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Trade groups write Trump expressing concerns over Commerce’s changed views on biodiesel imports

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 6:10pm

In Washington, three trade groups wrote President Donald Trump to express concern that the U.S. Department of Commerce has initiated ‘changed circumstances’ reviews of U.S. trade duties on Argentine biodiesel companies. The National Biodiesel Board, the American Soybean Association, and the National Renderers Association urged the president to ensure that Commerce undertake a rigorous, comprehensive and transparent review before considering any adjustment to the duty rates it established just this year.

The U.S. Commerce Department imposed antidumping and countervailing duty orders in January and April 2018, following investigations in which the government found that biodiesel imports from Argentina were massively subsidized and dumped, injuring U.S. biodiesel producers.

The groups opposed Commerce’s initiation of the changed circumstances review, arguing that Commerce has well-established administrative review procedures for revisiting antidumping and countervailing duty rates. The agency has not used ‘changed circumstances’ reviews for these purposes. Commerce’s initiation of these reviews just months after finding that Argentina engaged in unfair trade practices creates a great deal of uncertainty for the biodiesel industry and other stakeholders.

Now that Commerce has initiated the changed circumstances review, the groups are urging President Trump ‘to ensure that Commerce’s review of these orders is no less rigorous and transparent than the ‘administrative reviews’ that Commerce typically conducts in other cases. To do anything less would strike a devastating blow to U.S. biodiesel producers and soybean farmers.’

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The New Waste Business Model: Evaluation of Existing and Projected WtE projects

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:45pm

By Andrew Grant, member, Lee Enterprises Consulting
Special to The Digest

This article addresses the due diligence requirements for the increasing variety of waste-to-energy projects investors are now considering.  The topics apply to both early and later development stage project assessment.

Twenty-five years ago, the North American and European waste-to-energy business model was well-established, with the major issue being the value placed upon separation of recyclable materials as an integral part of a project. Different WtE technologies had comparable net kWhs of power per ton of MSW processed, and included a wide range of recycling technologies as a part of most projects.

Environmental requirements were comparable from project to project, tightening as newer emissions controls technologies became accepted. Management of public perceptions was as important to project evaluation as efficiency and the percentage recovery of recyclables. The definition of the available, and future, waste stream dedicated to the project was a vital part of project evaluation, and the waste stream was typically controlled by a municipal or county agency who would arrange for delivery to the project site.

Today, Europe is installing both traditional WtE facilities plus a complete range of technologies to handle different specialized forms of waste materials, while North America has installed only one traditional WtE facility in the last twenty years, and is catching up with the installation of specialized technologies for the conversion of wastes to energy and to other materials. Recycling goals are continually being re-defined as recycling facilities become more capable and more highly automated, and as recycled materials markets change.

To evaluate new, or existing, projects in the New WtE Business environment requires that we now evaluate the different technology types in accordance with the goals set for a given project, as well as against the benchmarks set by comparable projects, a major contrast to our previous evaluation to a standard set of industry parameters.

The major types of project being evaluated today, and their evaluation parameters, include:

Traditional WtE

Evaluation parameters now include not only traditional landfill diversion and energy efficiency per ton measures, but also the percentage and value of recovered recyclable materials in conjunction with local Material Recovery Facilities (MRF), future environmental compliance, socio-economic impacts, net GHG reduction, validity of performance and schedule guarantees and overall cost impact.  Classic WtE facilities play a major role under the New WtE Business Model, but their evaluation has changed.

Material Recovery Facilities, MRF

Evaluation may be of competing bids for a project, or for the valuation of a developed project at any stage in its life. Parameters include recovery percentages adjusted for compliance with recycling industry acceptance specifications for metals, paper grades and plastics grades. With ongoing Chinese and other Asian country limits on waste materials contamination, adherence to these specifications is increasingly important: non-complying materials are evaluated as requiring either landfilling or WtE disposal, with attendant GHG emission and cost impacts.

