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Novozymes opens new office in Kenya

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 07/07/2019 - 11:22am

In Denmark, Novozymes is opening a new office in Nairobi, Kenya in order to expand their presence in East Africa and unlock emerging markets for their enzyme technologies. They hope to reach consumers with their biological enzyme solutions that allow detergent producers to develop better and affordable detergents, breweries to be more efficient at producing beer, and bakeries to create bread that stays fresh longer and lower the amount of sugar added to bread, according to their press release.

“Novozymes also works with breweries across sub-Saharan Africa to help them save time, energy and water in the production of beer,” according to the Novozymes press release. “Thanks to enzymes, breweries can use local raw material such as sorghum and cassava instead of expensive imports to produce delicious, local brews. It also gives new viable incomes to African farmers to the benefit of local communities.”

“For bakeries, Novozymes has developed a solution that makes bread stay fresh longer and that will have a considerable impact on food waste. The product is currently being tested on the flat bread market in Egypt. High prices of imported sugar are another concern among African bakers. Novozymes now provides an enzyme that allows them to optimize costs by reducing the amount of added sugar in bread.”

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Neste to divest fuel retail business in Russia

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 07/07/2019 - 11:20am

In Finland, Neste Corporation signed an agreement to sell its fuel retail business consisting of 75 fuel stations and a terminal in St. Petersburg region to Russia-based oil and gas company PJSC Tatneft. The move is to enable Neste to focus on their strategic priorities and Neste MY Renewable Diesel and services in Finland and the Baltic countries.

The divestment has no impact on Neste’s Marketing & Services’ operations in Finland and the Baltic countries, according to Neste’s press release.

Pursuant to a separate agreement between Tatneft and Neste following the acquisition the retail network will continue to operate under the Neste brand for up to 5 years.

The parties have agreed that the transaction price shall remain confidential. The transaction will not have a material effect on Neste’s and Tatneft’s respective financial positions. The completion of the divestment is subject to the approval of the Russian competition authorities and the transaction is estimated to be completed by the end of 2019.

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Anellotech’s new biomass pre-treatment tech to remove minerals at 20MT/day scale

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 07/07/2019 - 11:19am

In New York, Anellotech’s MinFree technology, a patent pending biomass pretreatment process has been demonstrated to significantly reduce the mineral (ash) content of loblolly pine at a 20 metric ton/day scale, according to Anellotech’s press release. Month-long trials converting this MinFree-treated, low-mineral pine into aromatics (BTX) at Anellotech’s Bio-TCat process TCat-8 pilot plant showed extended, economic catalyst life.

MinFree is expected to provide similar results with other woody biomass like eucalyptus and hard woods, and agricultural residues like cotton straw, sugarcane bagasse and corn stover. Anellotech is in discussions with feedstock suppliers and other participants in the supply chain to select the next feedstock for development and commercialization with the MinFree process.

MinFree also has application in the bioenergy sector, according to Anellotech’s press release. The MinFree process removes high levels of mineral elements from agricultural residues which could cause fouling, erosion and corrosion, enabling the use of residues as economical feedstocks in addition to wood pellets.

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EPA’s proposed RFS biofuel volumes for 2020 being slammed by biofuel industry

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 07/07/2019 - 10:54am

Maybe it was too many fireworks, too many hot dogs, or the summer heat in D.C., but the EPA came back the day after the 4th of July holiday with a whopper for next year’s biofuel targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard that have the farming and biofuel sectors reeling in frustration and disappointment. Maybe the EPA thought the industry would still be on cloud nine from the year-round E15 news or hung-over from a late night of Independence Day celebrations, but people were paying attention and the reactions are ripping apart the EPA’s targets for 2020.

Some are saying “Enough is enough.” Some are asking is this a joke?

In today’s Digest, the facts and RVO numbers, EPA’s statement, riveting reactions from Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, National Biodiesel Board, and more.

First, the facts.

