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Renewable Energy Group DFT's Newest Member (Ind. Report)
Diesel Technology Forum, Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2019-06-21
The Washington, D.C.-headquartered not-for-profit Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) is reporting Ames, Iowa-based biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI)has joined its ranks.

The Diesel Technology Forum promotes the use of the newest clean diesel technologies, including biodiesel and advanced renewable diesel fuels in the U.S. and worldwide.

Since its founding in 1996, REGI has produced more than 2 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel -- biodiesel -- fuel; constructed or acquired commercial-scale biofuel refineries across the United States and in Europe; and established a delivery and supply network for biodiesel and other renewable fuels. The company operates 14 active biorefineries, technology development capabilities and a diverse and growing intellectual property portfolio.

The not-for-profit Diesel Technology Forum is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. (Source: Diesel Technology Forum, PR, Global News Wire, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Diesel Technology Forum , Allan Schaffer, Exec. Dir., Sarah Dirndorfer, 301-668-7230, sdirndorfer@dieselforum.org, www.dieselforum.org; REGI, Gary Haer, VP, (515) 239-8104, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Diesel Technology Forum ,  Renewable Energy Group,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


Attis Praises EPA's Approval of Year Around E15 Dales (Ind. Report)
Attis Industries
Date: 2019-06-21
Milton, Georgia-headquartered corn ethanol producer and technology holding company Attis Industries Inc. is lauding the Trump Administration's May 30th approval of the expansion of 15 pct (E15) ethanol blends in on-road transportation fuels. Previously, the sale of E15 was restricted to just eight months of the year.

The rule change has the potential to create a significant increase in market demand for corn-based ethanol as well as other advanced fuels such as cellulosic ethanol. Even so, the administration continues to undermine the enforcement of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) through its abuse of the small refiner "hardship" exemptions (SREs) which have had a drastic effect on renewable fuel demand over the past two years, according to Attis. "Attis encourages the Administration to continue its support of the nation's farmers and renewable fuel producers by limiting SREs to those refiners who truly have encountered hardships by complying with the Renewable Fuel Standard," the Attis release notes.

Attis Biofuels, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Attis Industries Inc., currently operates a 100 million gpy corn-based ethanol facility in Fulton, NY and has plans to expand the production of renewable fuels to include cellulosic ethanol and various other advanced biofuels, according to the release. (Source: Attis Ind., PR, June, 2019) Contact: Attis Ind., David Winsness, President of Attis Innovations, Jeff Cosman, CEO, 678-580-5661, www.attisind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Industries,  Biofuel,  E15,  Ethanol Blend,  RFS,  


Brazil Allows Tax-Free Ethanol Sector Investments (Int'l)
Brazil Ethanol
Date: 2019-06-19
In Sao Paulo, the Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque has announced the government will allow companies in the sugar and ethanol sector to raise capital for investments through the issuance of income tax exempt notes, according to a Reuters report. Purchasers of the notes will not be charged income tax on the yields.

The notes are expected to raise as much as $3.33 billion) per year in coming years. (Source: Brazilian Mines and Energy Ministry, Reuters, June, 2019)Contact: Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque, www.brazil.gov.br/government/ministers/mines-and-energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brazil Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


SkyNRG, Univ. Limerick Ink Aviation Biofuel MoU (Int'l Report)
SkyNRG, University of Limerick
Date: 2019-06-17
In Ireland, the University of Limerick Bernal Institute reports it has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Netherlands-based SkyNRG to explore the development of sustainable aviation fuel manufacturing in Ireland.

Under the term of the MoU, the Bernal Institute and SkyNRG will collaborate to explore the potential of a regional Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) supply chain in Ireland and "expand the relationship for research cooperation on environmental, technological, societal and market development of sustainable aviation biofuels in the Irish context." The collaboration emerged from the industry drive for the development of SAF production capacity and an EU-wide call to reduce aviation emissions. (Source: University of Limerick, Limerick Leader, 15 June, 2019) Contact: University of Limerick, Dr. Mary Shire, VP Research, vpresearch@ul.ie, +353 (0) 61 213005, www.ul.ie/research/content/research-office; SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, CEO, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505, merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SkyNRG,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Jan De Nul Group Eyes Drop-in Biofuel to Cut Emissions (Int'l)
Jan De Nul Group
Date: 2019-06-14
The Luxembourg-based Jan De Nul Group reports it has been selected by the Agency for Maritime and Coastal Services (MDK) within the Department of Mobility and Public Works, for its focus on drop-in biofuel to achieve CO2 reduction targets.

Under the Paris Climate Agreement, the Netherlands committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 15 pct by 2020.

Jan De Nul Group provides maritime construction and maintenance services internationally.(Source: Jan DeNul Group, Wikipedia, Biofuels Digest, 12 June, 2019) Contact: Jan De Nul Group, +352 39 89 11,  +352 39 96 43 -- fax., info@dmmlux.com, www.jandenul.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Drop-in Biofuel,  Biofuel,  Carbon Emissions,  


PCJ Touts Upcoming Biofuel Crop RFP (Ind. Report)
Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
Date: 2019-06-14
In Kingston, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), in cooperation with the Urban Development Corporation and the Development Bank of Jamaica, reports it will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for the possible cultivation of biofuel feedstock crops at the Font Hill location by year end.

Font Hill has been used by the PCJ for research over the years, including experimentation on various biofuel crops -- including castor and jatropha -- between 2010 and 2017. Each of the 2,200 acre Font Hill plots to be available are conservatively expected to produce approximately 600,000 litres of oil annually for total revenue of $81 million, based on current ex-refinery diesel prices of $135 per litre. (Source: PCJ, Jamaica Gleaner, June, 2019) Contact: PCJ, Dr Peter Ruddock, Manager of Special Projects, www.pcj.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica,  Biofuel Crop,  Castor,  Jatropha,  


Aemetis India Touts Monthly Domestic Biodiesel Revenue (Int'l)
Aemetis,
Date: 2019-06-14
Following up on our 22nd May coverage, Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. is reporting its Aemetis Universal Biofuels India subsidiary achieved record domestic biodiesel revenues in May as shipments commenced under the previously announced $23 million biodiesel supply contract to the three government-owned Oil Marketing Companies.

The Aemetis biodiesel plant in India recently completed the installation and commissioning of a pretreatment plant and related utilities upgrades to convert waste feedstocks into distilled biodiesel to supply the approximately 25 billion gpy diesel market in India.(Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, Canadian Biomass, 13 June, 2019)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  Aemetis India,  


Novozymes Touts New Liquefaction Platform (New Prod. & Tech.)
Novozymes
Date: 2019-06-12
Biofuel technology provider Novozymes reports the launch of Fortiva, a new alpha-amylase technology that helps customers avoid having to choose between maximizing enzyme performance and operational efficiency. In yeast, Force continues to deliver on the promise to quickly bring innovative, robust, and reliable biological solutions to the market from the Innova yeast platform established last year.

