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Ethanol exports fell 12% in August as Brazilian demand dries up

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 7:45pm

In Washington, August ethanol exports fell 12% from the month prior to just over 103 million gallons, more than half of which went to Canada and Brazil. So far this year, exports have passed 906 million gallons and are on target for reaching 1.36 billion gallons by year’s end. Brazil has imported 37% of ethanol exports this year so far, with Canada taking 24%, followed by India with 11%. Of the total, undenatured ethanol exports fell 21% from July, largely due to a 22% cut in exports to Brazil.

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Port of Rotterdam to study clean fuel bunkering station in Dordrecht

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 7:44pm

In the Netherlands, the Port of Rotterdam wants to develop a new multifuel bunker station for the refuelling of biodiesel, LNG and other cleaner fuels. Krabbegors/Duivelseiland at Dordrecht Inland Seaport has been designated as the location for this bunker station. Port of Rotterdam and PitPoint.LNG signed a letter of intent to jointly further investigate the development of such a multifuel bunker station.

Port of Rotterdam wants to realise a new multifuel bunker station for the refuelling of LNG and other cleaner fuels. Krabbegors/Duivelseiland at Dordrecht Inland Seaport has been designated as the location for this bunker station. Port of Rotterdam and PitPoint.LNG signed a letter of intent to jointly further investigate the development of such a multifuel bunker station.

Dordrecht Inland Seaport is the most inland seaport in the Netherlands. It forms the meeting point of the shipping lanes for the cities of Amsterdam – Rotterdam – Antwerp, and the main shipping route into Germany: the ideal location for a bunker station of this type.

Whether it’s hydrogen, electric, biodiesel or LNG/CNG, a central aspect of the investigation is the requirement that all fuels supplied by the multifuel bunker station should produce fewer harmful emissions than traditional fuels. This includes fuel for ships, trucks and/or commercial vehicles with the aim of working together to achieve cleaner air and a better living environment.

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BDI-BioEnergy spins off subsidiary to commercialize in-house algae technology

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 7:43pm

In Austria, BDI-BioEnergy International, so far known for development and construction of biodiesel plants, now takes the first step into implementation of an in-house developed algae technology, together with its subsidiary BDI-BioLife Science GmbH.

The Styrian plant manufacturer BDI-BioEnergy International AG is investing roughly 16 million euros in the construction of an industrial plant for production of algae biomass. The ground-breaking ceremony for the highly automated plant will take place this year at the Ökopark Hartberg/Steiermark location.

After several years of research, BDI succeeded in bringing an innovative algae production system to industrial maturity. With engineering, construction and operation of an industrial algae production plant, BDI enters for the first time this rapidly developing international business sector as a premium producer. As a first step, BDI-BioLife Science GmbH will produce algae-based additives for the food supplement and cosmetic industries.

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University of Arizona gets $15 million grant to set up biofuels and bioproducts center

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 7:42pm

In Arizona, the University of Arizona has received a five-year grant of up to $15 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to lead a new center focusing on the mass production of biofuels and bioproducts in the Southwestern U.S.

Kimberly Ogden, director of the UA Institute for Energy Solutions and a professor in the College of Engineering, will head the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions Center. The goals of the center include addressing the nation’s needs for biofuels and bioproducts, strengthening Arizona’s bioeconomy — the parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources such as crops or algae — and providing training for the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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South Africa only used 11.4% of duty-free ethanol quota during first year of EPA

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 7:41pm

In South Africa, just 11.4% of the 80,000 metric ton duty-free ethanol quota to Europe under the new Economic Partnership Agreement with Southern African Development Community countries has been used during the first year of the trade deal. Ethanol is among a long list of other commodities and products granted duty-free access, most of which also wasn’t used. The European Commissioner for Trade blamed a lack of awareness about the opportunity among South African exporters while her South African counterpart blamed phytosantitary protocols. Ethanol is not subject to phytosantitary protocols, however.

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Think transportation GHG emissions targets can be reached without biofuels mandates? Think again.

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 9:45am

By Gordon Quaiattini, Special to The Digest

Governments serious about climate change should be wary about eliminating the mandate for renewable fuels, and those promising a low carbon fuel market without it.

