fast-tracked through a non-legislative process that upset the DGs. European farmers and NGOs alike are concerned that too-loose criteria won’t stop the influx of palm oil.

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Consumer Values Drive Demand for the Bioeconomy Specialty Chemicals

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:29pm

By Bogdan Comanita, PhD/MBA, Principal MarketChemica Inc.[1] and member of Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc.

Special to The Digest


VIRIDISOL®, ecoXTRACT® and GreenFlame® are examples of B2B brands launched in 2018 that support the use of new biobased products in large B2C markets. All these B2B brands are in perfect alignment with powerful B2C brands in markets as divers as pharmaceutical, cosmetics and hearth & patio industries. The article concludes that identifying upfront the ultimate consumer target market segment and aligning the B2B brand to consumer demand is critical for commercial success. Strategic marketing and market communications services are therefore an important contributor to all other technical, regulatory and legal services offered by Lee Enterprises Consulting Inc, the worlds largest bioeconomy consulting group.


Sustainability as Macroeconomic Opportunity

Sustainability is a long-term business driver, anchored in societal fundamental values and not driven by topical politics (Figure 1).

Academia is preoccupied by definition with the application of the scientific method to uncovering immutable laws. These discoveries are to inform the scientific community, public opinion and government policies. They take a long time to be transformed from scientific facts in the values held dear by the electorate at large, in sustainability case the story goes back to mid 20th century.

[1] MarketChemica Inc. is a marketing specialist for Lee Enterprises Consulting Inc.

Figure 1: Long-term sustainability problems transcend short-term electoral cycles

Since the electorate is at the same time the workforce for businesses it is only normal that these values will penetrate the business culture above and beyond the legal requirements imposed by government policies.

In conclusion, the short democratic electoral cycle does not allow the easy reversal of a half of a century trend. For as long as academia continues to demonstrate that sustainability is a problem, bioeconomy will be part of the solution and marketing will be essential to create business opportunities.


What Do Consumers Want?

While the ideological clash provides the backdrop of macroeconomic societal trends, marketing remains the critical tool for maintaining demand for sustainable solutions at the microeconomic level.

Figure 2 shows what consumers want across a wide range of industries. Interestingly, the consumer is looking beyond the product at raw materials and processes used in the manufacture of a product. Terminology might differ from one industry to another ranging from “clean label” to “free from” to “biodegradable” as it might be driven by sectorial/national legislation. There is however a common thread overarching all industries, countries and product categories that speaks to the need for a sustainable economy. Obviously, B2C brands have to meet their buyers’ needs and wants by disclosing the ingredients used by their formulations as well as raw materials and manufacturing processes.

This creates wide opportunities to suppliers to B2C brand manufacturers by aligning their B2B brands to end game demands.

Figure 2: What do consumer want across industries, countries and product categories

The Concept of Supply Chain Brand Alignment

By way of example, Green Biologics, Inc. agreed to supply in 2018 their patented GreenFlame® bio-based charcoal lighter fluid formulation exclusively to Kingsford Charcoal.

Figure 3: Kingsford’s EcoLight B2C brand is based on Green Biologic’s GreenFlame® B2B brand

The licensing agreement builds on the successful 2017 introduction of GreenFlame®, a natural USDA BioPreferred® certified, clean-burning charcoal lighter fluid based on Green Biologics’ proprietary advanced fermentation process for biobutanol and acetone. Kingsford decided to market GBI’s formulation under their own brand EcoLight, sold in large retail chains across US the market. The brand architecture along the supply chain is highlighted in Figure 3.

Figure 4: VIRIDISOL® M supports the pharma’ need to reduce carbon footprint

In another recent example, Pennakem LLC launched in 2018 the VIRIDISOL® range of solvents offering a biobased alternative to fossil based solvents (Figure 4). Pennakem marketing was very much aware that the pharmaceutical industry needed to reduce its carbon footprint due to use of notoriously large amounts of solvents in multistep synthesis. They understood that the consumer image of pharma companies is tied directly into the corporate social responsibility report.

VIRIDISOL® M reduces the solvent specific consumption by comparison to oil based THF due to its biobased nature as well as easy recycling. Its brand positioning is therefore consistent with the pharmaceutical industry desired public image.

A third and final example comes from the same company. Pennakem LLC launched in 2018 ecoXTRACT®, a biobased alternative to hexane, a solvent used in the extraction of lipophilic moieties for F&F and cosmetic industries (Figure 5).

Various cosmetics and F&F brands have a need to differentiate their offering to consumers by using a natural, biobased solvent instead of the oil based hexanes and the B2B brand supports this.

