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Indian government calls for EOIs to study biomass power potential

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 7:36pm

In India, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) intends to engage national/international level reputed consultants to undertake study to assess the Biomass Power Potential and Bagasse Cogeneration Power Potential in the country. The purpose of the study is to assess the latest Biomass Power Potential in the country in view of growth in production of food grains.

The study will assess the quantum of power that can be generated through available surplus biomass and bagasse in the country. The potential for power generation through Biomass and Bagasse will be assessed separately. Expressions of Interest are welcomed from national and international consultants until August 31, 2018.

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100% carbon to products: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to White Dog Labs

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 4:38pm

US-based White Dog Labs have developed a new process that eliminates the production of CO2, a potent greenhouse gas, during fermentation and instead shifts the carbon to added ethanol production, boosting fermentation yields by around 50 percent. The by-products are distillers grains, corn oil (if extracted from the grains) and water.

The process can boost acetone production by 60%, all by its onesey, and half the CO2.  Add supplementary hydrogen, and you get zero CO2 and a 50-60% percent boost in ethanol production and up to 120% increase if the process is optimized for acetone.

White Dog Labs CEO Bryan Tracy gave this illuminating overview of the technology, the promise and progress to date at ABLC 2018 in Washington DC.

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Cannabis, canola, solids, hog fuel, wheat: what’s new with food and feedstocks?

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 4:30pm

We eat it, we wear it, we burn it, we glue it, we live in it and more. Feedstock that is — crops and residues of the municipal, industrial, agricultural and forest type. We’ve been reporting all the innovations in making new stuff from this old stuff. But who’s doing what to make old stuff new? Turns out, a lot.


Benson Hill Biosystems Launches Saturn Agrosciences Subsidiary to Drive Canola Improvement

In Missouri, Benson Hill Biosystems has formed Saturn Agrosciences, a new subsidiary focused on canola improvement. Saturn will build on progress initiated last year through a partnership between Benson Hill and the University of Guelph, with funding from the Canadian Government’s Genome Applications Partnership Program (GAPP)to develop more sustainable and healthier varieties of canola.

Canola is a crop with exceptional health benefits that has not received sufficient focus to tap its full genetic potential.  According to the 2018 International Food Information Council annual survey, heart health was the primary nutrition and diet goal cited by consumers.  “Canola oil has one of the most heart-healthy fatty acid profiles of all oils,” said Dr. Christine Rosenbloom, RDN, and co-author of Food and Fitness After 50. “As consumers seek more healthy food choices, canola oil offers an ideal option for food manufacturers and service providers looking to lower trans-fats in their offerings.”

Benson Hill’s CropOS cognitive computational platform and suite of genomics tools enable innovators to identify and optimize genes of interest to develop better crops and food ingredients.  Saturn is currently advancing Benson Hill’s portfolio of photosynthesis enhancing traits and will work with partners interested in canola oil and protein to develop traits for yield, sustainability, healthier oil composition, and higher protein content.

“Saturn Agrosciences is an example of our commitment to empower innovation with both the genomic expertise and the R&D models our partners need,” said Matthew Crisp, CEO of Benson Hill Biosystems.  “Whether it’s a seed company interested in accessing the most advanced genomics tools for their R&D program, or a food company with no genomic R&D capacity interested in sourcing better ingredients, we provide the technology, the partnership model, and the infrastructure necessary to deliver.”


Greenspire Global Expands Distribution Network for cannabis, greenhouse, ag

In Iowa, Greenspire Global, Inc. has expanded its distribution network in response to growing product demand, and its products are now available through:

Cannabis industry – Central Garden & Pet Company, Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, urban-gro
Greenhouse industry – Griffin Greenhouse Supplies
Ag industry – Helena Agri-Enterprises, FamilyFarms Group, Farmers Business Network

Greenspire Global’s products include Procidic2, an agricultural bactericide and fungicide specifically developed for cannabis and hemp grown indoors or in open fields, and Procidic, an organic fungicide and bactericide formulated to protect crops during all stages of growth. Distribution will further expand on September 1, making Procidic available to Florida growers.