Earlier this month Canada’s Environment Commissioner urged MPs to push the government from ‘seemingly endless planning mode into action mode’ on climate change. By now we all know the road to achieving meaningful GHG emission reductions from transportation isn’t easy: new infrastructure, clean technology, and changing consumer habits can be tricky business. But identifying and expanding existing policy options that are already proven to reduce GHGs should be a much simpler exercise. Or at least one would expect.

A big chunk of the federal Government’s planning revolves around its forthcoming Clean Fuel Standard (CFS). The goal of the CFS is to reduce GHG emissions by 30 million tonnes annually by 2030 – equivalent to taking 7 million cars off the road. The federal government’s Renewable Fuels Regulation requires 5% renewable content in gasoline and 2% for diesel. Since 2006, this policy has been responsible for reducing GHGs from transportation by 4.2 million tons annually – or 1 million cars off the road every year.

Canada’s Renewable Fuel Regulation acknowledges ethanol as the only low-carbon, renewable fuel alternative for gasoline available at commercial scale and is the single best policy tool for reducing emissions through the increased use of lower carbon, renewable fuels. Axing it now, as the Government seeks to reach the most ambitious GHG reduction targets it has ever set, seems to defy logic.

Those who believe that the CFS can reach its objectives without complementary measures, like mandated requirements for biofuels, cite terms like “flexibility” and argue policy should set targets but “not dictate ways” targets are then reached. Even more often, they are representing the views of traditional oil and gas companies. This is problematic as, in the absence of biofuel mandates, traditional fossil fuel producers would have sole discretion over the content of fuels, carbon included.

Fortunately for policymakers caught in the middle, objective research and experience from other jurisdictions is available. The Conference Board of Canada, for example, recently noted that: “a clean fuel standard that fails to maintain, or expand, current blend mandates for renewable fuels is not recommended”. Meanwhile, Doyletech’s economic impact assessment released only days ago shows that raising Ontario’s mandates to 10% ethanol and 5% biodiesel would have an ongoing impact of almost $1 billion per year.

Moreover, clean fuels targets envisioned as part of a broader strategy are almost undoubtedly unattainable without mid-to high-level blending of renewables into the fuel stream – something best achieved through policy, not only price. Internationally, governments that have coupled clean fuel standards with blending mandates have been successful in reducing GHGs from transportation, i.e., California. Those where required volumes were replaced with an intensity-based low-carbon fuel standard saw backsliding. In other words, GHG emissions increased in jurisdictions where biofuel mandates were eliminated.

Maintaining and building on blend mandates is critical to the success of Canada’s climate change agenda. Canada’s Renewable Fuel Regulations have spurred investment in Canada’s renewable fuels industry, created tens of thousands of jobs in rural Canada, and take the environmental equivalent of 1 million cars off the road annually. These economic and environmental benefits will only improve with continued blending requirements.

The Government’s proposed Clean Fuel Standard is a complex policy that will have lasting impact on the environment. Government should bet on a proven model. Now is the time to maintain this mechanism, increase the Renewable Fuels Standard to E-10 and include pathways for greater use of higher ethanol blends – a proven policy to incent the use and production of low carbon fuel that will help reach Canada’s GHG targets and pave the way to meet our commitments with the Paris Accord.

Gordon Quaiattini is the former president of Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA). He served with the Association for 10 years, including successfully advocating for a national renewable fuels strategy for Canada that included the passage of legislation mandating the use of ethanol and biodiesel, and the development and implementation of renewable fuels regulations.


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State of the Advanced Bioeconomy 2017

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:21am

At 8:00am Pacific Time on Tuesday of this week, the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Next-Gen Technologies and Markets opens in San Francisco with a record audience size, with diversification as its theme and “Go!” as the takeaway message — with investment and technologies arriving in unheard of pace and volume in the sector, companies and their teams need to make hay while the sun shines.

Our look gets into technologies, markets and companies with our slide deck, Advance to Go! The State of the Advanced Bioeconomy 2017, here.

For those who follow a given technology type, or a company or set of them, or a specific region, or a molecule set of choice — the road can get bumpy and the outlook more gloomy. “Never fall in love with a feedstock”, LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren spends a considerable amount of time reminding us here in Digestville, and that pertains to any area of industrial activity.

