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Research Links Biofuel Mandate to Environmental Harm (Ind. Report)
Biofuel,Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2019-03-11
New research prepared by the University of California-Davis, Kansas State University, and University of Wisconsin contends that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and its implementation are draining western aquifers, accelerating climate change and fueling numerous other environmental disasters.

The new research, provides a detailed and comprehensive assessment of the direct connection between U.S. biofuels policy and specific economic and field-level environmental changes following passage of the Renewable Fuel Standard 10 years ago.

Download a report overview HERE. Download the full research report HERE. (Source: National Wildlife Federation, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: National Wildlife Federation, www.nwf.org

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


OMB Reviewing EPA E15, RIN Reform Rules (Reg & Leg, Ind Report)
EPA
Date: 2019-03-11
In Washington, the US EPA reports it has sent sent a draft rule to allow for year-round sales of E15 ethanol fuel blends to the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) for review -- the next step in the regulatory process and for meeting expectations that this rule-making be completed when the summer driving season begins on June 1, 2019. A separate rule aims to curb market speculation in biofuel credits.

The proposed rule does not have to be approved by Congress to be finalized, but it does have to be published and put out for public comment. In order for E15 to be available for summer sales, the process has to be completed before June 1, 2019. (Source: US EPA, Feedstuffs, 8 Mar., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  RINs,  E15,  Biofuel Blend,  


ABA Claims EPA Strayed on RFS "Hardship Waivers" (Reg & Leg)
EPA,Advanced Biofuels Association
Date: 2019-03-11
According to a brief filed by attorneys on behalf of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABA) in a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit court in Washington last Wednesday, the US EPA broke away from Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements for granting small-refinery waivers starting in May 2017 and continued to deny a congressional order regarding which refiners qualify.

The suit contends the EPA approved waivers for small refiners that didn't meet the minimum U.S. DOE score to qualify, and improperly considered the debts of small-refiners' parent companies when considering waiver requests. The brief also noted the agency considered small-refiners' operating losses whether or not they were related to RFS compliance. The agency also considered what small refiners might spend on biofuel credits, without looking at revenue the refiners would later generate from sales of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs).

Accordingly, the ABA suit asked the court to declare the EPA's methodology for determining disproportionate economic hardship "unlawful" and to strike down the agency's economic "hardship" policy.

As previously reported, "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: ABA, DTN, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Association, www.advancedbiofuelsassociation.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Association ,  RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  


UPM Touts BioVerno Diesel to Cut Emissions (Int'l. Report)
UPM,VTT Technical Research Centre
Date: 2019-03-08
(UPM, Helsinki, 7 March 2019 at 10.00 EET) - In Finland, Helsinki headquartered renewable diesel producer UPM is reporting recent off-road vehicle tests at the VTT Technical Research Centre confirm that renewable UPM BioVerno diesel reduces tailpipe emissions. Both the nitrogen oxide and particle emissions were around 10 pct less when compared to a fossil reference fuel.

High quality sustainable biofuels are a cost-efficient alternative to help reduce traffic emissions and they can be adopted without any changes to vehicles. UPM Biofuels participates in Bio100, a four-year project co-ordinated by VTT with the goal of increasing the share of biofuels used in combustion engines in Helsinki area to at least 50 pct by 2017 and to 70-90 pct by the end of 2019, according to the UPM release. (Source: UPM, PR, Mar., 2019) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Sari Mannonen, VP . +358 45 265 1345, sari.mannonen@upm.com, ]www.upmbiofuels.com, www.upm.com; VTT Technical Research Centre, Nils-Olof Nylund, +358 400 703 715, nils.olof.nylund@vtt.fi, www.vttresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  VTT Technical Research Centre,  UPM,  


Geminor Snares Norwegian Biofuel Business Bon Biobrensel (M&A)
Geminor
Date: 2019-03-08
Staffordshire, U.K.-based waste fuels specialist Geminor is reporting the acquisition of Norwegian biofuel producer Bon Biobrensel AS. According to the firm, the move doubles its capacity in the production of wood chips for fuel in waste-to-energy facilities in the region.

Bon Biobrensel produces 75,000 tpy of wood chips and had a turnover of €1.5 million in 2018. Geminor is currently England's biggest exporter and Norway's biggest importer of waste wood derived fuel (RDF) and solid recovered fuel (SRF), according to the release. (Source: Geminor, PR, LetsRecycle.com, Mar., 2019) Contact: Geminor, Kjetil Vikingstad, CEO, +44 0 1782 950 471, info@geminor.co.uk, www.geminor.no/en; Bon Biobrensel AS, +47 63 99 51 00, www.facebook.com/BonBiobrensel

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste Wood,  Woody Biomass,  ,  Biofuel,  


S.Korea Allowing Biofuel Oil for Power Generation (Int'l Report)
South Korea
Date: 2019-03-08
In Seoul, the South Korean Energy Ministry is reporting that as of Jan, 1 2019, Korean utilities are permitted to use biofuel oil for power generation. The move is in keeping with the government's effort to encourage the use of cleaner energy sources and cut carbon and other GHG emissions.

The vast majority of South Korea's energy needs are presently met with coal-fired power and nuclear power, (Source: Various Media, Reuters, 7 Mar., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  


Greenbelt Claims Duckweed Ethanol Feedstock Success (Ind. Report)
Greenbelt Resources
Date: 2019-03-08
Following up on our March 30, 2018 coverage, Paso Robles, California-based Greenbelt Resources Corporation , the developer and producer of a sustainable ECOsystem model that transforms food, beverage and ag industry waste into revenue generating bioproducts, reports it used its Commercial Scale Feedstock Testing Facility (CSTF) to conduct duckweed feedstock feasibility testing for a third party customer funded by the Andrew J. Young Foundation.

Common duckweed is a very small light green free-floating, seed bearing plant. Duckweed has 1 to 3 leaves, or fronds, of 1/16 to 1/8 inch in length. A single root (or root-hair) protrudes from each frond. Duckweeds tend to grow in dense colonies in quiet, undisturbed water.