“As part of our ongoing effort to provide growers options to grow crops more naturally,” says Steve Knauss, “we’ve partnered with additional distributors to make our products more readily available across the market.”


Critical plant gene could boost biofuel yields

In Tennessee, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory discovered a critical gene in poplar plants that consistently revealed mutations that was not previously known to exist. They found that poplar plants with certain mutations created unexpectedly low levels of lignin across different environments and tree ages.

“This enzyme’s unique behavior contrasts with conventional wisdom in the plant community,” Muchero said. “While we do not know how this new function came about in poplar, we now know that this enzyme exhibits the same behavior in other plant species.”

“At first, we thought it was a mistake, because the enzyme does not need to bind DNA to perform its known function,” said Muchero, a biologist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “We repeated the experiment multiple times and kept seeing evidence in the data that the same gene involved in making amino acids also regulates the function of genes involved in producing lignin. This regulation is happening at a higher level in the plant’s overall biological system,” he added.

As they continued their research, the scientists noted the amino acid-producing enzyme deviated from its anticipated journey through the plant’s cells seeking out chloroplasts, which contain chlorophyll, the molecule that absorbs energy from sunlight, giving plants their green color and capturing carbon dioxide through photosynthesis.

Instead, their work revealed something unexpected: the additional section of the enzyme allowed the enzyme to enter the nucleus, which is the plant cell’s brain center, and “moonlight” as a DNA-binding regulator of gene expression.
Discovering the direct connection opens new opportunities to tweak how lignin is produced in poplar without impacting other biological processes that could kill the plant.


Evogene Announces Positive Yield Results in its Bio-Stimulant Program for Wheat

In Israel, Evogene has achieved positive yield results leading to phase advancement in its bio-stimulant for wheat program. This phase advancement, from discovery to initial development, is based on meeting efficacy criteria in spring wheat field trials with significant yield improvements of 10%-20%.

Having moved to the development stage, efforts are now focused on advancement of formulation technology and fermentation protocols for the improvement of performance consistency and to reduce production costs. Further steps will include field trials in the US in the coming season followed with expansion into Western Canada, which are the key geographies for a 1st product launch.

Ido Dor, EVP and GM, Ag-Biologicals stated: “We are proud of the progress achieved in our bio-stimulant program for wheat which signifies an important step in the process of increasing wheat crop productivity. Ag-biological products are an environmentally friendly alternative which will also make wheat a healthier choice for consumers. We look forward to updating you as we continue to move towards commercialization with these candidates and with others from our diverse ag-bio product portfolio which now includes stimulants, insecticides and fungicides.”

Ofer Haviv, Evogene’s President and CEO stated: “Ag-Biologicals are an exciting area of activity for Evogene in that successful product development could provide opportunities for a relatively near-term product launch. Furthermore, the wheat market is significantly less centralized, allowing companies like ours to potentially commercialize directly with distributers, thus capturing a larger portion of final product revenues.”

Solid waste

New Report Documents Waste-To-Energy Use in Europe, Identifies Opportunities in North America

In Maryland, a new report issued by the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (Applied Research Foundation documents the reasons for the extensive use of thermal treatment of municipal solid waste in waste-to-energy facilities in Europe. The report, “Thermal Treatment of Residual Waste: Lessons from Europe,” investigates why developed countries in Western Europe have embraced thermal treatment and are processing 97 million tons of residual waste in over 500 WTE facilities located in 22 countries.

“European thermal treatment facilities were developed to meet landfill treatment and stabilization requirements, as well as recover energy for electricity and heat generation and additional materials for recycling,” said Jeremy O’Brien, P.E., SWANA’s Director of Applied Research. “A key motivation in Europe is to treat residual MSW that is not targeted for recycling in order to destroy any hazardous organic substances in the waste and ensure that it is biologically and chemically stable before it is disposed in landfills.”

