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New pilot plant set up at the InSciTe biobased facility

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 2:42pm

In the Netherlands, the Chemelot Institute for Science & Technology (InSciTe) will complete setting up a new pilot plant in the spring of 2019. This facility will be used to convert biological residual flows and waste into high-quality products.

For InSciTe this represents the next step in the valorisation of promising sustainable innovations. The first customer is the company Vertoro that will be producing oil from lignin. Other projects are sure to follow.

“Vertoro needs a pilot plant to produce on an even larger scale,” Emiel Staring (MD Chemelot InSciTe) explains. “Together with the campus, we have decided to build this plant. Working with the other consortium partners, Vertoro uses the facilities and wants to convert enough lignin to be able to test the oil in practice. Ultimately, Vertoro might be able to license the formula to a large-scale user or producer.”

InSciTe is investing a few million Euros in the pilot plant which will also be used by other parties.

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ABLC 2019 Round-up

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 2:26pm

If you missed ABLC last week or were so busy networking with others in the industry, we’ve got a quick round-up of the biggest ABLC news you don’t want to miss.

ABLC 2019 kicked off on Wednesday with about 540 delegates in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Agriculture building complete with secret service protection and escorts for some big-name super star speakers, with a pretty exciting vibe in the room.

In ABLC terms, nothing moved up so dramatically this year as much as the numbers of strategics from oil companies, which doubled to more than 30 delegates, and financial industry professionals, which also were up sharply in attendance though almost nothing from private equity, family offices and independent High Net Worths.

The Times Have Found You and Caught Up with your Vision,” said former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus in his opening keynote as the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference got underway. His speech could someday be turned into a top 10 hit song:

“Now, make sure you do not make perfect the enemy of good. Deploy the technologies of today and keep working on the innovations for tomorrow, but don’t delay because those new technologies will one day arrive. Move into this generation, and then to the next, and then the next. The world is rapidly turning toward a better type of bottom line, and companies that are buying carbon offset will one day be buying into solutions that are better.”

Wednesday afternoon, the Digest introduced U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue who took the stage and observed, “I love risk takers, entrepreneurs like all of you here. Taking products from agriculture, new developments, and creating jobs in rural America, support bioeconomy that you are all creators.”

Purdue also said that public policy plays a huge role, and we should “Give you the rules and you’ll figure out how to play by the rules, stop changing the rules because it goes back and forth and slows things down.”

You can read more about the first day of ABLC 2019 here.

“Celebrate good times, come on”

While we may not have played Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” song during the conference, we sure were humming it on Thursday. Celebrations, awards, and networking were the themes of ABLC 2019’s Day 2 over to the Mayflower Hotel that started with a Domestic Policy Forum – very appropriate for a conference in D.C. and considering policy affects everything we all do. Talk of refinery waivers was one of the big issues buzzing around the room – in fact, 4 of the 6 panelists are suing the EPA. But there was still plenty to be happy about and celebrate…

Hope. We had hope and very positive messages from U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa who accepted the Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement. Senator Grassley told the ABLC audience we have a job to do and that is to remind those who don’t like alternative energy of how good it is. And don’t worry, we won’t be alone. “My work in this area is not done,” said Senator Grassley.

“Homegrown renewable fuels are good for the consumer, good for the environment, good for rural America, good for economics, good for national security and energy independence…nothing negative in my opinion. Like that Campbell’s soup song – good, good, good,” said Senator Grassley.

It was an award-filled day. The Global Bioeconomy Leadership Award went to POET CEO, Jeff Broin, whose inspirational message was that we have “nearly endless opportunities” and shared not just the business aspects of what POET has done but the human aspect behind what they do and why they do it, as well as their “Seeds of change” project that is changing lives around the globe.