In other Greenbelt news, the company also recently announced receipt of funding funding pursuant to an agreement with Purnol, LLC to produce bioethanol for use in the predominantly hemp based cannabis CBD extraction process. (Source: Greenbelt Resources Corp., PR, 7 Mar., 2019) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, 888-995-GRCO (4726) x 101, darren@greenbeltresources.com, www.greenbeltresources.com; Andrew J. Young Foundation, (404) 685-2786

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources,  Duckweed,  Ethanol,  Biofuel ,  


Neev Fund Backs Punjab Biomass Renewable Energy Firm (Int'l)
Neev Fund
Date: 2019-03-06
Mumbai-based Neev Fund, a $110 million partnership between State Bank of India and UK's Department for International Development (DFID), reports it has invested $5 million (Rs 35.4 crore) in biomass company Punjab Renewable Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd, The funds will be used for the expansion of the company's biomass supply chain in underdeveloped states.

Mumbai-based Punjab Renewable Energy Systems is an end-to-end biomass value chain management company involved in the collection, processing, storage and supply of paddy straw, cotton stalk, soya husk, maize cob and other biomass material for use in biomass-based power plants and process industries including biofuels. (Source: Neev Fund, VCCiRCLE, Mar., 2019) Contact: Neev Fund, Manav Bansal, CIO, +91 22 4921 2800, contactsvl@sbicaps.com, https://sbicapventures.com/neev_fund; Punjab Renewable Energy Systems, +91 22 2757 0498, www.prespl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Biofuel,  


Emerging Fuels Tech. Amends License with Red Rock Biofuels to Increase FT Capacity (Ind. Report)
Red Rock Biofuels, Emerging Fuels Technology
Date: 2019-03-06
As previously reported, Emerging Fuels Technology Inc. (EFT) has amended their license agreement with Red Rock Biofuels LLC under which EFT will provide its TL*a Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology to provide additional FT capacity for Red Rock's Bio-Refinery in Lakeview Oregon. The amendment doubles the FT capacity to be provided by EFT. The new capacity will be incorporated imediately in the plant which is currently under construction.

EFT is focused on methods for producing synthetic fuels and specialty products from a variety of feedstocks including natural gas, biomass, municipal solid waste (MSW) and bio-derived oils. EFT is one of the world's foremost authorities on FT and related synthesis licensing the core technologies and upgrade packages for 500 to 10,000 bpd applications. (Source: Emerging Fuels Technology Inc., PR 27 Feb., 2019) Contact: Emerging Fuels Technology Inc, Kenneth Agee, Pres., (918) 286-6802, www.emergingfuels.com: Red Rock Biofuels, Terry Kulesa, CEO, (970) 223-6766, tkulesa@redrockbio.com, www.redrockbio.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fischer-Tropsch,  Red Rock Biofuels,  Emerging Fuels Technology,  


Shell Joins Rotterdam W2C Project Consortium (Int'l Report)
Air Liquide,Shell,Enerkem
Date: 2019-03-04
Further to our July 17, 2018 report, a consortium comprising Air Liquide, Nouryon (fka AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam is reporting Royal Dutch Shell will join as an equal equity partner in Europe's first advanced waste-to-chemicals (W2C) and biofuels from non-recyclable waste materials facility in Rotterdam.

The planned facility will convert up to 360,000 tpy of waste into 220,000 tpy of biomethanol -- a chemical building block that is used to manufacture a broad range of everyday products, as well as being a renewable fuel.

The consortium was established as a dedicated joint venture company and has begun preparatory work covering detailed engineering and the permitting process. It aims to take the final investment decision (FID) before the year end.

The project, which will use Montreal-headquartered Enerkem's proprietary technology, is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy, the City of Rotterdam, the Province of Zuid-Holland and Innovation Quarter, the regional development agency. The facility's sustainable methanol output will be purchased by Nouryon and Shell. (Source: Shell, Port Of Rotterdam, Hellenic Shipping News,1 Mar., 2019) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Port of Rotterdam, www.portofrotterdam.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Chemical,  Methanol,  Enerkem,  Shell,  Air Liquide,  


China's Shanxi Province Trialing E10 Ethanol Blend (Int'l)
China Ethanol
Date: 2019-03-04
The news Agency Xinhua is reporting North China's coal-rich Shanxi Province will provide ethanol-gasoline E10 blended fuel for trial in Taiyuan, Yangquan, Changzhi and Jincheng cities and is constructing an ethanol gasoline distribution center and remodeling thousands of gas stations in support of the trial project. Subject to test results, the project will be expanded to the entire province from Jan. 1, 2020, according the the government release.

The E10 biofuel pilot is in keeping with China’s plan to cut carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 60-65 pct from 2005 levels by 2030 and raise the share of non-fossil energy use in total consumption to about 20 pct. (Source: Xinhua, 4 Mar., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blend news,  Ethanol news,  E10 news,  


EIA Expects US Biofuels Stability Through 2020 (Ind. Report Attached)
US EIA
Date: 2019-03-04
In its February 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) the US EIA forecasts US fuel ethanol production will remain near current levels, decreasing slightly in 2019 to 1.04 million bpd and increasing to 1.05 million bpd in 2020.

The report also predicts net imports of biomass-based diesel will stay unchanged. Biomass-based diesel production -- excluding renewable diesel -- was about 120,000 bpd in 2018 and grows to 160,000 bpd in 2020. Total biomass-based diesel consumption will increase from an estimated 134,000 bpd in 2018 to 174,000 bpd in 2020.

Download the EIA report details HERE. (Source: US EIA, 1 Mar., 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


CABBI Sustainable Crop Byproduct Energy Project Progressing (R&D)
Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation
Date: 2019-03-04
The Urbana, Illionis-based Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) reports that with $115 million in us DOE grant funding, its project to develop energy using sustainable crop byproducts is progressing steadily.

CABBI is working with soy gum, which is converted into products like biodiesel by looking at the gene structure of the plant stem and extracting the oil and gases which can be used directly as biodiesel or further processed into different value-added products,” according to CABBI director Evan DeLuc1a. (Source: Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation, Illinois News Network, 2 Mar., 2019) Contact: CABBI, Evan DeLuc1a , (217)244-1586 cabbi-bio@illinois.edu, www.cabbi.bio

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


New Delhi Investing in Bamboo Ethanol Plants (Int'l Report)
Bongaigaon Refinery
Date: 2019-03-04
in Delhi, the government-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) reports it will invest Rs 1259 crore ($178 million) over five-years in the Bongaigaon Refinery in Assam, Chirang district to produce 60 million lpy of ethanol using abundant and locally sourced bamboo as a feedstock.