Where’s Stutz? Maxwell? Packard? Duesenberg? Apex?? Albert? Carroll? DeSoto? Unheard of today, these were leading automotive brands of the past in the creative destruction of capitalism — but automotive propulsion technology kept advancing, and advances today. That we are hearing about Kia and Hyundai and Tesla today is the manifestation of a trend we will see forever in advanced nutrition, fuels and chemicals, too.

It’s not your Dad’s ethanol, dried distiller’s grains and some biodiesel in there — that’s for sure.

Measuring a sector by the fate or a single company, or molecule, or market — that’s looking at the micro instead of the macro. Though the industrial crematorium has new customers this year, and always more to come — the important factor is diversification.

In all, this year the Digest has tracked 102 different companies that have completed a new capital raise (42), or announced the timeline for advancement (or the arrival) of pilot-scale operations (30), demonstration-scale (10), or commercial-scale (20). That’s the busiest we’ve ever seen the sector, and we still have more than two months to go in 2017.

In some areas of activity — especially advanced nutrition, existing companies have more or less embraced new technology and new options. We see much enthusiasm in chemicals among established strategy players — though oil prices have taken a toll on deal-flow as chemicals are fully exposed to market prices in the absence of a Renewable Chemicals Standard to advance low-carbon chemicals. In fuels, we continue to see enthusiasm from national oilcos, particularly in Asia, but there remains entrenched opposition centered in the United States.

In perhaps the most remarkable signpost of shifting winds, shifting sands, shifting times —  Tesoro is now known as Andeavor to reflect its shift from petroleum exploration and production to refining and fuels marketing; meanwhile, DONG Energy renamed itself Ørsted to reflect its move away from oil and natural gas and towards renewable energy.

But overall the trends are highly positive, though good times never last — and amongst the estimated $5 billion in capital activity this year to date we have seen some clear trends.

At commercial-scale, the most significant build-outs tend to be in fuels, especially bolt-ons and drop-in fuels. At the demonstration-scale, we see the most enthusiasm for opportunities emerging in organic acids for chemical markets. At pilot and prototype scale- we’ve seen the most activity in Carbon Capture and Use. At the earliest company-forming stages the trend is clearly highlighting the shift to advanced nutrition.

On stage this week we’ll have more than 80 speakers, and something like around 200 different organizations networking like crazy on the conference floor at the Hotel Nikko. The industrial conversion to a low-carbon economy— in scope, size, or diversity — has never been seen before in the history of the global economy, and no one can do it alone, so partnership is the enduring key to success, and that is always the main business of ABLC to foster that.

But a cautionary note. An executive from Wells Fargo, in remarks that we’ll publish and explore later this week — described the overall global investment in climate-change related technologies as completely inadequate to the scale, intensity and immediacy of problems posed by our current industrial system based in fossil fuels. He noted that top players in the banking sector area measuring their loan portfolios — developed over several years — are in the low tens of billions, after arduous effort to get there. Yet McKinsey estimated that investment must top $1 trillion per year to counter the threat posed by climate change.

So, $5 billion is a remarkable number seen in the context of previous years — and is welcome capital for all the players who are using it.

But let us remember that there is $14T currently invested around the world in negative-yield bonds. That’s 2,800 times as much money as is coming into the sector, locked in to a strategy based on a guarantee of losing money.

The sector has far to go in convincing investors that their technologies offer positive returns — and to extant that capital determines the fate of companies, markets, partnerships, and technologies, the investment story is not being told well enough, not nearly well enough.

So, we raise a glass to all the companies moving ahead — but more is needed, much more, and soon, and it needs to be safe enough to unlock the capital along the sidelines before there will be any victory party for the winners in this marathon race.


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Advance to Go!: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of the Advanced Bioeconomy

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:20am

At 8:00am Pacific Time on Tuesday of this week, the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Next-Gen Technologies and Markets opens in San Francisco with a record audience size, with diversification as its theme and “Go!” as the takeaway message — with investment and technologies arriving in unheard of pace and volume in the sector, companies and their teams need to make hay while the sun shines.

Here are the slides presented on company and technology at the kick-off event, the State of the Advanced Bioeconomy presentation.

