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Industry Comments on New RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association , National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2018-12-05
"Without reallocation of small-refinery exemptions, the numbers released today may look good on the outside, but just like the chocolate bunnies my children open up on Easter morning, they are hollow on the inside. While any increase is better than a flatline, these modest increases vastly underrate the potential of advanced biofuels." -- Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, (515) 252-6249, info@irfa.org, http://iowarfa.org

"EPA's failure to properly account for small refinery exemptions will continue to destroy biodiesel demand. EPA recognizes that the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry is producing fuel well above the annual volumes. The industry regularly fills 90 percent of the annual advanced biofuel requirement. Nevertheless, the agency continues to use its maximum waiver authority to set advanced biofuel requirements below attainable levels. The method is inconsistent with the RFS program's purpose, which is to drive growth in production and use of advanced biofuels such as biodiesel." -- National Biodiesel Board, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

"Of the 418 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel called for in the RFS, the vast majority, 388 million gallons, are requested from biogas and that represents a 45 pct increase in production from the 2018 volumes." -- American Biogas Council, Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, (202) 640-6595, www.americanbiogascouncil.org

"When the EPA continues to grant waivers and does not account for those volumes in this rule, domestic demand for our crop is lost, impacting farmers' livelihood and the economy of rural America." -- National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), Lynn Chrisp, (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Biogas Council,  NCGA,  ,  RFS,  Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,  National Biodiesel Board ,  


Lockheed Martin Invests $4Mn in Forge Hydrocarbons (Ind. Report)
Forge Hydrocarbons, University of Alberta,Lockheed Martin Canada
Date: 2018-12-05
Oakville, Ontario-based Forge Hydrocarbons Inc., a University of Alberta spinoff company producing the next generation of renewable fuels, reports receipt of a $4-million investment from Lockheed Martin Canada. The funding is intended to support a $25-million production facility in Sombra, Ontario.

The new facility is slated to be operational in late 2019 and produce 19 million litres of renewable biofuel annually.

Forge Hydrocarbons uses technology developed by University of Alberta bioresource scientist David Bressler. Bressler's technology heats waste lipids such as cooking oil, animal renderings and crop seed oil, with water at a high temperature, creating fatty acids and glycerol. The glycerol is removed and the fatty acids are heated at more than 400 degree C until the oxygen within is released. This turns the acids into hydrocarbons that are separated into various fuels, including gasoline and diesel. The result is a drop-in biofuel that doesn't need to be blended with petroleum-based fuel and can produce renewable fuel with 90 pct less greenhouse gases than conventional fuel. (Source: Univ. of Alberta, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: University of Alberta, David Bressler, (780) 492-4986, dbressle@ualberta.ca; Forge Hysdrocarbons Inc., (905) 815-7786, thaig@forgehc.com, www.forgehc.com; Lockheed Martin, www.lockheedmartin.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Forge Hydrocarbons.Crop-in Fuel,  Lockheed Martin,  


Renewable Fuels Standard "Hardship" Waivers on Hold (Reg & Leg)
Renewable Fuels Standard
Date: 2018-11-30
It is being widely reported that the Trump Administration is reconsidering and temporarily frozen Renewable Fuels Standard "hardship" waivers exempting small oil refineries from biofuel blending requirements.

Under the RFS, oil refiners must increasingly blend ethanol and other biofuels into their fuel each year or purchase blending credits from those that do. The 2005 regulation was intended to help farmers and to cut fuel imports. But small oil refineries can be exempted from the standard if they prove compliance would cause disproportionate hardship. The EPA granted 29 waivers for the 2017 compliance year, up from 14 in 2015 and 20 in 2016. (Source: Various Media, 28 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Standard,  Hardship Waiver,  Ethanol,  Biofuel Blend,  


USC Wrigley Institute Investigating Kelp Biofuel Sustainability (R&D)
USC Wrigley Institute
Date: 2018-11-30
In Southern California, researchers at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental are working on a project to convert open-ocean kelp into a biofuel that could someday replace gasoline.

Kelp, a species of macroalgae, is turned into a biofuel through a process called hydrothermal liquefaction. This involves drying the kelp, then processing the biomass in an extremely hot, pressurized and wet environment for long periods of time to allow the breakdown of the solid chemical structure to produce a biocrude which can be further distilled or processed into a fuel that can be used just like any petroleum-based fuel.

Researchers at Wrigley and partners at Marine BioEnergy Inc. have come up with an innovative open ocean "kelp elevator" to farm the massive amounts of kelp necessary for a commercialized fuel source. The current "kelp elevator" prototype models use PVC pipes in the ocean to grow and cycle kelp from the surface where the light is to the deep water where the nutrients are.

Under optimal conditions, giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera, which is used to generate a biofuel, can grow up to three feet per day without fresh water, fertilizer, pesticides or fertile land. These attributes make kelp a viable potential substitute for traditional fuels, as it can be sustainably farmed, harvested and converted into biofuel. (Source: USC Wrigley Institute, Daily Trojan, 29 Nov., 2018) Contact: USC Wrigley Institute, Diane Kim, Associate Director , (310) 510-0811, www.usc.edu/wrigley; Marine BioEnergy Inc., www.marinebiomass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Kelp,  


CO2 Neg. Elephant Grass Briquette Biofuel Touted (New Prod & Tech)
NextFuel
Date: 2018-11-28
Stockholm-headquartered NextFuel is touting a new energy solution to climate change that is CO2 negative, cheap, profitable and massively scalable in the form of a briquette made from elephant grass. The briquette is cheaper than and oil and coal in most markets and can be used to replace some or all of the coal normally used by a coal plant. It has already been tested and proven and the first operational plant has been opened by NextFuel in Austria. The company is currently implementing its first large projects in East Africa and South America.

Elephant grass can grow up to four meters in just 100 days and yields several harvestable crops per year. NextFuel's patented technology -- a rotary drum indirectly heated and operated with a low oxygen atmosphere -- requires very little energy to transform the elephant grass into a briquette form. While inside that drum, volatile elements are separated from the grass, and the physical properties together with the energy content are transformed in less than 30 minutes to a clean copy of fossil fuel. The fuel is then "densified" and turned into briquettes for industrial and electric power production. (Source: NextFuel, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: NextFuel, www.nextfuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextFuel,  Biomass Briquette,  Biomass Pellet,  


EPA to Hold the Line on 2019 RFS Biofuel Blend Quotas (Ind. Report)
RFS,Renewable Fuels Standatd
Date: 2018-11-28
Bloomberg is reporting the Trump administration will likely order refiners to use 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol and other conventional renewable fuels in 2019 despite oil industry pressure to lower the mandate, The slate of biofuel blending targets, which are expected to be released on Friday, are unlikely to placate biofuel and agricultural interests that have denounced the EPA's generous issuance of RFS "hardship" waivers to small refineries. To date, 15 refineries have reportedly applied for "hardship" waiver relief from the 2018 quotas.