The Industry Horizons Forum later in the morning featured major CEOs from around the world, with Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech’s CEO sharing that, “We care about carbon recycling because we care not just about climate change but because every man, woman, and child has clean air to breathe” and reminding us of the big picture of why we do what we do. DSM Biobased, Fulcrum Bioenergy, Shell’s Advanced Biofuels, and Praj Industries also shared their technologies, latest developments, and vision for the future.

World Energy’s CEO, Gene Gebolys graced the ABLC stage to talk about global deployment, as did Peter Nieuwenhuizen, CTO of Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel), and Pat Gruber, CEO of Gevo who both shared their market perspectives. Gruber encouraged the audience to not compromise the world for future generations and that the technologies are here to improve things, so “let’s do it!”

The afternoon was marked with various breakout sessions that got into the nitty gritty on renewable chemicals, sustainable aviation, advanced biofuels, finance and investment, digital biology, sustainable technologies, regulatory issues, and hot technologies.

Speaking of hot technologies, the day ended with much fanfare and celebration for the 2019 “50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy” rankings. LanzaTech took the #1 spot again – it was third year at the top for LanzaTech, which also ranked #1 last year. Renewable Energy Group (#2), Ginkgo BioWorks (#3), Amyris (#4), Enerkem, (#5), Beyond Meat (#6), Genomatica (#7), Praj Industries (#8), Impossible Foods (#9) rand Fulcrum BioEnergy (#10() rounded out the top 10. Get the scoop on all Top 50 companies here.

The Sorries and the Sorrows

Amongst the Washington, DC cognoscenti they are known as SREs or SRWs, those small refinery exemptions from compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard that are killing US ethanol profitability, killing US farmers and killing land value and the associated state tax revenues across the U.S. Heartland, but they are adding up, and these days amongst the Digestscenti are known as the Sorrows and the Sorries.

In the case of the latter, as in “Sorry, thanks for all the votes in the 2016 Presidential elections, but that was then and this is now.” A farm crisis is brewing fast, the likes we have not seen since the 1980s, and the policymakers have much to answer for in conjuring up the cocktail of bad policies in trade and energy policy that are sowing the winds afore the 2020 Presidential election cycle, though exactly who will rep the whirlwind remains to be seen.

Without a doubt, the Sorrows and the Sorries were the talk of ABLC 2019 in the “Department of Perplexing Challenges”, there must have been a dozen presentations that made reference to them, but no solutions have been found yet that speakers were willing to publicly comment on. Thought we noted all the high-level policy advisors and biofuels producers huddled in conclave and we expect that a dramatic shift in policy — away from the “educate and persuade” approach of the past two years — is imminent.

The Low Carbon drama in the other Washington

Meanwhile, there was buzz over the proposed Low Carbon Fuel Standard in Washington state, and a provision inserted by that state’s Senate Transport committee that would allow obligated parties to opt out of compliance for a flat fee of $6 per ton of CO2 emitted. Which is sort of like allowing Americans to opt-out of complying with speed limits near schoolyards or an annual price of one dollar — it’s not the revenue implication, it’s the danger to public safety that is on the table. We hear that the bill may have to be amended on the Senate floor.

SAF in a half paragraph

Sustainable Aviation Fuels – they call it SAF in Washington, D.C. but they ought to call it StAFf, you always go further by proposing we spend more on staff in D.C.

But good news for SAFophiles. Rina Singh, recently with BIO’s Industrial & Environment section, has been tapped at the new VP for Policy of the Alternative Fuel & Chemical Coalition (AFCC), which in many ways has been formed to make a policy push for sustainable aviation fuels.

The GranBio and American Process process

There has been so much back-and-forth on the GranBio and American Process deal that GranBio VP Ken Hill took the ABLC stage to clarify. American Process remains an independent company and will continue to compete in all its markets except we believe nanocellulose, and will retain some access to the R&D facility API built in Georgia. What GranBio has acquired is a whole raftful of intellectual property relating to cellulosic ethanol and other product sets including nanocellulose.