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Natural Resources Canada launches tender for drop-in fuels study

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 8:16pm

In Canada, Natural Resources Canada has launched a tender for a study to assess the technological and market-related challenges associated with producing and deploying liquid drop-in fuels in the Canadian market, including evaluating the production potential and capacity and both present and potential market size. The tender is open until November 3.

There are several projects underway in Canada producing renewable drop-in fuels at a demonstration stage, but none has reached commercial scale. Currently, Canada imports RHD to help meet its requirements under the

Renewable Fuels Regulations that mandate a minimum of 2% renewable content in diesel fuel and to meet provincial regulations. Consumption of renewable gasoline and renewable jet fuel is not yet widespread

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Badger State Fuels more than doubles nameplate capacity to 90 million gallons

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 8:15pm

In Wisconsin, Badger State Fuels is more than doubling its ethanol production capacity to 90 million gallons per year from the current 40 million gallons as well including a patent-pending secondary distillation system thanks to Lucas E3 engineering firm. The plant continued to operated while the expansion was in process. The new system will reduce the energy requirements for ethanol production by 2,000 Btu/gal. The new production capacity is expected at less than $1 per gallon.

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Spanish ethanol consumption spikes in August without a clear driver

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 8:14pm

In Spain, ethanol consumption bounced back in August to 21,646 metric tons, up more than 22% from July and 2.5% higher on the year, bringing the blend to 4.63% on a volume basis. Total ethanol consumption for the year through August reached 166,542 tons, for an average blend of 5.11%. Though gasoline consumption increased more than 2% on the month, it didn’t require such a jump in ethanol consumption. Biodiesel consumption, on the other hand, fell in line with falling diesel demand to 94,030 tons, 5.5% lower than in July.

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EPA approves cellulosic RIN registration for Flint Hills’ Iowa Falls plant

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 8:13pm

In California, Edeniq announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Flint Hills Resources’ registration of its 100 million gallons per year Iowa Falls, Iowa ethanol plant for cellulosic ethanol production using Edeniq’s technology.

Iowa Falls is the fifth existing ethanol plant to receive approval from the EPA for cellulosic ethanol production using Edeniq’s Pathway technology. The four existing ethanol plants that have previously received this approval are: Pacific Ethanol’s Stockton, CA plant; Flint Hills Resources’ Shell Rock, IA plant; Little Sioux Corn Processors’ Marcus, IA plant; and, Siouxland Energy Cooperative’s plant located in Sioux Center, IA.

Edeniq: The Digest’s 2015 5 Minute Guide

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Indian sugar mills hopeful for ethanol recovery as cane production bounces back

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 8:12pm

In India, along with the major recovery in sugarcane production, mills are hoping ethanol production will also bounce back so they can better supply the country’s 10% ethanol blending mandate. Due to drought and low cane production, they were only able to supply 2.5% towards the mandate during the previous season, about 710 million liters. Currently estimates are that mills could provide 4% towards the blending mandate thanks to a boost in production in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

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South Korean ethanol imports and exports soar in September

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 8:10pm

In South Korea, ethanol imports soared in September to 31,109 metric tons, up 36% from August. Of the 17,838 tons of denatured ethanol, 84% came from the US while the remainder came from South Africa and Pakistan. Most of the undenatured ethanol imports came from Australia, followed by Pakistan and Cambodia. Surprisingly, exports jumped nearly 130% to 5,233 tons, most of which was undenatured and went to Japan. No reason was given for the spike in imports nor exports.

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PNNL researchers create continuous thermochemical process for useful biocrude from algae

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 7:02pm

In Washington state, researchers at the U.S. DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have created a continuous thermochemical process that produces useful biocrude from algae. The process takes just minutes and PNNL is working with a company that has licensed the technology to build a pilot plant using the technology.

The first part of the conversion process, hydrothermal liquefaction, creates biocrude that can be upgraded to produce fuels such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. It also produces a byproduct wastewater stream that includes carbon and nutrients from the algae. A partnership with Washington State University researchers at the Tri-Cities campus led to a means of converting the wastewater stream, to a biobased natural gas. In this process, any remaining solid material can be further recycled into the hydrothermal liquefaction process or converted to an agricultural fertilizer.

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Four Republican governors write EPA administrator to save RFS

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 7:01pm

In Washington, four Republican Governors sent a letter to President Trump with concerns on the recently proposed changes to America’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), urging the president to keep his promises to rural America to support the RFS.