The EPA had proposed requiring refiners to blend 19.88 billion gallons of biofuels next year, a 3.1 pct increase over current quotas. That target included a 15 billion gallon quota for corn-based ethanol and other conventional renewable fuels, the maximum allowed under federal law and the same amount required in 2018. The agency also is set to finalize a 2020 requirement for using biodiesel, after proposing a 15.7 pct increase in the target.

The EPA reportedly plans to establish new biofuel blending targets for 2020 through 2022 and is poised to lower congressional goals for cellulosic biofuels as part of the RFS "reset" process. (Source: EPA, Bloomberg, Farm Journal, 27 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS news,  Biofuel Blend news,  Cellulosic news,  


Imperial College London Researchers Enhance Bioprocessing for Biofuels Production (Int'l Report)
Imperial College London
Date: 2018-11-26
In the UK, according to an Imperial College London study aimed at enhancing bioprocessing for cheap and environmentally friendly production of biofuels, plant-based biomass can be broken down 30 times faster than it is usually done.

In the study, the glucosidase enzyme that helps break down the complex carbohydrates present in biomass was modified the chemical structure of the enzyme to let it withstand heat of up to 137 degree C so that it can be used in ionic liquids instead of the usual water. The scientists found that the combined effect of heat resistance and solubility in ionic liquids increased the glucose output 30-fold. If the technique is taken up on a large scale, fuel-related carbon emissions could fall by 80-100 per cent.

According to researcher Dr. Alex Brogan, "We've made bioprocessing faster, which will require less equipment and will reduce carbon footprint. One major advantage of this will be increased biofuel production -- potentially helping biofuels become more widespread as a result. Furthermore, this alteration can be applied to a wide variety of enzymes, for various applications such as making fuels from waste and recycling plastics, thereby making bioprocessing more efficient." (Source: Imperial College London, Coherent Times, 24 Nov., 2018)Contact: Imperial College London, Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Alex Brogan, +44 (0) 20 7594 9028, www.alexbrogan.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Imperial College London,  Biofuel,  


Terravesta Scores £2Mn for Miscanthus Expansion Plan (Int'l Funding)
Terravesta
Date: 2018-11-26
Lincoln, UK-headquartered Miscanthus specialists Terravesta is reporting receipt of a £2 million private investment Nat le Roux, former CEO of IG Group and current Scotgold chairman. The investement is earmarked for working capita, R&D, and expansion. Terravesta presently has operations in Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland and Slovakia. (Source: Terravesta, Bioenergy, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: Terravesta, William Cracroft-Eley, +44 1522 731873 info@terravesta.com, www.terravesta.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Terravesta ,  Biofuel,  Miscanthus,  


Perstorp Offloads BioProducts Business Unit (Int'l, M&A)
Perstorp
Date: 2018-11-26
Swedish speciality chemicals producer is reporting the sale the sale of its biodiesel and glycerine producer Perstorp BioProducts arm in Fredrikstad, Norway, to a Swedish investor. The sale includes a tolling agreement that will see Perstorp continue to manufacture biodiesel at its Stenungsund production site.

Following the transaction, the business unit will be established as Adesso BioProducts AB, a leading Scandinavian biofuels supplier. (Source: Perstrop, PR, Chemicals Technology, 22 Nov., 2018) Contact: Perstrop, Jan Secher, CEO, www.perstorp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


The Role of Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas in the Circular Economy -- (Ind. Report Attached)
IEA Bioenergy,
Date: 2018-11-23
The attached report from the Technology Collaboration Programme for Research, Development and Demonstration on Bioenergy -- aka IAE Bioenergy -- highlights the benefits of anaerobic digestion and biogas systems.

The report covers: sustainable biogas systems processes for treatment of waste; protection of environment; conversion of low-value bio-material to higher-value material; biogas for heat and electric power production; and the production of advanced gaseous biofuel.

Access the The role of Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas in the Circular Economy report HERE. (Source: IEA Bioenergy, Nov., 2018) Contact: IEA Bioenergy, www.ieabioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA Bioenergy,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


MPIC, Dole Tout Philippines Biomass Waste-to-Energy Project (Int'l)
Biogas,Metro Pacific Investments Corp
Date: 2018-11-23
In the Philippines, Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) reports it wholly-owned subsidiary Metpower Venture Partners Holdings, Inc. (MVPHI) has inked a partnership agreement with fruit products company Dole Philippines, Inc. (DPI) for a P1-billion ($19,060,000 US) biomass waste-to-energy project -- company's first foray into the bio-energy sector. Surallah Biogas Ventures Corp. (SBVC) has been contracted to design, construct, and operate the biogas facility for DPI.

The facility will convert organic fruit waste from Dole Philippines' Surallah and Polomolok factories in South Cotabato.When fully operational, the project is expected to generate roughly 50,000 MWh of clean energy annually, which DPI will use for power generation. (Source: MPIC, Business World, 21 Nov., 2018) Contact: Metro Pacific Investments Corp., www.mpic.com.ph

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Waste-to-Energy,  Biofuel,  Biogas,  


EPA Updates RFS "Hardship" Waiver Applications (Ind. Report)
EPA,RFS
Date: 2018-11-21
On Nov. 16, the U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery "hardship" waivers filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) showing that no new petitions were filed or approved between Oct. 10 and Nov. 10. As of Nov. 10, the EPA has received 15 petitions seeking small refinery "hardship" waivers for the 2018 compliance year. All 15 petitions are still pending.

For the 2017 compliance year, EPA received 36 small refinery petitions, 29 of which were approved and 7 are still pending. The 29 petitions approved to date have exempted approximately 1.46 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs), or approximately 13.62 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from meeting the RFS blending targets.

For compliance year 2016, the EPA received 20 small refinery petitions, with 19 approved to date and one still pending. The 19 approved petitions have exempted approximately 790 RINs, or 7.84 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from meeting RFS blending targets.

The EPA is expected to update data on small refinery hardship waivers monthly, with the next updated expected to be released in mid-December.

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. (Source: US EPA, 16 Nov., 2018)

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


Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels to Employ Praxair HOB Tech. (Ind. Report)
Praxair,Fulcrum Bioenergy
Date: 2018-11-19
Linde plc wholly owned subsidiary Praxair, Inc.reports it has inked a long-term agreement to supply oxygen (O2) to Fulcrum BioEnergy's Sierra BioFuels plant which is presently under construction in Storey County, Nevada. Under the terms of the agreement, Praxair will also construct two vacuum pressure swing adsorption (VPSA) plants at the facility, which is expected to commence operations in early 2020.

The Sierra BioFuels Plant will employ Praxair's proprietary HOB technology for increasing syngas yield from the gasification process. HOB technology enables rapid partial oxidation of remaining hydrocarbons and tars in the produced syngas without the need for a catalyst or steam injection. The HOB technology, coupled with gasification in Fulcrum's process, will help transform municipal solid waste (MSW) into renewable crude, jet fuel, and other low-carbon transportation fuels. (Source: Praxair, GasWorld, 12 Nov., 2018)Contact: Praxair, www.praxair.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News MSW,  Fulcrum Bioenergy,  


2018-2026 Algae Biofuels Market Research Report Offered (Ind. Report)
Algae Biofuels
Date: 2018-11-19
Coherent Market Insights reports the availability of its global Algae Biofuels Market 2018-2026 research report covering the major players and market factors key to the growth of the global Algae Biofuels Market.