“This report provides a significant analysis of the differences underlying the use of WTE in the United States and Canada compared to Europe. In Europe, WTE facilities often are needed to comply with EU and national requirements to treat and stabilize waste before landfill disposal,” said David Biderman, SWANA’s Executive Director and CEO.  “In the U.S., many WTE facilities were built in response to a perceived landfill shortage more than twenty years ago, and there was a focus on volume reduction. With landfill capacity getting tighter in certain parts of the U.S., particularly New England, there may be additional new opportunities for WTE.”

Hog fuel

Development of international standards for solid biofuels advanced

In Finland, the 10th annual meeting of ISO/TC238, Solid Biofuels, was hosted by Finland, and representatives from fifteen nations participated, including Chile and Japan for the first time.

Among the new or expanded work items discussed at the recent meeting were classification of hog fuel and splitting the determination of fines content in pellets into two methods, one being a reference method for use in laboratories and the other a simplified method for use at field and production sites. Progress was made on a number of existing projects, including a simplified sampling method, water sorption of thermally treated biofuel pellets (to include the measurement of water uptake, changes in durability, and the creation of “weathered fines” as a result of wetting), and a number of projects covering various aspects of industrial and personal safety. When approved and published, these documents will be available for use on a worldwide basis. To date ISO/TC238 has published 34 standards for solid biofuels, has 11 registered projects, and will be adding new projects into the queue as the outcome of this meeting.

As administrator of the US Technical Advisory Group to TC238, ASABE coordinates US input on developing standards and responses to balloted proposals.


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Major Brazilian banks sees mills and distilleries unlikely to increase investments

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 7:25pm

In Brazil, Reuters reports that in contrast with other agricultural sectors, banking giant Itaú BBA doesn’t expect sugar mills and ethanol distilleries to take on more financing. Mills were able to pay down some debt in the last season that ended in March but with concerns about lower production due to aging cane fields and an uncertain market, companies will be unlikely to invest more this season. That’s despite the fact that cane fields are in desperate need of renewal and the extensive investments required in order to achieve the ethanol goals set out in RenovaBio.

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San Diego school district switches bus fleet to Neste MY Renewable Diesel™

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 7:24pm

In California, Vista Unified School District (VUSD), a public school district based in San Diego County, California, has switched its fleet of 53 school buses to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel.

VUSD is the 4th largest school district in San Diego County and is comprised of 32 schools with diverse educational programs that range from kindergarten schools through adult education facilities. VUSD serves more than 23,000 primary to high school students and 2,000 adult education students.

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China to increase duty for undenatured US ethanol to 65%

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 7:23pm

In China, Platts reports that the government announced on September 1 undenatured ethanol from the US will be subject to an additional 25% import duty on top of the existing 40% duty in retaliation to additional duties of between 15% and 25% imposed by the US on around $200 billion worth of Chinese products. In addition to ethanol, more than 5,200 US products will now be subject to as much as 25% additional duty but the government didn’t say when the additional duty will be implemented.

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FS Bioenergia pushing forward with investments despite falling short of targets

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 7:22pm

In Brazil, Reuters reports that despite failing to achieve 100% production capacity during its first year of production, FS Bioenergia is continuing with plans to build its second corn-based ethanol plant. The company’s first plant missed the mark by 30 million liters and 130 million bushels of corn. In addition to the second plant under development that will produce 680 million liters, the company also plans to invest $93.1 million to double the production capacity of the original plant to 500 million liters.

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Bangchak Petroleum teams up to push B20

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 7:21pm

In Thailand, the National News Bureau reports that oil giant Bangchak Petroleum is teaming with the government to support local oil palm farmers through blending 20% biodiesel, in line with the recent move by Indonesia to boost blending to 20% from the previous 15%. Other companies including TPI Polene Plc and TPI Concrete Plc are supporting the initiative to blend more biodiesel along with Bangchak. The Ministry of Energy is leading the campaign to boost palm oil consumption.

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June Brazilian ethanol imports soar 93% on year

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 7:20pm

In Brazil, Platts reports that data from the Secretariat of Foreign Trade shows June ethanol imports soared 93% on the year to 142.4 million liters with nearly all of it going to the North-Northeast region and 96.4 million liters into Maranhao State. Nearly all of the imports were sourced from the US. Even though June imports jumped, total imports for the year through June are less than half a percent lower than last year even with the 20% import duty in place.

