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Cielo Waste Solutions closes second tranche of funding for Alberta biorefinery

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 12:45pm

In Canada, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. announced the closing of $270,000 in the second tranche of the previously announced non-brokered private placement of up to 15,384,615 (“Units”) at $0.13 per Unit, by the issuance of 2,076,923 Units. A total of C$1,144,406 in gross proceeds has been raised in the initial two tranches by the issuance of 8,803,123 Units.

The net proceeds of the Offering will be used to acquire equipment and pay service costs to advance the commissioning of Cielo’s first commercial waste to renewable diesel fuel refinery in Aldersyde, Alberta, as well as for working capital.

Don Allan, President and CEO of Cielo, stated, “We are glad to have raised close to C$1.2 million this week of the C$2 million Offering, as it will allow us to continue to work through the holiday season to accelerate the completion of the commissioning of our Aldersyde Refinery.”

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Malaysia looking at ways to boost domestic demand for palm oil beyond B10

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 12:44pm

In Malaysia, in light of the largest palm oil stocks seen in 18 years and prices currently three-year lows of around $505 per metric ton, Reuters reports that the government is looking at ways to boost demand locally for palm oil to help reduce the surplus and boost prices. Already the government cut export duties on palm oil to nil in September, but its palm oil exports are still challenged to compete against Indonesia. Although the biodiesel blending mandate will increase to 10% next year from the current 7%, the domestic fuel market is small compared to Indonesia so the increased demand will be limited.

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Indonesia to continue subsidizing biodiesel despite slashing palm oil export levy

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 12:43pm

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reports that despite cutting the export levy on palm oil that was then used to subsidize biodiesel blending, the Indonesian Oil Palm Estate Fund will continue to subsidize in the meantime thanks to 40% higher revenues generated from the levy during 2018 than expected. The fund collected $992 million in 2018 through November. The levy was reduced in response to low palm oil prices but even so, the fund expects to generate around the same level of revenues in 2019 as in 2018 if palm oil prices stay steady.


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Hū Honua Bioenergy fined for illegal wastewater discharge

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 12:41pm

In Hawaii, The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Clean Water Branch has issued a Notice of Violation and Order (NOVO) to Hū Honua Bioenergy, LLC for an unauthorized discharge of industrial wastewater on Nov. 9, 2018, at their facility in Pepe‘ekeo on Hawai‘i Island. The NOVO states that Hū Honua Bioenergy, LLC, violated Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, HRS 342D-50(a) for discharging pollutants to a state water without a permit or other authorization.

The DOH investigation determined the discharged wastewater was generated between Nov. 2- 6, 2018, as part of Hū Honua Bioenergy’s commissioning of its boiler and had been stored in wastewater treatment tanks prior to the discharge. Between 3,500 and 32,500 gallons of treated industrial wastewater composed of freshwater, acidic metal cleaning solution and residue from the descaling of the boiler was discharged. While the dark green colored wastewater had been filtered and neutralized prior to discharge, it contained high levels of iron and is a regulated waste.

The NOVO requires Hū Honua Bioenergy to implement environmental compliance training for all its employees within 30 days, develop standard operating procedures to prevent discharges of a similar nature, and pay a penalty of $25,000 to DOH. After all corrective actions have been completed, Hū Honua Bioenergy must submit a corrective action report to DOH.

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Paraguay to launch B2 mandate on January 1

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 12:40pm

In Paraguay, local press reports that biodiesel blending of 2% will be mandatory as of January 1 in an effort to try to promote a local industry. Already ethanol is blended at between 25% and 27%, depending on the octane level of the fuel. Fueling stations in the country worked together with local stakeholders to develop a tracking system that would allow them to provide quality guarantees of the fuels provided in an effort to build confidence among consumers.

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Buenos Aires launches B100 bus trial

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 12:39pm

In Argentina, the first two buses to operate on B100 have begun operation in Buenos Aires as part of a pilot project that will be evaluated later in the year for possible expansion among other bus lines. The city is working on the project alongside the national government’s transportation ministry who estimates that using 100% biodiesel will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% compared to fossil diesel. Natural gas and electric buses will also be trialed and then the results among the three technologies will be compared to determined which is the best solution for the city.

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ORNL researchers make progress on breaking down biomass using supercomputers

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 12:37pm

In Tennessee, a team from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has made several fundamental discoveries related to the challenges associated with breaking down biomass using supercomputers. In a recent paper published in Nature Reviews Chemistry, ORNL researchers summarize key concepts derived from a decade of molecular-level simulations of biomass systems consisting of thousands to millions of atoms. In addition to determining the molecular structure and characteristics of biomass, the team also uncovered critical forces at work during biomass pretreatment, where heat, water, and solvents are applied in advance of enzymatic deconstruction.

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Waste-to-energy key part of India’s policy strategy

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 12:35pm

In India, the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council says waste-to-energy is a key priority for the PM as a way to reduce energy poverty and increase environmental sustainability through value-based waste management. The country is beginning to collaborate with countries like Japan whose best practices can help to formulate plans to implement policies supporting waste-to-energy as well as transfer technology and knowhow. Several bilateral agreements between India and Japan have been put into place recently in the areas of environment that include waste management where waste-to-energy plays a big role.

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