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EPA Approves Sorghum Oil as Biodiesel Feedstock (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuel Standard ,National Sorghum Producers
Date: 2018-07-27
In Washington, the US EPA reports the issuance of a final notice determining biodiesel and heating oil produced from distillers sorghum oil via a transesterification process, and renewable diesel, jet fuel, heating oil, naphtha, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) produced from distillers sorghum oil via a hydrotreating process, would meet the lifecycle GHG emissions reduction threshold of 50 pct required for advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

The analysis considered a scenario where distillers sorghum oil is recovered from distillers grains with solubles (DGS) at dry mill plants that produce biofuel from grain sorghum and where the remaining reduced-oil DGS co-product is used as animal feed. The distillers sorghum oil is then used as a feedstock for conversion into certain biofuels.

Additionally, the EPA is amending the RFS regulations by adding a new definition of "distillers sorghum oil" and replacing existing references to "non-food grade corn oil" with the newly defined term "distillers corn oil." (Source: EPA, National Sorghum Producers, Green Car Congress, 25 July, 2018) Contact: National Sorghum Producers, (806) 749-3478, info@sorghumgrowers.com, www.sorghumgrowers.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sorghum,  Biodiesel,  Renewable Fuel Standard ,  


Pruitt's Replacement Open to RFS Changes (Ind. Report)
EPA
Date: 2018-07-27
This week in Washington, the Omaha World Herald is reporting former EPA top dog Greg Pruitt's replacement, Acting EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler commented: "When everybody's complaining about a program (the Renewable Fuel Standard RFS) from every side, then we ought to take a look and figure out if there's a way to make the program better, and I'm certainly open to trying to make the program better." Wheeler also noted that "the EPA must ensure it's following both the letter and spirit of the law" and rejected changes to ethanol policy in "piecemeal fashion." (Source: Various Media, Omaha World Herald, 26 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  EPA,  Sorghum,  Biofuel Blend,  Pruitt,  


ARENA Funds Aussie Biosolids-to-Fuels Pilot (Funding, Int'l Report)
Australian Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2018-07-27
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is reporting $4 million in funding to Southern Oil Refining for its $11.8 million pilot project aimed at converting sewage biosolids into crude oil at its existing refinery near Gladstone, Queensland .

The project involves building a demonstration scale hydrothermal liquefaction reactor to produce the renewable crude oil from biosolids. The hydrothermal liquefaction will involve the treatment of the biosolids using a thermochemical conversion process to produce a biocrude oil that will be upgraded to renewable diesel and potentially renewable jet fuel.

ARENA previously funded Southern Oil Refining's first-of-its-kind biocrude and biofuel laboratory and testing facility built onsite at Gladstone as part of its advanced biofuel pilot plant. (Source: ARENA, PR, 25 July, 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov; Southern Oil Refining, Tim Rose, +61 2 6925 8755, www.sor.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Oil Refining,  Australian Renewable Energy Agency,  Biosolid,  Renewable Fuel,  


Red Rock Biofuels Lakeview Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Red Rock Biofuel
Date: 2018-07-27
Fort Collins, Colorado-based Red Rock Biofuels, a developer of renewable jet and diesel fuel bio-refineries, reports its new $320 million project has officially broken ground in Lakeview, Colorado. The plant will convert biomass waste products such as agriculture waste, pine needles and other biomass into jet fuel at the rate of 15 million gpy.

According to Red Rock, the primary clientele is expected to be Southwest Airlines and Federal Express, which recently signed contracts with Red Rock. Fuel deliveries are expected to begin before December, 2020.

Through a proprietary integration of existing technologies, RRB makes the long-commercialized Fischer-Tropsch process economic at the biomass scale, according to the compay's website. (Source: Red Rock Biofuels, Lake County Examiner, 25 July, 2018) Contact: Red Rock Biofuel, Terry Kulesa, CEO, (970) 223-6766, tkulesa@redrockbio.com, www.redrockbio.com.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Red Rock Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  


Indian National Policy on Biofuels Updated (Int'l Report)

Date: 2018-07-27
In an effort to reduce its dependence on imported oil and gas, the Indian government's National Policy on Biofuels in May approved damaged farm produce and other starch-containing materials such as corn, cassava and sugarcane as a feedstock for ethanol production. The National Policy on Biofuels approval has reportedly been seen as a positive step to drive the biofuel sector forward and to boost farm earnings.