The ABLC Secret Speaker was revealed — former Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Vice Admiral (ret.) Phil Cullom — and his message on the dire situation with climate change was highlighted by his story of the dramatic transfer to safer locations of sensitive U.S. research interests in the Arctic, as they had become imperiled by warming seas and melting ice. He warned about the potential for U.S. security exposure along the north of Alaska as an Arctic sea lane opens. Looking at his eloquent enumeration of the cost advantages of moving goods from Europe and Asia to the Americas via the polar sea, we noted how much more narrow is the Bering Strait between the U.S. and Russia than the Strait of Hormuz — another risk point for the North Pacific as if we needed one as tensions continue to simmer in the South China Sea.

A spoonful of sugar helps the EMP medicine go down

A spoonful of sugar helped the medicine go down when former CIA Director Jim Woolsey took the stage to warn dramatically against centering too many U.S. assets around the electric grid, championing them of energy diversification in the name of resilience, but offering a hilarious and dead-on impression of Henry Kissinger in relating an anecdote from the days of the 2008 McCain campaign as an opener for his warnings on securing ourselves against the risks of electromagnetic pulse attacks.

The Impossible Whopper and that other Impossible Whopper

The Impossible Whopper was in the news coming from Impossible Foods’s HQ in announcing their expansionary business deal with Burger King. We wonder if the Impossible Whopper was more related to the rationale being offered by oil refiners in defining their need for hardship exemptions from the US Renewable Fuel Standard in the face of high refiner profit margins. But certainly Impossible Foods is on the move, and though we wonder about the fate of the Beyond Meats’ IPO, (which was announced five months ago and where is it, exactly?), we certainly heard an awesome amount of buzz about meat without the cow, milk without the cow, leather without the cow, eggs without the chick, and chicken without the bird. No sector moved up so dramatically in the Hot 50 this year than advanced foods.

Tech Talk

On Friday, ABLC 2019 closed out with tech talk – the morning started with a federal perspective and programs discussion and led into Industry Horizons Addresses from BASF, Amyris, Neste, and Algae Biomass Organization where they spoke more about the innovative technologies behind what they do. What it all came down to, however, was that it’s “all about the consumer.”

Jim Greenwood, CEO of BIO contributed a bioeconomy address and shared some big numbers that are cause for celebration. With biofuels, 852,000 jobs are created in the U.S., $185 billion in economic output, $46 billion in wages, 1.9 barrels of oil replaced with biofuels in first decade of RFS.

Biochemicals brought up just as much optimism and excitement as Greenwood shared that the renewable chemicals market reached $252 billion in 2012 and could easily reach $441 billion very soon. He estimates that renewable chemicals account for about 9% or $2.8 trillion of worldwide chemicals market and that it could reach 11% or 3.4 trillion by 2020. While that sounds like some Star Trek futuristic date, it’s only a year from now, which makes these numbers even more remarkable and something to sing about.

And since we all like more money in our pocket, we appreciated Greenwood’s comment that about $1 per gallon on average is saved by U.S. consumers using biofuels.

Greenwood’s perspective on politicians is that all they care about is “jobs, jobs, jobs.” With 1.6 million jobs of the U.S. biobased economy, the sector has proof in the pudding to show politicians that we are a crucial piece to improving America and Greenwood called the 2018 Farm Bill a “big victory for our sector.”

The day continued with market perspectives from Clariant, Iogen, Aemetis, and the FBI. Afternoon breakout sessions focused on biogas and RNG, some more on renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels, and of course since we are all concerned about policy, a public policy workshop and due diligence workshop were also big hits.

The Wolves were hungry for Value

No ABLC would be complete without the WOLFPACK to conclude a powerful conference. What seemed more like a stand-up comedy routine ready for TV, James Iademarco from Strategic Avalanche, David Dodds from Dodds & Associates, Paul Bryan from Sandia National Labs, Joel Stone from Convergence, and Michele Rubino, an Independent Consultant – transformed into wolves as they devoured and dissected 6 fuel and chemical companies – Amyris, Bolt Threads, Carbon Engineering, Modern Meadow, Ryze Renewables, and Xyleco.

