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No damage to Logistec biofuel plant after wood pellet fire

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 6:08pm

In Canada, a large smoldering pile of wood pellets in a Logistec warehouse in Brunswick is now under control after the local fire department was called at about 10pm Monday night. The wood pellets in the center of the pile “spontaneously combusted” according to Fire Chief Randy Mobley who also told The Brunswick News that “There was no damage to the building, it was just smoldering pellets. It was all contained to the pellets, where it just started burning deep down inside. We kept water on it as they moved it with the front end loaders.”

Logistec workers used front end loaders to move the pellets away from where the smoldering centered so that firefighters could drench the center hot area with water.

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Sorghum genome sequence helps researchers with sugarcane genome

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 6:07pm

In France, researchers from the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development worked on sequencing and assembling fragments of sugarcane chromosomes into the first monoploid reference of the gene-rich part of the sugarcane genome. The project was part of a proposal by the DOE’s Joint BioEnergy Institute.

“Their approach relied in part on having a sequence for sugarcane’s relative sorghum, a JGI Plant Flagship Genome sequence, and knowing that there was a high level of colinearity between the two crops, which meant most genes in sorghum occurred roughly in the same order in sugarcane,” according to Phys.org. “Among the numerous benefits expected from a genome sequence are better understanding the roles of genes in traits such as sucrose accumulation and disease, as well as targeting genes to improve biomass and sugar yield for biofuel production.”

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Importing bioethanol by oil companies against the law according to Philippines DOE

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 6:06pm

In the Philippines, government official and Energy Undersecretary, Wimpy Fuentebella from the Department of Energy told ABS CBN News that it is against the law to bring down gasoline prices by allowing oil firms to import cheaper bioethanol. Instead, oil companies need to use locally produced bioethanol.

The suggestion to import cheaper bioethanol from abroad originally came from the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) as a way to help lower fuel prices in the Philippines. ECOP acting president Sergio Ortiz-Luis estimated that gasoline prices could go down by P2 to P3 if oil firms are allowed to use imported ethanol, according to ABS CBN News.

The current Biofuels Act requires all gasoline sold in the country to have a 10% bioethanol blend.

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Bioeconomy Project Financing & Due Diligence

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 12:45pm

By Wayne Lee, CEO, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. and Martin Wahl, Director of Marketing, Lee Enterprise Consulting, Inc.
Special to The Digest

Last fall, the experts at Lee Enterprises Consulting published a series of articles entitled Financing Bioeconomy Ventures[1]. At a high level, this previous series covered pro formas, business plans, strategic analysis, market assessment, engineering design, planning for startup, site selection, and regulatory concerns.

Due to the success of that series, and number of requests we received from those involved in providing funding for bioeconomy projects and from those seeking funding, I am proud to introduce this second series, which explores more in-depth financing options available to bioeconomy entrepreneurs, and the related due diligence components that investors should focus upon at the different stages of technology development and project funding.

It is our hope that this series by members of our esteemed group, provides useful information and a good starting point for bioeconomy due diligence discussions.

The Bioeconomy Project Financing & Due Diligence Series

The following articles will be presented as a series in the upcoming editions of Biofuels Digest:

  1. Introduction to the Bioeconomy Project Financing & Due Diligence Series”by Wayne Lee, CEO, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. and Martin Wahl, Director of Marketing, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc.
  2. Expanded Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Definitions for the Bioeconomy” by Dave Humbird, Ph.D. Dave has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University, a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado.  He has 20 years of experience in process engineering, techno-economic analysis, and scientific computing, spanning the renewable fuels, petrochemical, and semiconductor industries.  This article defines technology readiness levels as they pertain to bioeconomy projects and presents a basis for the subsequent articles discussing financing opportunities and related due diligence requirements for projects at various of technology readiness levels.
  3. Getting the Most out of Technoeconomic Analyses”by Daniel Lane, Ph.D. Daniel is an engineering leader with 20 years’ experience and success in process & technology development in multiple fields, including consumer products, specialty chemicals, and renewable fuels and chemicals. This article presents the components and value of using technoeconomic analysis, not just to determine commercial viability of a project, but also to focus and direct R&D efforts, and improve the likelihood of successful bioeconomy project scale-up.
  4. “Federal Funding Opportunities for Each of the Nine Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) – Part 1”This is the first of three articles by C.J. Evans. CJ has a B.A. from California State University at San Jose, and over 30 years of experience in the public policy, fund raising and grant making arenas, working on conservation, agriculture, renewable energy, and advanced fossil fuel issues. He has been at the leading edge of the renewable energy and advanced fossil fuels industries since 2005 helping innovators and companies commercialize new technologies and secure financing. These articles identify the federal funding opportunities that are available to promote innovation for projects at different stages of technology readiness. It is intended to assist readers in identifying federal funding levels that can help commercialization forward in a bioenergy or bioeconomy project. This is the first of a two-part article on Federal Funding Opportunities, identifying federal funding programs targeted to support projects at earlier stages (TRLs 1-3) of technology development. The funding sources are identified, along with application requirements.
  5. “Federal Funding Opportunities for Each of the Nine Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) – Part 2”by CJ Evans. This is the second part of the two-part series on Federal Funding Opportunities. It deals with funding programs available to support projects at later stages (TRLs 4-9) of technology development.
  6. 40 Mistakes That Will Kill a Proposal”by CJ Evans.This article presents a discussion of the 40 most common mistakes that will cause an otherwise good proposal or application to be rejected. It comprises a checklist of mistakes readers should recognize and correct when preparing applications and proposals.
  7. Financing a Biomass Project When Commercializing New Technology” by Glen Farris. Glenn was named by European Institutional Investors Services as one of the 5 most influential people in renewable energy in North America.  He has spent over 25 years in project development as well as developing, advising and commercializing new technology in the biomass energy field.  Glenn’s article allows readers to see what lenders and investors seek in the due diligence process for biomass-to-energy projects. It will prove especially helpful for those developing or planning to develop, a biomass to energy project involving the commercialization of new technology.
  8. Evaluation of existing and projected WtE projects – the New Waste Business Model” by Andrew Grant.Andrew has a B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University and over 35 years’ experience as a manager of biomass conversion projects.  He has been involved in providing guarantees of performance, environmental impact and cost studies, for coal and biomass conversion technologies, and has performed due diligence studies of technologies and of facilities.
  9. Strategic Due Diligence of Emerging Technologies for the Advanced Bioeconomy” by Robert Kodrzycki, Ph.D. and Douglas Rivers, Ph.D.  Bob has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Purdue University and 28 years’ experience in synthetic biology, genomics and biofuels in the Ag Tech, Industrial and Renewable sectors.  Doug has a Ph.D. in Microbiology from University of Arkansas with specializations in enzymes, fermentation, and cellulose pretreatment. Their article examines risks and risk mitigation measures for entrepreneurs and investors in advanced bioeconomy projects, including bio stimulants and other projects involving microbial development.
  10. 10. “Intellectual Property for Project Development”by Terry Mazanec, Ph.D. and Justin Krieger, Esq. Terry has a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from The Ohio State University and has been involved in the renewable fuels and chemicals area for much of his 35 years in R&D.  He is the inventor of the Oxygen Transport Membrane process for the in situseparation of oxygen from air for the production of syngas from natural gas, and led a multinational industrial technical team to develop and scale up the process. Justin is a registered patent attorney whose technical focus includes chemistry, chemical engineering, medical devices, metallurgy, nanotechnology, mechanical engineering and consumer products.  Their article addresses the complex and important investor concerns about identifying and avoiding possible intellectual property roadblocks to product commercialization.
  11. Technical Due Diligence Early and Often: the Best Insurance for Bioeconomy Investors”by Lorenz Bauer, Ph.D. Larry has a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and has 26 years’ experience with the licensing of refining and petrochemical catalysts and processes. He is the inventor on more than 24 patents and his article discusses some of the finer points of technology review and how failure to conduct appropriate technology reviews at various developmental stages has derailed otherwise promising projects. This article explores the importance of technical due diligence at all stages of renewable fuel and chemical project development.  The examples provided will prove valuable to lenders, investors, and project participants.
  12. Production Off-Take Agreements”by Jess Hewitt. Jess is the Chairman of Gulf Hydrocarbon, the premier provider of biodiesel to the petroleum industry. He has over 30 years’ experience in the energy industry and is a former member of the National Biodiesel Board, chairing its Marketing Committee.  He served as President of the Biodiesel Coalition of Texas and on the advisory board for the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). This article discusses later-stage project development, giving guidance to entrepreneurs who are seeking off-take agreements to meet investor requirements, identifying pitfalls that longer-range planning and consideration can prevent.
Where we go from here