Fortiva is added into liquefaction the same as traditional alpha amylase technologies, but once introduced, it solubilizes more difficult starch than all other amylases on the market

  • It does this through both the efficient operational use of temperature, as well as the enzyme itself, leading to the highest conversion of starch to dextrins in the market and creating the highest returns on investment. Novozymes sees this proven time and again through an average 20 pct reduction in ethanol plants' residual starch.

  • Fortiva advances plant efficiency. The fuel ethanol industry initially operated at high liquefaction temperatures (195F/91C) known to better solubilize starch to dextrins, but during this time, enzyme efficiency was limited and required excessive use of chemicals to enable the high operational temperature. Novozymes advancements in enzyme technology (Liquozyme SC) allowed for the removal of unnecessary chemicals (lime) required but required an operational change to more typical operating liquefaction temperatures seen in the fuel ethanol industry today (185F/85C)

  • Fortiva again allows the ethanol industry to engage very efficient, high temperature liquefactions (195F/91C) while also bringing to market the most advanced alpha amylase to work in this ideal environment, solubilizing more starch without the need for additional chemicals, yielding the highest ethanol production in the market (+1 pct ethanol yield).

    Novozyme's Innova Force targets ethanol plants seeking flexibility to achieve operational targets without sacrificing performance. It allows producers to achieve throughput and yield targets without losing ethanol yield to common stressors, such as high temperature and organic acids. Force gives producers the flexibility to push for yield without compromise, and to choose the format that best fits their operation, dry or cream.

  • Innova Force expresses multiple starch-degrading enzymes for tailored substrate activity, ensuring solubilization and conversion for the lowest residual starch and most optimal fermentation kinetics. Paired with novel glucoamylases, the result is the lowest stress and high performing yeast kinetics and fermentations for exceptional efficiency.

  • Force is proven to handle tough challenges: Exceptional robustness to high ethanol concentrations, high dry solids -- up to 38 pct temperature excursions up to 104 degree F, and lactic acid excursions up to 0.6 pct. Force expresses multiple enzymes to maximize substrate and starch conversion, and is available in two formats (cream and dry) making it the most advanced dry yeast on the market.

  • Force eliminates the need for yeast food (100 pct) required by other yeasts, a $300,000 savings (100+MGY plants). Based on plant trials to date, there is potential for significant urea reduction, up to 75 pct depending on individual plant conditions. For every 500lbs of urea reduced, plants can save approximately $130,000 (100+MGY plant). Innova Force eliminates these hidden costs with its flexibility, robustness, and opportunity to run a plant as needed (high throughput or yield): $500,000 savings in nutrients (urea reduction, and 100 pct elimination of yeast nutrients); $280,000 cost reduction related to poor performing fermentations caused by lack of robustness; 33 pct DS -- plants using advanced yeasts struggle running high dry solids, according to the Novozymes release. (Source: Novozymes, Trade Release, 10 June, 2019) Contact: Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP, Biofuels Commercial North America, Peder Holk Nielsen, Pres. and CEO, Tina Sejersgard Fano, VP Bioenergy, +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Ethanol,  Yeast,  


  • UK's £1bn Bioethanol Ind. at Risk, claims APPG Report (Int'l Report)
    All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol
    Date: 2019-06-12
    In the UK, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol is reporting release of its its interim Introducing E10 in the UK report considering the to barriers to the introduction of E10 ethanol blended transportation fuel into the UK. The report notes:
  • The UK economy will likely lose its £1 billion ($1,272,225,000 US) bioethanol industry without the introduction of E10 by 2020 at the latest, and will continue to decline and likely disappear.

  • Introducing E10 would help the UK meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, saving the equivalent of taking 700,000 cars off the road.

  • Petrol fuel sales volumes in the UK are now increasing, due to the decreasing popularity of diesel cars. With widespread adoption of electric vehicles still decades away, the use of increasing blends of biofuels in petrol to make cars greener and cleaner must be a priority.

  • E10, or a higher blend of bioethanol, could help tackle the UK's air quality problems and health issues caused by high particulate levels.

  • If the British bioethanol industry is lost, the UK is unlikely to attract further investment, including for the next generation of biofuels and enhanced animal feed co-products, which would deliver further economic and environmental benefits.

  • Lose of the UK Biofuels industry could also increases the country's dependence on imported biofuels, force British farmers to source animal feed from less sustainable sources, and contribute the the UK missing its fuels quality directive target -- 4 pct rising to 6 pct in 2020 -- and miss its GHG emissions targets. (Source: All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol, June, 2019) Contact: All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, info@britishbioethanol.com, www.britishbioethanol.com/about-the-appg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Bioethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  B10,  


  • US Drivers Cover 10 billion Miles on E15 Biofuel Blend (Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2019-06-12
    According to Growth Energy, US drivers have logged more 10 billion miles on American highways using E15 fuel which has just been approved for year-round sales by the US EPA. Growth Energy notes the E15 – aka Unleaded88 – is available at mobe than 1,800 filling states across 31 US states.

    (Source: Growth Energy, Various Media, June, 2019) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, Elizabeth Funderburk, (202) 545-4000, EFunderburk@GrowthEnergy.org, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  E15,  Ethanol Blend,  Biofuel Blend,  


    Senators Call for RFS "Hardship Waiver" Halt (Reg. & Leg.)
    RFS,"Hardship Wsivers"
    Date: 2019-06-12
    Last week in Washington, a dozen Democrattic US Senators wrote to the Trump Administration appointed EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler advising that the small refiner "hardship waiver" provision was NOT intended to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Accordingly, the Senators added,

    "We request that you cease issuing any further small refinery exemptions, immediately reallocate the remaining gallons, and make public the information regarding any recipients of these exemptions

    "We are extremely concerned about the EPA's recent actions to continue to improperly grant small refinery hardship waivers under the RFS. EPA's continued manipulation and misuse of the small refiner waiver authority is undermining the integrity of the RFS and disadvantaging farmers. Rather than follow congressional intent in the RFS and follow through on the promises made to rural America, the EPA and the (Trump) Administration are providing waivers, in secret, to help some of the largest oil companies and refiners evade their compliance obligations under the Clean Air Act.

    The letter's signatories included Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tina Smith (D-MN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct. (Source: Farm Journal, Various Media, AgPro, 11 June, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  RFS,  "Hardship Waivers" ,  Andrew Wheeler,  


    Boeing Environmental Plan Advances Biofuels (Ind. Report)
    Boeing
    Date: 2019-06-07
    Aviation industry giant Boeing reports the release of its 2019 Global Environment Report highlighting how the company is building cleaner, more fuel-efficient airplanes and finding innovative ways to recycle and conserve resources.