Modern Meadow came out alive and well – no cow but with bullish positive commentary from the wolves and more utterly mad cow jokes than any conference should ever have. Carbon Engineering was ripped to shreds and with more thumbs down than wolves had thumbs. Bolt Threads fared similar to Modern Meadow with some wolves feeling more neutral than bullish. The wolves offered up positive vibes on Amyris, referred to Amyris as a success story of adaptability and survival, and expressed excitement about their CBD deal and recent sweeteners work. The wolves seemed to like Ryze Renewables, not just for their catchy name, but for their renewable diesel and offtake deal with Phillips 66. Xyleco didn’t fare so well with wolves saying they just “don’t get it” and lots of skepticism on their technology, their patents, and their future.

So if you missed ABLC 2019, you missed some great laughs, a lot of learning, and powerful networking, but don’t despair. You can watch some of the sessions on BioChannel.TV.

That’s the ABLC recap and we look forward to seeing you all again soon. Stay tuned for the fall ABLC conference details to be announced soon.

 

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LanzaTech, Renewable Energy Group, Ginkgo BioWorks, Amyris, Enerkem take top slots in the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2019

Biofuels Digest - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 4:16am

In Washington DC, LanzaTech took the #1 spot in the 2019 “50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy” rankings, published today in The Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily. It was third year at the top for LanzaTech, which also ranked #1 last year. The rankings were announced at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC.

Renewable Energy Group (#2), Ginkgo BioWorks (#3), Amyris (#4), Enerkem, (#5), Beyond Meat (#6), Genomatica (#7),  Praj Industries (#8),  Impossible Foods (#9) rand Fulcrum BioEnergy (#10() rounded out the top 10.

Ranked #11 through #20, respectively, are Avantium, Zymergen, ICM, POET, Novozymes, DSM, Neste, Gevo, BASF and Cargill.

The annual rankings, which recognize innovation and achievement in fuels and integrated biorefinery development, are based on votes from an invited panel of distinguished international selectors and subscribers of The Digest.

“Nutrition and advanced ultra-low carbon technologies made big moves this year,” said Digest editor and publisher Jim Lane. ”Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat, and Gingko cracking the top 10 is just a sign of the times, and the DSM-Amyris and POET-DSM collaborations were clearly on voters minds. But also, Bolt Threads, Modern Meadow, Calysta, Arzeda, and Zymergen exemplify an important trend.”

The Miami, FL-based Digest  serves more than 2.93 million readers and followers via the web, newsletters and social media.

The Complete Hot 50 is here.

 

 

 

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The 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2019

Biofuels Digest - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 4:15am

The Complete 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2019 as voted by the readers of the Digest and Nuu and invited selectors.

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Costa Rica’s RECOPE to start selling E8 blends

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 7:59pm

In Costa Rica, as a contribution to the process of decarbonization of the economy, at the end of May RECOPE will make available to the market a new gasoline that initially will contain 8% ethanol in its formulation, although the standard allows adding between 5% and 10%; In this way, an oxygenating agent is added that contributes to reduce CO2 emissions, which will result in an improvement for public health and environmental protection.

Between the changes it emphasizes that it will be a colorless fuel, since no dye will be put to him; and it will be called ECO95, in reference to its contribution to air quality and octane number, a specification that defines the fuel’s anti-knock characteristic.

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Braskem supplying biobased resins for use in drip irrigation

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 7:58pm

In Brazil, drip irrigation applied to sugarcane cultivation, a solution adopted by NaanDanJain with Braskem’s support, offers an increase of at least 65% in sugarcane yields compared to the traditional rainfed method. In some cases, the improvement in yield can reach 200%.