The report covers Algae Biofuels market share, growth, trends,forecasts and key statistics for the period 2018-2026. The report also examines the Algae Biofuels market based on national and regional factors as well as on application, technique and end-user. Overall, the report provides an in-depth insight into 2018-2026 global Algae Biofuels Market players, drivers, challenges and trends.

Access a sample PDF file of the Algae Biofuels report HERE.

Download PDF brochure of Algae Biofuels Market report HERE. (Source: Coherent Market Insights, Chemicals News, 17 Nov., 2018) Contact: Coherent Market Insights, (206) 701-6702 - Seattle Office, +44-020 8133 4027 - UK Office, sales@coherentmarketinsights.com, www.coherentmarketinsights.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae Biofuels,  


Diverse Biofeedstock Ethanol Yields Investigated (R&D Report)
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
Date: 2018-11-16
Biorefineries are picky eaters. They only consume one or two types of plant matter. Researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison processed and experimentally measured ethanol production from five different herbaceous feedstocks. They examined two annuals (corn stover and energy sorghum) along with three perennials (switchgrass, miscanthus, and restored prairie). They determined that a lignocellulosic ethanol refinery could use a range of plant types without having a major impact on the amount of ethanol produced per acre, or per land area.

Many biorefineries consume one, or sometimes two, feedstocks grown and harvested nearby. The feedstock contains lignocellulose. That chemical is processed and fermented into biofuels or bioproducts. Accepting a variety of feedstocks could improve the refinery's environmental footprint, economics, and logistics. The team's study showed that a lignocellulosic refinery could be relatively agnostic in terms of the feedstocks used.

Refineries to convert biomass into fuels often rely on just one feedstock. If the refineries could accept more than one feedstock, it would greatly benefit refinery operation. Scientists investigated how five different feedstocks affected process and field-scale ethanol yields. Two annual crops (corn stover and energy sorghum) and three perennial crops (switchgrass, miscanthus, and restored prairie) were pretreated using ammonia fiber expansion, hydrolyzed, and fermented separately using yeast or bacteria.

Researchers found that both biomass quality and biomass yield affected the amount of ethanol each acre produces. However, the effect differed. Biomass quality was the main driver for the ethanol yields for high-yielding crops, such as switchgrass. Biomass yield was the main driver for the ethanol yields for low-productivity crops, such as corn stover. Therefore, to increase ethanol yield for high-yielding crops, focusing efforts on improving biomass quality or conversion efficiency may be prudent.

For low-yielding crops, focusing on increasing biomass yield may be the best strategy. When measuring the amount of ethanol produced during fermentation, most feedstocks fell within a similar range, especially when scientists used bacteria to ferment the biomass. In total, the results of this study suggest that a lignocellulosic refinery may use a variety of feedstocks with a range of quality without a major negative impact on field-scale ethanol yields. (Source: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, US DOE, 12 Nov., 2018) Contact: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Tim Donohue, Dir., John Greenler, Dir. Outreach, (608) 890-2444, www.glbrc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center,  US DOE,  Biofuel Feedstock,  ,  


Calif. Q2 Renewable Diesel Supply Tops 100Mn Gal. (Ind. Report)
California ARB
Date: 2018-11-16
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting that in an effort to meet the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), California has increased its net supply of renewable "green" diesel, reaching 100 million gallons during Q2, 2018 -- 10.1 pct of the total diesel supplied to California during the quarter.

Administered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), LCFS aims to incrementally decrease the carbon intensity of gasoline and diesel fuel by at least 10 pct by 2020 relative to a 2010 baseline.

Under the state's LCFS, petroleum refiners, gasoline and diesel importers, and transportation fuel wholesales are required to either produce low carbon fuels or purchase credits to demonstrate compliance. But while under the RFS, both biodiesel and renewable diesel meet a 50 pct GHG reduction threshold (and are eligible to generate biomass-based diesel RINs), LCFS uses a measurement called carbon intensity (CI).

Renewable diesel generates a large number of credits relative to other fuels because it has some of the largest lifecycle GHG reduction compared to other fuels. The total volume of renewable diesel LCFS credits exceeded ethanol credits for the first time this year, reaching about 870,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent during the second quarter. (Source: US EIA, Agri-Pulse, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: CARB, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low Carbon Fuel Standard,  California Air Resources Board,  .Biofuel,  Renewable Fiesel ,  


Biofuel Group Seeks RFS "Hardship Waivers" Freeze (Ind. Report)
Producers United,
Date: 2018-11-16
Reuters is reporting Producers United, a group of unidentified biofuel companies, has asked a federal judge to force the U.S. EPA Agency to stop granting "hardship waivers" exempting small refineries from Renewable Fuel Standard regulations until a lawsuit challenging the agency's actions is resolved.

The group claims the EPA almost secretly and illegally issued retroactive biofuel credits to HollyFrontier and Sinclair Oil this year, although not required to do so as part of a legal settlement. HollyFrontier received nearly $34 million worth of credits for this year to reverse denial of a waiver for one of its Wyoming plants dating back to 2015. Sinclair scored waivers for two facilities in the same state for 2014 and 2015.

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: CNBC, Variuos Media, Reuters, 14 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  


BASF Touting EU-REDcert-Methanol (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
BASF,TUV SUD
Date: 2018-11-14
German chemicals juggernaut BASF is reporting the introduction of EU-REDcert-Methanol for the production of methanol on the basis of renewable raw materials according to the biomass balance approach.

For EU-REDcert-Methanol, the company replaces fossil raw materials with second-generation renewable raw materials, waste as well as residual materials. As a result, BASF reduces GHG emissions by at least 50 pct compared with conventionally produced methanol. In terms of its chemical and physical characteristics, biomass balanced methanol is identical to methanol produced from fossil resources.

BASF developed the "biomass balance method" together with TUV SUD. EU-REDcert-Methanol is certified according to the REDcert standard which proves the sustainable origin of the biomass used and the information on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It is a standard for use as biofuel, recognized by the European Commission under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). (Source: BASF, Green Car Congress, 13 Nov., 2018)Contact: BASF Venture Capital GmbH, www.basf-vc.de; TUV SUD, www.tuv-sud.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TUV SUD,  BASF,  Methanol,  Biomass,  


UK DfT Releases Sustainable Biofuel Supply Data (Int'l.Report)
U.K. Department for Transport
Date: 2018-11-14
In London, the U.K. Department for Transport (DfT) has released preliminary data on its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation for a portion of 2018, including data on how much ethanol met U.K. sustainability requirements.