The range of recovered materials grows yearly requiring the ability to evaluate incremental costs versus increased recovery of special grades of materials which may be dependent on a limited market for their value.  Automation of MRFs provides another value point in most markets, and requires validation of the automation system used or proposed.

Anaerobic Digestion

AD projects serve a wide range of waste disposal requirements, well beyond the traditional municipal solid waste stream. Evaluation of AD projects can be performed at several levels:

  • Comparison of an AD project with traditional WtE disposal, and, for components of the traditional MSW stream, with composting.
  • Comparison of an AD project that combines MSW components with non-MSW components such as animal manures with both composting and traditional WtE.
  • Evaluation of competing AD proposals against stated local values for the factors described below.

The ability of most AD processes to handle a wide range of wastes not amenable to traditional WtE processes, and at a smaller scale than traditional 1,000 – 3,000 tons MSW/day projects, gives AD and its supporting technologies a growing role. This role includes improving the performance of existing WtE plants – some 70 operating units in the U.S. alone – by diverting the least desirable, highest moisture components of their MSW streams to AD use, and also by reducing the significant GHG impact of landfills by diverting cellulosic materials.

Issues to be evaluated include the costs or availability of liquid co-product disposal, and of solid “cake” disposal – or values from their beneficial use.  Regulatory requirements vary by State.  This is a developing area, and represents a risk for projects not having confirmed disposal arrangements for their co-products.

EPC costs must include the extended start-up required to grow and stabilize the necessary population of bacteria.  Raw AD gas must be purified for either genset fuel or, at greater cost, for conversion to RNG or other product.  The processes and costs for these steps are well known and will be evaluated.


While stand-alone composting of MSW may have a limited role, it is an effective component of an overall waste disposal strategy, and can be an effective partner to biomass power and AD facilities in generating marketable soil amendment or fertilizer products. Issues to be evaluated include environmental and safety impacts, which favor modern designs over open pile systems, but even these may not reduce heavy metals and certain toxic chemicals, depending upon the waste characteristics. Special steps are often required to obtain community acceptance – a risk mitigation factor.

Metals Separation

The technology of metals recovery from MSW streams, from Construction & Demolition waste, and from concentrated industrial waste streams, has improved beyond the wildest dreams of the first users of induced current – magnetic separation of non-ferrous metals.  As an example of this, it is now commercial practice to separate a dozen or so different aluminum alloys from recycled aircraft – alloys having a much higher value than generic recycled aluminum.  Similar technologies separate many precious metals from aircraft, automobiles, ships, and of course electronics of all types.

The evaluation of a new WtE project must include the extent to which this literal goldmine can be realized.  While ferrous and non-ferrous metal recovery from our traditional WtE plants is well established, it compares poorly with individual extraction of targeted metals before they are mingled into the MSW stream. Values are expressed in terms of market prices for the recovered metals, net of the extraction costs.

Automobile and major appliance recycling projects require careful evaluation of the revenues and risks involved.

Waste tire recycling technology has developed such that truly metals-free material can be supplied, while arrangements for beneficial use of crumb rubber, fine carbon, and zinc oxide from downstream energy recovery must be evaluated.

Non-Recyclable Paper & Plastics

As noted above, export markets for mixed waste paper, and for waste plastics, now have specifications comparable with those of North American recycling facilities. The evaluation of MRFs and other systems must account for this.  Once the non-recyclable, or zero value recyclable, components have been separated, they are either charged with landfill / WtE tip fees and transportation costs, or an alternative disposal route must be identified.

In the case of non-recyclable waste paper, many biomass power plants, and the newer modular waste conversion units suitable for use at a MRF etc., site, can accept such waste as fuels given appropriate feed systems.  Some permit modification, or test burns, may be required. Project evaluation should include a lower disposal cost available via this route, and lower GHG impacts, if such disposal routes are used.