The Bongaigaon Refinery project is additional to a similar bamboo ethanol project which is currently underway. The bamboo ethanol projects are aimed at boosting biofuel use and cutting back crude oil imports. (Source: Bongaigaon RefineryThe Sentinel, Mar., 2019) Contact: Indian Oil Company, Bongaigaon Refinery, www.Iocl.com, www.iocl.com/aboutus/bongaigaonrefinery.aspx; ONGC Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, www.ongcindia.com

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


Renewable Dairy Fuels Ups CNG Biogas Production (Ind. Report)
Renewable Dairy Fuels ,Amp Americas
Date: 2019-03-01
Renewable Dairy Fuels Chicago-headquartered parent company Amp Americas reports it plans to boost biogas production by 30 pct at Fair Oaks Farms, the popular agritourist destination in Fair Oaks, Newton County, Indiana. Fairs Oaks Farms presently processes more than 800,000 gpd of cattle manure methane into compressed renewable natural gas that is shipped out through NIPSCO's pipeline system. With the latest expansion, the Fair Oaks operation can produce more than 2.3 million gpy of renewable transportation fuel from dairy waste.

The Fair Oaks Farm is the second-largest renewable natural gas production facility in the country, after the new Renewable Dairy Fuels' operation that opened in Jasper County in August of 2018. Between the two operations, Amp Americas's renewable fuels production capacity stands at approximately 5 million gpy. Amp Americas also operates 20 CNG filling stations nationwide. (Source: AMP Americas, nwi.com, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Amp Americas, Grant Zimmerman, CEO, info@ampamericas.com, (312) 300-6700, (312) 380-0206 - fax., www.ampamericas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Methane,  CNG,  Biofuel,  


Lignocellulose Conversion Bio-Saccharification Technology Touted (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Date: 2019-02-27
In China, the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), Chinese Academy of Sciences, is touting "consolidated bio-saccharification (CBS)" a novel strategy for cost-efficient lignocellulose conversion. CBS combines cellulase production and hydrolysis while separating fermentation from the integrated process by taking fermentable sugar as the target product to couple various downstream fermentation processes. Construction of a pilot-scale CBS demonstration is now underway.

The industrial conversion of biomass to high-value biofuels and biochemicals is mainly restricted by lignocellulose solubilization. Previously, three strategies had been reported for lignocellulose bioconversion -- separate enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation (SHF), simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF), and consolidated bioprocessing (CBP).

Using the newly developed biocatalyst and optimal conditions, the CBS process was shortened by half using pretreated wheat straw as the substrate. Under such conditions, the sugar yield reached 0.795 g/g and the saccharification level was 89.3 pct .

The QIBEBT study was published in Biotechnology for Biofuels on Feb 18th and was supported by the Transformational Technologies for Clean Energy and Demonstration program of the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Key Technology Research and Development Program of Shandong, and the Major Program of the Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation. (Source: Chinese Academy of Sciences , Public Release, Feb., 2019) Contact: Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. CUI Qiu, QIBEBT, Chinese Academy of Sciences, +86-532-80662622, +86-532-80662778-fax, chengjing@qibebt.ac.cn, english.qibebt.cas.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  lignocellulose,  


IEDA Supports 34 mgpy Iowa Renewable Diesel Plant (Ind. Report)
owa Economic Development Authority
Date: 2019-02-25
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board reports it has awarded tax benefits from the High Quality Jobs (HQJ) program to ReadiFuels-Iowa, LLC -- a newly created entity started by Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) and C&N Biofuels LLC. The company will utilize various feedstocks to produce approximately 34 million gpy of renewable diesel and renewable naphtha.

ReadiFuels-Iowa plans to construct a new $58.7 million production facility utilizing existing infrastructure at a partially abandoned property near Hull in Sioux County. ReadiFuels-Iowa, LLC is a newly created entity started by Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) and C&N Biofuels, LLC. The company will utilize a variety of feedstocks to produce approximately 34 million gallons of renewable diesel and renewable naphtha annually -- the first facility of its kind in the Hawkeye State.

ReadiFuels-Iowa plans to construct a new production facility utilizing existing infrastructure at a partially abandoned property near Hull in Sioux County. (Source: IEDA, PR, 24 Feb., 2019) Comtact: IEDA, iowaeconomicdevelopment.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ReadiFuels,  Renewable Diesel,  Biofuel,  


McGill Biomass Cluster Scores $7Mn for Biomass R&D (Funding)
BioFuelNet Canada,McGill
Date: 2019-02-20
In Montreal, McGill University's Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue is reporting receipt of a $7 million investment in the Biomass Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The Cluster, which is led by the BioFuelNet Canada Network, will include an additional $3.1 million in contributions from industry, for a total investment of $10.1 million for biomass R&D.

BioFuelNet Canada is a network that brings together the Canadian biofuels research community to aggressively address the challenges impeding the growth of an advanced biofuels industry, while focusing on non-food biomass as biofuel feedstocks. BioFuelNet includes renowned, multi-disciplinary experts from academia, government, industry and investment working together in a concerted and synergistic way. This group is working to develop and apply novel and innovative science, engineering and socio-economic strategies that will enhance environmental sustainability for future generations. (Source:BioFuelNet Canada Website, , McGill University, Montreal Gazette, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: McGill University, 514.398.4455, www.mcgill.ca; BioFuelNet Canada, Dr. Donald L. Smith, CEO, (514) 398-7861, www.biofuelnet.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioFuelNet Canada,  Biomass,  


Eni, RenOils to Promote Waste Cooking Oil Biofuel (Int'l)
Eni, RenOils
Date: 2019-02-20
In Italy,Rome-headquartered biofuel producer Consorzio Eni reports it has inked a letter of intent (LOI) with RenOils to collaborate on the recovery of used vegetable -- cooking oils for biofuel production. The LOI includes information and environmental education campaigns to outline and promote the benefits of reusing oil to produce fuel as an alternative to fossil fuels.

The deal is intended to increase collection and proper disposal of used household oils that are currently wasted. In 2018 almost 75,000 tonnes of food service and industrial waste food and cooking oils were collected -- about 25 pct of oil produced in Italy, according to Eni which operates biorefineries in Venice, at Porto Marghera, and Gela. (Source: Eni, Biofuels Int'l, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: RenOils, +39 02 4570 3058, www.renoils.it; Eni, +39 06 598 21, Fax: +39 06 598 22141, www.eni.com/en_IT/innovation/technological-platforms/waste-to-fuel.page

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


Mercurius Biorefinery Slated for Queensland, Australia (Int'l)
Mercurius
Date: 2019-02-20
In the Land Down Under, the Queensland State government reports it has given the nod and has funded a biorefinery pilot plant in Gladstone. The 3-month pilot biorefinery will be the trail site for jet fuel and diesel production from agricultural and forestry waste. Construction is due to begin this month and will be carried out by Bellinham, Washington-based Mercurius Biofuels LLC.