    In 2018, Boeing unveiled its new environment strategy through 2025 with ambitious goals to innovate products for environmental performance, reduce emissions, waste, and water and energy consumption at work sites, and to work with communities around the globe. Report highlights include:

  • Working with Etihad Airways to fly a 787 Dreamliner powered partly by biofuel made from desert plants irrigated with seawater;
  • Catalyzing development of sustainable aviation fuel and offering customers the option of using biofuel on delivery flights;
  • Surpassing 2018 targets, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 7.3 pct at work sites, and others. (Source: Boeing, 5 June, 2019) Contact: Boeing Environment, Bryan Scott, VP, Environment, Holly Braithwaite, Mobile: +1 206-900-3962, holly.braithwaite@boeing.com, www.boeing.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Boeing,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


  • Attis Creating NY Ethanol Plant Green Tech Campus (Ind Report)
    Attis Industries
    Date: 2019-06-07
    Following up on our previous coverage, Georgia-based Attis Industries Inc. reports its recently acquired Sunoco LP's nameplate 100-million gpy corn ethanol plant and grain malting operation in Fulton, New York, will become the centerpiece of its proposed Green Tech Campus. The company will focus on byproduct optimization of the corn ethanol plant and the new production of advanced biofuels and biobased products while also looking to generate "green" power, thus reducing the overall carbon footprint of the Fulton campus and taking advantage of valuable carbon credits to increase the site's profitability.

    Attis plans to immediately begin the process of deploying its patented biorefinery technology to further diversify the biofuel and biobased product manufacturing at the campus. Attis will convert extracted locally sourced woody biomass pulp into cellulosic fuels and lignin into bioplastics, carbon fiber and advanced biofuels like renewable diesel and jet fuel.

    Attis also aims to improve the quality and volume of co-products currently being produced at the Fulton ethanol plant by implementing its patented and licensed corn oil extraction technology that will almost double the current corn oil production yields at the plant and provide an augmented revenue stream. (Source: Attis Industries, DTN, June, 2019) Contact: Attis Ind., Jeff Cosman, CEO, 678-580-5661, www.attisind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Industries,  Ethanol,  Sunoco LP,  


    Velocys Proposed Natchez Biorefinery on Track (Ind. Report)
    Velocys
    Date: 2019-06-03
    UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc is reporting its proposed biorefinery in Natchez, Mississippi, has completed the environmental assessment required under the National Environmental Policy Act, as well as approximately 1,000 hours of integrated demonstrations processing dry Southern yellow pine wood chips to fuels in North Carolina at a rate of 4 metric tpd.

    According to the company, the wood chip-to-fuel demonstration allowed it to demonstrate actual biofuel yields from representative feedstock and actual syngas composition. The proposed 20 MMgy Natchez facility is expected to begin operations in 2024. (Source: Velocys, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  


    BP, NEXT Ink Renewable Diesel Feedstock Deal (Ind. Report)
    BP,NEXT Renewable Fuels
    Date: 2019-05-31
    Portland, Oregon-based advanced biofuels producer NEXT Renewable Fuels reports entering into a long-term feedstock supply agreement with BP Products North America (BP) for approximately 2 million tpy of renewable feedstocks -- animal fats and tallows, used cooking oil,greases and virgin seed oils -- for NEXT's planned renewable diesel facility in Port Westward, Oregon.

    The Port Westward facility is slated for completion and commissioning in 2021. (Source: NEXT Renewable Fuels, Biofuels Int'l., 29 May, 2019) Contact: NEXT Renewable Fuels, Lou Soumas, Pres., info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com; BP, Jason Breslaw, Renewable Feedstock and Bio-distillate Business Development Manager, www.bp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  NEXT Renewable Fuels,  Renewable Diesel,  Biodiesel,  


    Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act 2019 Introduced (Reg. & Leg.)
    Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2019-05-31
    Last week in Washington, Chairman of the US House Committee on Agriculture, Collin Peterson (D-Minn), together with Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), Rep.Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) introduced the bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019.

    The Act, which is intended to bring transparency to the EPA's small refinery "hardship" exemption (SRE) programme under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), will also set a deadline for refineries to submit petitions for RFS exemptions of 1 June to ensure that any waivers granted are "prospectively reallocated to non-exempt obligated parties, as well as require that key information surrounding the SREs is publicly available" according to a statement from the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE).

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct.(Source: ACE, Various Media, 29 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  "Hardship Waiver",  ,  


    Blue-green Algae for Biodiesel Production Explored in Finland (R&D)
    University of Turku
    Date: 2019-05-29
    Finland's University of Turku doctoral candidate Mikael Jamsa is touting his work on converting algae and cyanobacteria -- commonly known as blue-green algae -- from wastewater to produce biofuels.

    Jamsa examined various types of wastewater to determine the most suitable for cultivation of the types of algae which are best at producing bio fuel -- as well as clean up the wastewater itself -- and found "municipal wastewater" the best candidate. According to Jamsa, the algae are removed from wastewater systems then the algae's fat is separated and extracted then converted to fuel.

    The researcher noted the best results for biodiesel production were found in green algae. "The blue-green algae are not as effective as green algae because the carbohydrates in the blue-green algae are more easily converted into bio-ethanol, while the fats in green algae are more readily converted to biodiesel," he explained. (Source: University of Turku, Svenska Yle, May, 2019) Contact: University of Turku, +358 29 450 5000, www.utu.fi/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


    Oil from Woody Biomass Developed at U Maine (New Prod & Tech)
    University of Maine
    Date: 2019-05-29
    In the Pine Tree State, the University of Maine in Orono is reporting a team from its Forest Bioproducts Research Institute's (FBRI) pilot plant has developed a chemicals-free process that turns wood biomass into clean, crude oil using heat and pressure.

    According to the release, the method was discovered by undergraduate students experimenting with salt and high temperatures when they found that a particular kind of mixed-salt produced crude oil vapors. With a 20-minute process of high heat and pressure, wood pulp is turned into acid before it is turned into salt, which produces the crude oil when introduced to high temperatures. which can be processed just like any oil refinery and make gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel.

    The current production is about 1 tpd when the plant is running, but the private sector is interested in the engineering data, which is a patent protected and available for companies to amplify research. (Source: University of Maine, FBRI, Woodworking Network, 27 May, 2019) Contact: University of Maine, FBRI, Hemant Pendse, Director, (207) .581.1489 Fax: 207.581.9418 fbri@maine.edu , https://forestbioproducts.umaine.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  


    KLM Secures Large Sustainable Aviation Fuel Uptake (Int'l Report)
    KLM, SkyNRG
    Date: 2019-05-29
    Dutch air carrier KLM is reporting a 10-year agreement for the development and purchase of 75,000 tpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The agreement is in keeping with KLM's sustainability ambitions and will reduce its CO2 emissions by 200,000 tpy.

    KLM serves as one of the partners in a collaborative project -- called DSL-01 -- that will develop Europe's first dedicated SAF production plant which is expected to open in 2022 and produce 100,000 tpy of SAF and 15,000 tpy of bioLPG as a byproduct. Other partners in the project, which is expected to come in at roughly €260 million ($290 million), include Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, SkyNRG, and SHV Energy, a global LPG distribution company.

    SAF delivers a CO2 reduction of at least 85 pct compared with fossil fuel and contributes to a significant decrease in ultra-fine particles and sulfur emissions. (Source: KLM, AIN Online, 28 May, 2019) Contact:SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505. merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com; KLM Corporate Office, www.klm.com/Office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News KLM,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


    SkyNRG Developing European Sustainable Jet Biofuel Plant (Int'l)
    SkyNRG
    Date: 2019-05-27
    Further to our 10 Sept., 2018 report, Geneva, Switzerland-base aviation biofuel specialist SkyNRG is reporting it will develop Europe's first sustainable aviation fuel production plant in the Dutch province of Groningen. The new facility will use regionally sourced waste streams, such as used cooking oil to produce sustainable fuel and bio propane for KLM and SHV Energy respectively.