EPA’s proposed volume requirements under the RFS for 2020, including biomass-based diesel volume standards for 2021 are as follows:

Proposed and Final Renewable Fuel Volume Requirements for 2019-2021   2019
Statutory Volumes
Proposed Volumes
Proposed Volumes
Cellulosic biofuel (billion gallons) 0.42 10.50 0.54 n/a Biomass-based diesel (billion gallons) 2.1 ≥1.0 N/Ac 2.43 Advanced biofuel (billion gallons) 4.92 15.00 5.04 n/a Renewable fuel (billion gallons) 19.92 30.00 20.04 n/a

Ok, so what’s so bad about this? Let’s start with cellulosic fuel…not much of an increase there with a 120-million-gallon increase which in the grand scheme of things is tiny, but ok, at least it’s an increase.

Maybe advanced biofuel is a bit better, right? Surely there must have been an increase there! Well, from 4.92 to 5.04, it’s not really moving the needle. Heck, if you round up 4.92 to 5 and round 5.04 down to 5 it’s almost the same.

Ok, ok, we get the point, not much increasing there either…how about ethanol. After all, corn farmers, year-round E10, ethanol is big here in the heart of the U.S., so surely there would be an increase there? Since it falls under “renewable fuel” in this table here, that leaves us with about 14.5 billion gallons. Wait, what? Let’s double check the numbers…2019 had about 14.58 billion gallons of renewable fuel and now in 2020 it’s actually decreased to 14.46 billion gallons? Can that be right?

What about the small refinery waivers? Were they accounted for at all in the EPA proposed numbers? What does EPA have to say about all this?

EPA’s key message – “On time” and “maintained”

Interestingly, EPA’s press release focused on meeting a deadline rather than the actual volume numbers. Not once, but twice, they mention it saying “This puts EPA on target to publish the final RFS Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) on time for the third consecutive year.” And a quote from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, “Unlike the previous administration, we have consistently issued the annual renewable volume obligations rule on time, which is critically important to America’s farmers and all stakeholders impacted by the Renewable Fuel Standard program. We are on track to meet the deadline on time for the third year in a row and continue to provide greater regulatory certainty to farmers and refiners across the country.”

Ok, so they met a deadline. But the EPA statement sums up the proposed volumes that are causing quite a stir in the biofuels industry:

  • “Conventional” renewable fuel volumes, primarily met by corn ethanol, would be maintained at the implied 15-billion gallon target set by Congress.
  • EPA is proposing an advanced biofuel volume requirement for 2020 of 5.04 billion gallons, which is 0.12 billion gallons higher than the advanced biofuel volume requirement for 2019.
  • The cellulosic biofuel volume requirement of 0.54 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons for 2020 is based on our production projection which is 0.12 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons higher than the cellulosic biofuel volume finalized for 2019.
  • We are proposing to maintain the biomass-based diesel (BBD) volume for 2021 at 2.43 billion gallons.”

The reactions

So there’s the chart and the numbers – how do you feel about it? Here’s how some in the biofuels industry are reacting, with many of them focusing on small refinery waivers and lawsuits. You’ll notice they all have one thing in common – upset and disappointment about EPA’s proposed RVOs.

The Renewable Fuels Association has possibly the most amusing reaction, posing the question, “Are EPA’s Proposed RFS ‘Obligations’ Actually Just Suggestions?” They continue:

By neglecting to prospectively reallocate small refinery exemptions and blatantly ignoring a court order to restore improperly waived gallons, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) completely betrays President Trump’s commitment to uphold the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

“As long as EPA continues to dole out compliance exemptions to oil refiners without reallocating the lost volume, the agency may as well start referring to the annual RFS levels as ‘renewable volume suggestions’ rather than ‘renewable volume obligations,’” said Geoff Cooper, RFA’s President and CEO. “It is a complete misnomer to call these blending volumes ‘obligations’ when EPA’s small refinery bailouts have essentially transformed the RFS into a voluntary program for nearly one-third of the nation’s oil refineries.”