This irrigation method uses drip systems with pressure-compensating technology (which controls flow) and anti-syphon technology (which prevents contamination from clay when buried). The drippers are connected using polyethylene tubes that can be made from either fossil-based or biobased resins (made from sugarcane). The tubes, which are made from resins supplied by Braskem, can be placed on the soil surface or buried.

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Air Liquide looks to develop methanol plant for Sarawak Petchem

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 7:57pm

In Malaysia, Air Liquide Engineering & Construction entered into a partnership with Samsung Engineering, for the Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) study of a methanol production plant for Sarawak Petchem, a state-owned oil and gas firm established and owned by the State Government of Sarawak, Malaysia. This FEED is a key step that will help decision makers get the necessary information to convert the contract into an Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract in the near future.

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Arbitrators award POET $7.5 million in dispute against Andritz over pre-treatment design

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 7:54pm

In South Dakota, the Argus Leader newspaper reports that an arbitration panel has unanimously agreed that Andritz should pay POET $7.5 million for failing to design a pre-treatment system for its Project Liberty facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa that would economically prepare feedstock such as corn cobs for feedstock in cellulosic ethanol production at scale. POET filed suit against Andritz in 2017 after the $275 million plant opened in 2014. POET hired Andritz to design the system in 2010.

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World Energy to invest $5.4 million in recuperating South Carolina biodiesel plant

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 7:53pm

In South Carolina, local press reports that World Energy will develop a $5.4 million biodiesel plant in Hampton County, taking over an abandoned biodiesel facility in Estill. The company plans to upgrade the existing equipment on site to bring it up to state-of-the-art production standards. The facility will be World Energy’s first investment in the state and will add to its current production capacity worldwide of more than 200 million gallons annually. Bringing the facility back online is expected to generate 30 new full-time jobs.

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Fuel shortage in Vietnam sees drivers forced to use E5

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 7:52pm

In Vietnam, drivers have been reluctant to switch to E5 RON92 despite various rounds of incentives and communications campaigns by the government but now they’re left with little choice but to use the fuel as the country’s largest refiner shut down earlier in the year, leaving filling stations with only about half of their RON95 orders. The country has looked to importing RON95 from South Korea but maintenance at refineries there have left few supplies available.

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WSU researchers find ways to recycle carbon fiber plastics

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 7:51pm

In Washington state, a Washington State University research team for the first time has developed a promising way to recycle the popular carbon fiber plastics that are used in everything from modern airplanes and sporting goods to the wind energy industry.

The works, reported in Polymer Degradation and Stability and Green Chemistry, exemplify two efficient ways to re-use the expensive carbon fiber and other materials that make up the composites.

Carbon fiber reinforced plastics are increasingly popular in many industries, particularly aviation, because they are light and strong. They are, however, very difficult to break down or recycle, and disposing of them has become of increasing concern. While thermoplastics, the type of plastic used in milk bottles, can be melted and easily re-used, most composites used in planes are thermosets. These types of plastics are cured and can’t easily be undone and returned to their original materials.

To recycle them, researchers mostly have tried grinding them down mechanically or breaking them down with very high temperatures or harsh chemicals to recover the expensive carbon fiber. Oftentimes, however, the carbon fiber is damaged in the process. The caustic chemicals used are hazardous and difficult to dispose of. They also destroy the matrix resin materials in the composites, creating a messy mixture of chemicals and an additional waste problem.

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Argentine biodiesel exports fall to zero during January and February

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 7:50pm

In Argentina, local press reports that the soy industry is blaming a shift in government policy that no longer favors value-added products to a decimation of biodiesel exports during the first two months of the year. During January and February there were no biodiesel exports at all compared to exports valued at $176 million during the same period last year. Unprocessed soy oil exports, however, rose 68% on the year. Soymeal exports fell 12% on the year despite the fact that production rose 5%. Dried, unprocessed soy bean exports rose to $56 million this year versus just $6 million last year. The value of raw soybean imports during the summer period also tripled in value on the year.