The quarterly report, which covers the supply of renewable fuels from April 15 through Dec. 31, 2018, indicates 138.69 million gallons of renewable fuel were supplied during a period beginning April 15. That volume of renewable fuels accounted for 4 percent of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel. Of the total, 59 pct was biodiesel, 38 pct was ethanol, 2 pct was biomethane and 1 pct was biomethanol.

During the period, 320 renewable transport fuel certificates (RTFCs) were awarded to transportation fuel suppliers that meet sustainability criteria. Of the fuel meeting sustainability requirements, 26 percent was made from U.K. feedstocks, primarily used cooking oil. For ethanol, almost half was made from low-grade starch slurry in France. (Source: UK Department for Transport, Ethanol Producer, Nov., 2018) Contact: UK Department for Transport, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainable Biofuel,  Biofuel,  UK Biofuel,  


CO2-Algae Biofuel R&D Funded at Arizona State Univ. (Funding, R&D)
Arizona State University
Date: 2018-11-09
The U.S. DOE has announced the awarding of a total of $80 million tp 36 early-stage bioenergy projects aimed at reducing the cost of algae-based, drop-in fuels to $3 per gallon by 2022, Of the $80 million total, two Arizona State University (ASU) research teams received a total grant of nearly $4.5 million.

The two ASU teams are headed by Wim Vermaas, Foundation Professor in the School of Life Sciences and a member of the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis, and Bruce Rittmann, director of Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology.

Both ASU projects are developing innovative approaches for improving the efficiency of microalgae to capture waste CO2 and convert it into biodiesel transportation fuels and other valuable products.

Rittmann will explore ways to make CO2 delivery to algae more efficient. Traditional methods involve sparging (bubbling) CO2 within the liquid used to grow the algae, which releases about 60-80 pct of the CO2 back into the atmosphere. This wasteful process defeats a major goal of using microalgae to remove this greenhouse gas from the atmosphere and decreases cost efficiency.

Rittmann's team developed a membrane carbonation process that uses inexpensive plastic fibers to deliver pure CO2 with nearly 100 pct efficiency directly to the microalgae. The team estimates that the technology will capture fourfold more CO2 than traditional sparging methods.

The team is partnering with the Salt River Project to develop methods for harvesting CO2 from power plant emissions. They are also partnering with the city of Mesa to remove CO2 from the biogas generated from anaerobic digesters at their wastewater treatment facilities. Rittmann's team will investigate whether the fibers can be used with microalgae to remove CO2 from the biogas, which would leave nearly pure methane which could be distributed through existing natural gas pipelines.

Vermaas and his team were awarded $2.5 million to pursue an innovative multi-pronged approach toward improved CO2 utilization. One approach is to increase the solubility of carbon dioxide in growth medium by developing a nanobubble gas delivery system.. A second approach is to utilize amines in the medium, which greatly enhance the solubility of CO2, allowing the gas to be taken up by photosynthetic microbes for producing biofuel. The researchers anticipate at least a 50 pct increase in the efficiency of CO2 use with advanced biofuel production under industrially relevant conditions. (Source: ASU, PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: ASU, Prof. Bruce Rittmann, Dir. Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, (480) 727-8322, www.biodesign.asu.edu/environmental-biotechnology; Willem Vermaas, ASU School of Life Sciences, 480-965-6250, wim@asu.edu, www.sols.asu.edu/willem-vermaas

More Low-Carbon Energy News Micro Algae,  Biodiesel,  Drop-In Fuel,  CO2,  Algae,  Biofuel,  Carbon Dioxide,  


Neste, Clariant Announce Renewable Chemicals Partnership (Int'l)
Neste, Clariant
Date: 2018-11-09
Basel, Switzerland-based Clariant reports it is partnering with Helsinki-headquartered sustainable diesel and renewable chemical specialist Neste and will use C2/C3 monomers derived from Neste's renewable hydrocarbons. The feedstock is manufactured from waste and residue raw materials including used cooking oil and renewable vegetable oils. The C2/C3 monomers will replace those currently used by Clariant to develop advanced polyolefin solutions in several applications.

With this partnership, Clariant will be able to provide sustainable polyolefin solutions derived from renewable hydrocarbons. (Source: Clariant, Chemicals Technology, 7 Nov., 2018) Contact: Neste, Peter Vanacker, CEO, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Head of Start-up Business Biofuels & Derivatives, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, Anja Pomrehn, Inv. Relations, +41 61 469 67 45 anja.pomrehn@clariant.com, www.clariant.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Clariant,  Renewable CHemical,  


Attis Industries Launches Bio-Based Technologies Video (Ind. Report)
Attis Industries
Date: 2018-11-07
Milton, Georgia-based Attis Industries, Inc. is reporting the launch of a video series on the technologies and bio-based products offered under the company's Innovations division. The video discusses the current inefficiencies in biomass processing and how the Company is taking the next steps to double the biofuel output from biomass.

The transcript of the video states in part: "Our [processing] outputs include pulp and a unique form of high purity lignin. While the pulp can be used in traditional pulp and paper markets or to produce cellulosic ethanol, it's this high purity form of lignin that allows Attis to substantially increase the value and products made from biomass. For every 1.0 pound of cellulosic ethanol produced, Attis is able to recover about 1.3 pounds of high purity lignin. This is an alarming amount of highly concentrated carbon, captured from carbon dioxide and stored by photsyntheisis in plants, that has been overlooked for decades. Attis plans to convert its lignin into transportation fuels such as gasoline, diesel and/or jet fuel which could double the fuel output of biomass, or to convert the lignin into various materials such as plastics, adhesives or carbon fiber."

Link to video HERE. (Source: Attis Industries, Inc. PR, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: Attis Ind., Jeff Cosman, CEO, 678-580-5661, www.attisind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Attis Industries ,  Bioplastic,  Biofuel,  Bio Technologies,  


Growmark Offers Pre-blended E15 at Six Terminals (Ind. Report)
Growmark Energy
Date: 2018-11-07
Bloomington, Illinois-headquartered Growmark Energy reports it is now offering pre-blended E15 at its company-owned terminals in Amboy, Ashkum, and Petersburg, Illinois, Fort Dodge, Iowa, and St. Joseph, Missouri. Growmark has been working with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) on a number of issues related to offering E15 at the terminals, including regulatory compliance, participation in the EPA's required fuel survey, and adoption of RFA's misfueling mitigation plan (MMP).

The RFA noted it will continue to work with interested retailers serviced by the six Growmark-owned terminals to assist them with the transition to offering E15 at retail. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association , Growmark Energy, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: Growmark Energy, (309) 557-6000, contactus@growmark.com​, www.growmark.com; RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFA,  Biofuel Blend,  E15,  


euglena to Mass Produce Algae Jet Biofuel in Japan (Int'l)
euglena
Date: 2018-11-05
Further to our May 22md coverage, Tokyo-headquartered Japanese biotechnology company euglena reports it is set to begin mass production of algae and waste oil based jet biofuel and biodiesel with the completion of its refinery plant in Yokohama.