Lee Enterprises Consulting is pleased to be able to offer this series of articles covering such a broad range of capabilities from our experts across bioeconomy sectors.  It is our hope that they will assist lenders, investors and project developers in presenting and reviewing projects during the financing processes. Note:  Many of our members are speaking and/or attending ABLC Global, November 6-9, 2018 in San Francisco. We would be happy to schedule time to talk with interested parties.

[1]For a free series summary, please contact the author.  wlee52@lee-enterprises.com

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Enerkem produces a new clean, renewable alternative solution to diesel fuel for the transportation sector

Biofuels Digest - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 12:41pm

In Canada, we hear that Enerkem has tested and validated the production of fuel-grade bio-DME made from unrecoverable carbon-rich municipal solid waste. More than 1,000 hours of operations at its Innovation Centre in Westbury, Quebec have been completed.has successfully produced renewable bio-dimethyl ether (Bio-DME), a by-product of biomethanol. 

The DME backstory

Bio-DME offers a 20% higher cetane rating on average than diesel or bio-diesel fuels (cetane rating is to diesel engine what octane rating is to gasoline engine). Moreover, DME combustion does not produce sulfur oxide (SOx) or fine particles, and it contributes to lower emissions from other harmful residual pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) that are mainly produced from the combustion of fossil-based fuels.

Last month we reported that  highly fuel-efficient new engine designs could significantly reduce the environmental impact of vehicles, especially if the engines run on renewable non petroleum-based fuels. Ensuring these unconventional fuels are compatible with next-generation engines was the aim of a new computational study on fuel ignition behavior at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology. The team used computational analysis to investigate methanol-DME combustion chemistry. Because combustion is too complex to efficiently simulate in full, the researchers first generated a skeletal model of the process in which peripheral reactions have been stripped away.

How does Enerkem do it?

As Enerkem related in a $2.7M project application with Natural Resources Canada, a few years back:

The biomass-rich waste conversion strategy into olefins and drop-in fuels begun to be developed experimentally on April 22, 2013. In such strategy, synthesis gas produced by gasification of the waste is converted into DME by two approaches: (1) the syngas is converted into methanol and the latter is converted into DME; (2) the methanol synthesis and the dehydration reaction are carried out simultaneously in the same reactor yielding directly the DME and shifting the equilibrium to a higher conversion of methanol in one pass.  The work related with DME synthesis by both routes (1) and (2) is now completed. Bench tests related to the transformation of DME to propylene were started during the summer of 2014, with ZSM-5 zeolite as the active catalyst which was prepared as an extrudate (i.e. a pellet).

The DME option

The major player in the DME movement as headlined above is Oberon Fuels, which produces DME from syngas via methanol. The Oberon production units use various feedstocks—such as biogas (animal and food waste, wastewater treatment, landfills), natural gas, and stranded gas—and they produce 3,000–10,000 gallons of DME per day. Enerkem has been famously focused on MSW as a feedstock and has a small commercial-scale facility operating in Edmonton, Alberta.