Similarly, non-recyclable plastics can either incur tip fees, or can be used by modular waste conversion units and some biomass power plants if proper technology is used to separate PVC and similar environmentally hazardous materials.

The changes in markets for recycled paper and plastics require that evaluation of modern waste recycling projects include risk analysis of changes in commodity market prices, unless firm off-take agreements are in place. Risk analysis also has to include possible changes in the regulation of recycling facilities.

Construction & Demolition Recycling

C&D recycling is a major component of the overall waste disposal picture, and is a major contributor to the WtE sector. Like other recycling sub-sectors, C&D recycling has evolved with the use of both improved source separation techniques and improved separation and processing at central C&D recycling facilities.

Evaluation of projects that include C&D disposal is a specialized version of overall WtE evaluation.  Key factors include tip fee/transportation cost avoidance, reduction in GHG impacts by diversion of cellulosic materials, metals separation efficiencies and revenues, plastics separation and revenues, constructive end uses of inorganic concrete, dirt, and aggregate materials.  Several C&D facilities operate under agreements with local biomass power plants which use C&D wood as fuel; new projects must evaluate whether necessary fuel pre-treatment has been included to protect the power plant equipment from possible damage.

C&D facilities do not enjoy flow control, so an evaluation of the sources of their raw material over time, and in response to competitive pressures, is a necessary part of their risk analysis.

Individual WtE projects have additional parameters that require evaluation to support the launch, or acquisition, of a reliable asset. These can be incorporated into the structure described above, and summarized into a combined written report and spreadsheet, including the identification of issues to be addressed, and their significance.

Biomass Power Plants

The roughly 100 existing biomass power plants in North America perform an essential role in managing cellulosic waste disposal. Contrary to the assumptions of the 2010 Manomet Biomass Sustainability and Carbon Policy report, it is not affordable in North America to grow and harvest trees as fuel for biomass power. The primary revenue-producinguses of harvested trees are for sawmills, pulp and paper and large-scale pellet production.  Forestry wastes, utility Right of Way wastes, land clearance and urban waste wood will rot on the ground or go to a landfill if not transported to a biomass power plant. Many sawmills find valuable end-uses for their sawdust and offcuts, others send their wastes to biomass power, and there are still enormous piles of unwanted sawmill waste where there is no available use.

The use of such a biomass power plant to accept allowable grades of cellulosic wastes as a part of an overall WtE scheme is readily analyzed, with extensive experience and usually several facilities available. Market risk is a factor of the off-take power contracts used by, or available to, each facility.

Risk & Mitigation Analysis

All of the WtE methods discussed above require risk analysis as an integral part of their evaluation.  A spreadsheet of identified risks, and the probable costs of their impacts, accompanies a written discussion of each significant risk, and of the mitigation methods commonly used.  See Table 1, Waste-to-Energy Project Evaluation/Risk/Mitigation Spreadsheet Parameters; the parameters should be selected from these, adjusted for local requirements. All mitigations have a range of costs, listed in the analysis spreadsheet.  Certain risks may have the potential to stop a project, or to cause the closure of an operating project; these are discussed, with any mitigation available if not already provided.

The schedule for evaluation, or due diligence review, of a project depends upon the availability of data on the particular project, and on the availability to the evaluation author of data on comparable projects.  A clear definition of the report contents is required before starting work.  Useful preliminary assessments have been performed in a couple of weeks, while formal analysis, investigation, and benchmarking requires two to three months.  And may require follow-up of major impact items.

About the Author

Andrew Grant, Managing Member at Biomass Power Corp, is a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting, the world’s premier bioeconomy consulting group, with more than 100 consultants and experts worldwide who collaborate on interdisciplinary projects, including the types discussed in this article. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and do not necessarily express the views of Lee Enterprises Consulting.