Most notably, EPA failed to prospectively account for any expected small refinery exemptions in the 2020 proposal, even though it is almost a foregone conclusion at this point that the Agency will continue to grant more exemptions.

“Congress gave EPA the direction and tools necessary to ensure that the statutory RFS volumes are enforced, and that includes prospectively reallocating exempted volumes to non-exempt parties. Instead, EPA has chosen to continue its demand destruction campaign that has been crippling to both ethanol producers and the farmers who supply our industry. Enough is enough.”

Making matters worse, EPA’s proposal continues to flout the D.C. Circuit Court’s 2017 order requiring the Agency to restore 500 million gallons of renewable fuel obligations that it inappropriately and illegally waived from the 2016 RVO. Unbelievably, the Agency is proposing to snub the court’s ruling by refusing to restore the 500 million gallons remanded volume.

“EPA’s stubborn refusal to obey a court order to restore lost demand is yet another kick in the teeth to U.S. further demand destruction for renewable fuel producers and farmers already facing the worst market conditions in a generation. EPA’s suggestion that following the court’s directive would place an ‘additional burden’ on obligated parties is an insult and an affront to the farmers and ethanol producers who trusted this administration would follow the law. The RFS wasn’t intended to make oil refiners comfortable; it was intended to change the status quo by guaranteeing renewable fuels would have access to a marketplace otherwise closed to competition. Yet, EPA appears to be selling out to oil refiners—again—at the expense of rural America. The court found in favor of renewable fuel producers in 2017 because it was clear our industry had been harmed by EPA’s illegal use of a general waiver—now EPA is doubling down on that harm to the ethanol industry and farmers.”

Cooper said today’s proposal undermines the pledge President Trump made to farmers and renewable fuel producers that his administration would enforce the statutory RFS volumes. “By failing to prospectively reallocate, failing to commit to a more judicious and restrained approach to refinery waivers, and failing to follow a court’s order to restore lost demand, EPA is blatantly undercutting President Trump’s commitment to ethanol, which he restated less than a month ago when he visited the Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy ethanol plant. We urge the President to resolve the disconnect between the oval office and EPA and get the RFS back on track.”

Growth Energy had this to say:

“It’s unconscionable that EPA continues to undermine the president’s commitment to a strong rural America,” said Skor. “The 2020 RVOs are a drop in the bucket compared to the demand lost due to a flood of refinery exemptions. Unless EPA restores demand destroyed through secret handouts to oil giants like Exxon and Chevron, these targets offer nothing but another year of lost opportunity and rural hardship.

“Making matters worse, EPA chose to flout the 2017 court ruling requiring the agency to revisit 500 million gallons of biofuel that were inappropriately waived. Today’s proposal is a slap in the face to the farmers dealing with the toughest years on record.”

American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement:

“While EPA says it is proposing to maintain the 15-billion-gallon conventional biofuel blending target for 2020, refinery exemptions without reallocation of waived volumes have effectively reduced the RFS by more than 2 billion gallons below statutory volumes. President Trump asked EPA to remedy this issue following his trip to Iowa a few weeks ago and this proposal is a missed opportunity to reallocate the 2.61 billion gallons waived through Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs).

“It’s also a missed opportunity to restore the 500-million-gallon shortfall the D.C. Circuit Court ordered EPA to handle following the Americans for Clean Energy et al v. EPA lawsuit, which recently resigned EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation William Wehrum told ACE members EPA intended to address in the 2020 proposed rule at our D.C. fly-in in April.

Iowa Corn Growers Association said they are “disappointed that EPA fails to account for small refinery waivers in proposed RVO rule” and continues:

“We are discouraged by the EPA’s decision to not uphold the integrity of the RFS and account for its heavy usage of the Small Refinery Exemption process as required by law,” said Curt Mether, President of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and a farmer from Logan, Iowa. “Farmers are facing a tough economic environment, and the waivers from the EPA are degrading the top priority for Iowa’s corn farmers while impacting our bottom line.”