Enerkem’s DME backstory

But from Washington, a booster a few years back,$740,000 for an NREL project for Scaled Production Of High Octane Biofuel From Biomass-Derived Dimethyl Ether,. That’s was the partnership with Enerkem.

DME: the forgotten wonder fuel

It might as well decode it, DME that is, as Despite Meaningful Evidence, Doubt Market Enthusiasm.

San Diego-based Oberon Fuels has been the one consistent champion on the “what are we doing about energy security?” circuit in terms of DME. It’s the drop-in that gets dropped out, but NREL’s been a champion, Volvo’s been backing it without blinking, and Enerkem too.

As Robert Rapier observed in the Digest in 2013, “Methanol can be converted into di-methyl-ether, which gets around methanol’s toxicity and corrosivity issues. DME can be used as fuel in either a gasoline or a diesel engine, which makes the potential market huge. DME is a gas at room temperature, but compresses to a liquid under mild pressures.”

Enerkem continues to focus on on the commercial production of biomethanol and advanced ethanol as sustainable biofuels replacing gasoline — this demonstration from the company’s innovatino group “reaffirms the company’s continued innovation leadership as well as having the potential to expand the company’s biofuels business for the transportation sector.”

The value lift

Right now, for Oberon the substantial value lift is concerting methane to methanol, where low-cost natural gas (available in the $3/MMBTU range) can be converted into $19.82/MMBTU methanol. The math is not quite as rosy in converting methanol to a diesel substitute right now — because fossil diesel is priced at $16.15/MMBTU at this time, and the up-conversion only makes sense if the methanol has no place to go.

NREL DME

If you can imagine an 177-page love letter, but written in  the form of process description, diagrams and High Technoeconomicese, that’s this one.

Process Design and Economics for the Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Hydrocarbons via Indirect Liquefaction: Thermochemical Research Pathway to High-Octane Gasoline Blendstock Through Methanol/Dimethyl Ether Intermediates

A cautionary note

Before we break out the bubbly, consider these sober words from Zhihong Yuan and Mario R. Eden of Auburn University, together with Rafiqul Gani at the Technical University of Denmark, writing in I&EC Research, here.

Although the importance of hydrogenation of CO2 to CH4 has been emphasized in several reviews and perspectives, the current low natural gas price and the high capital/operating cost of the methanation process prohibits the thermodynamically favorable hydrogenation of CO2 from being implemented economically on a large scale. Using an optimiztic estimation, where the selectivity and conversion rate of the methanation catalyst is assumed as 100% and 50% and the renewable H2 production cost is assumed as 2 US$/kg of H2, producing 1 kg of methane will cost at least 2 US$ for the required H2. Clearly, producing high-volume-low-value liquid fuels and high-value-low-volume chemicals from the hydrogenation of CO2 may offer more economical benefit. Nevertheless, no matter which production route will be adopted, two simple principles should be kept in mind when deciding on the products and designing the process for CO2 conversion: using more energy to produce a lower energy content material makes no sense; and the CO2 emissions from the entire conversion process must be less than the amount of converted CO2.

But the authors are not completely pessimistic. They add:

Compared with the CO2-derived methanol synthesis process MegaMethanol, under similar conditions, the CO2-derived DME synthesis process MegaDME shows lower productivities, but also lower byproduct contents.(181) Furthermore, this DME synthesis process is ready for large-scale implementation and therefore provides a promising alternative for large-scale CO2 conversion.

Additional applications

In addition to the various environmental and economic advantages, there are many possible applications for waste-derived bio-DME fuel. For example, it could be used to replace diesel fuels used in cars, trucks, trains or even ships, while providing better, cleaner combustion.

Enerkem intends to further develop and optimize this latest innovation while evaluating its potential commercial applications.