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New Mexico natural history museum launches online game to grow algae for biodiesel

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 7:18pm

In New Mexico, the state’s Museum of Natural History and Science has launched an online exhibition called Bio-AI that allows users to grow an algae crop—or fail and lose the crop—using an online game “Growing Green Goop” as a way to increase awareness about algae R&D in the state. As the game’s intro says, “There are a lot of ways to grow algae, and lots of different types of algae to grow. The challenge is to make it cheap to grow algae so that it will cost less than other types of fuel.”

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and EPA seek comments on CAFE and GHG standards

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 7:17pm

In Washington, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) propose to amend certain existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks and establish new standards, covering model years 2021 through 2026.

The agencies are calling for stakeholders to submit comments at w to Docket EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283. Information on additional methods for submitting formal comments is available at

NHTSA and EPA will jointly hold three public hearings on this proposal in Washington, D.C.; in the Detroit, MI area; and in the Los Angeles, CA area. The agencies will announce the dates and locations of the hearings in a supplemental Federal Register notice.

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Lessons on the Road to GoBig: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to POET-DSM cellulosic ethanol

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 5:50pm

In November we reported that POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels achieved a major breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production at its Project LIBERTY plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The company has solved the critical challenge in pretreatment, overcoming what has been the No. 1 hurdle to commercialization for producers around the world, according to their news release. Project LIBERTY is now running pretreatment at 80 percent uptime.

POET-DSM and other producers have identified the pretreatment stage in the past as the major chokepoint in commercial production. With a newly installed pretreatment system, designed by POET engineers, POET-DSM is now able to direct its attention to fine-tuning downstream processes and prepare for future licensing efforts that will spread this technology around the world.

DSM BioBased president Atul Thakrar has put together this illuminating overview of lessons learned on the road to cellulosic ethanol commercialization, which were presented at ABLC 2018 in Washington DC.

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Building Commercialization Partnerships: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 5:48pm

Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, sugar cane bagasse, forest materials and grasses).

GBL works with feedstock partners to deliver capital efficient production models, and works with downstream partners to deliver high quality, competitively priced products for the global renewable chemicals and biofuels markets.

Green Biologics CEO Sean Sutcliffe gave this illuminating overview of the company’s progress and promise at ABLC 2018 in Washington DC.

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A factory no bigger than a molecule, now producing fuels, chemicals and materials

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 2:08pm

A team from Switzerland has come up with a black box the size of a molecule, and inside that box they can generate the precursors for fuels, pesticides and face creams with astonishing yields and simplicity.

Specifically, they are making compounds that within the 50,000-molecule group known as terpenes — and if you’ve smelled a pine tree lately, that’s a terpene your nose is picking up. They’re using a spherical compound known as a resorcinarene — which we’ll mention once before we condemn it to the Hall of Shamefully Named Useful Molecules and refer to it from this point forward as the Box.

What they are doing

The research group led by Professor Konrad Tiefenbacher from the University of Basel’s Department of Chemistry has now developed a synthesis concept for terpenes copied from nature.

The decisive step takes place in the cavity of a spherical compound – known as a molecular capsule. The resorcinarene capsule used has been known about for around 20 years but its catalytic effect has only very recently been described, by Tiefenbacher and others. In organic solvents, the capsule forms itself from six smaller, ring-shaped compounds with the help of hydrogen bonds.

In a similar way to nature, the researchers led by Tiefenbacher begin with a starting material for the synthesis, which is enclosed by the capsule. The capsule environment then enables the formation of the terpene. In addition, control elements previously integrated into the precursor help avoid unwanted side effects and direct the transformation towards the desired product.

What it’s used for now

The compound they made in this proof of concept is Isolongifolene, which has woody and amber scents, and is widely used in a range of applications, including as this catalogue suggested, “fragrances for cosmetics, perfumers, space sprays, detergents, deodorants, fabrics, fibers, and soap, tobacco, creams, paper products. In addition, a melanin inhibitors in plants and animals,” and potentially for “regulating fertility, preventing, and treating breast cancer, and for menopausal hormone replacement.”