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FastOx Gasification: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Sierra Energy

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 7:48pm

Sierra Energy has a proprietary process of engineering organisms (yeast) using renewably-sourced carbon from plants (sugarcane) to make sustainable, custom molecules. They use their technology to create products that support biopharmaceutical drug discovery and production, from cosmetic emollients and fragrances, to fuels, solvents, lubricants, and nutraceuticals.

Mike Hart, CEO of Sierra Energy, gave this illuminating overview of how waste and methane is causing more climate harm than carbon dioxide, how Sierra Energy is meeting climate change goals with its FastOx gasification technology and how it is the future of waste to energy, how it has worked so far in various case studies, and more, at ABLC Global 2018 in San Francisco

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The Times Have Found You: Heard on the Floor at ABLC 2019

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 11:42pm

“The Times Have Found You and Caught Up with your Vision,” said former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus in his opening keynote at ABLC 2019, as the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference got underway in Washington DC. 

“Now, make sure you do not make perfect the enemy of good. Deploy the technologies of today and keep working on the innovations for tomorrow, but don’t delay because those new technologies will one day arrive. Move into this generation, and then to the next, and then the next. The world is rapidly turning toward a better type of bottom line, and companies that are buying carbon offset will one day be buying into .”

ABLC 2019’s vibe

The tone of ABLC was upbeat, though the floor was unexpectedly choked with oil company executives, avowedly shopping for attractive, cost competitive solutions with renewable attributes.  Some 10 percent of all ABLC attendees this year come from strategics seeking solutions.

The jury is still out whether it is climate change, the spectra of a world filled with electric vehicles, or the prospect of a low-sulphur marine diesel market in 2020 that has the incumbents spooked, but spooked they are.

US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

In the afternoon, the Digest unveiled  an industry survey which identified “cutting red tape and enabling regulatory relief” as the number one concern of bioeconomy executives in realizing the potential of their technologies, and introduced US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for his keynote as the “hardest-working man in America when it comes to cutting red tape in agriculture.” The Digest went on to observe: “The next time you open a biorefinery you might consider having, instead of a ribbon, a red tape. You might just get the Secretary to come and cut it for you.”

Perdue took the stage and observed, “I love risk takers, entrepreneurs like all of you here.  Taking products from agriculture, new developments, and creating jobs in rural America, support bioeconomy that you are all creators. 

“Some of you are investing in biomass conversion, or new product pathways, or new plant gene editing techniques, or research to link the bridge. Public policy plays a huge role, and we thing that we should “Give you the rules and you’ll figure out how to play by the rules, stop changing the rules because it goes back and forth and slows things down.

“What we want to build is a stable platform of confidence to move forward on technologies you are developing. We want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Plants capturing carbon is a good step. USDA just yesterday released study finding that GHG emissions of corn ethanol are 39% lower than gasoline than energy equivalent basis. Corn farmers would love to have more markets and more utilization of their product. We’ve had good news for the bioeconomy in the Farm Bill and we’re rushing to implement,\. 

“Title 9 of farm bill expands those opportunities for biorefinery investments. Title 7 encourages investments in alternative energy. We are holding listening sessions around the country so we can implement it as soon as possible. Another item is Year-round E15, President Trump is keeping promise to the agricultural sector to expand E15 to year-round. Now consumers will be in charge at the pump. 

“And there’s new innovations you are bringing forward. Like the [LanzaTech /Aemetis ] biotechnology project using orchard waste that is currently landfilled or burned. Or the [Red Rock Biofuels] project in Oregon using forest waste — and  thinning is a good thing — to make renewable jet and diesel fuel in Oregon.:”

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UK biofuels in transport rose to 4.1% in 2018 while bio-based power generation rose 12%

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 7:45pm

In the UK, liquid biofuels accounted for 4.1 per cent of gasoline and diesel consumed in road transport in 2018, up from 3.1 per cent in 2017. Generation from bioenergy was up by 12 per cent on 2017, to a record 35.6 TWh, partly as a result of power stations converting to plant biomass following the conversion from coal to biomass at both the Drax and Lynemouth power stations. The output from bioenergy and waste and wind, solar and hydro is now nearly 13 times higher than coal, notable as coal output was higher as recently as 2012.