Reaction from Planet Enerkem

“Diesel fuels are three times more polluting than a waste-derived DME-based fuel”, said Dr. Stéphane Marie-Rose, Director of Enerkem’s Innovation Centre in Westbury. “According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Climate Change Synthesis report, more than seven gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent are attributed to the transportation sector globally. By replacing diesel fuel with a clean, renewable bio-based fuel alternative, such as bio-DME, we could significantly and instantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Two Multi-Slide Guides

Simple Fuel, Engine, Infrastructure: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
The DME Option: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DME as a fuel

Two Key Reports

Here’s the skinny from California on how they see DME shaping up: California Dimethyl Ether Multimedia Evaluation: Final Tier I Report

From Oak Ridge National Laboratory, SAE and Volvo:Emissions and Performance Benchmarking of a Prototype Dimethyl Ether-Fueled Heavy-Duty Truck (PDF)

Two Related stories

Oberon Fuels, Ford and FVV partner to build, fuel, and test the world’s first production passenger car powered by DME

California green-lights Oberon’s new DME fuel

 

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Mascoma and NextFerm team up on yeast innovations for biofuels

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:43pm

In Canada, Mascoma LLC, a subsidiary of Lallemand Inc., and NextFerm Technologies signed a commercial joint development agreement to expand collaboration into the biofuels category. NextFerm is an Israeli biotech company that produces fermentation-derived ingredients for global food and feed industries.

Elzaphan Hotamm VP Global Marketing for NextFerm Technologies told FoodIngredientsFirst, “We are about to launch yeast-derived astaxanthin which we believe to have significant advantages over existing algae-based solutions. This agreement itself is a token of Mascoma’s appreciation of our technology and capabilities to deliver what we promise. Specifically, if this becomes successful, it will provide a significant revenue stream coming from the licensing of the technology to Lallemand.”

Dr. Tzafra Cohen, Co-founder and Vice President of R&D at NextFerm Technologies, told FoodIngredientsFirst, “The biofuel industry is constantly demanding higher efficiency and better cost performance. Thus, yeast performance under extreme conditions is highly important. Here, in this project as well as in our previous NextFreeze project, we will be isolating and then improving natural yeast strains with enhanced resistance to environmental pressure.”

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Atlantic Power acquires two biomass plants in South Carolina

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:42pm

In Massachusetts, Atlantic Power Corporation executed an agreement to acquire two biomass plants in South Carolina from EDF Renewables Inc. for $13 million. The biomass fuel for the plants consists primarily of mill and harvesting residues. Each of the plants has a capacity of 20 megawatts. The two plants are identical in design and have been in commercial operation since 2013. All of the output of the two plants is sold to Santee Cooper, a state-owned utility, under Power Purchase Agreements that run to 2043.

Closing of the transaction is expected to occur late in the third quarter or in the fourth quarter of 2019, following a restructuring of the plants’ ownership structure by EDF Renewables after the end of relevant tax credit recapture periods. The transaction is not subject to regulatory approval.  Atlantic Power will assume operation of the plants at closing, or potentially earlier, subject to negotiation of an agreement with EDF Renewables. The purchase will be funded from the Company’s discretionary cash.

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EQTEC wins two contracts worth nearly $12M

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:41pm

In Ireland, EQTEC plc, a technology solution company for waste gasification to energy projects, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Phoenix Biomass Energy, a California based power company, to supply its proprietary EQTEC Gasifier Technology for two power plants in California. Phoenix considers EQTEC as the exclusive technology supplier of a 2MWe gasification plant and a 3MWe gasification plant for the 12 months from the date of the MOU.

The contracts are expected to be valued around EUR 10 million, or nearly $12 million. Financial close is expected in late Q4 2018 and the purchase contracts executed shortly thereafter.

Ian Price, CEO of EQTEC plc, said, “We are delighted to be the exclusive supplier of technology to Phoenix Energy. The USA is a key country for waste to gasification technology and we are excited to be entering this market with our first project with Phoenix Energy.”