Indian biomass and biofuel industry insiders are reportedly predicting a sizeable increase in biomass pellets to emerge due to the policy intervention, along with the technology to produce the pellets at a low cost. Additionally, several new technological possibilities have emerged from conversion of crop stubble into biofuels.

To date, India's biofuels production has been hampered by the non-availability of domestic feedstocks.

Download India's National Policy on Biofuels HERE. (Source: India Climate Dialogue, 25 July, 2018) Contact: India Climate Dialogue, www. indiaclimatedialogue.ne; National Policy on Biofuels, mnre.gov.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News India Biofuel,  Second Generation Biofuel,  Cellulosic,  


Tahoe-Reno Biofuels Plant Seeks $47Mn in Bond Funding (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum BioEnergy
Date: 2018-07-25
Further to our May 18th coverage, Pleasanton, California-based waste-to-fuels specialist Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. is awaiting the Nevada Board of Finance's approval of revenue bonds to help expand Fulcrum BioEnergy's Sierra BioFuels Plant in Storey County. The $410 million plant is under construction at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center using previously approved $175 million in revenue bonds. The new bond funds will be used to create efficiencies in the conversion plant and cover the cost of a water recycling facility that will reduce the plant's water consumption by 50 pct.

The company plans to complete the biorefinery in late 2019 and be in full production in 2020 when it will convert approximately 175,000 tpy of household garbage into more than 10.5 million gpy of biofuel, according to the company. (Source: Fulcrum, Nevada Appeal, 23 July, 2018)Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum BioEnergy,  Waste-to-Fuel,  


Indian McDonald's Piloting Used Cooking Oil Biodiesel (Int'l)
Biodiesel
Date: 2018-07-25
Hardcastle Restaurants, a McDonald's franchisee with 277 outlets in India, reports it plans to recycle its used cooking oil and covert it into biodiesel for powering its refrigerated supply delivery trucks.

The company began a biodiesel pilot last year, with Unicon Biofuels, and has to date scaled it up to cover 85 restaurants inMumbai, converting over 35,000 litres every month into biodiesel. (Source: PTI Mumbai, 23 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


SUNY ESF Recognizes Volk for Bioenergy, Biomass Work (Ind Report)
SUNY
Date: 2018-07-25
Dr. Timothy Volk, co-director of the State University of New York (SUNY) Center for Sustainable and Renewable Energy and senior research associate in ESF's Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management (FNRM), has been named the College's Exemplary Researcher for 2018-19.

Volk, who has more than 20 years of experience working in the fields of forestry, agroforestry, short-rotation woody crops, bioenergy and phytoremediation is responsible for a series of research projects focused on the development of shrub willow biomass cropping systems as a feedstock for bioproducts and bioenergy, and the use of willow as an alternative cover for industrial waste sites. He is actively involved in R&D of sustainability assessments of bioenergy systems, life cycle assessments of willow biomass crops and woody biomass from forests, assessments of woody biomass availability from natural forests, economic modeling of short-rotation woody crops, living snow fences, regional woody biomass resource supplies, and harvesting systems for short-rotation woody crops. (Source: SUNY ESF, 23 July, 2018) Contact: SUNY ESF, Prof. Tim Volk, (315) 470-6774, tavolk@esf.edu, www.esf.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News SUNY ESF,  Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  


US Bioenergy Market Report 2018 -- Report Offered (Ind. Report)
Bioenergy,Biofuels
Date: 2018-07-23
United States Bioenergy Market Report 2018 is latest research study released by HTF MI evaluating the market, highlighting opportunities, risk side analysis, and leveraged with strategic and tactical decision-making support. The study provides information on market trends and development, drivers, capacities, technologies, and on the changing capital structure of the U.S. Bioenergy Market.

The Study is segmented by ethanol, biodiesel & hydrocarbon fuels as well as by major applications/end-user industries such as transportation, off-grid electricity and cooking. It is also segmented by region and market size. Key manufacturers covered in the report include Archer Daniels Midland, BP, Cargill, POET, Royal Dutch Shell and Wilmar International.

Study details are HERE; Bioenergy Market: Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2023 report samples are HERE. Source: HTF Market Intelligence Consulting Private Limited, July, 2018) Contact: HTF Market Intelligence Consulting, Craig Francis, Marketing Manager, (206) 317-1218, sales@htfmarketreport.com, www.htfmarketreport.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  


Indonesia Planning Palm Biodiesel Rule Expansion (Int'l)
Biodiesel
Date: 2018-07-23
In Jakarta, the Indonesian Ministry of Industry reports the government is considering expanding the country's compulsory biodiesel use to include all petroleum diesel fueled vehicles.