Depending on the pilots success, Mercurius plans to construct a larger demonstration plant, which would scale up production of biofuels and bio-chemicals, according to a company statement.

Mercurius Biorefining is developing its novel REACH process, which converts cellulosic biomass to hydrocarbons in the renewable diesel, aviation, and marine fuel ranges. Valuable by-products include bio-char and a bio-plastic monomer, FDCA.

REACH (Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating) is a novel application of proven technologies which is both feedstock- and product-flexible. Sources of potential feedstock include waste from municipalities (e.g. biogenic portion of MSW), forestry and agriculture. (Source: Mercurius, Various Media, Biofuel Int'l, 18 Feb., 2019) Contact: Mercurius , Karl Seck, Res., CEO, (360) 941-7207, www.mercuriusbiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercurius,  Cellulosic,  Aviation Biofuel,  


PNNL Seeking Algae Bioenergy, Biofuel Collaborations (Ind Report)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Date: 2019-02-20
The U.S. DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) reports it is seeking algae industry partners and academic researchers to help find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks.

PNNL leads the Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar Optimization and Verification (DISCOVR) project that employs the unique complementary capabilities of the four participating national laboratories -- Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratorie -- sand the outdoor testbed at the Arizona Center for Algal Technology and Innovation to identify and test high productivity microalgae strains for year-round outdoor cultivation. The goal is to provide a framework to accelerate meeting DOE's advanced biofuel goals with microalgae.

"A key cost driver for algae biofuels is productivity, which is directly tied to which algae strain is chosen and how it's cultivated," said Taraka Dale, a scientist at LANL. "By collaborating with industry and academia, we aim to bring together the best of the best strains and cultivation strategies to rapidly boost productivity and reduce costs."

"So far, we have tested more than 40 new microalgae strains and identified strains with up to 34 percent greater biomass productivity than benchmark strains," said Huesemann. "The success of the DISCOVR strain down selection and testing pipeline was demonstrated in 2018 by achieving more than 13 pct improvement in outdoor pond productivity relative to 2017, reducing the biomass selling price by about 10 pct."

The goal of the call for collaboration is to solicit algae strains, tools and techniques from the algae community to further boost algae productivity. This call gives industry and academia an opportunity to partner with the four national laboratories in DISCOVR, as well as AzCATI. (Source: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: PNNL, Michael Huesemann, DISCOVR Consortium leader, discovr.algae@lanl.gov, https://discovr.labworks.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ,  


Renovare Touts Biogas-to-Biofuel Breakthrough (Ind. Report)
Renovare Fuels
Date: 2019-02-20
In the UK, London-headquartered Renovare Fuels is touting a new technology that cost effectively converts biogas into a high-grade liquid fuel that can be used as a direct replacement for fossil fuels. The technology is presently being showcased for the first time at Alliance Dairies in Florida.

"By using a specially developed Fischer-Tropsch synthesis catalyst and advanced process engineering techniques, Renovare Fuels' technology can efficiently turn biogas into middle distillate fuel. The feedstock is sourced locally to the site and classified as a waste product, so the production cycle is objectively carbon neutral," according to the company. The abundance of waste products means that the production of the biodiesel promises a low-cost sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. Renovare Fuels believes that the fuel could be priced at under 50 UK pence per litre in a quantity that could reshape the energy sector. Renovare Fuels' technology, which was developed at the University of South Florida in conjunction with NASA and the US DOE, was proved successful in converting biogas into usable diesel during a trial at a US landfill in 2017, according to the company. (Source: Renovare, EngineerLive, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: Renovare Fuels, Devin Walker, CTO, +44 (0) 20 3874 8111, Fax +44 (0) 20 3874 8110, www.renovare-fuels.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Renovare Fuels,  Renewable Diesel,  Landfill Gas,  Fischer-Tropsch,  


Malaysia Doubles Palm Oil Biodiesel Blend Rate (Int'l)
Palm Oil Biofuel
Date: 2019-02-18
In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Ministry of Plantations is reporting the Malaysian demand for crude palm oil is expected to rise by 1.3 million tons in 2020. The Ministry also notes it is increasing the transportation fuel palm oil biodiesel-to-petroleum fuel blend rate from B10 to B20 in an effort to stabilize palm oil supply, stockpiles and prices.

Malaysia's palm oil inventory dropped 6.7 pct to 3 million tons in January from a month earlier and palm oil exports surged 21.2 pct to 1.68 million tons in January, 2019.

Malaysia's neighbor Indonesia introduced B20 -- a blend of 20 pct palm oil and 80 pct fossil fuel -- to its transport sector in 2016. (Source: Malaysian Ministry of Plantations, Nikkei, 12 Feb., 2019)Contact: Malaysian Ministry of Plantations, www.mpoc.org.my

More Low-Carbon Energy News Malaysia Palm Oil,  B10,  B20,  Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  B7,  


ePURE Comments on EU Draft Regarding Palm Oil Use (Opinins, Editorials & Asides)
ePure
Date: 2019-02-18
The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) secretary general Emmanuel Desplechin has responded to the EU Commission's draft surrounding high risk indirect land-use change (ILUC) biofuels and the shift of focus away from unsustainable sources of palm oil.

The draft details curbing any biofuels with a high ILUC-risk and its amount of consumption in 2019 within the Member States. The EU also outlined an ambitious goal of reducing any high-risk biofuel's contribution to 0 pct by 2030.

"Directive (EU) 2018/2001 also calls for a specific limit to conventional biofuels, bioliquids and biomass fuels with high ILUC-risk and for which a significant expansion of the production area into land with high carbon stock is observed, in the amount of their level of consumption in each Member State in 2019," the draft stated. "Starting from 31 December 2023, their contribution should be gradually reduced to 0 pct by 2030 at the latest."

Despite the draft's promising changes to the uses of palm oil, ePure argues that the draft would still 'allow imported feedstock that violates spirit of RED II agreement.'

"Making an exception for feedstock produced by smallholders isn't just allowing high-ILUC-risk biofuels such as palm oil into Europe through the back door, it's allowing it through the front door. The hard-won compromise reached on RED II couldn't have been clearer in its message that Europe should phase out biofuels associated with the significant deforestation and peatland drainage that has defined most palm oil expansion."