The Yokohama facility has a production capacity of 125 kiloliters of jet biofuel and ASTM certified biodiesel per year, increasing to 250,000 kiloliters per year by 2025.

The company has partnered with aviation group ANA Holdings with the aim of fueling their commercial international flights departing from Japan by 2020. Euglena is also planning to offer bio jet fuel to other companies taking off from Japan. ANA will support euglena to develop the airport infrastructure to supply aircraft. (Source: euglena, Nikkei, 3 Nov., 2018) Contact: euglena, Mitsuru Izumo, CEO, www.euglena.jp/en

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India Expanding BioFuel, BioCommodities R&D Effort (Int'l)
India Energy and Research Institute
Date: 2018-11-05
In New Delhi, the Indian Department of Biotechnology (DBT) reports the inking of a 3-year deal with the India Energy and Research Institute for the establishment of an "advanced biofuels and bio-commodities R&D center."

The center, which will be in addition to the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi; the Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati; Transtech Green Power Limited, Jaipur; and the Oil and Natural Gas Energy Centre in the National Capital Region, will focus on developing and commercializing bioenergy-biofuel technologies. Approximately 100 scientists in India are presently working on algal biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol, bio butanol and bio hydrogen R&D projects according to the DBT. Other than fuel, by-products envisaged at the TERI-DBT Centre include food, feed, nutrition supplements, bio-plastics and novelty speciality chemicals. (Source: Indian Department of Biotechnology, The Hindu, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Indian Department of Biotechnology, Renu Swarup, Secretary, www.dbtindia.nic.in; India Energy and Research Institute, +91 11 2468 2100, www.teriin.org

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Fulcrum Sierra BioFuels Dropping NV Energy (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum Sierra Biofuel
Date: 2018-11-02
In the Silver State, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reports it has approved California-based Fulcrum Sierra BioFuels' request to drop NV Energy utility as its energy services provider. To complete its exit, Fulcrum must now file with the state Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection and the Nevada Power Company within 120 days.

Fulcrum plans to use an alternative, independent energy provider for a biorefinery currently under construction in Storey County, Nevada, according to documents submitted to the PUC.

Six major corporate customers have have opted for substantial "but-outs" to exit NV Energy, including: Barrick Gold, MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment Corp, Peppermill Resorts and Wynn Resorts Ltd. (Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

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Conservationists Upbraid EPA Over Biofuel Crop Legislation (Reg. & Leg., Ind. Report)
EPA
Date: 2018-11-02
Following on the heels of the Trump administration's allowance of year-round E-15 ethanol blend sales,several U.S. Conservation groups have petitioned and accused the US EPA of failing to enforce the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) and thus turning a blind-eye to the illegal destruction of wildlife habitat nationwide.

The petitioners contend that rather than follow the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, which only allows land cultivated before 2007 to grow corn and soybeans for biofuels, the EPA, at Trump's instruction, has been adhering to a change in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which allows new land to be farmed as long as the total amount of U.S. farmland dedicated to biofuel feedstock production doesn't exceed 402 million acres.

The EPA estimates cropland in the U.S. has increased somewhere between 4 million and 7.8 million acres since 2007, but is uncertain how much of that is cultivated for biofuel feed stock production.

The petitioning conservation groups say recent mandates to increase the use of corn and soybeans in gasoline have led to more habitat destruction, water pollution, and greenhouse gases. (Source: wfiy, National Public Radio, Oct., 2018)

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Mazda Backing Algae Biofuels R&D (Int'l, R&D, Ind. Report)
Mazda
Date: 2018-11-02
Japanese automaker Mazda reports it is backing two research projects in Japan to promote the widespread adoption of biofuels from microalgae growth.

Mazda hopes an ongoing industry-academia-government collaboration will be advantageous to its Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 development program which considers renewable liquid fuels essential to drastic CO2 reduction.

Mazda is lending technical support to research into genome editing by Hiroshima University and to the study of plant physiology by the Tokyo Institute of Technology. (Source: Mazda, Engine Technology, 31 Oct., 2918) Contact: Mazda, www.mazda.com/en/inquiry

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Ethiopia Drafting First Biofuel, Bioenergy Legislation (Int'l)
Ethiopian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
Date: 2018-11-02
The Ethiopian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in Addis Ababa reports it is drafting the East African nation's first biofuel energy industry legislation. The Bill will open the biofuel energy industry which was once exclusively allocated to government, to the private sector. The new legislation establishes an authority to manage and regulate the industry and will allow private bioenergy and biofuels producers to receive incentives. (Source: Ethiopian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Africa Oil & Power, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: Ethiopian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, +251 11 646 3166, www.mom.gov.et

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CSU, NREL Lead $2.1Mn CO2 Utilization for Algae Biofuels R&D (R&D)
Colorado State University,NREL
Date: 2018-10-31
Following up on our October 4, 2017 coverage, a team of five Colorado State University (CSU) and three National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) researchers are reporting a $2.1 million, 3-year effort to increase algae yield for biofuel production by improving carbon dioxide utilization. For the research, New Belgium Brewing will provide CO2 from their fermentation processes, and Qualitas Health, a producer of omega-3 nutraceuticals from algae, will help test the improved CO2 delivery technology. The aim is to improve delivery of CO2 to algae and enhance algae's consumption of the CO2.

The project is being funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy in a collaborative effort to improve the cost-competitiveness and environmental sustainability of microalgae-based fuels and products. (Source: CSU, NREL, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Colorado State University, Prof. Ken Reardon, kenneth.reardon@colostate.edu, www.colostate.edu; US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

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Biorenewable Deployment Consortium's Raleigh Fall Forum Update (Conference, Ind. Report)
Biorenewable Deployment Consortium
Date: 2018-10-31
The Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) Fall Forum was held in Raleigh, N.C. on October 9-10 and was combined with a visit to the Velocys' Microchannel Fisher-Tropsch pilot plant that is integrated with the ThermoChem Recovery International (TRI) Biomass Gasification and Gas Clean-up system at TRI's Advanced Development Center in Durham. Velocys has announced the commercial "Bayou Fuels" project for Natchez, MS. The project will combine the two companies' technologies to convert locally sourced waste woody biomass into transportation fuel.

The Forum boasted record attendance, including a diverse group of international members and guests. Discussions included updates from leading bio-process companies on new processes and commercial advances that can add value to the forest products industry. Highlights of the Forum included commercial progress of nanotechnology presented by keynote Sean Ireland, VP, Business Development for Fiberlean Technologies; evolutionary value added technologies for the chemical recovery cycle and soap removal / tall oil production; commercial progress of wood to bioproducts from Velocys, Ensyn, and Red Rock; and commercial progress for lignin conversion to end products.

USDA Administrator Bette Brand attended the meeting and tour. "The USDA recognizes the importance of the partnership between government and private industry designed to bridge the early financial issues of start-up companies in the biorenewable area that we believe will help improve economies in rural communities," said Ms. Brand ommented. Meeting attendees participating in USDA programs included Velocys, Ensyn, Red Rock Biofuels, REG, and American Biocarbon.