“The damage created by the EPA through SREs undermines the RFS and destroys markets for Iowa’s corn farmers. We need President Trump to keep the EPA in alignment with his promises on ethanol,” stated Mether.

Iowa Biodiesel Board said farmers are “dismayed by the EPA proposal” and expressed “extreme dissatisfaction with the EPA proposed rule. Grant Kimberley, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board and director of market development for the Iowa Soybean Association, said:

“Since this RFS proposal holds biodiesel volumes flat while doing nothing to account for the high number of so-called ‘small’ refinery exemptions, EPA effectively intends to reduce market potential for biodiesel and renewable diesel compared to this year. This sends a shocking signal to our biodiesel producers that the Administration wants to unravel the RFS. It also undermines one of our country’s best opportunities to grow a low-carbon fuel supply while supporting American manufacturing jobs, many located in small-town Iowa.

“The Administration must understand that a feeble RFS also affects Americans beyond the biodiesel manufacturing industry itself. Farmers are already in one of their worst years in recent memory, with many trying to hold on to their family farms. This proposal is yet another blow to them when farm income is down by 50 percent compared to five years ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Supporting their participation in the energy market through common sense policies like the RFS can soften this blow.

“Meanwhile, we stay in painful limbo on trade with China, the biodiesel tax credit remains expired, and the Commerce Department has relaxed duties on imports on Argentine biodiesel. We’re becoming fed up with the lack of commitment to this industry in Washington.

National Biodiesel Board talked about flatlining and slamming EPA’s proposal:

The agency’s proposed advanced biofuel volume of 5.04 billion gallons provides no additional market growth for biomass-based diesel. Similarly, the proposal to set the 2021 biomass-based diesel volume at 2.43 billion gallons — the same as the 2020 volume — flatlines growth for the industry. EPA’s proposal could actually reduce market space for biodiesel and renewable diesel compared to this year, because it does not account for small refinery exemptions.

“The proposal sends a chilling signal to America’s biodiesel and renewable diesel producers of EPA’s intent to limit market growth for cleaner fuels. EPA appears to have simply repeated the previous biomass-based diesel volume of 2.43 billion gallons for 2021 without analyzing our industry’s ability to achieve higher volumes,” said Kurt Kovarik, NBB’s Vice President of Federal Affairs.

“Worse, EPA refuses to reconcile its RFS rules with its small refinery exemption handout spree,” Kovarik added. “EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler asserts that by law he must grant RFS hardship exemptions to every refiner that asks. Yet in the proposed rule, EPA claims it can’t possibly predict whether oil refineries will once again take advantage of EPA’s open spigot on these handouts. We know that Administrator Wheeler’s public statements and EPA’s calculation of small refinery exemptions in the annual volumes can’t both be true.”

EPA’s calculation of the 2020 annual percentage standards uses 0 as the number of gallons of diesel and gasoline produced by exempt small refineries. For 2015, 2016 and 2017, EPA exempted nearly 28 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel produced by small refineries, without accounting for them in the RFS program. Those exemptions reduced demand for biodiesel and renewable diesel by hundreds of millions of gallons. According to University of Illinois Professor Scott Irwin, the demand destruction for biodiesel and renewable diesel could reach 2.45 billion gallons over the next few years causing a $7.7 billion economic loss for the biodiesel industry.

Kovarik continued, “Even one small refinery exemption has the potential to put a biodiesel plant out of business, impacting hundreds of jobs in the surrounding community. Consider a so-called small refinery such as Exxon’s in Billings, Montana, which reportedly received an RFS hardship exemption. It can process more than 60,000 barrels of oil each day — producing 1.9 million gallons of gasoline and diesel every day and 712 million gallons every year. The annual RFS obligations for that fuel would provide a market for more than 17 million gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel for the year. There are dozens of biodiesel producers who produce less than that on an annual basis and who could be put out of business.”