Figure 5:  Cosmetics and F&F B2C brands are supported by ecoXTRACT®

The Importance of Strategic Marketing

Charcoal lighter fluid market in US is one of countless potential markets for GreenFlame® biobutanol based formulation. Pharmaceutical solvent market for VIRIDISOL® M or cosmetics market for ecoXTRACT® are not necessarily obvious choices either.

The launch of these brands was not done just for the sake of having a pretty name. All companies above looked in fact at the size of the B2C market driving their demand and they took the time to understand the positioning of the brands they are selling to.

This is the object of strategic marketing. Unlike marketing communications strategic marketing identifies specific market segments that are large and profitable enough to meet the required ROI.

Launching the B2B brands simply translates earlier strategic marketing decisions into efficient market communications.


 As a macroeconomic trend, sustainability is anchored deeply in long-term societal values, not passing political choices. Bioeconomy is one of several possible answers to the sustainability problem.

Sustainability responds to multifaceted consumer needs and the supply chain brand architecture from raw material to B2C delivery must sustain this desiderate

B2B manufacturers can identify the most productive market niches for their products by reinforcing their strategic marketing capabilities. In a nutshell, bioeconomy manufacturers need to align their brand positioning to support the end of chain B2C brands

LEC has the capability to support clients with best in class strategic marketing and communication consulting through its various member organizations including MarketChemica Inc.

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Fuel & Engine Co-Optimization: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:13pm

National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) is working to address key questions like what fuels engines really want, what fuels work best and what will work in the real world.

John Farrell from NREL gave this illuminating overview of their work thus far on answering those questions, their work on Co-Optima research and analysis, and more at ABLC Global 2018 in San Francisco

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European Biodiesel Board signs off on 1.2 million ton limit on Argentine biodiesel imports

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 5:49pm

In Belgium, during last week’s Trade Defense Committee (TDC) meeting, Member States’ representatives discussed and approved with a large majority anti-subsidy (AS) duties against Argentinean unfair imports of biodiesel. A Price Undertaking agreement between the European Commission and Argentinian producers was also approved. The European Biodiesel Board welcomed the adoption of the definitive AS duties vs. Argentinean unfair exports. The measures were approved by a large majority. The EBB says this is an important confirmation that the EU considers Argentinean Export Taxes an illegal subsidization practice generating unfair and distorting effects in the international market of biodiesel.

A Price Undertaking (PU) agreement between the European Commission and Argentinean producers also got approved by a majority of Member States this morning. Such agreement was part of the package of measures against Argentina. It provides that Argentinean exporters will be allowed to export towards the EU, without paying the duties, a maximum of approximately 1.2 million metric tons of biodiesel every year to be sold at a minimum price level set to create a level playing field. In order to avoid peak exports no more than 37% of this annual volume will be allowed to be traded on a single quarter

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Malaysia’s B10 mandate comes into full implementation

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 5:46pm

In Malaysia, Platts reports that the country’s B10 blending mandate for the transportation sector that came into play on December 1 came into full implementation on Friday while the B7 mandate for industrial users is set for July 1. The higher mandate for transport from B7 previously is expected to generate between 100,000 and 250,000 metric tons of additional demand annually while some analysts expect the increased demand from industrial users come July could be even less.

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FQTP installs new SGT™ technology at CHS ethanol facility

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 5:45pm

In Illinois, Fluid Quip Process Technologies (FQPT) has completed the installation and startup of its patented Selective Grind Technology (SGT) at the 150 million gallon per year CHS ethanol facility located in Rochelle, IL.

“Adding the SGT system to an ethanol plant not only increases yields but enables these plants to switch to more cost-effective enzymes. This leads to lower overall operating costs and higher revenue, resulting in a more profitable ethanol facility,” said Neal Jakel, V.P. Strategy and Development, FQPT.

Jakel continued, “Our SGT technology continues to prove out nearly 2x the ethanol and oil yield gain over any other comparable technology in the ethanol space.  We have developed a grind simulation test in which a plant can see what the results could look like before they commit to an SGT project. We utilize these results to determine the process guarantees, so a plant will know what their guaranteed ROI will be before they begin.”

The SGT System is installed in the mash cook process to expose more starch for conversion to ethanol and to shear open the germ to release more corn oil. The SGT system reduces starch in DDGS which reduces dryer loading and increases DDGS Pro-Fat levels. FQPT provides customized systems based on plant size and objectives. These include various screen and mill sizes and custom flow setups to achieve industry-leading yields. The FQPT SGT grind mills are exclusively installed with an auto-gap adjuster technology that ensures optimize milling performance automatically.

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