Masood Akhtar, President of BDC commented, "In BDC's view, it is important for the government to be confident in the companies they financially assist, and the scale up requirements of the USDA have been critical to the success of new start up companies." "The success of the BDC meeting is due to a combination of the mission of the organization, the make-up and participation of the membership and guests, and the ingenuity and progress of the entrepreneurial management teams in the up and coming bio-industry," Akhtar concluded. (Source: BDC, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: BDC, Ben Thorp, Chairman, (804) 743-3105, Ben.Thorp@biorenewabledc.org, www.biorenewabledc.org; Velocys, Jeff McDaniel, VP, (614) 733-3300, jeff.mcdaniel@velocys.com, www.velocys.com; ThermoChem Recovery International, Chris Doherty, VP, (410) 525-2400, cdoherty@tri-inc.net, www.tri-inc.net

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Ensus Wilton Wheat Biofuel Production "Paused" Again (Int'l)
Ensus,CropEnergies
Date: 2018-10-26
In the UK, German CropEnergies reports production at its £300 million subsidiary Ensus bioethanol refinery in Wilton on Teesside is to be "paused" in November for the fourth time. The break in production is for an unspecified period due to the falling global price of bioethanol.

Previously, the plant was mothballed in 2011, two years after opening, due to US competition and dwindling demand. Production restarted in October 2012 but paused again in April 2013 because of rising energy costs and a poor harvest. CropEnergies AG acquired the facility in July 2013, rebooted production the following October, stopped production in early 2015 and restarted again in 2016.

The plant converts wheat into fuel-grade alcohol, animal feed and CO2 for the beverage industry. (Source: Ensus, BBC News, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ensus Ltd., Joachim Lutz, CEO, +44 (0) 1642 794040, www.ensus.co.uk; CropEnergies AG, +49 621 714 19000, www.cropenergies.com

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Green Energy Biofuel Expanding into South Carolina (Ind. Report)
Green Energy Biofuel
Date: 2018-10-26
Winnsboro, South Carolina-based Green Energy Biofuel reports it plans to invest $4.3 million to construct a 36 million sq-ft fats, oils and grease (FOG) recycling facility in Warrensville, South Carolina. The facility is scheduled to be operational by the end of the year.

Green Energy Biofuel refines and recycles used cooking oil and other food products sourced from area kitchens and food manufacturers. With the new facility, the company will be able to recycle more than 60 million gpy of used cooking oil and produce 300,000 gpy of biodiesel and other recycled-content products. (Source: Green Energy Biofuel, Recycle, October, 2018) Contact: Green Energy Biofuel, Beth Renwick, CFO, (803) 718-6323, www.gebiofuel.com

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NBB Calls for Stronger, More Accountable RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2018-10-26
"In June, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) expressed appreciation that the U.S. EPA proposed increases in the 2020 biomass-based diesel and 2019 advanced biofuel categories under the RFS. While the proposed increases sent a positive signal to the industry, EPA's granting of dozens of retroactive small refinery (hardship) exemptions undercut prior year volumes and could still have a negative impact on future year standards.

"We welcome the administration's proposal to grow the biodiesel volumes, following two flat-lined years. This is a positive signal for our industry and we're pleased the EPA has acknowledged our ability to produce higher volumes. We've consistently demonstrated that we can do much more. The fact remains, though, instability in the RFS program caused by the EPA has done significant damage that can only be rectified for biodiesel through consistent and predictable growth in volumes, according to Kurt Kovarik, NBB VP Federal Affairs.

"Kovarik pointed to decisions by the EPA administrator to provide numerous (hardship) waivers to petroleum refiners that release them from their obligations under the RFS, effectively reducing the overall volumes under the program in 2016 and 2017. Those exemptions have effectively destroyed current demand for biodiesel by 300 million gallons.

"As a candidate on the campaign trail, Donald Trump pledged he would support biofuels and protect the RFS, Kovarik added. While this is just a proposal, we hope the administration is serious about growing biodiesel volumes and will fulfill the president's promise to support and grow the RFS.

The EPA proposed to raise the renewable volume obligations (RVO) for the biomass-based diesel category from 2.1 billion gallons in 2019 to 2.43 billion gallons in 2020. The agency also proposed to slightly increase the advanced biofuel category, for which biodiesel also qualifies, from 4.29 billion gallons in 2018 to 4.88 billion gallons in 2019.

"The RFS requires the EPA to grow the volume of advanced biofuels like biodiesel delivered to U.S. consumers. Since taking office, Trump's EPA has recommended zero growth for the biomass-based diesel category.

"This summer, 39 U.S. senators sent a letter to EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging him to increase biomass-based diesel and advanced volumes and accurately account for small refinery hardship exemptions in the annual RFS volumes. NBB specifically thanked Sens. Patty Murray, D-Washington; Roy Blunt, R-Missouri; Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota; and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, for leading the letter.

"Noting that EPA proposes to set the 2020 biomass-based diesel volume at 2.43 billion gallons, the senators wrote, 'While these proposed increases are encouraging, these volumes continue to underestimate the existing potential of the biodiesel and renewable diesel industries in our states. We believe the biodiesel industry can do more and that EPA should demonstrate more confidence in the RFS program's ability to drive growth.' Comments from the senators and NBB demonstrate that the increased biomass-based diesel volume is achievable with available feedstocks. Calling on EPA to accurately account for small refinery hardship exemptions, the senators added, 'It is critical that EPA appropriately account for any small refiner economic hardship exemptions that it reasonably expects to grant during the 2019 compliance year in the final rule, or EPA will not be able to fulfill its duty to ensure RVOs are met.'

"We (NBB) join the senators in calling on EPA to raise biomass-based diesel volumes to an appropriate level that will drive additional growth. Biodiesel production has consistently exceeded the annual volume obligations set by EPA. The industry continues to operate below capacity, which limits job creation and economic growth. Moreover, EPA must fully and accurately account for small refiner hardship exemptions under the RFS. NBB estimates that the exemptions granted by EPA for 2016 and 2017 reduced demand for biodiesel and renewable diesel by about 300 million gallons. That lost demand is equal to or greater than the annual production of some of the nation's top biodiesel-producing states, including Washington, Missouri, North Dakota and Iowa. The volumes that EPA sets are meaningless if the agency does not ensure they are met at the end of the year.