Advanced Biofuels Business Council’s Executive Director, Brooke Coleman, said:

“Today’s proposal does nothing to repair 2.6 billion gallons of demand destroyed by refinery exemptions, which means the EPA is not fulfilling the president’s promise to rural America. Moreover, it explicitly rejects calls to reallocate gallons that will be lost to future waivers. If the EPA doesn’t fully account for lost gallons, we’ll continue to see investments in advanced biofuels frozen by uncertainty, shrinking farm markets, and more rural plants idling production. The president knows that E15 could unlock incredible opportunities for rural America, but that won’t happen unless the EPA upholds the law as Congress intended.”

National Corn Growers Association (NCGA)’s President, Lynn Chrisp, said:

“We are frustrated the EPA did not account for potential waived gallons going forward in the proposed rule. If the EPA continues to grant retroactive waivers, the RVO numbers are meaningless and the EPA is not following the law. Farmers are facing a very tough economic environment and the continued waiver abuse chips away at farmers’ bottom line.”

POET’s Kyle Gilley, Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Communications said:

“We’re disappointed with the RVO targets proposed by the EPA.  These numbers do not account for the billions of gallons of ethanol blending lost through the EPA’s expanded use of Small Refinery Exemptions. Barring a clear and meaningful reallocation of waived gallons, the RVO will not instill confidence in the US farming community during a year in which they’ve been hard hit with historically bad weather.  Forward progress is needed to offset the harm done by the unprecedented number of small refinery waivers issued last year and continue support for industry advancements, including cellulosic biofuels.  We urge the EPA to reconsider these levels during the rulemaking process.”

Americans for Energy Security and Innovation (AESI)’s Co-Chairs, Jim Talent and Rick Santorum, said:

“The only certainty offered by the agency’s proposal is that strong biofuel targets promised by President Trump will continue to be rolled back, gallon by gallon, through the EPA’s secretive handouts to well-connected refineries. Just this week, Russia and its allies in the Middle East agreed to hold down global oil supplies, forcing U.S. consumers to pay more at the fuel pump. The EPA should do more to shield our economy from global markets and drive investment in rural America, where farm communities continue to struggle. That starts with biofuel targets that go beyond the status quo and repair the damage to America’s rural economy. President Trump directed EPA Administrator Wheeler and Agriculture Secretary Perdue to address the exemptions and ‘take care of our farmers.’ We couldn’t agree more, and we urge regulators to get to work before it’s too late.”

Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) co-founder and CEO, Johannes Escudero, said:

“While EPA’s projection methodology results in a 29.2-percent increase over the prior year that recognizes significant ongoing production growth in renewable natural gas by an industry working to decarbonize our natural gas fuel supply, a 540 million gallon volume falls short of accounting accurately both for volumes waived via small refinery exemptions and for actual real-world RNG production,” said Coalition for Renwable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) co-founder and CEO, Johannes Escudero.

Bottom Line

Flatlining, fed up, rolling back, disappointing, dismayed, betrayal…these are the words folks in the ag and biofuels world are using to describe the proposed EPA volumes and until EPA changes those proposed numbers, they will keep using those words…and probably much harsher ones behind closed doors.

Hopefully someone at the EPA is listening and will make some changes, so in the future we’ll be hearing words like “moving forward, improving the bioeconomy, increasing demand and support for biofuels” instead. The public hearing date hasn’t been set yet but that will provide another opportunity for farming and biofuels voices to be heard.

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New $62 million Alpont plant to serve Ohio biodiesel industry from August

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 07/04/2019 - 4:45pm

In Ohio, local press reports that Alpont’s new $62 million methanol and biodiesel fuel catalysts plant will come online in August. The facility’s main market will be northwest Ohio to ensure access to local, lower-priced components for biodiesel and other fuel products. The company chose the town of Oregon to site the plant because of access to high pressure, low cost natural gas required for production processes while Toledo had already run out of industrial areas sufficiently large with the required connection needed.