What happened

The applicability of the concept was proven by the four-step synthesis of isolongifolene, with the formation of a ring-shaped terpene compound catalyzed by the capsule as the key step. This succeeded – when compared with conventional syntheses – in significantly fewer steps and with a good yield. Using labeled precursors and with the help of computer simulations, the Basel chemists were also able to clarify the reaction mechanism.

Why it matters

Terpenes are natural products that are often very difficult to synthesize in the laboratory. They include, for example, many essential oils, steroids and clinically relevant substances such as the antimalarial drug artemisinin or the chemotherapy medication paclitaxel. And a whole bunch of candidate fuels — and we covered many of those right here. And much of what Evolva is up to with new compounds like nootkatone, and just about anything that has come out of the Amyris shop is grounded in terpene science.

Amyris’ process makes farnesene at high yield. But generally, speaking, terpene production is a world of low-yields, and the process often requires numerous, not always selective synthesis steps, and the yields tend to be low. And that generally has confined most affordable applications to the high-end range where pharam and cosmetics sit. Big-market chemicals — and especially fuels — they are a prized application set that the economics don’t yet favor. $75 oil helps, and $200 oil (if it appears, as was predicted for 2020), would put a whole bunch of technologies into the fuel range.

But a manifestly improved process would help more, And that’s what we’re looking at here.

Emissions are low, energy density is high

Like low-carbon fuels? Terpenes would be your new best friend. As we reported in 2016, researchers from the Australian National University said that eucalyptus-based fuel would initially be more expensive than fossil fuels to make on a mass scale, but would produce significantly less net carbon emissions.

Certain monoterpenes commonly found in eucalyptus oils such as pinene and limonene, can be refined through a catalytic process, resulting in a fuel with energy densities suitable for jet fuel.

Super jets

Terpenes are so good a s a fuel, they’re far better than conventional jet fuel. Meaning they can fly farther or carrying bigger payloads than aircraft using conventional kerosene fuels. We’ve seen research suggesting that you could load an extra air-to-surface missile on an existing aircraft. That means fewer pilots flying the same mission. Using less to do the same job is a good formula for military and just about anything else.

More about high-performance terpenes here.

What about pest control?

If fuels seem far out, a transitional application — that is, bigger markets than cosmetics but higher prices than fuels — could well be insect control.

As the Hindawl reported here, “essential oil components such as terpenes and phenylpropenes have been shown to have a significant potential for insect control.” That’s something Evolva is looking into with Nootkatone — and probably everyone knowns that you use orange-scented terpenes to ward off insects near your summer campsite.

See it Now

What you see here are two different representations of the molecular capsule being used: on the left, the around 1.4 cubic nanometer-large cavity is highlighted in blue. On the right, the cohesion of the capsule via hydrogen bonds (green dashed lines) is visible.

Next Steps

“Our next goal is to use capsules as an artificial enzyme in the creation of even more complex terpenes,” says Professor Tiefenbacher. “In order to do so, we must learn to better control the spatial arrangement of the precursor within the capsule, either by modifying the existing system or by developing new catalysts.” This may open up new ways of synthesizing terpene compounds that would otherwise not be readily accessible.

Finding Out More

The findings were recently published in the journal Nature Catalysis.

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EU offers farmers support after drought affects production

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 11:55am

In Belgium, the European Commission announced help for farmers dealing with European drought conditions that is affecting crop production and animal feed. First, “farmers will be able to receive up to 70% of their direct payment and 85% of payments under rural development as of mid-October,” instead of December in order to help farmers’ cash flows. Second, the Commission is allowing farmers certain requirement exemptions like allowing animal feed production on land that normally isn’t used for production.

Rising temperatures and lack of rainfall have been plaguing European farmers this year, affecting production and also impacting feedstock and grain prices, increasing prices in the market. Euronext milling wheat increased to the highest level since May 2014. Corn prices reached their highest level in five years, according to S&P Global.