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Company seeks permission to build biodiesel plant along North Dakota/Montana border

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 5:54pm

In North Dakota, AIC Energy Corp. applied for planning and zoning permission in Williams County near the Montana border to build a 28,000 barrel per day biodiesel production facility using agricultural and waste oil feedstocks. The facility appears to seek to use Bakken oil as well but details were not forthcoming if the company plans to offer biodiesel-blended fossil fuel to the market but diesel, kerosene, and gasoline were listed as products in addition to biodiesel.

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EPA seen keeping 2019 blending mandate in line with June proposal

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 5:53pm

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency will likely keep the 2019 blending mandate largely in line with its June proposal of 19.88 billion gallons including 15 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol. The agency will also reject the ethanol industry’s request to reallocate blending requirements to compensate for hardship waivers granted over the past year or more. The agency still plans to publish its 2019 requirements by the November 30 deadline.

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Malaysia has small window to implement B10 before low diesel prices delay plans again

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 5:52pm

In Malaysia, Bloomberg reports that the country will make its 10% biodiesel blending policy voluntary from December 1 before it becomes a mandate of February 1. With petroleum prices falling and palm oil prices rising thanks to increased demand, the window to implement B10 may be narrow as a closing of the gap or switching into a negative margin between the fossil and bio alternatives could further delay the switch from B7 after several false starts.

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Croda’s Delaware bio-ethylene oxide plant forces bridge to shut down following leak

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 5:49pm

In Delaware, a major bridge and traffic artery was temporarily shut down during the tail end of Thanksgiving traffic after a gasket at Croda’s new bio-ethylene oxide plant leaked toxic gas. The company shut down production including of ethylene oxide until it could determine the source of the problem. The faulty gasket was sent off to experts for analysis. The company estimates it will take about two weeks to determine if all of the equipment is working at the facility.

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Thailand sees policy measures absorbing 420,000 ton palm oil surplus by May

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 5:48pm

In Thailand, the Bangkok Post reports that by May 2019, the country should be able to absorb as much as 420,000 metric tons of the current palm oil surplus thanks to switching two major power plants to palm oil, pushing large buses and trucks to B20 and lifting the small car fleet blending mandate to 6.9% from the current 6.6%. The government estimates that if these surpluses are absorbed then palm oil prices will rise as a result.

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Indonesia pushing to blend even more biodiesel

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 5:47pm

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post newspaper reports that the country wants to double B20 consumption to 6.2 billion liters next year. With 700 million liters alone going towards power production by the state-owned power company, the government doesn’t see the increase in blending—and therefore consumption of surplus palm oil—as a challenge. Palm oil prices fell to $420 per metric ton last week from $530 the week prior. In addition to boosting the blending, the government also temporarily halted the export levy on palm oil to help ease the price problem for farmers.

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Saudi researchers see glycerol waste promoting cleaner burning engines

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 5:45pm

In Saudi Arabia, a compound made from the glycerol by-product of biodiesel production could promote cleaner burning in vehicle engines.

The potential of glycerol waste from biodiesel production to be simply converted into a clean-burning sustainable fuel is being explored by scientists at KAUST’s Clean Combustion Research Center.

The researchers used computational analysis to explore the effect of differing pressures and temperatures on the combustion reactions. This allowed them to identify conditions in which glycerol carbonate will burn cleanly, while also generating the compound 3-hydroxypropanal, which is known to greatly reduce the production of soot.

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House Ways & Means chair proposes extension of biodiesel tax credits

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 5:44pm

In Washington, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, released a proposal to make technical corrections to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (PL 115-97) and to extend several expired tax credits, including the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive. NBB welcomed the proposal for a multi-year extension of this important incentive; it would keep the credit at its current rate of $1.00 per gallon for 2018 through 2021 but gradually reduce it to $0.33 per gallon by 2024 and then allow it to expire.