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Italian consortium signs MOU with NREL on thermochemical conversion for biofuels

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 07/04/2019 - 4:44pm

In Italy, the Renewable Energy Consortium for Research and Demonstration (RE-CORD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory for coordination on thermochemical conversion of biomass for the production of biofuels and chemicals. This agreement will constitute a framework for cooperation and coordination that will allow scientists and engineers from both parties to pursue common opportunities in area of mutual interest, such as fast pyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction, biofuels and related co-products from biomass thermochemical conversion.

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T&E says 65% of Europe’s 2018 palm oil imports were for energy

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 07/04/2019 - 4:43pm

In Belgium, Transport and Environment says Europeans are increasingly eating less and less palm oil and instead are inadvertently burning more and more in cars and trucks. Last year 65% of all the palm oil imported into the EU was used for energy. 53% of all palm imports was used to make biodiesel for cars and trucks – an all-time high – and 12% to generate electricity and heating – another record. Palm oil used for biodiesel grew again in 2018 – by 3% – while the use of palm oil to make food and animal feed dropped significantly, by 11%.

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Ethanol production ramps recovers as well as stock levels

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 07/04/2019 - 4:42pm

In Washington, Platts reports that Energy Information Administration data shows ethanol production has ramped up again, rising for the first time in three weeks to 1.081 million b/d in the week ended June 28, 9,000 b/d higher than the previous week and 14,000 barrels higher on the year. With rising production came rising stocks which rose for the first time in six weeks to 1.277 million barrels, nearly 6% higher than the week prior with nearly all regions seeing stock builds.

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New Zealander looking at beet for ethanol production

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 07/04/2019 - 4:41pm

In New Zealand, as part of a Nuffield scholarship, a dairy farmer is going to start researching into the use of sugarbeet domestically as a feedstock for ethanol production and is currently looking for a fuel company to partner with on the project. As part of the tour for scholarship recipients around Europe, the US and Brazil, he said he was surprised at the forced use of inputs in a nonenvironmentally-friendly way in Europe as a result of policy while the focus on large-scale production in the US saw practices that were damaging to the environment due to lack of regulation.

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Assam Bio Refinery selects partner to develop bamboo supply chain with farmers

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 07/04/2019 - 4:40pm

In India, Assam Bio Refinery that will produce ethanol from bamboo has selected the National Small Industries Corporation to facilitate the supply of bamboo from farmers to different chipping centers around the Northeast states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Meghalaya. NSIC will be responsible for developing the entrepreneurs that will be at the heart of the supply chain. More than 6,000 direct and indirect jobs are expected to be created by 2021 with that increasing to more than 15,000 by 2026.

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Iowa State establishes bioenergy research farm

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 07/04/2019 - 4:39pm

In Iowa, Iowa State University is highly dedicated to bioenergy crops and has established a bioenergy research farm just southwest of Ames, coined as the Sustainable Advanced Bioeconomy Research (SABR) Farm. SABR is funded by the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) out of the University of Illinois.

Corn and soybeans were planted to compare with the energy crops, miscanthus and biomass sorghum. Multiple variables are measured and monitored on these plots starting this season and will continue for the duration of the study.

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Presidential candidates under fire for supporting biofuel but they’re not backing down

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 07/04/2019 - 4:38pm

In Iowa, Bloomberg reports that Mighty Earth’s efforts to pressure presidential candidates into not supporting biofuels so far isn’t working. The NGO says that ethanol from corn and biodiesel from soybeans are worse for the environment than fossil fuels, so are trying to pressure candidates by hitting them on their support for biofuels during fly-ins to the key caucus state. So far, eight Democratic candidates plus President Trump have visited ethanol plants during the presidential campaign season.

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The Competitive Edge: Corden BioChem

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 07/04/2019 - 4:36pm

Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity?

Large-Scale Production / High Capacity

Economy of scale (40m³ / 120m³)

Ramp-up experience / Scale-up skills (starting from 3m³)

Industrializing / Optimization of processes

Q: Tell us about your organization. What do you do?