“The renewable fuels industry in our states—and others—is poised to grow if the EPA sends positive and consistent market signals through increases in the required volumes. That will enhance America’s energy security, value-added agriculture and rural economic prosperity. We urge you to continue to fulfill your promises, to continue your support for all biofuels under the RFS and to continue to put America first,” the governors write.

In the letter, the governors called on EPA Administrator Pruitt to support the job creation and agricultural benefits that higher volumes of biofuels provide: “the proposed volumes … could cause near-term job losses and discourage investment in capacity and new fuel development.”

Led by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, three other governors signed onto the letter, including Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota, Eric Greitens of Missouri and Sam Brownback of Kansas.

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Jumping for joy for Qantas biofuel powered aircraft

Biofuels Digest - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 9:56pm

In Australia, Qantas will buy eight million gallons of renewable jet fuel each year from U.S. based bio-energy company, SG Preston, in order to fuel its Los Angeles based aircraft. Their goal is to have the LAX to Australia flight powered on an ongoing basis by 50% non-food plant based biofuel and 50% traditional jet fuel starting in 2020.

The Why?

The Qantas news is quite exciting as the airline tries to curb GHG emissions that the aviation industry often gets attacked for. According to Qantas’ press release, compared to standard jet fuel, the biofuel emits half the amount of carbon emissions per gallon over its life cycle.

The move comes after Qantas’ successful domestic biofuel trial flights in 2012. CEO of Qantas International and Freight, Gareth Evans said the commercial biofuel agreement is the first of its kind in Australian aviation history.

Evans said in the press release, “The partnership with SG Preston is part of our commitment to lowering carbon emissions across our operations and sees us becoming the first Australian airline to use renewable jet fuel on an ongoing basis.”

Why is Qantas looking at biofuels as the way of the future for their airline? They have vision and they get it. They understand things need to change in the aviation industry to help curb GHG emissions and with new technologies and capabilities abounding, there is no excuse to not do it.

“As an airline group we are constantly looking for ways to become more fuel efficient and embrace new technologies and this partnership is a significant step on that journey,” said Evans. “Our agreement with SG Preston allows us to secure a supply for our Los Angeles based aircraft where we have a large fuel demand and where the biofuel industry is more advanced.”

The Who?

And a more advanced biofuel industry it is, with Philadelphia-based SG Preston just the right biofuel producer to handle it for Qantas. For starters, SG Preston’s biofuel is produced from renewable plant oils, which do not compete with food production and which meet Qantas’ stringent sustainability certification requirements. Ok, so lots of biofuel producers can say that with the plethora of new non-food feedstocks around today. But SG Preston doesn’t want to just provide renewable fuels…they want to provide “premium additive blends for jet and diesel fuel”. Back in 2016, they had a planned portfolio of 120 million gallons renewable diesel and jet facilities, so getting to the eight million gallons for Qantas shouldn’t be a problem at all for them.

What’s even more impressive is SG Preston’s work in recent years across the U.S. and specifically with other airlines that make it such a good fit for Qantas. As reported in the Digest in September 2016, JetBlue announced a ten-year, 330 million gallon renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston. This marked one of the largest renewable jet fuel purchase agreements in aviation history, and the largest, long-term, binding commitment by any airline globally for HEFA (hydro-processed esters and fatty acids) based renewable jet fuel.

The first deliveries for JetBlue are scheduled for 2019. The fuel will consist of 30 percent renewable jet fuel blended with 70 percent traditional Jet-A fuel. The renewable jet fuel portion produced from select plant oils is targeted to achieve a 50% or higher reduction in greenhouse gases emissions per gallon based on a life-cycle analysis. The fuel is expected to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) qualification for renewable fuel standards. So, overall, 10 million gallons of pure biofuels content per year, and 100 million gallons over the lifetime of the agreement.

JetBlue is currently progressing forward and working through the process with the intent of supplying New York-metropolitan area airports with renewable jet fuel. In its blended form, the total amount of renewable jet fuel JetBlue will purchase equals approximately 20 percent of its annual fuel consumption at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

Check out the Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to SG Preston.