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Fatbergs to fuel thanks to new process

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 11:53am

In the United Kingdom, University of British Columbia scientists discovered a way to turn the UK’s fatbergs, congealed fat and waste, into methane fuel that when burned releases water and low amounts of carbon dioxide compared to fossil fuels. The new process helps break down fats, oils and grease into liquids that bacteria can more easily digest it and make more methane. Scientists used microwaves and hydrogen peroxide to break down the fatberg chunks releasing more fatty acids. Demonstration tests are going on now at municipal sewage treatment plants and dairy farms to test out the new process. “A full-scale system is expected to be in place in a year or two for these applications,” Srinivasan told Inverse.

“Anaerobic digestion systems commonly exist in municipal sewage treatment plants,” study co-author and research associate Asha Srinivasan, Ph.D. told Inverse. “So, it would be advantageous to make use of the existing infrastructure to produce methane.”

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U.S. ethanol exports on pace to shatter record

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 11:51am

In Washington, D.C., government data released on Friday shows that U.S. ethanol exports through June stood at 927.7 million gallons (mg), up 33 percent from the first half of 2017 and on pace to shatter last year’s record of 1.38 billion gallons (bg). According to the Renewable Fuels Association, robust export markets are more important now than ever before, as actions by the Environmental Protection Agency are undermining domestic ethanol demand.

At the halfway point for 2018, Brazil had been the leading market for U.S. ethanol exports, receiving 345.9 mg—or about 37 percent of total shipments. Exports to Brazil in the first half of 2018 were up 28 percent over the same period in 2017.

Canada has been the second-leading export market, with 159.5 mg of U.S. ethanol flowing north of the border in the first six months of the year. That’s up 8 percent from the same period a year ago.

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EU oilseed crop likely to come in below expectations

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 11:49am

In Germany, UFOP reports that according to the EU Commission’s preliminary estimates, the 2018/19 oilseed output in the EU-28 could fall short of last year’s level. The main factor is declines in rapeseed yield.

In its latest monthly report, the EU Commission has projected the 2018 EU-28 oilseed harvest at 33.1 million tonnes. Consequently, production of rapeseed, sunflowerseed and soybeans would fall 6 per cent or 2 million tonnes from the previous year’s level. According to the current outlook, production of rapeseed, the most important oilseed crop in the EU-28, could decline 10 per cent to around 19.7 million tonnes from the previous year. This would be the lowest value since 2012. Soybean output is forecast at 2.8 million tonnes, just less than 7 per cent above the previous year’s level, although the soybean area could decline almost 3 per cent from a year earlier to 0.9 million hectares. As regards sunflower production, the EU Commission expects a 0.6 per cent increase to 10.4 million tonnes, despite a 1.7 per cent decline in cultivation area. This would set a new record high.

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Lapitec launches Bio-Care self-cleaning building material

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 11:48am

In Italy, Lapitec developed a new line of building material that incorporates a special form of titanium dioxide which acts as a catalyst which degrades organic matter through oxidation thanks to the reaction to natural sunlight or artificial lighting (photocatalysis).

Bio-Care is designed and developed to breakdown and wash away the organic atmospheric particles which deposit on the external cladding as well as having a bactericidal effect. Scientific research has also demonstrated how the powerful oxidation properties of Titanium dioxide destroys bacteria (as Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus) and mould, fungus and micro organisms reducing the unpleasant odours produced. The Bio-Care line is the perfect choice for locations where you have to guarantee a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene with anti-polluting and self-cleaning properties.

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RTFO releases latest biofuel blending stats

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 11:46am

In the United Kingdom, the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations order requires transport fuel suppliers to ensure that a proportion of the fuel they supply comes from renewable sources (biofuels). Current returns show 1,621 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied in period 10 (2017/18) so far, which is 3% of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel.

1,306 million litres (81%) of this fuel has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements. Of this 1,306 million litres, biodiesel methyl ester (ME) – which we shall refer to as biodiesel for the rest of the report – comprises 48% of the supply, bioethanol 47% and biomethanol 5%. There was also a small volume of bio petrol, biomethane, off-road biodiesel, diesel with bio origin and hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO).

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