Corden BioChem is a large-scale industrial manufacturing partner for biotech based products in food, feed, pharma and fine chemicals. “White Biotechnology” is our business.

We are pioneers applying “green chemistry” for intermediates and active pharmaceutical ingredients.

For sixty years we implemented and optimized large-scale fermentation, downstream, biocatalysis and synthesis processes with world-class efficiency, quality and reliability.

Q: What stage of development are you?

Commercial stage – have mature products or services on the market.

Q: What do your technologies, products or services do and accomplish – how does it (they) work, who is it (they) aimed for?

White Biotechnology is our Business.

We do scale-up, industrialization and full-scale production as well as Commercial supply.

We offer 3000m³ Fermentation capacity and equivalent Downstream capacity.

Q: Competitively, what gives your technology, product or service set an edge in cost

or performance, sustainability, or any other aspect, that makes it stand out from the crowd, In short, what makes it transformative?

We offer customer-made solutions, scale-up skills as well as commercial supply. Customers can grow their business with us in a one-stop-shop. Additionally, Corden BioChem is connected to ICIG with sister companies like Weylchem and Corden Pharma to bring more options to customers.

Q: What are the 3 top milestones you have accomplished in the past 3 years?


  1. Turning the site from a pharma production site to a contract manufacturing organization.
  2. Establishing Business for Food/feed and technical products.
  3. Getting Food and feed certificates of state-of-the-art certification bodies.

Q: What are the 3 top milestones you will accomplish in the next 3 years?


  1. Certification of FSSC22000.
  2. Ramping up business and increase utilization.
  3. Become recognized industrial partner with highest CMO capacity in biotechnology in Europe.


  1. Where can I learn more about Corden BioChem?

Click here to visit Corden BioChem’s website

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Carinata Cover Cropping: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Agrisoma

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 07/04/2019 - 4:31pm

Agrisoma Biosciences, Inc. has the world’s largest collection of Carinata and an extensive modern crop improvement program that allows them to select high yielding varieties ideally suited for production across a broad range of geographies. Agrisoma has commercialized Carinata in North and South America, working with hundreds of farmers on over 50,000 acres of production.

Glenn Johnston, Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs for Agrisoma gave this illuminating overview of carinata’s role as one of the lowest carbon feedstocks available to the biofuels industry and a feedstock optimized for efficient biofuel production, as well as a sorce of non-GMO protein available at scale for animals and more

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Liquid Gas UK outlines 2040 vision for 100% bioLPG

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 6:36pm

In the UK, Liquid Gas UK, the newly re-branded trade association representing the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry in the UK has launched its new vision; laying the marker for the industry to transition to 100% bioLPG by 2040.

Already available on the market today, bioLPG offers higher levels of reduction in CO2 compared to existing LPG, with the industry outlining its plans to decarbonize. With up to 90% reduction in carbon emissions, bioLPG represents a cleaner energy future for the almost two million off-grid homes in the UK, as well as the thousands of businesses from mobile caterers to rural manufacturers, B&Bs and farms that are reliant on off-grid fuel sources.

In its current form, LPG offers a low carbon option for off-grid energy when compared to coal and oil by reducing CO2 emissions by 33% and 12% respectively. Today’s vision outlined by Liquid Gas UK sets out how LPG can act as a key transition fuel in the short term, as the industry proactively reduces emissions even further with the introduction and scale up of bioLPG, also known as biopropane.

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Total’s La Mède biorefinery starts up production

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 6:35pm

In France, Total has started up production at the La Mède biorefinery in southeastern France, with the first batches of biofuel coming off the line. It is the final step in converting a former oil refinery into a new energies complex. Launched in 2015, the project represents a capital expenditure of €275 million.