Michael Gill, Director of Environment for IATA, was also pretty excited about the Quantas news and said “IATA congratulates Qantas and SG Preston on this landmark agreement, being the first commercial biofuel offtake for an Australian airline. Deals such as these are critical to the development of an aviation biofuel sector globally and the achievement of the aviation industry’s climate goals.”

The What Now?

So we’ve covered what Qantas’ plans are with SG Preston’s biofuel and the LAX to Australia flight plans. But there may be more to it as SG Preston’s CEO Randy Delbert LeTang hinted at something more and said “Through our biofuel program we are also exploring renewable jet fuel opportunities in Australia and continue to work with suppliers to develop locally produced biofuels for aviation use.” What exactly those opportunities in Australia are, we aren’t sure, but we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground.

We don’t like to say “we told you so,” but we really did. How did we know SG Preston would be producing millions of gallons of renewable jet fuel by 2020? CEO Randy LeTang told The Digest back in October 2015 that “While we do not publicly comment on our development or activation timelines, suffice it to say that we have developed a system that will allow for the delivery of renewable diesel and jet fuel, in volume, well before 2020.” He had quite a long-term plan and vision too, and said that the initial project is “part of a larger vision of partnering with leading, global refining technology partners and local communities to develop a portfolio of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel refineries targeting 1.2 billion gallons per year, or 20% of the federal RFS2 biomass-based mandate for biofuels.”

What does LeTang have to say now, a few years later with this new deal with Qantas? While we are sure they are jumping for joy and ecstatic about yet another airline deal for their biofuel, their official statement is “Qantas is showing great leadership in its commitment to biofuels. We look forward to providing a high-performance renewable fuel for one of the most important routes on their international network.”

No matter how you slice it, we predict more exciting news and more jumping for joy as Qantas moves towards such solid commitment to biofuels and brings in SG Preston and other biofuel producers to meet their growing demand for biojet fuel.

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Uruguay cuts transportation sector’s annual CO2 emissions by 7% thanks to biofuels

Biofuels Digest - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 9:47pm

In Uruguay, the government said that the country’s transportation sector has lowered CO2 emissions since 2015 by an average of about 7% each year as a direct result of increased use of biofuels. Uruguay is one of the world’s largest biofuel consumers, in part thanks to the agro-fuels laws which require a 6% mix of biodiesel in gasoil and 9-10% of bioethanol in gasoline, according to BN Americas.

Uruguay set a goal to lower Uruguay’s consumption of fossil fuels in the transportation industry by 15% as part of the Paris climate agreement and the country’s 2005-30 energy policy. A study by state-owned biofuel producer Alcoholes de Uruguay indicated that the 50% increase in biofuel production in 2016 contributed to preventing 270,000 tons of CO2 in 2016.

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DONG Energy changes name to reflect move to biomass and renewable energy

Biofuels Digest - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 9:45pm

In Denmark, DONG Energy, which was originally short for Danish Oil and Natural Gas, changed its name to Ørsted in a move to better reflect its transition from oil and natural gas towards renewable energy. In recent years they have been divesting their oil and gas businesses and stopped using coal and replacing it with renewable energy like wind, biomass and waste to energy. They also recently set up a new storage team to explore new business opportunities in energy storage.

Henrik Poulsen, CEO said in their press release, “Today, we’re dedicated to green energy. Our focus going forward will be on green growth based on our existing business platforms in offshore wind, biomass, green customer solutions and advanced waste-to-energy solutions. We’ll also explore new green growth opportunities to strengthening our existing platform, if they support our vision, provide a strong competitive position and create value for our shareholders.”

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YMCA uses organic waste biofuel to heat pool and run boiler system

Biofuels Digest - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 9:42pm

In Canada, the Northwest YMCA in Regina in Saskatchewan is now converting organic waste into biofuel to heat their swimming pool and fuel the boiler system. With a total project cost of $290,000, it will actually save the YMCA about $30,000 each year on natural gas costs. Because the project uses organic waste, it will also divert some waste from the city’s landfill.

John Bailey, the YMCA’s interim CEO told CBC that the project is expected to also increase the building’s lifespan. Bailey told CBC, “We think this can be a really good solution not just for our Y, but for other organizations, both non-profit and private sector, across Canada and the world.”

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