Present rules, which are intended to boost the country's palm-oil-based biodiesel consumption apply only to subsidized diesel, which is available only to select users. Under the proposed new rules, all vehicles, including heavy equipment, will be required to use biodiesel. The government also plans to revise existing rules on the crude palm oil levy which funds the mandatory biodiesel program. The Industry Ministry estimates the new rule could increase Indonesian biodiesel consumption by 3.2 million tonnes per year, according to a Ministry release. Indonesia is the world's largest palm oil producer. (Source: Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia, ET, Reuters, 21 July, 2018) Contact: Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia www.esdm.go.id/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Indonesia Biodiesel,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  


Enerkem's Minn. Biofuel Plant Clears Water Hurdle (Ind. Report)
Enerkem
Date: 2018-07-23
Montreal-based waste-to-ethanol specialist Enerkem reports its planned $200 million garbage-to-ethanol plant in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, is progressing but hurdles remain.

In June, the Inver Grove Metropolitan Council approved plans for a new wastewater reuse facility in Rosemount, only the second such plant in the Twin Cities. Turning waste into fuel is a water-intensive -- approximately 1.6 million gpd -- process. The proposed Southeast Metro Water Reclamation Facility would treat wastewater and provide the reclaimed water to the Enerkem facility.

The planned Enerkem facility, which could process an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 tpd of garbage, is in the engineering and permitting phase with construction expected to start in 2019 or 2020 for commissioning and startup coming 18 to 24 months later, subject to permitting and approvals. (Source: Enerkem, Star Tribune, 22 July, 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Waste-to-Fuel,  


Midwest AgEnergy Funded for Barley Biofuel R&D (Ind. Report)
Midwest AgEnergy Group
Date: 2018-07-23
North Dakota ethanol producer Midwest AgEnergy Group reports the North Dakota Industrial Commission has approved more than $83,000 in grant funding to investigate using barley for biofuel and a feed product for commercial fisheries. The grant came from the Renewable Energy Program, which was established in 2007 to support research, development, marketing and education to grow renewable energy.

The concept for the barley biofuel was developed and pilot tested by Montana Microbial Products in partnership with the USDA. Midwest AgEnergy's project would study the feasibility of barley biofuels and conduct initial engineering and design work for scaling production to a commercial level. (Source: Midwest AdEnergy LLC, Bismark Tribune, 21 July, 2018) Contact: Midwest AgEnergy LLC, Jeff Zueger, CEO, (701) 442-7500, www.midwestagenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Midwest AgEnergy Group ,  DDGs,  Ethanol,  


Greenergy Acquiring Idle Amsterdam Biodiesel Plant (Int'l, M&A)
Greenergy
Date: 2018-07-20
In the UK, London-based fuels supplier Greenergy reports in has inked an agreement with Oiltanking to acquire a never commissioned biodiesel plant in Amsterdam which it plans to convert to make the renewable fuel from waste oils. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Greenergy already owns two biodiesel plants in the east of England which make biodiesel from globally sourced waste products such as used cooking oil. (Source: Greenergy, Successful Farming, Reuters 19 July, 2018)Contact: Greenergy, Andrew Owens, CEO, +44 (0)20 7404 7700, mail@greenergy.com, www.greenergy.com

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


Ergon Wrongfully Denied RFS Hardship Relief, Appeals Court Rules (Reg & Leg)
Ergon
Date: 2018-07-20
In a recent release, Newell, West Firginia-based Ergon - West Virginia, Inc reports the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has vacated and remanded the EPA's denial of a 2016 petition for a small refinery "hardship waiver" filed by Ergon - West Virginia, Inc., (EWV) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Family-owned EWV owns and operates a 23,000 bpd specialty paraffinic refinery that produces paraffinic base oils, paraffinic bright stocks, waxes, petrolatum, petroleum resins, E10 gasoline and ultra low sulfur diesel.

According to the press release, "EWV blends 10 pct ethanol with 99 pct of the gasoline it produces and will continue to do so, even without a mandate. However, EWV cannot pass through its RIN costs and the detrimental impact imposed by the RFS on EWV's high diesel production is unacceptable and counter to the intent of the RFS program."