    Starting in 2022, the facility will produce 100,000 tpy of sustainable fuel which translates into the aviation industry reducing its CO2 emissions with 270,000 tpy year. The aviation industry is currently responsible for more than 2 pct of the global CO2 emissions.

    Compared with conventional jet fuel, SkyNRG's state of the art facility reduces life cycle CO2 emissions by at least 85 pct In addition, flights using sustainable aviation fuel create significantly less emissions of ultrafine particles and sulphur. (Source: SkyNRG, Climate-KIC, 27 May, 2019)Contact: SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505. merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SkyNRG,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


    Candidate Klobuchar Proposes RFS Exemption Changes (Ind Report)
    Klobuchar
    Date: 2019-05-27
    Last week while on the campaign trail in Iowa, Minnesota Senator and 2020 Presidential wannabe Amy Klobuchar (D) called for the revamping of the EPA's RFS "hardship waiver" rules governing small refineries.

    According to Klobuchar, EPA waivers that allow small refineries to avoid the requirements are "misguided" and manipulated by financial institutions and the biofuels credit trading market. The senator proposed new compliance standards and additional oversight. Klobuchar also supports year-round sales of E15.

    To date in the presidential primary race, Klobuchar is near the bottom of the pack and playing on the small refinery waiver program could play well in the Corn-husker State.

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct (Source: IJR, Various Media, Reuters, 25 May, 2019) Contact: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, www.klobuchar.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/mobile/email-amy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Biofuel Blend,  


    Malaysia Committed to Palm Oil Biodiesel (Int'l. Report)
    Palm Oil
    Date: 2019-05-27
    In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in a statement reported that his country, the world's largest exporter and second largest producer of the palm oil, will continue to play a key role in ensuring palm oil remains a sustainable and eco-friendly fuel replacement for domestic use and worldwide export.

    The minister noted that while there had been opposition to the current practices of planting oil palm, the market is strong and "Malaysia is equipped with the necessary infrastructure and market size to improve the quality and production of palm-based energy products." He also noted agencies such as the Malaysia Palm Oil Board, Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute and SIRIM Bhd had the technological capabilities necessary to make make palm oil biodiesel a "leading biofuel contender."

    Malaysia introduced B10 biodiesel to the domestic transportation market in December 2018, increasing its blend from seven per cent (B7 Biodiesel) to 10 per cent. The government plans to introduce B20 biodiesel by 2020. (Source: Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malay Mail, 24 May., 2019)Contact: Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Darell Leiking, www.miti.gov.my

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  


    NFU Encouraged by First Step to Address Climate Crisis (Ind. Report)
    National Farmers Union
    Date: 2019-05-27
    In recent U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry hearings on climate change and the agricultural sector, climate change and the agricultural sector. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson thanked the committee for addressing the deleterious effects of climate change on the agricultural industry and emphasized the need for federal policies that assist farmers with the implementation of practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sequester carbon, and build resilience to extreme weather events:

    "Climate change is not a future or hypothetical issue for family farmers and ranchers -- they are already suffering its effects every day. Higher average temperatures, altered precipitation patterns, and more frequent and severe natural disasters have added several more layers of uncertainty to the already difficult job of food production. As the climate continues to change, we can only expect the challenges to multiply. This serious and immediate problem requires serious and immediate action -- and we are glad that the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry is taking the first steps by holding this hearing.

    "Though the agricultural sector is among the most directly impacted by climate change, it is also among the most capable of mitigating and adapting to its effects. Farmers and ranchers are not only able to cut greenhouse gas emissions on their operations, but they can also offset greenhouse gas emissions from other sectors by sequestering carbon in the soil, growing biofuels, and engaging in on-farm energy production. Many of the USDA's existing conservation programs support these important efforts with financial and technical assistance. We encourage Congress to continue providing farmers with the tools they need by expanding and enhancing these programs. Additionally, we recommend robust investments in public agricultural research as well as the creation of market-based incentives for climate-smart practices.

    "Farmers Union members understand the urgent threat that climate change poses to agriculture, and they want to do everything they can to lessen the damage. But this work isn't free or easy -- it often requires significant time, money, and expertise. We look forward to working with you to identify policies and solutions that help family farmers and ranchers achieve their sustainability goals."

    The NFU advocates on behalf of nearly 200,000 American farm families and their communities. (Source: National Farmers Union, Website, May, 2019) Contact: National Farmers Union, Hannah Packman, (202) 559-9890, hpackman@nfudc.org, www.nfu.org

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    WPI Prof. Funded for Isobutanol Biofuel R&D (R&D, Funding)
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Date: 2019-05-24
    In the Bay State, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) reports associate professor of chemical engineering Michael Timko has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award that will enable him to develop a device that will make the production of isobutanol less costly and more environmentally friendly.

    Furthering his work, Timko will spend the summer of 2020 at the Univertite de Bordeaux, where he will learn a low-cost technique for fabricating microfluidic devices developed at the university. This work will be conducted in the Institut de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee de Bordeaux (ICMCB), a laboratory jointly run by the university and the National Center for Scientific Research.

    Timko"s interest in microfluidics stems from his goal of being able to observe, in real time, the production of biofuels by microorganisms under extreme conditions of temperature and pressure. Timko wants to make a microfluidic device at a micron scale -- the width of a human hair -- made of silicon and Pyrex, a low-thermal-expansion material used for laboratory glassware. This tiny device could contain fluids at elevated pressures while affording easy viewing using a microscope to, for example, analyze the metabolic response of bacteria to a high-pressure environment.

    Timko, who received a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2016 for his work with biofuels, is looking to use the microfluidic device to accelerate his isobutanol researchh.

    Timko is part of a multi-university research team that is developing a new way to produce isobutanol, using supercritical CO2 as a solvent and a bacterium that can thrive in that harsh, antimicrobial liquid. Timko's analysis shows the process could produce isobutanol using one-fifth the energy that traditional, best-case scenario manufacturing processes use. (Source: WPI. 22 May, 2019) Contact: Worcester Poltrechnic Institute, Assoc. Prof. Micheal Timko, (508)-831-4101, mttimko@wpi.edu, www.wpi.edu/people/faculty/mttimko, www.wpi.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Isobutanol,  Biofuel,  


    ABC Decries Indiscriminate RFS Refinery Exemptions (Ind. Report)
    American Biogas Council
    Date: 2019-05-24
    The American Biogas Council (ABC) released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's continued attempts to erode the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by the indiscriminate granting of small refinery "hardship" exemptions:

    "The continued issuance of small refinery exemptions undermines the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard and imperils the ability of biogas and other renewable fuel producers to create new investments and jobs, especially in rural communities.