The La Mède complex now encompasses:

  • • A biorefinery with a capacity of 500,000 tonnes of biofuel per year.
  • • An 8-megawatt solar farm that can supply 13,000 people.
  • • A unit to produce 50,000 cubic meters per year of AdBlue®, an additive that reduces nitrogen oxide emissions from trucks.
  • • A logistics and storage hub with a capacity of 1.3 million cubic meters per year.
  • • A training center offering real facilities and able to host 2,500 learners a year.
  • • Together, these new activities have maintained 250 direct jobs at La Mède.

As part of the site transformation, 65% of the orders to remodel the complex were awarded to local businesses, representing 800 jobs and €140 million in revenue. Total also invested €5 million in the economic development of the Fos-Etang de Berre region, notably by supporting initiatives to create jobs, attract industrial projects and support contractors. That’s five times as much as a typical revitalization agreement.

The biorefinery can produce 500,000 tonnes of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), a premium biofuel. La Mède will produce both biodiesel and biojet fuel for the aviation industry. It was specifically designed to process all types of oil. Its biofuels will be made:

  • • 60 to 70% from 100% sustainable vegetable oils (rapeseed, palm, sunflower, etc.).
  • • 30 to 40% from treated waste (animal fats, cooking oil, residues, etc.) to promote a circular economy.
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Ethanol exports down 19% on year through May

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 6:32pm

In Washington, DTN reports that USDA data shows ethanol exports fell in May to 99.6 million gallons compared to more than 150 million gallons the month prior, but exports were still 9% higher on the year for May while total exports for the year are 19% behind last year. Canada was the top destination followed by India and Brazil. May biodiesel exports saw a minor increase over April to 59,117 metric tons against 52,203 tons with 96% of the volume sent to Canada. Total biodiesel exports are up 13% on the year.

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Wärtsilä combines gas units to create one-stop biogas solutions service

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 6:31pm

In Sweden, Wärtsilä Puregas Solutions has merged with Wärtsilä’s biogas liquefaction team, a unit with expert capabilities in liquefying upgraded biogas for end-customer use. Wärtsilä Biogas Solutions will now be better able to offer customers a one-stop-shop service for advanced biofuel production.

Wärtsilä has earlier provided the turnkey installation for the world’s largest bioLNG facility located in Skogn, Norway and will, by the end of the year, deliver two more bio-LNG plants to customers in Scandinavia. Interest from both the European and North American markets is high, and Wärtsilä anticipates continued strong growth in this sector.

Wärtsilä’s biogas upgrading plants utilise its in-house Puregas CA technology, a process that recovers more than 99.9 percent of the biomethane present in raw biogas. The process separates the CO2 from the biogas through chemical adsorption. The process is highly tolerant of variations in the raw gas composition resulting from changes in the feedstock.

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Vertimass completes first technology license agreement with Alliance BioEnergy Plus

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 6:30pm

In California, Vertimass completed its first technology license agreement with Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. in West Palm Beach, Florida, to produce renewable jet fuel along with Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes (BTEX). Vertimass’ technology allows sustainable production of these vital fuels and chemicals from ethanol with high yields that can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to sourcing these products from petroleum. BTEX is a widely used building block from which hundreds of consumer products ranging from pharmaceuticals to paints and plastics are made.

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EIA seeks public comment on extension of weekly reporting surveys

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 6:29pm

In Washington, the Energy Information Administration submitted an information collection three-year extension request as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 related to changes to its Petroleum Supply Reporting System (PSRS), OMB Control No. 1905-0165. The PSRS consists of six weekly surveys that make up the Weekly Petroleum Supply Reporting System (WPSRS), eight monthly surveys, and one annual survey. The weekly petroleum and biofuels supply surveys collect data on petroleum refinery operations, blending, biofuels production, inventory levels, imports of crude oil, petroleum products, and biofuels from samples of operating companies. The monthly and annual petroleum and biofuels supply surveys collect data on petroleum refinery operations, blending, biofuels production, natural gas plant liquids.

Comments regarding this information collection must be received on or before July 24, 2019.

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