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: Ergon West Virginia, PR, Contact: Ergon West Virginia, Inc., Kirk Latson, VP Fuels Marketing, Kathy Potts, Communications & Marketing, (601) 933-3000, kathy.potts@ergon.com, www.ergon.com

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


Iowa Gov. Comments on RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynols
Date: 2018-07-20
"Our (Iowa) farmers need some positive news. It's our hope new EPA leadership will adhere to promises made by President Trump to protect the RFS and grow demand for our homegrown fuels. It's time to end the domestic demand destruction by undermining of the RFS. It's time to open up the market for higher ethanol blends, E15 and above, to be sold year round. Unfortunately, the proposed RFS rule before us does neither of those things.

"On the surface, the numbers appear positive. Conventional biofuels like corn ethanol are set at 15 billion gallons and cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel and total advanced levels are all proposed to increase. But the EPA's decision to grant numerous small-refinery waivers and to not reallocate those volumes as the law envisioned, undercuts the 15 billion gallon level.

"These small refinery waivers have created the backdoor destruction of 1.5 billion gallons of ethanol demand. That means 500 million bushels of corn will be left in the bins, putting added pressure on already low commodity prices. Every RFS category is reduced by these small refiner waiver exemptions. In fact, it almost wipes out the proposed increase for advanced biofuels.

"And the 15 billion gallons ethanol number is in reality more like 13.5 billion. To put that in context, nearly 1 billion gallons less ethanol than was blended into U.S. gasoline in 2017. That is not progress. That is not the letter or spirit of the RFS. And that is not what President Trump promised the voters of Iowa. This issue must be addressed. The criteria for exemptions must be reasonable and transparent, and any exemptions must be reallocated to the remaining obligated parties. Correcting the small refinery exemption excesses need to be in the final rule. 15 billion gallons must mean 15 billion gallons.

"The former head )Pruitt) of the EPA often said that the decision to allow year-round sales of E15 was a matter of authority, not policy. The EPA has publicly acknowledged it has the authority, so it's time to act. It's also time for the EPA to stop ignoring a court order to restore 500 million gallons of conventional ethanol demand that was illegally waived by the Obama Administration for the 2016 compliance year." (Source: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R), 18 July, 2018) Contact: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, https://governor.iowa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  RFS,  Ethanol Blend,  Hardship Waiver,  E15,  


ACE Testifies on Proposed 2019 RVOs (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2018-07-20
The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) VP Ron Lamberty testified on July 18 during the public hearing in Ypsilanti, Mich., on the EPA's proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):

"With the departure of the previous EPA Administrator (Pruitt) , I hope EPA will take this opportunity to return to implementing the RFS as intended by Congress. Pruitt's seemingly sole focus on helping merchant refiners ignore or skirt their longstanding obligations under the RFS has further shaken the rural farm economy while undermining Congress' goal of increasing renewable fuel use in the United States.

"EPA's misapplication of the small refiner (hardship) waiver authority has destroyed an estimated 2.25 billion gallons of biofuel demand in 2016 and 2017 alone. The 2019 proposal does nothing to reallocate the gallons of ethanol lost due to RFS waivers, nor does it restore the 500 million gallons of biofuel demand lost because of EPA's actions in misapplying the economic harm waiver in the 2016 RVO as determined by the courts that ordered EPA to return those gallons as well. This RVO rulemaking is the perfect place for EPA to restore these biofuel volumes under the RFS, allow for E15 and higher blends to be sold year-round, and discard of its refiner win-at-all-costs mentality."

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: American Coalition for Ethanol, Convenience Store Decisions, 19 July, 2018) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, Ron Lamberty, VP, (605) 334-3381, https://ethanol.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  RFS,  Pruitt,  HJardship Waiver,  


Building Up the Future Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels Sustainable Transport Forum Report -- EC Report Attached (Int'l. Report)
Advanced Biofuel
Date: 2018-07-18
The attached study seeks to support the European Commission (EC) in the elaboration of a methodology for the deployment of advanced biofuels."Currently, the contribution of advanced and other renewable fuels is very limited in the EU with a relative higher cost than fossil fuels they aim to replace.

"The Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels of the Sustainable Transport Forum consisted of 32 industry experts representing all advanced biofuels value chains as well as the transport sectors of aviation, maritime and heavy duty transport. The work of the Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels put forward a simple and transparent definition for advanced biofuels, proposed reliable targets for deployment of advanced biofuels in the EU market by 2030, updated the technology status of the various value chains and examined thoroughly the production costs of advanced biofuels.