    "As a program, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) works for the biogas industry. It has boosted American production of renewable fuels, brought new revenue streams to farmers and catalyzed investment in biogas systems. In fact, the number of biogas systems that have been built or upgraded to participate in the RFS has grown at a rate of 30 pct annually supplying valuable renewable fuel that can replace conventional natural gas. In the RFS, biogas and renewable natural gas (RNG) related projects represent the fastest growing sector of the RFS and are therefore critical to addressing the gap between the congressionally mandated fuel volumes and the EPA-lowered fuel volumes.

    "But the recent management of the RFS program, in particular, the Administration's frequent issuance of small refinery ("hardship") exemptions has killed demand in this market-based program and is now impeding growth, development, infrastructure investments and the creation of quality American jobs. The prevalent issuance of exemptions has created the impression that any refinery can get one. As a result, small refineries and some larger ones, both in growing numbers, have stopped purchasing biogas hoping that each one might also be granted an exemption by the Administration to not comply with this congressionally mandated program. Due to the volume of fuel that most biogas systems produce, a large proportion of biogas systems sell to small refineries.

    "The Administration must dramatically slow the issuance of small refinery exemptions (SREs) to small refineries and stop granting SREs to large or unqualified refineries. Indiscriminate and frequent issuance of SREs undermine the integrity of the RFS and imperil economic prosperity and energy security. The Administration needs to follow the law that Congress passed." (Source: American Biogas Council, PR, 23 May, 2019) Contact: ABC, Patrick Serfass, Exec. Dir., (202) 640-6595, info@americanbiogascouncil.org, www.AmericanBiogasCouncil.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  Biofuel,  American Biogas Council ,  Biogas,  


    Indian State Planning Rice Biofuel Project (Int'l. Report)
    India Ethanol
    Date: 2019-05-22
    In central India, the heavily forested state of Chhattisgarh and the Indian Institute of Technology (Bhilai) are reporting plans to produce biofuel from rice and other agriculture products.

    To that end, the state government and the Indian Institute of Technology (Bhilai) have inked an agreement to explore the possibilities of designing the project which would ensure the increased cultivation and consumption of rice and the use of rice stover, waste and by-products, such as biofuel. Only surplus rice and waste would be used in the production of biofuel, according to the release. (Source: Indian Institute of Technology, Business Standard, 21 May, 2018) Contact: Indian Institute of Technology, www.iitd.ac.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Rice Ethanol,  


    Aemetis Inks Indian Biodiesel Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2019-05-22
    Aemetis Universal Biofuels India, a subsidiary of Cupertino, California-headquartered advanced renewable fuel and biochemical specialist Aemetis Inc. , reports it will supply 25 million or more US gpy of distilled biodiesel to an unnamed multi-site mining company with sites in southern and central India .

    Shipments have already started, and there are plans to expand the deal to additional mines as it installs on-site storage for biodiesel.

    Aemetis owns and operates a 60-million gpy ethanol production facility in California's Central Valley. It also has a 50-million-gpy renewable chemical and advanced fuel production facility on the east coast of India for production of high-quality distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin for US, European and Indian customers. (Source: Aemetis, Mining Magazine, May, 2019) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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    $2.1Mn Funding for Alberta Forestry-Biomass Projects (Funding)
    Forest Biomass,Natural Resources Canada
    Date: 2019-05-22
    In Ottawa, the Canadian federal government has announced over $2.1 million in funding for three forestry-sector, bioenergy projects in Alberta. The projects are aimed at boosting indigenous jobs in the sector and involvement in climate change prevention activities.

    Of the total, $1.5 million will go to Kapawe'no First Nation in Narrows Point to design and install a renewable and eco-friendly forest biomass heating system that will help to reduce the community's reliance on diesel, cut energy costs and generate jobs. The project is funded through the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program.

    $500,000 will be granted to The Rockies Institute in Canmore to bring together the best available Indigenous and scientific knowledge on forest fire management. The project will inform innovative practices for local, regional and provincial climate change adaptation.

    The remaining $110,000 is awarded to Nu Ch'anie Society in Cold Lake to pursue various forest sector bioenergy-biomass business development activities. The three projects are funded through the Indigenous Forestry Initiative. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Biomass, May, 2019) Contact: Natural Resoures Canada Indigenous Forestry Initiative, www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/federal-programs/13125

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Forest Biomass,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Natural Resources Canada,  


    Gasum Opens First Swedish LNG Filling Station (Int'l Report)
    Gasum Oy
    Date: 2019-05-22
    In Espoo, Finland, the Nordic energy company Gasum Oy, a major biogas producer and distributor, is reporting the opening of its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) biogas filling station in the city of Vasteras, central Sweden, where it also owns a biogas production facility. In the long term, the company plans to expand its Swedish filling station network to 50 outlets.

    Under the European Union's emissions reduction standards, CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles are to be reduced by 30 pct by 2030. Sweden is aiming to reduce CO2 emissions from domestic traffic by at least 70 pct by 2030. (Source: Gasum,Regeringen.se, Europa, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Gasum Oy, Mikael Antonsson, +358 20 4471, www.gasum.com/en/About-gasum/Information-about-Gasum/Gasum-in-brief

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas news,  LNG news,  Biofuel news,  Liquified Natural Gas news,  


    Aemetis Scores Indian Mining Co. Biodiesel Contract (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2019-05-20
    Cupertino, California-headquartered biodiesel producer Aemetis Inc. is reporting its Universal Biofuels India subsidiary was awarded a large ongoing supply contract for distilled biodiesel by a multi-site mining company for use in dump trucks and other heavy diesel equipment at mines in southern and central India. Shipments have already begun to the mining customer under the supply agreement and will be expanded to additional mines as on-site biodiesel storage is installed.

    Distilled biodiesel is a lower cost fuel than diesel, reduces particulate emissions by 90 percent and significantly reduces carbon emissions. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 20 May, 2019)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  


    Whitefox Tech Touts E Energy Adams Installation (Ind. Report)
    Whitefox
    Date: 2019-05-17
    UK-based engineering and membrane technologies specialist Whitefox Technologies Limited is is reporting its sixth start-up of its Whitefox ICE™ system at E Energy Adams in Adams, Nebraska. This is Whitefox's first installation in Nebraska,

    E Energy Adams is a 2005-vintage, 50 million gpy ICM- designed dry mill ethanol plant in southeast Nebraska. The plant produces modified wet and dry distillers grain (DDG) feed products for local and regional markets and is the seventh highest producing plant in Nebraska.

    The Whitefox ICE™ system is sized to produce 75,000 gpd of 200 proof by taking various recycle streams from the current plant, including the molecular sieve regenerate stream.

    Whitefox provides membrane solutions for fuel ethanol, other biofuels, and industrial alcohol production in the U.S., Canada, Europe and South America. (Source: Whitefox, PR, 16 May, 2019)Contact: Whitefox Technologies, Gillian Harrisson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7953 8446, (403) 210-2999 -- Alberta Office, solutions@whitefox.com, www.whitefox.com; E Energy Adams, Carl Sitzmann, CEO, (402)988-4655, www.eenergyadams.com

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    Gevo Providing ATJ Fuel to Avfuel Corp. (Ind. Report)
    Gevo,Avfuel
    Date: 2019-05-17
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer Gevo, Inc. reports it will once again provide its sustainable and renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corporation.