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Ethanol stocks starting to ease but production continues to rise

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 7:44pm

In Washington, DTN reports that Energy Information Administration data shows the impact of floods in the Midwest may have finally started to trim ethanol stocks, with stocks down 1.8% in the week ending March 29 at 23.992 million gallons but production still rose 2.5% higher. East Coast, Gulf Coast and West Coast regions all saw stocks fall from the week prior but they’re still more than 11%, 7.5% and 22% higher on the year, respectively.

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Ghana Cocoa Board using biodiesel to replace mineral diesel in disinfestations activities

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 7:43pm

In Ghana, Quality Control Company Limited, a subsidiary of the Ghana Cocoa Board, purchased biodiesel earlier this year to dilute Ultra Low Volume (ULV) insecticides for disinfestations activities of cocoa replacing traditional oil-based diluents. The use of biodiesel is being evaluated in accordance with international standards as well as ensuring value for money. A recent controversy accused the QCC of using vegetable oil for dilution of insecticides by the company issued a press release clarifying the use of biodiesel rather than edible oils.

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Indian ethanol producers sign contracts for 2.3 billion liters to supply blending mandate

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 7:42pm

In India, against a requirement of 3.30 billion liters of ethanol for 10% ethanol blending in the country, excluding J & K, North Eastern States and island territories, ethanol supply contracts have been signed for 2.37 billion liters for the ethanol supply period 2018-19 (Dec. – Nov).

This is the highest ethanol supply contracts ever.  The best ever achieved was last year when contracts for 1.60 billion liters were signed and 1.50 billion liters of ethanol were supplied in 2017-18 ethanol supply period (Dec. – Nov).  Average all India ethanol blending with petrol achieved last year in 2017-18 was 4.22%.

If all the 2.37 billion liters is successfully blended in the country in the current year, about 7.2% of petrol consumption will get substituted by this environment friendly bio-ethanol.

Out of total contracted ethanol supplies of 2.37 billion liters, 45 million liters of ethanol have been contracted to be manufactured and supplied from ‘B’ heavy molasses and sugarcane juice, amounting to reduction of around 500,000 metric tons of sugar production.  Similarly, 165 million liters of ethanol has been contracted to be manufactured and supplied from damaged food grains, unfit for human consumption.

In the first four months of the contracted supply period i.e from December 1, 2018 to November 30, 2019, the ethanol manufacturers have successfully supplied 750 million liters to various depots of the oil companies across the country.

For the first time, 210 million liters out of the total supply of 750 million liters have been manufactured from ‘B’ heavy molasses/sugarcane juice/damaged food grains.

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Palm oil-based biodiesel exports to China and EU soar in Q1

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 7:38pm

In Malaysia, Bloomberg reports that biodiesel exports to China and the EU from both Malaysia and China have soared during the first quarter of 2019, perhaps as much as 30% to 145,000 metric tons. At least another five cargos totaling as much as 250,000 tons have been booked for China for delivery between March and May. Although the European Union has come down hard on palm oil-based biodiesel for causing indirect land use change, the premium for Brent crude oil against palm oil has increased 27% in the past three months, making biodiesel a much more attractive prospect.

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EPA administrator doesn’t think it’s possible to reassign waived RIN obligations

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 7:37pm

In Washington, Platts reports that the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t believe RIN obligations that have been waived under the hardship waiver program can be reassigned to other obligated parties to make up for the missing ethanol gallons. The agency is reviewing 39 hardship waiver applications for 2018, one left over each for 2016 and 2017, 35 in 2017, 19 in 2016, and it hasn’t denied an application since the 2015 compliance year but there has been some indication that partial waivers could be issued.

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