"Low-ILUC-risk biofuels certified as such could escape from the phase-out, but these were clearly defined as either produced through improved agricultural practices or from unused land. By inventing a third, alternative criterion for smallholders, the Commission is making a mockery of the agreed RED II compromise," Desplechin claims. (Source: ePURE, Feb., 2019) Contact: ePURE Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ePure,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  


Half Amazon's Shipments to be Carbon-Neutral by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Amazon
Date: 2019-02-18
Internet giant Amazon is touting the launch of its Shipment Zero initiative that aims for net zero carbon emissions for deliveries. While it doesn't have a timetable for achieving perfectly carbon-neutral shipping, it expects half of shipments to be net zero by 2030. It believes the rise of aircraft biofuels, electric vehicles, renewable energy and reusable packaging will make that possible. To help mark its progress, Amazon plans to publish its overall carbon footprint later in 2019. (Source: Amazon, engadget, Feb., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon news,  Carbon Neutral news,  


Growth Energy Suing Over RFS "Hardship" Waivers (Reg & Leg)
Growth Energy
Date: 2019-02-15
Ethanol trade association Growth Energy, the ethanol trade association reports it has taken legal action challenging the US EPA's (EPA) "disingenuity" and "failure" to address small refinery "hardship" exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in its 2019 renewable volume obligation (RVO) rulemaking.

According to Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, the "EPA's inaction on addressing lost gallons due to small refinery exemptions in this rulemaking is a clear violation of law. In doing nothing to remedy these and other deficiencies, EPA has again failed to meet its statutory obligation to ensure that annual RVOs are met each year. Today's filing calls for greater accountability from EPA to ensure that every renewable fuel obligation is fulfilled as the law intended."

As previously reported, "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. (Source: Growth Energy, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 13 Feb., 2019) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  RFS Hardship Waiver,  RFS,  EPA,  


Montana State Investigates Algae Biodiesel Production Costs (R&D)
Montana State University
Date: 2019-02-15
With $3 million in US DOE grant funding, researchers at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman are reporting they are in the early stages of a three-year project focused on developing a potential breakthrough in producing biofuels from algae.

Despite promising technology surrounding the conversion of algae oil into biodiesel, the costs of supplying the algae with supplemental CO2 have hampered commercial production. Researchers now believe SLA-04, a recently discovered strain of algae, could be cultivated using only the ambient CO2 of the atmosphere. SLA-04 was discovered in an eastern Washington lake containing high levels of carbonate minerals similar to baking soda. In the lake's unique environment, these algae have been shown to metabolize ambient CO2 very efficiently.

Assoc. Prof. Blake Wiedenheft in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Agriculture and the College of Letters and Science, will explore the use of the genome editing technique called CRISPR for enhancing the algae's ability to produce the oils desired for biofuel production. (Source: Montana State University, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: Montana State Univ., Prof. Brent Peyton, Director, MSU Thermal Biology Institute, Prof. Robin Gerlach, Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, www.montana.edu

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


Virgo, Punjab Confirm Indian Biofuel Project MoU (Int'l Report)
Virgo Corporation
Date: 2019-02-13
The Punjab government Monday signed an MoU with the Delhi-based engineering products and services company Virgo Corporation for a Rs 630-crore ($88,389 million, &euro:77.931 million) biofuel project that will use Honeywell technology to produce renewable fuel from waste rice stubble and husks. The Punjab State agricultural sector generates approximately 20 million metric tpy of paddy straw.

The new biofuel facility will create a new market cash flow for Punjab farmers as well as support the national government's biofuel blending and air quality targets. (Source: Energy InfraPost, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Virgo Corporation, +91 11 43588335-37, +91 11 43588338 - fax, virgo@vsnl.com, www.virgogroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Virgo Corporation,  India Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


Velocys, Red Rock Amend Fischer-Tropsch Reactors Deal (Ind Report)
Velocys,Red Rock Biofuel
Date: 2019-02-13
UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it and Fort Collins, Colorado-based Red Rock Biofuels LLC (RRB) have agreed to amendments in RRB's licensing of Velocys' Fischer-Tropsch reactors and proprietary catalyst for RRB's biorefinery which is under construction in Lakeview, Oregon.

The amended agreement will see Velocys accelerate delivery of the first of four reactors and first four charges of catalyst. It will also reduce RRB's commitment for reactors from six to four but RRB will retain an option to acquire reactors 5 and 6 units at the existing price until the end of 2020. (Source: Velocys, Hydrocarbon Engineering, Others, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com; Red Rock Biofuels, Terry Kulesa, CEO, (970) 223-6766, tkulesa@redrockbio.com, www.redrockbio.com.

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IEA Confirms Ethanol's Role in Cutting Air Pollutants (Ind. Report)
ePure,IEA
Date: 2019-02-13
In a recent report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) found that blending ethanol in petrol has an immediate impact on reducing emissions of harmful air pollutants from today's cars. The report also notes that E85 is one of the best overall performers in terms of reducing NOx and PM emissions in modern and older cars. The report adds that ethanol use reduces tailpipe emissions of carbon monoxide Accordingly, the report supports the need for higher ethanol blends as EU countries struggle to achieve their decarbonization targets.

Other studies have demonstrated the role of ethanol in reducing emissions in heavy duty vehicles, notably through ED95 blend in dedicated engines. Comparing natural gas, diesel and ED95, the French environment agency ADEME indicated that ED95 vehicles were the best solution to reduce CO and NOx emissions and improve energy efficiency. And, on a full lifecycle analysis, ED95 reduced CO2 emission by more than 88 pct compared to diesel. (Source: IEA, ePure, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: ePure, www.epure.org; International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  ePure,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  


Palm Oil Still in EU Transportation Fuel Mix (Int'l Report)
ePure
Date: 2019-02-13
Reporting from Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports it has gone most of the way toward banning the use of unsustainable palm oil in EU transport, but it hasn't quite closed the deal. Instead of acting on the RED II agreement and removing "high-ILUC-risk" biofuels from the 28-member trading bloc's transport mix, it has left a door open, according to a release.

"Making an exception for feedstock produced by smallholders isn't just allowing high-ILUC-risk biofuels such as palm oil into Europe through the back door, it's allowing it through the front door," said Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General of ePURE, the European renewable ethanol association. "The hard-won compromise reached on RED II couldn't have been clearer in its message that Europe should phase out biofuels associated with the significant deforestation and peatland drainage that has defined most palm oil expansion."