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Bioprocess Capital Costs

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 11:34am

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC
Special to The Digest

Discussion of biotechnology capital costs is often a controversial topic, on par with discussing politics at the Thanksgiving dinner table; why the facilities are so expensive and a disbelief of the forecasted costs.  As a seasoned veteran in the battle, trust me when I tell you that the cost of a fully-constructed industrial biotechnology facility will be about 3 times the purchase cost of the major equipment.  Similar to election day, just because the estimate is not the desired outcome, does not mean it is not reality.  Let’s explore:

Back of the envelope –In the early phases of project development there is a need to understand the order of magnitude capital cost of a proposed project. Quite simply, knowing whether a proposed facility will cost tens of millions or hundreds of millions will make a big difference in process development and fundraising efforts. This is accomplished by factor-based estimates, determining the major equipment required and multiplying by industry factors (known as Lang factors1) to determine an order of magnitude costs. They are determined from previously executed projects and compare total project cost to the cost to purchase major equipment.  If a previous project had a total cost 3 times the cost of equipment purchase, it is a reasonable assumption a similar project will be 3 times the equipment cost.

It’s a secret –The factored estimate approach seems easy, if you have accurate cost factors.  The problem is, for emerging industries like industrial biotechnology, there is not a lot of publicly available documentation supporting them.  You can often find them in public documents for more mature industries like pharmaceuticals (5 to 6 times) or petroleum refining (4 to 5 times), but not for emerging industries.  I can tell you from personal experience that the Lang factor for industrial biotechnology range from 2.5 to 3.5 times the equipment cost and this is generally accepted by engineering firms and capital project groups, but unfortunately all the data to support this is based on proprietary information.  NREL has published a series reports2on biorefinery economics that calculated detailed capital cost estimates and backs into Lang factors.  While they are for proposed facilities and not actuals from completed projects, they are one of the best publicly available sources to support the range.

It just can’t cost that much – a standard response I have received many times over the years by senior management who sincerely do not believe it can cost more to install equipment than to purchase it.  I understand that is may not be intuitive to some, unfortunately the perspective is not backed by data.  As noted in the paragraph above, installation factors from other industries are ABOVE the range I quote for industrial biotechnology.  While the hopes of a plant only costing 50% more than the equipment (1.5 installation factor) is an admirable dream, it is unfortunately, a dream. The installed cost ranges for individual project components will vary, but for most industrial biotechnology projects, the chart below illustrates typical cost percentages for primary project costs.   While equipment purchase is a major component, it only represents about one-third of the total project cost.

Everything I need to know I learned in ChemE 201 – The first and most basic chemical engineering class at most universities is material and energy balances, developing detailed analysis of what compounds go where in a chemical process and how much energy is added or removed along the way.  It is the key starting point for any capital cost estimate and provides required project definition.  Think of it this way, you cannot determine how much a car costs until you define what kind of car you plan to buy.  Taking shortcuts in this area is a mistake and a well executed effort pays dividends down the road.

Sizing the equipment is key –When developing a factored capital cost estimate, the most important item is to determine the size (and thus cost) of the equipment.  The key to doing this accurately is understanding flow rates, required separation efficiencies and working with vendors to select the right equipment.  Data from the specific process is critical and should not be “assumed”.  Guesstimating the equipment size will generate a factored cost estimate that provides limited value and inadequate accuracy to be relied upon.

Understanding the basic principles outlined above will provide a perspective that allows early-stage capital cost estimates to be used for key strategic value and not as an aspirational (and often unachievable) target.

Mark Warner is a registered professional engineer with 30 years of experience in process commercialization, focusing for the last 10 years on taking first-of-a-kind-technologies from bench-top to commercial operation.  He is the founder of Warner Advisors, providing consulting services and acting in interim engineering leadership roles for advanced bioeconomy clients.  He can be reached at mark@warneradvisorsllc.comor visit

Note 1 – Lang Factors were introduced by H. J. Langin Chemical Engineering magazine in 1947 as a method for estimating the total installation cost for plants and equipment.