"NBB and its members continue working to move the needle for higher volumes, meeting with the administration, working with biodiesel champions on the Hill, and collaborating with key industry stakeholders. The EPA is set to finalize volumes before Nov. 30." (Source: NBB, 24 Oct., 2018) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

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Novozymes Reports Growing Bioenergy Segment Sales (Ind. Report)
Novozymes
Date: 2018-10-26
Further to our August 15th coverage, in its just released Q3, 2018 financial report, Novozymes reports significant growth in demand for enzymes in the conventional biofuel market. Overall, the company reported 5 pct organic sales growth for Q3, when compared to the same period of 2017. For the first nine months of the year, sales grew by 4 pct organically. Sales in bioenergy were up 14 pct, while agriculture and feed sales grew by 5 pct. Bioenergy accounted for 19 pct of the company's sales during the first three quarters of 2018. (Source: Novozymes, Various Media, 24 Oct., 2018)Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, President and CEO, Tina Sejersgard Fano, VP Bioenergy, +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com

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Planned St. Joseph Mo. Biodiesel Plant Cancelled (Ind. Report)
St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC
Date: 2018-10-24
In the Show Me State, the city of St. Joseph -- pop. 76,200 -- mayor's office is reporting a planned $190 million biodiesel plant in the city has been scrapped by the developer St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC. The plant would have used an adjacent railroad to transport biodiesel produced from used restaurant and other waste greases. (Source: City of St. Joseph, St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC., (316) 977-8585, www.icmbiofuels.com; City of St. Joseph, St. Joseph Mayor Bill McMurray, www.ci.st-joseph.mo.us

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Valmet Supplying Biomass Pre-treatment System for Clariant's Romanian Plant (Int'l. Report)
Valmet, Clariant
Date: 2018-10-24
Further to our Sept. 14 coverage, Espoo, Finland-headquartered Valmet reports it will deliver a BioTrac biomass pre-treatment system to the Swiss company Clariant's 50,000 tpd Sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol plant in Romania, which is slated for startup in 2020.

The delivery includes a BioTrac™ biomass pre-treatment system with a capacity of over 800 tpd of dry biomass, as well as all main parts for biomass dosing, the reactor, the feeding system to the reactor, and steam separation.

Clariant's Sunliquid® technology converts agricultural residue such as wheat straw into cellulosic ethanol, an advanced, sustainable and practically carbon-neutral biofuel. (Source: Valmet Oyj, PR, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Valmet, Mattias Erixon, Manager Sales, Biomass Conversion, Valmet, +46 70 610 5727, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal; Clariant, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, Anja Pomrehn, Inv. Relations, +41 61 469 67 45, anja.pomrehn@clariant.com, www.clariant.com

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$30Mn Committed to Nigerian Cassava Ethanol Project (Int'l.)
Nigeria
Date: 2018-10-24
In the Nigerian capital city of Akure, the Nigerian federal government reports it has earmarked $30 million for an existing Cassava Ethanol Project at Okeluse in Ondo State.

The project, which is expected to break ground next month, was planned and then abandoned under a previous administration. The project will be constructed on 15,000 hectares near a Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) facility. The World Bank supports the project. (Source: This Day, Various Media, 23 Oct., 2018)

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Red Rock Biofuels Leasing EFT's Fischer-Tropsch Tech. (Ind. Report)
Emerging Fuels Technology,Red Rock Biofuels
Date: 2018-10-24
Tulsa, Oklahoma-headquartered Emerging Fuels Technology, Inc (EFT) reports has executed a license agreement with Fort Collins, Colorado-based Red Rock Biofuels LLC (RRB) under which EFT will provide its TL8a Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology to provide additional FT capacity for RRB's biorefinery in Lakeview, Oregon, USA.

RRB is a subsidiary of IR1 Group LLC , which is constructing the Lakeview biorefinery. IR1 will build a global portfolio of biorefineries to convert forest and sawmill waste woody biomass into renewable jet and diesel fuels. Through a proprietary integration of existing technologies, IR1 makes the long-commercialized Fischer-Tropsch process economic at the biomass scale.

RRB's Lakeview, OR biorefinery will convert approximately 136,000 dry tons of waste woody biomass into 15.1 million gallons of renewable jet, diesel and gasoline blendstock fuels per year. (Source: Emerging Fuels Technology, Inc, PR, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Emerging Fuels Technology, Inc., Mark Agee, Business Dev., magee@emergingfuels.com, www.emergingfuels.com; RedRock Biofuels, 970.223.6766, info@redrockbio.com, www.redrockbio.com; IRL Group, www.ir1group.com

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Uk Pallet Manufacturer Expands Into Biofuels (Int'l Report)
Evergreen Pallets
Date: 2018-10-22
In the UK, Darlington-based Evergreen Pallets Solutions Ltd. reports receipt of £100,000 in loan funding from HSBC UK for the purchase of equipment to refine damaged pallets and other waste wood biomass into biofuel.

The company was established in 1996. (Source: Evergreen Pallets, Insider Media, 19 Oct 20180 Contact: Evergreen Pallets, Pual Tait, Dir., +44 1325 352806, www.evergreen-pallets.co.uk

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AU, UA Partner on Bio-based Fuel Additive Project (R&D Report)
Auburn Universit
Date: 2018-10-22
Researchers at Auburn University (AU) and the University of Alabama (UA) are working on a bio-based additive to make diesel fuel burn cleaner as part of a $2 million U.S. DOE funded project. The Auburn project is part of about $10 million in funding from the DOE for the co-optimization of engines and fuels.

The AU project focuses on a process to efficiently produce a bio-based fuel additive called "butyl acetate" -- a naturally occurring organic compound in various fruit but that can also be produced in a lab. The traditional petrochemical-based production is energy consuming and not environmentally friendly, according to Yi Wang, principal investigator for the project and assistant professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering in Auburn's College of Agriculture.

Auburn researchers have developed a process using a genetically engineered strain of the bacteria Clostridium that has resulted the highest butyl acetate production ever reported in a microbial host. A patent has been filed from this work.

The additive can be blended with diesel fuel to reduce soot and greenhouse gas emissions and yield cleaner engine operation in cold-weather conditions. Blends with different amounts of butyl acetate will be studied by the engineering researchers at UA.(Source: Auburn University, Tuscaloosa News, 20 Oct., 2018) Contact: Auburn University, Prof. Ajay K. Agrawal, Mechanical Engineering, www.eng.ua.edu/people/aagrawal

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Targray Touts Fargo Biodiesel Terminal Opening (Ind. Report)
Targray
Date: 2018-10-19
Targray, a leading North American biofuels marketer and distributor, reports the opening of its North Dakota Fargo Biodiesel Terminal, a 24/7 fuel distribution center serving wholesale fuel buyers throughout the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. The new terminal will provide area fuel retailers, distributors and fleet managers with greater access to biodiesel which produces 80 pct fewer CO2 emissions than petroleum diesel.

Targray is a BQ-9000® certified marketer and distributor of high-quality B99.9 biodiesel and one of the country's largest and fastest-growing biodiesel suppliers with more than 40 tank locations throughout California and the Midwest. (Source: Targray, PR, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Targray, Dan Murray, VP, 514-695-8095, www.targray.com

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Indian Oil Corp Investing $109Mn in Second-Gen Ethanol Plant (Int'l)
Indian Oil Corp
Date: 2018-10-19
On the Sub-Continent, public sector oil marketing behemoth Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) reports it will invest close to Rs 8 billion ($109 million +-) in a second-generation, sugarcane ethanol plant in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh. The state cabinet has approved 30 years lease on a 100 acre site for the plant.