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Crude palm oil price strengthens after last week’s drop

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:40pm

In Indonesia, the price of crude palm oil on the Malaysia Derivatives Exchange gained 0.79% to a record level MYR2.160 / ton in Monday’s trading, thereby eliminating the weakening for 5 consecutive days the week before which had seen a drop of 3.55%.

Strengthening world oil prices as well as rising soybean oil prices helped, as well as the appreciation of the Malaysian ringgit exchange rate, according to CNBC Indonesia. Crude palm oil is often influenced by other vegetable oil prices globally. When oil prices increase, biofuel becomes more economical, thereby helping crude palm oil prices as well.

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UFOP position paper says time is now for biofuels

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:39pm

In Germany, UFOP published a position paper intended to appeal to decision-makers in politics, business and science on why biofuels can and should play a role in climate protection goals, especially with discussion about food vs. fuel and iLUC capping limits for conventional biofuels.

“With regard to climate protection goals, the paper aims at showing technological ways to achieve the full integration of the transport and heating sectors into the energy transition by 2050 in a realistic, sustainable and economically justifiable manner. The objective is to illustrate why advanced liquid alternative fuels will play a key role. Recommendations for action should help to meet the challenges of the required radical change from fossil fuels to sustainable resources.”

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United Nations recognizes UPM and 33 others as Global Compact LEAD companies

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:38pm

In Finland, UPM was recognized as a Global Compact LEAD company for its strong engagement to the United Nations Global Compact. The recognition was addressed to only 34 global companies at the Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York on Monday. The recognized LEAD companies include companies like Unilever, Nestle S.A., BASF SE and L’Oreal.

“LEAD companies represent the highest level of engagement with the UN Global Compact,” said Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and creating the world we want will not happen without bold actions from the responsible business community.”

“Being among the 34 world’s leading companies in sustainability is an outstanding recognition for the work UPM has done in the area of responsible business conduct,” said Pirkko Harrela, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, UPM. “We have had the LEAD status since January 2016 when we were invited for the first time to this distinguished network as the only forest industry company and also as the first Finnish company ever.”

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Chemists capture carbon dioxide from air more efficiently

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:37pm

In Tennessee, chemists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory demonstrated a practical, energy-efficient method of capturing carbon dioxide directly from air. If deployed at large scale and coupled to geologic storage, the technique may bolster the portfolio of responses to global climate change.

“Negative emissions technologies—for net removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere—are now considered essential for stabilizing the climate,” said Radu Custelcean of ORNL, who conceived and led the study. “Our direct-air-capture approach provides the basis for an energy-sustainable negative emissions technology,” he added.

The accomplishment builds on a proof-of-principle study the chemists conducted last year, which was improved through a two-cycle process that dramatically enhanced the speed and capacity of CO2 absorption and that completely recycles both the amino acid sorbent and the guanidine compound. ORNL’s bench-scale process currently can capture as much as 100 grams of CO2 in 24 hours.

For the next stage, they seek an industrial partner to scale up the process from benchtop demo to pilot plant and, eventually, full-scale industrial plant.

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China New Energy’s 2018 ethanol success thanks to changed policies

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:35pm

In China, China New Energy Ltd told Alliance News that their success thus far in 2018 is thanks to changed government policies in China that have led to increased ethanol production and new contracts from existing and new customers. Pretax profit for the six months to the end of June rose to CNY12.0 million, or GBP1.3 million, from CNY10.6 million, or GBP1.2 million, which was on revenue that grew by 3.8% to CNY71.4 million from CNY68.8 million the year before, according to Alliance News.

“I am very pleased to report that the company’s continued revenue growth and profitability,” Chairman Yu Weijun told Alliance News. “Recent changes in domestic biofuel policy continue to drive demand for biorefinery projects in China, and we continue to see renewed interest in international biofuel and biochemical projects as the rising oil price makes them commercially viable again. The company has a current order book and work in progress of CNY294 million to be fulfilled by December 2019, and I am confident that the business outlook is for continued profitability.”