Note 2 – NREL has published a series of Process Design and Economics studies on bio-based processes. The total cost estimates include calculation of projected Lang factor, see reports TP-5100-62498, TP-5100-60223 and TP-6A2-46588.


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Nigerian cassava project already planting 47,000 ha

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 5:50pm

In Nigeria, although the agreement between Kebbi State and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. to promote cassava-based ethanol production was signed just last week, already 47,000 ha are being planted with the crop. Some of the crop will be used to produce seed stock for planting the entire 350,000 ha envisioned by the collaboration. The ethanol produced by the project is expected to produce foreign exchange earnings though specifics regarding export expectations were not elaborated by PM News Nigeria.

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India could be looking at 30% ethanol blending by 2030

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 5:49pm

In India, the IANS news agency reports that the Prime Minister announced the ethanol blending program will be increased, though he didn’t say exactly by much. Some petroleum ministry officials suggested the blending mandate could be pushed to 30% by 2030 from the current 10% target by 2022. The aim is to already blend 10% ethanol by next year and as such the oil marketing companies have tendered for 3.29 billion liters, double last year’s requirement.

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Philippines’ agri secretary agrees to push for B5 but only for military and government agencies

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 5:48pm

In the Philippines, the agriculture secretary said he will push for 5% biodiesel blending, up from the current 2% mandate, in an effort to support coconut farmers who are suffering from low prices while also offsetting imports of fossil-based diesel. The increased mandate he is pushing for will only apply to government procurement including military and agencies, he said, due to fears that widespread B5 could increase inflation. There is concern that pushing for more biodiesel would negatively impact the price of fossil-based diesel.

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Indonesia to halt its palm oil export levy temporarily until prices improve

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 5:47pm

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that the government is looking to drop its levy on palm oil exports that funds biodiesel blending subsidies in an effort to provide relief to farmers who are suffering from low prices. The regulation will come into effect as soon as the ministry can put it together but the $25 per metric ton levy will return once prices are back above $500 per ton, and as high as $50 per ton when prices pass $550.

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CSIR looking for commercial partners to bring its aviation biofuel to market

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 5:46pm

In India, the Hindu newspaper reports that the Council on Scientific and Industrial Research is looking for a partner to help it commercialize aviation biofuel for civil and military applications. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited together with the CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories were the partners for the trial test flight last month that Spicejet undertook using the research agency’s technology but it is looking for commercial partners to help bring to market. The CSIR says its technology is patented and almost CHC and carbon neutral.

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Hawaiian bioenergy project could be up for $100 million in federal tax credits

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 5:45pm

In Hawaii, if Hu Honua Bioenergy can start producing wood-based power by year’s end, the company says it will qualify for $100 million in federal tax credits for renewable energy investments. The $260 million project has met a number of legal hurdles as well as flooding that kept it from starting up production last year as planned. The company still has to wait for two permits to be approved before it can start operating, however.

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Researchers looking at how biofuels can reverse deforestation in Indonesia

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 5:44pm

In Indonesia, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Korean National Institute of Forest Science (NIFOS) and Indonesia’s University of Muhammadiyah Palangkaraya (UMP) are working together to study increasing biofuel plantations on a 7.2 million hectare tract of mostly degraded land in the province of Central Kalimantan that could help reduce deforestation in the country by looking at species that contribute to food security as well as provide position environmental impacts. The area has been significantly degraded by mining and agricultural activities.

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RFA says hardship waivers led to $2.3 billion in industry losses between February and August

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 5:43pm

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association estimates that demand destruction for ethanol resulting from hardship waivers granted by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2017 led to a loss of $2.3 billion in revenues for the ethanol industry between February and August 2018. RFA analysis shows that following a peak blending rate of 10.8% in January, it fell to as low as 9.5% in April and only once passed 10% through June. This lack of demand cut prices by 8 cents per gallon in February but later grew to 34 cents per gallon in June and through the rest of the summer.