"Low-ILUC-risk biofuels certified as such could escape from the phase-out, but these were clearly defined as either produced through improved agricultural practices or from unused land. By inventing a third, alternative criterion for smallholders, the EC is making a mockery of the agreed RED II compromise," the ePure Secretary General added.

European renewable ethanol is made from European feedstock and delivers high greenhouse-gas reduction and is not associated with deforestation. Its use cuts GHG emissions by more than 70 pct on average compared to fossil petrol. (Source: ePure, EC, Feb., 2019) Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

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U.S. Fuel Ethanol Production Falls in February (Ind. Report)
Energy Information Administration
Date: 2019-02-11
On February 7th the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported US fuel ethanol production averaged 967,000 bpd in the week to February 1, 2019. This is the lowest since mid-April 2018.

Download the US EIA Biofuels: Ethanol and Biodiesel Explained report HERE.

Access EIA Monthly Reviews HERE. (Source: US EIA, Feb, 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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IEA Touts New Biofuture Platform Facilitator (Ind. Report)
IEA,Biofuture Platform
Date: 2019-02-11
The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports it has officially taken on the role of Facilitator of the 20-member nation Biofuture Platform -- Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Morocco, Mozambique, the Netherlands.

The Biofuture Platform organization aims to accelerate development and deployment of modern sustainable low-carbon alternatives to fossil based solutions in transport fuels, chemicals, plastics and other bioenergy sectors.

Since its launch in November 2016, the Biofuture Platform Platform has worked with the IEA on various initiatives including analysis and promotion of innovative bioenergy technology, effective policies, sustainability governance and multilateral collaboration. In 2018, the IEA identified modern bioenergy as the "overlooked giant among renewables" noting that it corresponds to 50 pct of the total consumption of renewable energy.

In addition, the IEA will expand and strengthen collaboration with bioenergy frontrunners under its Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme. (Source: Biofuture Platform, IEA, Modern Diplomat, 10 Feb., 2019) Contact: Biofuture Platform, www.biofutureplatform.org

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RFA 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook -- Powered with Renewed Energy Guide Attached (Ind. Report)
RFA
Date: 2019-02-11
The RFA's 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide -- the go-to sources for reliable information and data on America's ethanol industry -- is now available.

The annual Outlook publication provides policymakers, regulators, consumers, the media and renewable fuel advocates with key statistics, trends, insight, and analysis on the latest developments in the U.S. renewable fuels industry, as well as commentary on what to expect in 2019. The publication also features a detailed listing of every fuel ethanol plant in the country, along with production capacity.

Access the RFA 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook -- Powered with Renewed Energy HERE. (Source: RFA, Feb., 2019) Contact: RFA, Robert White, VP Ind. Relations, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

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RFS2 Emissions Reductions Beat EPA Expectations (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuel Standard ,Renewable Fuels Association, RFA
Date: 2019-02-08
A recently released Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) commissioned study claims the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) has been a tremendous success in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with nearly 600 million metric tons of GHG reduction since 2007 -- surpassing the EPA original expectations of 422 million metric tons, according to the study. The analysis was conducted by Life Cycle Associates, a California-based scientific consulting firm, and commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF).

The study credits the larger-than-expected GHG reductions to: the adoption of technology improvements in the production of corn-based ethanol, resulting in far greater GHG reductions than originally estimated by EPA; the GHG emissions of petroleum are higher than the baseline estimates originally projected by EPA; and advanced biofuels like biodiesel, renewable diesel, and renewable natural gas have contributed additional GHG reductions, even though actual cellulosic biofuel production has been lower than initially projected. The study also notes that the conventional ethanol consumed in 2018 reduced GHG emissions by 43 pct compared to EPA's initial projections that conventional ethanol would achieve only a 20 pct GHG reduction versus petroleum.

Download the study HERE. (Source: RFA, 6 Feb., 2019) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG Emissions,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  Renewable Fuels Association,  Climate Change,  RFA ,  


Finns Legislate 30 pct Biofuel Vehicles by 2029 (Int'l Report)
Biofuel
Date: 2019-02-08
In Helsinki, in keeping with its effort to lower carbon emissions and fight climate change, the Parliament of Finland has voted to increase the percentage of biofuels powered vehicles on the country's highways to 30 pct by 2029. The Parliament also approved similar legislation on "light" heating oil and other bio-based fuel oil starting in 2021.

The legislation is inline with the government's commitment to lower transportation emissions over the next decade. (Source: Gov. of Finland, Various Media, EnergyLIve, 7 Feb., 2019)

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BHP Commits to Marine Biofuels (Int'l Report)
BHP, Goodfuels
Date: 2019-02-06
Australian global mining giant BHP reports it has taken on a blend of 30 pct biofuel and 70 pct marine diesel oil on the chartered capesize bulk carrier Frontier Sky, owned by NYK. Using the blend will cut CO2 emissions by 50 tonnes (26.2 pct) compared to conventional marine diesel oil (MD)O.

The biofuel was a drop-in, marine gas oil equivalent derived from used cooking oil feedstock, offering a CO2 emission reduction of 87.4 pct compared to MDO. The fuel was supplied by GoodFuels through logistics company Varo Energy.

NYK aims to cuts its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 pct -- on a tonne-km basis -- by 2030 and 50 pct by 2050, compared with 2015. (Source: BHP, Hellenic Shipping News, Marine Propulsion, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability, +61 3 9609 3333, www.bhpbilliton.com, www.bhp.com; GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

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SAS Uses EuroBonus to Offset Flight Carbon Footprint (Int'l.)
SAS Airlaine
Date: 2019-02-01
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) the flag carrier of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark,reports it will offset the flight carbon footprint of all tickets booked using a EuroBonus number, effective today, 1 Feb., 2019. In its efforts to reduce climate-changing emissions, the air carrier will also add more energy efficient aircraft to its fleet and use more biofuels.

By including carbon offset for its EuroBonus frequent flyer loyalty program members, 40 pct of SAS' passenger-related carbon dioxide emissions will be offset.

SAS aims to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 25 pct by the year 2030, when it intends to use biofuel corresponding to total fuel consumption for all SAS domestic flights within Scandinavia. (Source: SAS, FlightGlobal, RusTourismNews, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: SAS, Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO, +372 606 84 60, www.flysas.com

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Whitefox Confirms United Ethanol Installation (Ind. Report)
Whitefox Technologies,United Ethanol
Date: 2019-02-01
Following up on our 1 Dec., 2017 coverage, Whitefox Technologies is reporting its fourth installation and start-up of its Whitefox ICE system at United Ethanol LLC's plant in Milton, Wisconsin.