    To date, Avfuel, has received commitments from high-profile OEMs including Bombardier, Embraer, Gulfstream and Dassault to use Gevo's ATJ blended with standard jet fuel. This blend not only meets ASTM D1655, but also for every one million gallons produced, approximately 10 million pounds of animal feed and protein goes back into the food chain, according to Gevo. (Source: Geco, Pr, 16 May, 2019) Contact: Gevo, Patrick Gruber, CEO, pgruber@gevo.com, Avfuel, Keith Sawyer, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com/Fuel/Alternative-Fuels

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Aviation Biofuel,  Avfuel,  


    EPA Proposes Slight RFS Biofuel Mandate Increase (Reg & Leg)
    RFS, US EPA
    Date: 2019-05-15
    In Washington, the Trump administration EPA is reported to be proposing to increase volume of biofuels refiners must blend into their fuel annually from the present 19.92 billion gallons to 20.04 billion gallons in 2020. The proposed mandated increase is awaiting review by other government agencies before being finalized.

    The mandate includes 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuels -- ethanol -- unchanged from 2019, and 5.04 billion gallons of advanced biofuels, up from 4.92 billion in 2019. The biodiesel mandate of 2.43 billion gallons for 2021, would be unchanged from 2020. (Source: US EPA, AgWEB, 14 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard ,  


    Mobile Biorefinery Trials Inderway in Ireland (Int'l. Report)
    Bioeconomy
    Date: 2019-05-15
    The European Science Communication Institute is reporting the launch of trials of Ireland's first mobile biorefinery. The new mobile biorefinery on wheels processes grass and other organic waste into various new green products that could give farmers a more diversified source of income and greater sustainability.

    . The mobile biorefinery's product can be processed into a dry protein-rich live-stock feed, a sustainable alternative to synthetic fertilizer or used as a fuel for anaerobic digesters and natural gas production. (Source: European Science Communication Institute, phys.org, May, 2015) Contact: European Science Communication Institute, www.esci.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorefining,  Cioecoomy,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  


    J-ENG, NYK Developing Marine Biofuel Engine (New Prod & Tech)
    Japan Engine Corp., NYK Line
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Japan Engine Corp. (J-ENG) reports it is cooperating with Tokyo-based NYK Line -- a maritime shipping firm -- to research and develop a maritime biofuel-powered engine for maritime use.

    In collaboration with NYK Line, J-ENG plans to test the new engine using the biofuel from GoodFuels, a leading biofuel supplier based in the Netherlands. The test engine is located in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Research & Innovation Center and various fuel tests can be performed. (Source: Japan Engine Corp., Diesel & Gas Turbine, May, 2019) Contact: Japan Engine Corp., +81-78-949-0800, www.j-eng.co.jp/en NYK Line, www.nykline.com; GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  GoodFuels,  NYK Line,  


    Canadian National Bioeconomy Strategy Released (Ind. Report)
    Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
    Date: 2019-05-15
    In Ottawa, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has released Canada's first national Bioeconomy Strategy reflecting the views of more than 400 industry representatives from across the country.

    The Strategy recommends action on four key priority areas identified in foundational work by the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, the Economic Sector Strategy Tables, and Canada's forestry ministers. These priority areas call for: creating agile regulation and government policy; establishing biomass supply and stewardship; building strong companies and value chains; and building strong sustainable innovation ecosystems.

    Consultations with industry concluded a national Strategy is needed to fully advance Canada's bioeconomy. The Strategy recognizes the role of innovation clusters and ecosystems as key to advancing Canada's bioeconomy. These venues will facilitate relationships between producers, SMEs, and large firms along the full value chain, domestically and globally.

    With this Strategy, industry has addressed the ways in which Canada's competitive advantages including access to biomass, global leadership in forestry and agriculture, sustainable resource management, and a skilled workforce, can make Canada a world leader.

    The recommendations focus on commercializing innovations to grow larger companies, and to have Canadian products and processes adopted into international value chains and call on the government to introduce policies, regulation and support for companies and the agriculture and forestry sectors to adopt practices and new technologies that improve stewardship of natural resources and increase productivity.

    Download the Canada's Bioeconomy Strategy: Leveraging our Strengths for a Sustainable Future report HERE. (Source: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, May, 2019) Contact: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, (226) 778-0020, info@bincanada.ca, www.bincanada.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioeconomy,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  Bioenergy,  


    Global Algae Biofuel Market 2018 Report (Ind. Report)
    Algae Biofuel
    Date: 2019-05-13
    The Global Algae Biofuel Market 2018 research report from ICRWorld Research provides detailed information on the algae biofuel industry based on the revenue and volume for the forecast period 2018-2023. The research report provides the updated business information and industry future trends, identifies and quantifies the market share held by the significant industry players and gives an in-depth view of the competitive landscape.

    The report divides the Algae Biofuel market into various regions -- North America, Middle-East a and Africa, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Europe-- as well as nationally.

    The report benchmarks and profiles the Algae Biofuel industry leading players on the basis of product portfolio, manufacturing plants, market pricing, sales footprint, target customer types, etc.

    Sample Report PDF HERE. Complete TOC of the Report HERE. (Source: ICRWorld Research, Market News Live, May, 2019) Contact: ICRWorld Research, www.icrworld.com, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/icrworld

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae Biofuel,  


    Vietnamese E5 Biofuel Sales,Consumption Plunge (Int'l. Report)
    Biofuel
    Date: 2019-05-13
    According to statistics released by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, in 2018, Vietnam consumed over 3.1 million tons of E5 gasoline, equivalent to 42 pct of all gasoline in the market. However, in the first quarter of 2019, this number fell to 38 pct. Moreover, after over one year of mass selling bio-fuel, a number of petrol stations are beginning to switch back to selling RON 95, as a result of low sales and meager profit margins.

    A Saigon retail is quoted as saying, "There are months where we only sold several hundred litres of E5. This is small so it is difficult to store this type of biofuel. Since E5 is a biofuel, if left for long, water will separate from the fuel, causing it to spoil." E5 fuel retails claim the fuel doesn’t sell because consumers still have doubts about its quality and prices are not attractive enough for them to make the switch. (Source: Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade, VN Express International, 12 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E5,  Biofuel,  Vietnam Biofuel,  


    Woody Biomass Feedstock Logistics Study Funded (Funding)
    Woddy Biomass,USDA
    Date: 2019-05-13
    Researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) are reporting receipt of $1 million in USDA grant funding to investigate the key parameters for high-quality, year-round woody biomass feedstock logistics systems for commercialized biorefineries in the Southeastern U.S.

    The 3-year study is intended to expedite the development of a commercialized cellulosic biofuel sector by improving the efficiency of the logistics systems of woody biomass feedstock required for biofuel production.

    The study will determine woody biomass quality in the Southeast and identify the relationship with conversion performance. Additionally, the cost and energy use for woody biomass feedstock size reduction through both conventional and advanced technologies will be obtained at an industrial scale, and the cost and quality of the feedstock will be incorporated to address the challenges of balancing cost and quality in feedstock logistics for scaling up biofuel production.