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ABLC 2019 announced: 120+ speakers, 500+ delegates head for Washington in April 2019 for real networking, real projects, real opportunities

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 4:22pm

In Florida, The Digest announced that the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC 2019) will be held April 3-5, 2019 at the Mayflower Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC, and outlined the agenda, themes and announced a first wave of event speakers.

More about ABLC

The event website, agenda and conference details including registration and the 2 for 1 special offer – for all that, start here at the ABLC site, here.

5 Conferences in 1 — and 18 events in all

ABLC will feature 6 distinct conference experiences:

1. The Advanced Biofuels Summit
2. The Renewable Chemicals & Biomaterials Summit
3. The ABLC Advanced Nutrition & Feedstocks Summit
4. The Sustainable Aviation Fuels Summit
5. The Biogas & RNG Summit
6. The Hot Technologies Summit

In addition to the 6 conferences, there will be 12 special events, forums and workshops :

  • The Investor & Finance Workshop on capital trends (April 4)
  • The Bioeconomy Policy Forum on policy trends (April 4)
  • The Industry Horizons Forum (April 4)-5)
  • The Market Analysis Workshop (April 5)
  • The ABLC Wolfpack (April 5) – 6 fuels & chemicals companies to be devoured and dissected in a search for underlying value by the ABLC Due Diligence Wolves
  • The Digital Biology Forum (April 5)
  • The Federal Perspectives & Programs Forum on new and continuing opportunities for federal incentives, R&D support, partnerships, and consortia.(April 5))
  • Live announcement of the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy (the Hot 50) (April 4)
  • The annual Hot Party celebrating industry innovation and achievement (April 4)
  • The Global Leadership Award presentation (April 4)
  • The Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement presentation (April 4)
  • The annual State of the Industry address and Networking event (April 3)
The 2 for 1 offer returns. Boost your conference ROI.

Through January 11th we have a special “2 for 1” offer in place — you can save 50% off the super-low Early Bird rate – so, prices start as low as $497 per person if you take the 2 for 1. It’s double savings and is the best way to boost you conference ROI. And, access our special room rates at the Mayflower Marriott to maximize savings and for a seamless stay in Washington, DC. Complete registration and sponsorship details are here.

Announcing the first 16 Committed Speakers

We’ll be announcing 120 speakers & moderators over the next 18 weeks, here are the first 16.

Larry Feinberg, CEO, Knip Bio
Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech
Geoff Cooper, CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
Jordan Solomon, CEO, Ecostrat
John Melo, CEO, Amyris
Pat Gruber, CEO, Gevo
Tom Van Aken, CEO, Avantium
James Iademarco, president, Strategic Avalanche
David Dodds, president, Tech Diligence
Ron Cascone, principal, NEXANT
Joel Stone, president, ConVerginece Advisors
Jim Greenwood, president & CEO, BIO
Marcel Lubben, CEO, Reverdia
Nick Andrews, CEO, USA BioEnergy
Arunas Chesonis, CEO, Sweetwater Energy
James Stephens, CEO, Blue Marble Biomaterials

The Key Data points

Live Attendance: 500+ delegates, 110+ Speakers, 250+ organizations- primarily high-level, director and above. ABLC 2017 had 555 delegates.
Global audience: 10,000 fviewers ollow the conference live and on-demand via BioChannell.TV

6 Themes the Industry is Thinking About

The theme for ABLC 2019 is “Deployment at Scale” and across the two and a half days of the event, we’ll be looking closely at project deployment, partnership development, supply chain construction, securing offtake, finance, people, technology, and winning locations.

We’ll look in depth at 6 themes.

Deploying at Scale: First commercial projects and technologies ready for deployment at scale.

Gaining Speed: new strategies for increasing speed to market; development in parallel; accessing opportunities in emerging markets and making them work.