This is Whitefox's second successful installation in Wisconsin, the first was at Fox River Valley Ethanol LLC in Oshkosh.

According to Whitefox, United Ethanol is already experiencing positive improvements to its operations and is currently running at a 15 pct overall capacity increase with the capability of a further 5 pct increase. The modular bolt-on system has freed up capacity in the distillation-dehydration section, which will allow the plant to increase its annual production capacity to over 60 million gallons.

Established in 2000, Whitefox Technologies is focused on membrane applications and processes in the following areas: biofuel ethanol, pharmaceutical, industrial and potable ethanol. (Source: Whitefox, Energy AgWire, 30 Jan., 2019) Contact: Whitefox, +44 (0) 20 7154 1750 -- UK, (403) 210-2999, solutions@whitefox.com www.whitefox.com; United Ethanol, Chad Campbell, CEO, David Cramer, Pres., (608) 868-5900, www.unitedethanol.com; Fox River Valley Ethanol, (920) 230-3835, www.frvethanol.com

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NBB Sets Biodiesel Tax Credit, Trade and RFS Priorities (INd. Report)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2019-01-30
With the conclusion of its recent conference in San Diego, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is calling for a permanent biodiesel tax credit, a resolution to a South American trade dispute and support for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

According to NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen, the U.S. came out on top regarding an anti-dumping charge against Argentina and Venezuela and are now challenging their appeal of that decision. Rehagen says their goal this year on the domestic front is convincing Congress to enact a long term biodiesel tax credit. Rehagen says they also want to work with the EPA to make improvements in the RFS that would benefit biodiesel producers and farmers. (Source: NBB, WNAX,28 Jan., 2019) Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

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Midwest Perennial Grasses Biofuel Feedstocks Investigated (R&D)
University of Minnesota
Date: 2019-01-30
In ongoing research to discover the ideal growing conditions for alternative biofuels feedstocks, researchers at the University of Minnesota College of Biological Science are investigating the advantages and environmental implications of perennial grasses on abandoned and degraded agricultural land on the US upper mid-western prairies.

A potential benefit of perennial grasses is tied to their deep root systems. According to researchers, deeper root systems -- as opposed to those seen in annual crops like corn -- are able to store large amounts of carbon below ground that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. However, because perennial grasses on marginal lands can have low yields due to less fertile soil, researchers examined ways to maximize growth of the grasses without negative effects on the environment.

In the 10-year study published in Nature Sustainability, researchers utilized 36 plots at an abandoned agricultural site in the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve to plant 32 species of prairie and savanna plants that are native to Minnesota. In 2007, researchers divided the plots into several groups and assigned them a combination of two treatments: water addition (i.e., irrigated or non-irrigated) and nitrogen fertilization (i.e., 0 g/m2, 7 g/m2, 14 g/m2). Over the next decade, researchers found that:

  • moderate treatments (irrigation and 7 g/m2 of nitrogen) had the best biomass yields and soil carbon storage, while having negligible effects on the stability, diversity and nutrient loss to groundwater;
  • compared with the control (non-irrigated and no additional nitrogen), moderate treatments resulted in almost twice the yield and soil carbon storage and -- if the plants were converted into bioenergy to displace fossil fuels -- it would result in twice the greenhouse gas savings;
  • compared with the moderate treatment, the more intensive treatment (irrigation and 14 g/m2 of nitrogen) had 30 percent lower greenhouse gas savings, 10 times greater nitrate leaching and 120 pct greater loss in plant diversity.

    Compared with corn ethanol, researchers found biomass yield from the best performing native prairie grasses was moderately lower -- six tons per hectare versus the average corn yield of eight tons per hectare in the U.S.. However, researchers found that because of lower nitrogen use and larger amounts of soil carbon storage, the native prairies would result in higher overall greenhouse gas savings when converted to bioenergy.

    The research was funded by the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research program and the Global Climate and Energy Project. (Source: University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences, PR, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, Prof. David Tilman, Prof. Clarence Lehman, Lead Researcher, 612-625-5734 Fax: 612-624-6777, lehman@umn.edu, cbs.umn.edu; Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, www.cedarcreek.umn.edu

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  • New Energy Partners Closes $500Mn Renewables Fund (Ind. Report)
    New Energy Capital Partners
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Hanover, New Hampshire-headquartered New Energy Capital Partners, LLC (NEC), a private equity management firm focused on debt and equity investments in small- and mid-sized clean energy infrastructure projects and companies, reports the closing of its New Energy Capital Infrastructure Credit Fund II , its fifth private equity fund and second fund focused exclusively on credit opportunities.

    Total capital commitments for the Fund reached the hard cap of $500 million, which exceeded NEC's initial target of $400 million. The fund proceeds will be used across clean energy infrastructure assets in small- to mid-sixe North American, including solar, wind, energy efficiency, storage, water, landfill gas, biofuels and energy infrastructure projects and companies. (Source: New Energy Capital Partners, PR, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: New Energy Capital Partners, LLC Scott Brown, CEO, 603-643-8885, www.newenergycapital.com

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    ThermoChem Recovery Names New Technologies Insurer (Ind. Report)
    ThermoChem Recovery International
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Baltimore-based biorefinery-enabling gasification technology specialist ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. (TRI) reports it has named global insurance company AXA XL affiliate New Energy Risk as its preferred supplier of technology performance insurance for TRI customers and projects. Under a TRI, NER is prepared to provide various insurance solutions to biorefinery owners and projects which utilize TRI's equipment and technology.

    TRI is a leading provider of steam reforming gasification systems suitable for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), woody biomass, agricultural residues and other waste feedstocks. Its systems have been selected for and deployed on various commercial North American projects including the Fulcrum Bioenergy Project Sierra Biorefinery in Nevada and Norampac black liquor gasification, a division of Cascades Paper. Additionally, TRI's multi-feedstock, fully-integrated biorefinery in Durham, North Carolina has run for over 13,000 hours, successfully producing syngas that is particularly well-suited to generating Fischer-Tropsch liquids and upgrading to ASTM-certified fuels. (Source: ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. , 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: AXA XL, www.axaxl.com; New Energy Risk, www.newenergyrisk.com; http://tri-inc.net/steam-reforming-gasification; ThermoChem Recovery International, Dan Burciaga, Pres., CEO, www.tri-inc.net

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    Aemetis Biofinery USCIS EB-5 Phase II Approved (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. reports the US Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued an I-924 Exemplar Approval for its $50 million EB-5 Phase II funding related to the Aemetis Riverbank cellulosic biorefinery project in California.