"The Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels also considered carefully the proposals on decarbonizing transport in the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive and put forward proposals for improvements aiming to create a long term stable framework for encouraging billions of investments.

Download the Building Up the Future Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels Sustainable Transport Forum Report HERE. (Source: EU, July, 2018) Contact: EU, http://ec.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuel,  


Nigerian Petroleum Promoting Oil Palm Biodiesel Project (Int'l Report)
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,
Date: 2018-07-18
In Abuja, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in a statement is promoting a proposed 26,000 hectares facility designed to accommodate an oil palm plantation, bio-diesel and crude palm oil production, and electric power generation facility in Cross River State. Biofuel would be produced from palm oil and the 14-MW electric power co-generation would be be fired with oil palm residues and wastes.

According to the statement, the oil palm would be processed into fuel-grade biodiesel and industrial crude palm oil as by-products. The biodiesel would be blended with diesel in a mix of 20 pct biodiesel and sold as B20 primarily in the domestic market.

The NNPC noted that the Cross River project would also mitigate the adverse effect of climate change and the transformation of NNPC into an integrated energy company with diverse portfolio. The state Government is expected to provide land as equity while core investor takes more than 50 pct equity and operate the venture leaving NNPC and state Government with minority share of less than 50 pct. s. (Source: Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Vanguard, 17 July, 2018) Contact: NNPC, www.nnpcgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,  ,  


US Banned MTBE Being Exported (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2018-07-16
The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that in 2017, the US experted an average of 38,000 bpd of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) to primarily Mexico, Chile, and Venezuela.

MTBE was once commonly used as a motor gasoline additive in the United States but was phased out in the late 2000s as a result of water contamination concerns. Since then, fuel ethanol has replaced MTBE as a gasoline additive. In contrast to MTBE, the use of fuel ethanol has been supported by tax subsidies such as the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit and by the Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates the use of biofuels in the US transportation fuel supply. (Source: US Energy Information Administration, PR, 13 July, 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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


SAS, Preem Partnering on Aviation Biofuels (Int'l Report)
SAS,PREEM
Date: 2018-07-16
Reporting from Stockholm, Scandinavian airline SAS and Sweden's largest fuel company PREEM have inked a Letter of Intent to partner on the production of renewable jet fuel from forestry residue and other biomass wastes.

Production is slated to get underway at PREEM's expanded Gothenburg refinery in 2022, with the total capacity for biofuels to be more than 264 million gpy of which a subset will be biojet fuel.

SAS has set a target to use all renewable jet fuel in its domestic flights by 2030. Preem's goal is to manufacture 3 million cubic meters (793 million gpy of biofuels by 2030. SAS and PREEM intend to enter more detailed and binding agreements by this September. Preem is also planning a separate project that, together with new hydrogen production plants, will increase the company's renewable fuel production capacity by 60 pct. (Source: PREEM, SAS, GreenCar Congress, 14 July, 2018) Contact: SAS, https://sasgroup.net; PREEM, Petter Holland, CEO, Pres., +46 (0) 10 459 1000, www.preem.se/en/in-english

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  SAS ,  PREEM,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Osaka U. Claims CO2 Consuming Biofuel Cell Utilizing Microalgae (Int'l)
Osaka City University
Date: 2018-07-16
In Japan, researchers at Osaka City University are reporting development of a new biofuel cell system with the functions of a solar cell and the ability of CO2 conversion. Utilizing the photosynthesis function of spirulina, a biomass of dark-green unicellular microalgae, the solar-light driven biofuel cell generates electricity by consuming CO2 in water as source material and produces formic acid as a byproduct while generating electricity.

The researchers focused on the effective oxygen-evolution photosynthetic function activity spirulina shows in water. Using a device containing CO2-saturated buffer solution with two electrodes coupled with each other therein, an electrode on which a photosynthetic membrane derived from spirulina is immobilized and another electrode on which formic-acid dehydrogenase is immobilized, they found a certain amount of electric current (measuring 55 microamperes) flowing through the circuit when visible-light is applied to the photosynthetic-membrane immobilized electrode. The researchers also found that formic acid was produced above the formic-acid-dehydrogenase immobilized electrode by reduction of CO2. They also confirmed the evolution of oxygen and reduction of hydrogen carbonate ions derived from CO2.