Defining the Ask: What carbon policies will accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy; what are the rewards for countries, states and communities that move forward on carbon policy, and what’s the outlook for both current and new policies around the globe.

Attracting Capital: accessing strategic relationships; leveraging existing resources; new products and strategies that extend value for existing projects; what role carbon pricing plays, and how much and where and when.

Early Movement: Designing platforms and breakthrough first products that reduce cash burn and create brand visibility; monetizing through new and existing channels.

Sustainable Feedstock: Identifying real resources, timelines to scale, aggregation that works, sustainability metrics, and residues vs novel energy crops.

More about ABLC

The event website, agenda and conference details including registration and the 2 for 1 special offer – for all that, start here.

  • Getting to Scale: proven technologies that have been demonstrated in depth; the must knows and pitfalls from finance to engineering.
  • Gaining Speed: new strategies for increasing speed to market; development in parallel; accessing opportunities in emerging markets and making them work
  • Creating Advantaged Products — using the new toolkits of catalyst development, metabolic design, organism optimization, process simulation, open innovation, customer engagement and advanced fermentation to rapid create and scale new vehicles for bioconversion and new products & materials that feature higher rates, titers, yields and meet not only sustainability goals but bring new functionalities to the market.
  • Forming Capital for Scale: accessing strategic relationships; leveraging existing resources; new products and strategies that extend value for existing projects; what role carbon pricing plays, and how much and where and when.
  • Early Income: Designing platforms and breakthrough first products that reduce cash burn and create brand visibility; monetizing through new and existing channels.
  • Getting the right visibility: Developing a voice and messages that resonate with customers, consumers, policymakers, NGOs, investors, and analysts.
  • Affordable Feedstock: Identifying real resources, timelines to scale, aggregation that works, sustainability metrics, and residues vs novel energy crops.
8 Industry Segments & Subjects that Matter

Clean Fuels & Energy

In the Biogas Forum and Advanced Biofuels Summit, ABLC will be focusing on demonstrated cellulosic biofuels, expansion opportunities in biomass-based diesel, progress in aviation fuels; Low Carbon Fuel Standards and their impact, progress in emerging alternatives to gasoline and diesel including DME, butanol and more, upgrade and expansion technologies for first-gen plants and thermochemical technologies that are on the rise.  Complete event details are here.

Renewable Chemicals and Biomaterials

In the Renewable Chemicals & Materials Summit,  the event will focus on new demand for renewable chemical Intermediates, expansion in biobased plastics & packaging, the rise of fragrances & flavors, strategic interest and intent in organic acids and novel-performance chemicals. Complete event details are here.

Feedstocks & Supply chain development

In the Sustainable Feedstocks Summit, anthe event will look at the development of a sustainable, available, reliable and affordable supply chain of feedstock based on biomass (including waste resources and new energy crops) to meet the conversion and product needs of the growing bioeconomy. ABLC will look at yield improvement, new crops, international deployment of technology, new sources of income — and the role of robotics, genetics, big data, remote sensing, mobility — and new tools for crop protection through early detection & spot treatment against pests, parasites, competitors and disease. Complete event details are here.

The New Nutrition

In the Advanced Nutrition Summit and the Advanced Feedstocks Summit, ABLC will focus in on crop development, protection, the rise of protein production for animal and human nutrition, opportunities for vegan technologies, the growing interest in the microbiome and the implications for R&D, and the expanding universe of nutraceuticals. Complete event details are here.

The Digital Biology Toolkit

In the Digital Biology Summit, ABLC will address the development of the new biological and manufacturing tools that support the rise of all these market segments — as well as the companions advances in robotics, genetics, big data and mobility that are ensuring that the nexus of biology and information science continues to power innovation across a wide selection of industries. Complete event details are here.


In the Financing & Investing Workshop, ABLC will brings together the latest case studies of successful financing, and introduce the players, the models, the geographies, and the steps to success from financing early-stage companies through to commercial-scale deployment. Complete event details are here.

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