    Three EB-5 investors filed with the USCIS and funded $1.5 million to the Aemetis project in December 2018 to launch the $50 million EB-5 Phase II funding round. I-924 Exemplar Approval allows foreign investors to utilize project approval for faster EB-5 processing

    The Aemetis Riverbank cellulosic biorefinery is designed to produce below zero carbon biofuels from agricultural waste that could otherwise be burned in the Central Valley. The USCIS I-924 Exemplar Approval is in addition to California state governmental support through the recent award of $12.7 million of sales and use tax waivers for equipment and other purchases for the construction of the Aemetis Riverbank plant. (Source: Aemet1s, PR, EIN, 24 Jan., 2019) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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    ExxonMobil, REGI , Clariant Ink Cellulosics R&D JV (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil, REGI , Clariant
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Irving, Texas-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil reports it is entering into a joint research agreement with Renewable Energy Group (REGI) and Muttenz, Switzerland-based Clariant AG to evaluate the potential use of cellulosic sugars from agricultural waste and residues to produce biofuel. The partners will also work on a conceptual engineering study to validate the feasibility of the integrated process comprising the technologies of all parties.

    The partners aim to combine Clariant's Sunliquid® and REGI's processes into a seamless cellulosic biomass-to-biodiesel technology.

    Clariant will conduct trials at its pre-commercial plant in Straubing, Germany, using different types of cellulosic feedstock that will be converted into sugars for conversion by REG and ExxonMobil into high-quality, low-carbon biodiesel. (Source: Exxon Mobil, Chemistry Views, 23 Jan., 2019) Contact:Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com; REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

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    Notable Quotes
    Biodiesel,Biofuel
    Date: 2019-01-24
    "For 2018, the effects of the U.S. International Trade Commission's ruling against biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia resulted in increased domestic demand and record profits.

    "In August 2018, operating margins were as high as 66 cents per gallon, the highest since November 2013. As a result of this favorable operating environment, many companies now have healthy balance sheets. Ocean Park expects an active M&A (mergers and acquisitions) environment to continue as companies look for expansion opportunities." – Bruce Comer, Ocean Park, Managing Director, Jan., 2019)

    Ocean Park is a boutique investment bank that provides mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, financial advisory and restructuring services for the biofuels and other industries. Contact: Ocean Park, (310) 670-2093, , www. oceanpk.com

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    Algae Specialist Solarvest BioEnergy Raises $1,095,500 (Ind. Report)
    Solarvest Bioenergy
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Vancouver-based algae technology specialist Solarvest Bioenergy Inc. is reporting closure of its second tranche of its previously announced financing. The offering raised gross proceeds from both tranches totaling $1,095,500 by way of the issuance of 5,477,500 units.

    The proceeds will be used for the production of inventory, sales and marketing, equipment purchases, patenting costs and general working capital. (Source: Solarvest Bioenergy Inc., PR, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Solarvest Bioenergy Inc., Gerri Greenham, CEO, (416) 420 0947, ggreenham@solarvest.ca, www.solarvest.com

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    ICM Announces Brazilian Ethanol Plant Supply Contract (Int'l)
    ICM
    Date: 2019-01-21
    Colwich, Kansas-headquartered agricultural and biofuels process technology provider ICM Inc. reports the inking of an agreement with Usimat Destilaria de Alcool Ltda (Usimat) to implement ICM's proprietary technologies at Usimat's plant in Campo de Julio, Mato Grasso (MT) in Brazil. ICM will provide an ethanol process improvement package, and a distillation, dehydration and evaporation (DD&E) package system to improve the plant's overall efficiency and biomass usage.

    Usimat will also deploy ICM's Selective Milling Technology (SMT) and Base Tricanter System (BTS) to improve ethanol and corn oil recovery yields while reducing enzymes and chemical usage. In total, the ICM technologies packages will increase ethanol, corn oil, and DDG yields, and provide operational efficiencies. (Source: ICM, Bioenergy, 18 Jan., 2019) Contact: Usimat, Marcos Altenburger, CEO, www.novacana.com/usinas_brasil/fabrica/usina-usimat; ICM Inc., David VanderGriend, CEO, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com

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    Castor Oil Biofuel Production Pilot Launched (Int'l Report)
    ENI Bio
    Date: 2019-01-18
    Rome-headquartered ENI Bio is reporting the launch of a castor oil biofuel pilot project in Gafsa, Tunisia, where the company will cultivate 140-hectare of castor oil plants. The fruit from the plants will be used in the ENI biorefinery in Venice and subsequently in the biorefinery in Gela on the island of Sicily. The experimental project aims to find alternative raw materials in place of palm oil and to fuel ENI biorefineries.

    When the plants are in their final stages of maturation, their fruit will be harvested in order to evaluate the yield in oil per ton and to define an extended cultivation plan. (Source: ANSA Med, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: ENI Bio, +39 06 598 22030, Fax: +39 06 598 25488, ufficio.stampa@eni.com, www.eni.com/en_IT/home.page

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    Hunter Pilot Ethanol Biorefinery Launched in Australia (Int'l)
    Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources,
    Date: 2019-01-18
    In the Land Down Under, the Sydney-based University of Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) and Ethanol Technologies (Ethtec), in partnership with the Muswellbrook Shire Council, reports the development of the Hunter Pilot Biorefinery (HPB), a bio-renewables research facility and an environmentally sustainable process to produce biofuels and other renewable chemicals from crop and forestry waste.

    The HPB will be a state-of-the-art facility containing biomass processing and fermentation equipment applicable to a range of biofuel and renewable chemical production technologies.

    The first phase of the project received $4.6 million from the New South Wales (NSW) Government under the Growing Local Economies fund to unlock long-term growth opportunities in regional NSW through targeted infrastructure investment.

    The foundation project of the Biorefinery is a $30 million cellulosic ethanol pilot plant project by Apace Research Limited (Apace), Ethanol Technologies Limited (Ethtec), the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Chinese engineering company JTL and the University of Newcastle. (Source: University of Newcastle, Australia, PR 17 Jan., 2019) Contact: NIER, Professor Alan Broadfoot, Executive Director, +61 2 4033 9000, www.newcastle.edu.au; Ethtec, + 61 7 4776 5300, +61 7 4776 5392 - fax, www.ethtec.com.au

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