Thus, this biofuel cell introduced a new technology to create bioenergy that not only consumes CO2 but also produces formic acid which has potential potential as a hydrogen-energy storage medium, a synthetic material for organic chemicals, and a solvent for inorganic-organic chemical compounds. (Source: Osaka City University, Japan for Sustainability, 15 July, 2018) Contact: Osaka City University, Research Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, Prof. Yutaka Amao, www.researchgate.net/profile/Yutaka_Amao, www.osaka-cu.ac.jp/en, www.osaka-cu.ac.jp/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Microalgae,  Biofuel,  CO2,  


Global Clean Energy Investment Data Released (Ind. Report)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance (
Date: 2018-07-13
According to figures released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) on Monday, global investment in clean energy declined by 1 pct on the year but rose 8 pct year-on-year in the second quarter to $76.7 billion.

The decrease reflects a 19 pct drop in solar investment to $71.6 billion, due to the lower capital costs per MW and a slowdown in China. Apart from shrinking solar investments, BNEF projects that China's decision will lead to overcapacity in solar manufacturing and steeper price falls.

Investment in wind projects in the first half of 2018 improved by 33 pct to $57.2 billion, driven by large project financings in various markets, including the US, Taiwan, India, the Netherlands and Norway, according to BNEF.

Smaller clean energy sectors -- biomass and waste, small hydro, geothermal and biofuels -- attracted between $700 million and $1.2 billion of investments, except biofuels which dropped in terms of investment. (Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Renewables Now, 10 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


Global Algae Biofuel Market Could Hit $9.88Bn by 2024 (Ind. Report)
Zion Market Research
Date: 2018-07-13
The recently released Algae Biofuel Market Report from Zion Market Research has found that the algae biofuel market was valued at approximately $4.7 billion in 2017 and is expected to generate revenue of around $9.88 billion by the end of 2024. The report attributes algae biofuel market growth to an increasing worldwide demand foir fuel, growth in the transportation industry, fossil fuel market volatility and an emphasis on reducing fuel emissions.

The report notes that the US and Canada dominated the market in 2017 with more than 30 pct of the global algae biofuel market. The study projects the Asia Pacific region will experience major growth in the market during the forecast period due to technological advancements and materials availability.

The report referenced policies such as the European Commission's Renewable Energy Directive, which would require that at least 10 pct of transportation fuels come from renewable sources by 2020. (Source: Zion Market Research , July, 2018) Contact: Zion Market Research, +49-322 210 92714, USA/Canada (855) 465-4651, sales@zionmarketresearch.com, www.zionmarketresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zion Market Research,  Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  


EPA Plan to Force Refiners to Blend More Biofuels Nixed (Ind. Report)
EPA, Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2018-07-13
Reuters is reporting the US EPA as abandoned plans that would have forced refiners to blend more biofuels into their gasoline and diesel in 2019 to compensate for volumes likely to be exempted under the agency's small refinery hardship waiver program, according to newly released EPA documents.

The plan would have boosted the renewable fuel blending obligation from 10.88 pct to 11.76 pct to offset volumes lost under the waiver program, which has been expanded sharply under Scott Pruitt's tenure at the EPA.

The idea was apparently aimed at assuaging the U.S. corn lobby which has accused Trump's EPA of undermining the demand for biofuels like corn-based ethanol through the waiver program, but was scrapped amid intense protest from the refining industry, according to the Reuters report.

The "hardship" exemptions representing some 2.25 million gallons worth of biofuel were granted for 2017 and 2016, including waivers covering 1.46 million compliance credits (RINS). The EPA projected some 8.18 billion gallons of gasoline and 5.44 billion gallons of diesel produced by small refiners would be exempt from the requirements in 2019, according to the EPA.

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: EPA, Manitoba Co-oporator, Various Media, Reuters, 12 July, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  RFS,  Pruitt,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  "Hardship" Waiver,  


Zilkha Biomass Unplugs Planned Arkansas Pellet Mill (Ind. Report)
Zilkha Biomass
Date: 2018-07-13
In Arkansas, the Monticello Economic Development Commission reports that Houston-headquartered Zilkha Biomass has canceled its proposed pellet mill on an 80 acre site the Commission purchased from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 2014. With Zilka's cancellation, the Commission, which purchased the site specifically for Zilka, will take ownership of the land in exchange for their work and expense in the project.