    The study includes the evaluation of alternative pre-processing technologies in feedstock logistics systems for hardwood logging residues and an energy crop -- hybrid poplar -- to supply biofuel production.

    The UTIA multidisciplinary research team includes agricultural economists, forest scientists, chemists, and biosystems engineers, with collaboration from a bioenergy company, Proton Power, Inc., and a biomass research and development company, Forest Concepts, LLC. (Source: University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Bioenergy Insight, 13 May, 2019) Contact: University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, (865) 974-6756, https://ag.tennessee.edu/Pages/default.aspx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  


    Straw-Fired Biomass Power Plant Slated for Ukraine (Int'l. Report)
    Burmeister & Wain
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Interfax reports Danish technology provider Burmeister & Wain is developing a 130 MW straw-buring power plant in the Khmelnytsky region of the Ukraine. The plant will use approximately 270,000 metric tpy of baled straw from various sources as feedstock. Burmeister & Wain will design and supply the equipment for the facility. A project completion and startup date has not been announced.

    Burmeister & Wain (BWSC) is a project developer, turnkey EPC contractor and O&M provider of tailor-made fossil-fueled and renewable energy power plants. The company provides in-depth support and financial stability during the project development stage, extensive turnkey power plant design and build experience during the construction phase, and operational expertise in future operation and maintenance.(Source: Burmeister & Wain, Interfax, Biofuels Digest, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Burmeister & Wain, +45 48 14 00 22, +45 48 14 01 50 - fax., bwsc@bwsc.dk, www.bwsc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Burmeister & Wain,  


    ExxonMobil, Nat. Labs to Collaborate on Lower-Emissions R&D (R&D)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Irving, Texas-headquartered oil industry juggernaut ExxonMobil reports it will invest as much as $100 million over 10 years to research and to develop advanced lower-emissions technologies in collaboration with the US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

    The research aims to advance potential scalable technologies that improve energy efficiency, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce emissions from the production of fossil fuels and petrochemicals, according to ExxonMobil. Initial collaborative efforts will explore ways to bring biofuels and carbon capture and storage (CCS) to commercial scale across the power generation, transportation, and manufacturing sectors. (Source: ExxonMobil, GreenCar Congress, 9 May, 2019)Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Biouels,  CCS,  


    U.S. Soybean Oil for Biodiesel Production Rising (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2019-05-10
    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the share of total soybean oil consumed as a biodiesel feedstock doubled from the current 15 pct to 30 pct as the total U.S. soybean oil supply grew from about 22.5 billion pounds to nearly 26.0 billion pounds between marketing year 2010-2011 and 2017-2018.

    Soybean oil is the most commonly used vegetable oil for biodiesel production, and inputs reached 7.1 billion pounds during the latest soybean oil marketing year which ran from Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018. Between marketing year 2010-2011 and marketing year 2017-2018, U.S. domestic biodiesel production grew from 700 million gpy to 1.8 billion gpy. The production increase was largely driven by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending mandate. (Source: US EIA, Xinhua, 8 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Soybean,  Soybean Oil,  BiodieselBiofuel,  


    Anellotech Bio-TCat Hits Commercially-Targeted Yields (Ind Report)
    Anellotech
    Date: 2019-05-08
    Pearl River, New York-based renewable chemicals, bioplastics and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech reports its patented Thermal Catalytic Biomass Conversion technology -- Bio-TCat -- has achieved commercially-targeted yields in its TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee, Texas during six months of continuous process operations.

    Bio-TCat technology produces a mixture of benzene, toluene and xylene (AnelloMate BTX), which are bio-based and chemically identical to petroleum-derived counterparts. Bio-TCat technology also produces AnelloMate Distillate, a heavier aromatics product that can be upgraded into a high-quality biofuels blendstock for jet or diesel transportation fuel using conventional refinery processing. Cellulosic ethanol or hydrogen can be made from Bio-TCat's carbon monoxide co-product by using third-party technology.

    Anellotech is planning construction of its first commercial plant and is engaging in partnership and funding discussions with existing and new strategic partners. The plant will be capable of processing 500 bone-dry tonnes/day of loblolly pine wood into 40,000 tpy of products including benzene, toluene, xylenes, and C9+ aromatics to use as fuels or for production of bio-based plastics for packaging and consumer products. (Source: Anellotech, PR, GreenCar Congress, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Anellotech Inc., David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700, DSudolsky@anellotech.com, www.anellotech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anellotech ,  


    Loughborough Univ. Granted £200,000 for Green Travel R&D (Int'l)
    Loughborough Univ
    Date: 2019-05-08
    Loughborough University has been awarded £200,000 in grant funding from the UK Department for Transport and Supergen Bioenergy Hub -- a group of experts focussed on developing sustainable bioenergy systems -- for two projects which aim to make the transport sector more environmentally friendly. The projects will explore biofuel production, bioenergy carbon capture, and storage and utilisation.

    One project, led by Dr Jin Xuan, a Senior Lecturer in Low Carbon Processes, will examine the role of e-biofuel in reducing emissions and increasing the sustainability of the road transport sector while enhancing renewable energy security. The research will examine the feasibility of a novel electrochemical process to produce biofuels while reusing the captured CO2.

    The project will develop a new concept of e-biofuel which combines the advantages of both e-fuel (produced from renewable electricity and CO2) and biofuel (produced from biomass) to intensively decarbonise the road transport sector. It also provides Loughborough researchers with a new link to the Supergen Bioenergy Hub and the Department of Transport.

    A second project led by Dr Tanja Radu, a Lecturer in Water Engineering, will research algae-based biomethane fuel purification and carbon sequestration. The project aims to develop and assess an innovative process for the simultaneous production of high-purity biomethane as a potential natural gas vehicle fuel, together with the sequestration of remaining biomass and biogas carbon into algal co-product and biochar.

    The Supergen Bioenergy Hub at Aston University aims to bring together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner. (Source: DfT, Loughborough University, East Midlands Business Link, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Loughborough University, www.lboro.ac.uk; Supergen Bioenergy Hub, Professor Patricia Thornley, Dir., p.thornley@aston.ac.uk, www.supergen-bioenergy.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy news,  Biofuel news,  CCS news,  Biogas news,  


    Indonesia's 2019 Biodiesel Exports Could Decline Under EU Regulations (Int'l Report)
    Biodiesel
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In Jakarta, the Indonesia Biofuels Producer Association (APROBI) reports many Indonesian economists and government officials believe that the transition to cleaner energy products is necessary to help bolster the country's export sector and that tighter restrictions on Indonesian biodiesel deliveries to the EU could significantly cut biodiesel exports to only 1 million or 1.2 million kiloliters (kl) this year.

    In the face of EU palm oil environmental concerns, Indonesia has been working to make its palm oil-based fuel more environmentally-friendly after the EU and other countries called for a "cleaner" Indonesian biodiesel.