Similar plants have been proposed in other Indian states. (Source: Indian Oil Company, Business Standard, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Indian Oil Corp., www.iocl.com

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Is the Renewable Fuel Standard enough to spur progress in advanced Biofuels? Probably not. (Ind. Report)
International Council on Clean Transportation
Date: 2018-10-19
Production of cellulosic biofuel is expected to fall nearly 7 billion gallons short of meeting the statutory Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume for this type of advanced biofuel in 2018, which has forced the EPA to lower targets for the program. Although cellulosic biofuel production has lagged behind the ambitious RFS schedule, it has exhibited an overall upward trajectory, with year-over-year increases in output since 2011 and new cellulosic biofuel companies coming online. Given that other government support, such as grants and loan guarantees, also influence cellulosic biofuel development, we wanted to know if this modest success is due to the RFS or other forms of direct support.

Download the report HERE. (Source: International Council on Clean Transportation, Chelsea Petrenko and Stephanie Searle, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: ICCT, www.theicct.org

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Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability (Conferences & Events)
Jet Biofuel
Date: 2018-10-17
A coalition of international aviation organizations is reporting its up-coming Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability event scheduled for Jan. 17, 2019, at the Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California. According to the organizers, the upcoming event reaffirms the general aviation industry's commitment to advancing the development and adoption of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF). The event will demonstrate that SAJF can become a mainstream, drop-in alternative for today's general aviation aircraft. Jet fuel blended with SAJF will be available from VNY's four fixed-based operators during the event. Download event details HERE

According to the Montreal-headquartered Intl Business Aviation Council (IBAC) Director General Kurt Edwards, "The global business aviation industry has committed to mitigating and ultimately reducing its carbon emissions through a number of measures, including operational improvements and new technologies. Sustainable aviation fuel is a central technology that will propel us to meet our goals. IBAC commends the initiative at Van Nuys Airport as a solid first step with many more to come as business aviation, always on the cutting edge of technology, takes up such fuels."

Download the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel Initiative & Business Aviation Guide HERE Source: National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Oct 16, 2018) Contact: NBAA, (202) 783-9000, Fax: (202) 331-8364, info@nbaa.org, www.nbaa.org; Intl Business Aviation Council, (514) 954-6161, info@ibac.org, www.ibac.org

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Texas A&M Awarded $2.2 Mn for Biofuel R&D (R&D, Funding)
Texas A&M
Date: 2018-10-15
In College State, Texas A&M AgriLife Research is reporting receipt of $2.2 million in grant funding from grant from the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office to support investigation of waste products used in lignocellulosic biofuel production, turning them into valuable agents used in producing commercial products such as biodiesel and asphalt binding agents.

According to Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist and project leader Dr. Joshua Yuan, "The conversion of lignocellulosic biomass has been around for many years, but many of the waste products can not be commercialized due to the configuration of these biorefineries. What we are trying to accomplish is developing a streamlined process where the biomass waste at these refineries can be fractionated to produce lipids for biodiesel, asphalt binder modifier and quality carbon fiber. All of these bioproducts can add great value to the economy and enhance their market value."

Yuan noted that lignocellulose bioconversion refineries burn off 60 pct of the lignin produced. Utilizing this lignin offers incentives such as improving the efficiencies of a biorefinery, reducing costs and lowering emissions. The work will include developing an integrated biorefinery program or "a blueprint for future biorefinery development," Yuan added. (Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Research, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: Dr. Joshua Yuan, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Dr. Joshua Yuan, Dir. Synthetic and Systems Biology Hub, people.tamu.edu/~syuan, www.tamu.edu; US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy

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University of Michigan Alage Biofuel R&D Funded (R&D, Funding)
University of Michigan
Date: 2018-10-15
Researchers from the University of Michigan are reporting receipt of $2 million in funding from the US DOE to create renewable diesel from algae. The grant will support the development of a method of collecting algae and turning algae into a low carbon, clean diesel fuel.

When the desired type of algae is identified, the researchers will study how best to convert the algae into a highly efficient diesel. (Source: University of Michigan, Siver Telegram, Informator News, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: University of Michigan, University of Michigan, Biology Prof. Bradley Cardinale, (734) 764-9689, bradcard@umich.edu, http://seas.umich.edu/research/faculty/brad_cardinale, www.umich.edu

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Vietnamese Ethanol Plant Soon to be Back in Action (Int'l.)
Ethanol
Date: 2018-10-15
In Hanoi, the Central Biofuel Joint Stock Company (BSR-BF), which operates the Dung Quat Biofuel plant, is reporting the plant in central Quang Ngai province resumed operations on October 14, following a three year hiatus for inefficiency.

Production is scheduled to resume at about 65 pct capacity until October 28, then stop for several days so that necessary technical checks and maintenance can be performed before full-time commercial operation begins.

During the first two weeks, the plant is expected to produce around 2,000 tonnes of Ethanol, increasing to 7,000 cu.m for the two remaining months of this year and 35,000 cu.m in 2019. (Source: Central Biofuel Joint Stock Company, VNA, October 15, 2018 ) Contact: Central Biofuel Joint Stock Company, https://petrosetco.com.vn/.../petrovietnam-central-biofuels-joint-stock-company.html

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Neste, Air BP Seal Green Jet Fuel Cooperation Deal (Int'l)
Neste,Air BP
Date: 2018-10-12
Biofuels specialist Neste and aviation fuel supplier Air BP report they are partnering to scale up the fledgling supply chain for sustainable jet fuels made from waste-based feedstocks and will work together to introduce a co-branded sustainable aviation fuel to market at airports through Air BP's global network.

Neste's MY Renewable Jet Fuel has been used in thousands of commercial flights. Similarly, Air BP has supplied its BP Biojet product at 10 airports across the Nordic countries since 2014.

The aviation industry is facing mounting pressure to curb emissions ahead of the introduction of the UN-backed CORSIA offsetting scheme, which is set to impose a carbon price on a growing number of airlines with a view to ensuring the sector delivers on its goals of securing 'carbon neutral growth' from 2020 and cutting net aviation emissions in half by 2050. (Source: Neste, BusinessGreen, Others, 11 Oct., 2018) Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; BP Air, www.bp.com/en/global/bp-air.html

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Brazil Contracts 255Mn Gal. in 63th Biodiesel Auction (Int'l)
Brazil Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency
Date: 2018-10-12
In Brasilia, the Brazil Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP) is reporting that 254.9 million gallons of biodiesel totaling $729 million were contracted in the 63th biodiesel auction.

Brazil's biodiesel auctions are intended to meet the country's the 10 pct minimum blend of biodiesel in diesel sold at the pump. (Source: Brazil Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency, Renewables, 10 Oct., 2019) Contact: Brazil Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency, www.petrolplaza.com/organisations/969

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