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India rising to the top of the bioeconomy

Biofuels Digest - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 10:11am

To measure the impact that advanced biofuels are having in India, consider that the World Biofuels Day program featured, on stage, Prime Minister Modi, the minister for agriculture, the minister for road transport & highways, shipping and river development; the minister of consumer affairs and food; the minister of science & technology and climate change; the minister of finance, the minister of petroleum & natural gas and entrepreneurship.

For star-studded drawcards, it is the most glamorous national event ever held solely for the advanced bioeconomy.

Specifically, they were gathered to celebrate World Biofuels Day and to inaugurate an advanced methanation plant and a CO2 to lipids technology. But the event has more significance, as they always do when so many gather in one place, at one time, for real dialogue on the real issues.

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Thermal Gasification of Biomass: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to TGoB in Switzerland

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 09/23/2018 - 12:14pm

IEA Bioenergy Task 33 is a working group of international experts with the aim to promote the commercialization of efficient, economical and environmentally preferable thermal biomass gasification processes.

Martin Rüedsegger gave this illuminating overview of the progress and promise of thermal gasification of biomass in the United States at an IEA Bioenergy Task 33 meeting.

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Thermal Gasification of Biomass: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to TGoB in Norway

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 09/23/2018 - 12:10pm

IEA Bioenergy Task 33 is a working group of international experts with the aim to promote the commercialization of efficient, economical and environmentally preferable thermal biomass gasification processes.

Judit Sandquist gave this illuminating overview of the progress and promise of thermal gasification of biomass in the United States at an IEA Bioenergy Task 33 meeting.

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Thermal Gasification of Biomass: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to TGoB in the United States

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 09/23/2018 - 12:05pm

IEA Bioenergy Task 33 is a working group of international experts with the aim to promote the commercialization of efficient, economical and environmentally preferable thermal biomass gasification processes.

Kevin Whitty gave this illuminating overview of the progress and promise of thermal gasification of biomass in the United States at an IEA Bioenergy Task 33 meeting.

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Circular biobased economy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Biobased Delta

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 09/23/2018 - 12:00pm

In a biobased economy renewable raw materials take over the role of fossil raw materials, such as oil. This is extremely important in order to reduce the carbon footprint which has a positive influence on climate change.

The south-western Netherlands region is rich in agrofood, horticulture and chemical companies. They can tap into new markets via their traditional products and approaches. That takes place within the Biobased Delta, in which not just businesses but also knowledge institutions and government bodies are represented. Combining their forces increases the growth and appeal of the biobased economy.

Marcel van Berkel gave this illuminating overview of the Biobased Delta’s promise and progress at ABLC 2018 in Washington DC.

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Industrially important molecules: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Constructive Biology

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 09/23/2018 - 11:46am

Berkeley legend Jay Keasling gave this illuminating overview of the promise and progress of a new company in the Keasling universe, Constructive Biology.

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Valmet to deliver world’s first BioTrac system for black pellet production

Biofuels Digest - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 4:56pm

In France, Valmet agreed with FICAP on the delivery of the world’s first continuous steam explosion system, BioTrac, for production of black pellets. The pellet plant will produce both white and black pellets and has an annual capacity of 120 000 ton/year of pellets. The black pellets produced will be used mainly by district heating network operators and coal fired power plants as a substitute to fossil fuels. The start-up of the black pellet production plant is planned for 2020.

The black pellet plant will be part of an existing large industrial area, located in the Region of Champagne-Ardenne in France. The integration of the BioTrac system and plant will be conducted by De Smet Engineers and Contractors (DSEC) of Belgium. The value of the order was not disclosed.

“FICAP is our first industrial project, a concrete showcase of our know-how and mastery of biomass industrialization processes and technology…Its success will allow the global roll-out of a new biofuel industrial sector in France, Europe and the rest of the world,” says Jean Baptiste Marin, CEO of Européenne de Biomasse.

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