    Indonesia's B20 biofuel-biodiesel blend rate is expected to be raised to B30. According to Agra-Net, Indonesia exported 52,356 tonnes of palm oil biodiesel in February, 2019 Domestic markets have also shown increased consumption of biofuel during the first quarter of 2019. Reuters notes Indonesians consumed 1.5 million kl in Q1, this year. (Source: APROBI Business Times, 3 May, 2019) Contact: APROBI, +62 2129380882, office@aprobi.co.id, www.aprobi.or.id

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    Biocom Announces European Ethanol Shipments (Int'l Report)
    Biocom
    Date: 2019-05-06
    Angolan biofuel company Biocom, located in the Cacuso district, 75 kilometres from Malanje, reports it will export 8,500 cubic feet of ethanol to Europe in two shipments on 13 and 23 May, this year. The two shipments were based on contracts signed with Ryssow and Alcotra, a Swiss ethanol production, distribution and marketing company.

    Biocom currently has 24,000 hectares of sugarcane which in 2018 yielded 73,000 tonnes of sugar cane and 17,000 m3of ethanol. The company, one of the largest Angolan agro-industrial projects, is led by Brazilian group Odebrecht, which owns 40 pct of the capital of the company. The remaining 60 pct of the capital is shared by Angolan private-equity group Cochan, with 40 pct and Angolan state oil company Sonangol, with 20 pct. (Source: Biocom Angola, PR, Macauhub, 6 May, 2019) Contact: Biocom Angola, +380 63 192 3144, www.biocom-angola.com/en/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sugarcane Ethanol,  Ethanol,  


    DOE Announces $79 Mn Funding for Bioenergy R&D (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In Washington, the US DOE has announced over $79 million in funding for bioenergy R&D including biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. This funding supports Agency's goal of providing consumers and businesses with a range of domestic energy options that are affordable, reliable, and secure.

    The FOA topics will advance DOE's Bioenergy Technology Office's (BETO) objectives to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. Topics areas for this funding opportunity include the following:

  • Cultivation Intensification Processes for Algae -- Develop technologies for outdoor algae systems that increase the harvest yield, reliability and quality of algae;

  • Biomass Component Variability and Feedstock Conversion Interface: Research to lower the cost and improve the reliability of biomass handling and preprocessing;

  • Efficient Wood Heaters -- Develop technologies to reduce emissions and increase efficiency of wood heaters for residential heating;

  • Systems Research of Hydrocarbon Biofuel Technologies -- Integrate new technologies and processes in experimental prototype systems to improve and verify real-world performance and lower the cost of drop-in Biofuels;

  • Optimization of Biomass-Derived Jet Fuel Blends -- Identify and develop cost-competitive drop-in renewable jet fuel with improved energy density and lower particulate matter emissions;

  • Renewable Energy from Urban and Suburban Wastes: Support academic research and educational programs that focus on strategies to produce bioenergy and bioproducts from urban and suburban waste feedstocks;

  • Advanced Bioprocessing and Agile BioFoundry -- Reduce the time and cost of developing biological processes for biomanufacturing fuels and products through the use of synthetic biology, low capital intensity methods, and continuous production systems;

  • Plastics in the Circular Carbon Economy -- Develop biobased plastics with improved performance and recyclability and lower the cost and energy-intensity of recycling existing plastics through enhanced degradation;

  • Rethinking Anaerobic Digestion: Develop anaerobic processes or alternative strategies to enhance carbon conversion efficiency and lower costs of smaller scale wet waste systems;

  • Reducing Water, Energy, and Emissions in Bioenergy -- Identify biofuels or bioproducts technologies with the greatest potential for reducing water consumption, energy consumption, and/or emissions relative to existing conventional fuels or products.

    This FOA also supports the Water Security Grand Challenge, a White House initiated, DOE-led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water. In particular, this funding will support R&D focused on anaerobic digestion, a technology that can help achieve the Grand Challenge's goal to double resource recovery from municipal wastewater. (Source: US DOE EERE, 3 May, 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

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  • EPA Signals No Timeline for Decisions on RFS Exemption Requests (Reg. & Leg.)
    EPA
    Date: 2019-05-03
    Reuters is reporting the EPA's decision relative to Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) obligation small refiner "hardship waiver" may come in late May, although the date remains uncertain.

    Although the DOE has provided their scoring of the exemption requests to EPA relative to the 40 requests that have been received for the 2018 compliance year, the agency has not yet to acted on any of those requests. "No decisions regarding 2018 SREs [small refiner exemptions] have been made," Michael Abboud, a spokesman for the EPA said. "Many aspects of the decisions for exempting individual refineries are based on confidential business information."

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct. (Source: EPA, Various Media, Progressive Farmer, 3 May, 2019)

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    Ending Woody Biomass Power Gen. Subsidies Urged in UK (Int'l)
    Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-03
    In the UK, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and other environmental groups are calling for an end to the government's multi-billion pound subsidy programme for wood-fired electric power generation on the grounds that woody biomass does not fit the government's net-zero GHG by 2050 plan.

    Environmental groups, including to Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Biofuelwatch, the Dogwood Alliance, and the Southern Environmental Law Center, have noted that relying on woody biomass with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to achieve climate targets is "misguided" and will prove overly expensive. Biomass power generation reached a record 35.6 TWh in 2018, up by 12 pct year-on-year, according to government statistics.

    The environmental organizations say the UK should rely on genuinely zero-emission renewables like wind, wave, and solar power, energy efficiency and conservation, and smart resources like energy storage, rather than woody biomass power generation. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, Renewables,May, 2019) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk

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    EPA Urged to Reconsider E15 (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    American Petroleum Institute
    Date: 2019-05-01
    NMMA, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) have joined forces in opposition to the EPA's proposal to allow year-round sale of E15 gasoline:

    "We are not fighting against year-round E15 sales just for fun -- we oppose EPA's reckless proposal because it will increase the availability of a fuel that destroys marine engines and jeopardizes the safety of boaters," said NMMA senior VP of government and legal affairs Nicole Vasilaros. "With more than three in five Americans mistakenly assuming that any gas sold at gas stations is safe for all of their products, it is clear that the federal government has shirked its responsibility to effectively protect consumers from a fuel deemed so dangerous that its federally prohibited from being used in countless consumer products. And the last thing the government should do is pump more E15 into the fuel supply. Instead of jamming through a policy that almost nobody likes, EPA should focus on preventing consumers from misfueling -- including better labeling and stronger safeguards at the pump.

    "EPA's decision to expand the sale of E15 gasoline to the summer months makes no sense. It is clearly contrary to the law and it reverses nearly 30 years of statutory interpretation from the agency. Studies have shown that E15 gasoline can damage vehicle engines and fuel systems -- potentially leaving Americans with expensive car repair bills as a result of bad policy from Washington. In fact, nearly three out of four vehicles on the road today were not designed for E15." said API VP of downstream and industry operations Frank Macchiarola.

    "To make matters worse, the agency's proposed changes to the RINs market could increase costs for fuel producers and lead to higher prices for consumers. Additionally, fuel producers who have complied with the law and have already made capital investments and business decisions based on the existing RFS and RINs program will be faced with uncertainty and a moving goal post." (Source: American Petroleum Institute, NMMA, PR, 30 April, 2019) Contact: API, Frank Macchiarola, Dir., (202) 682-8114, www.api.org

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