Zilkha Biomass Energy produces the Zilkha Black pellet, a proprietary water-resistant biomass pellet that is transportable and can be stored like coal. (Source: Zilkha Biofuels, Monticello Live, 9 July, 2018)Contact: Monticello Economic Development Commission, www.monticelloedc.org; Zilkha Biomass, Jack Holmes, CEO, Carole Engelder, Senior Manager, Technology Marketing, (713) 979- 9961, www.zilkhabiomass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zilkha,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


€4.4Mn Funding for Irish Biomass, Bioenergy Industries (Int'l)
Science Foundation Ireland
Date: 2018-07-11
Wilton Place, Ireland-headquartered Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI) reports it has secured an additional €4.4 million under the Sustainable Energy and Fuel Efficiency (SEFE) SFI Spokes programme to develop the country's biomass and bioenergy industries.

The four-year SEFE research programme leverages the scientific expertise of 10 of Ireland's top academics in bioenergy research across four universities as well as national and international companies.

The work will address some of the drawbacks associated with Ireland's reliance on imported biofuels and intermittent renewables by improving the efficiency and reducing the carbon intensity of power generation and transport from combustion. It will also do so by boosting the supply of renewable heat, which makes up 41 pct of Ireland's energy consumption, as well as meeting sustainable waste management challenges.(Source: Science Foundation Ireland, Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, Silicon Republic, 9 July, 2018) Contact: Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, Prof Jerry D. Murphy, Dir., +353 (0) 21 486 4300, www.marei.ie; Science Foundation Ireland, + 353 (0)1 607 3200, + 353 (0 )1 607 3201, info@sfi.ie, www.sfi.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Bioenergy,  


Global Bio-Based Chemicals Sales Market Report 2018 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
QyreseachReports
Date: 2018-07-11
Global Bio-Based Chemicals Sales Market Report 2018, a new research report from Brooklyn, New York-based QyreseachReports examines the factors that have amplified demand within the global market, market trends and dynamics, as well as Global Bio-Based Chemicals market manufacturers and players including: Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings; BASF; PTT Global; Purac; Mitsui & Co.; Abengoa Bioenergia, S.A; BioAmber Inc., Braskem; Cargill; CORBION Meredian Inc, ; Metabolix Inc.; Methanex Corporation; Myriant Technologies; NatureWorks; Novozymes ASS; and Royal DSM.

Download report samples HERE. Browse a complete report HERE. (Source: QyresearchReports, SBWire, 7 July, 2018) Contact: QyresearchReports, (518) 621-2074, sales@qyresearchreports.com, www.qyresearchreports.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biuochemical,  Biofuel,  Bioenergy,  


Biomass Eclipsed by Solar as US Power Source (Ind. Report)
US Energy Information Agency
Date: 2018-07-11
According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, U.S. electric power generation from solar resources reached 77 million MWh in 2017, surpassing for the first time annual generation from biomass resources, which generated 64 million MWh in 2017. Among renewable sources, only hydro and wind generated more electricity in 2017, at 300 million MWh and 254 million MWh, respectively.

EIA data also shows that while biomass generating capacity has remained relatively unchanged in recent years, solar generating capacity has consistently grown. In 2017, December solar capacity additions accounted for 21 pct of the annual total.

Biomass electricity generation comes from multiple fuel sources which in 2017 had the following make-up of the 64 million MWh generated: wood solids 68 pct; landfill gas 17 pct; municipal solid waste 11 pct; and other biogenic and nonbiogenic materials 4 pct. (Source: US Energy Information Agency, Biofuel Int'l, July, 2018)Contact: EIA, infoctr@eia.gov, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Solar,  US Energy Information Agency,  


Solar Outshines Biomass as US Power Source (Ind. Report)
US Energy Information Agency
Date: 2018-07-11
According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, U.S. electric power generation from solar resources reached 77 million MWh in 2017, surpassing for the first time annual generation from biomass resources, which generated 64 million MWh in 2017. Among renewable sources, only hydro and wind generated more electricity in 2017, at 300 million MWh and 254 million MWh, respectively.

EIA data also shows that while biomass generating capacity has remained relatively unchanged in recent years, solar generating capacity has consistently grown. In 2017, December solar capacity additions accounted for 21 pct of the annual total.

Biomass electricity generation comes from multiple fuel sources which in 2017 had the following make-up of the 64 million MWh generated: wood solids 68 pct; landfill gas 17 pct; municipal solid waste 11 pct; and other biogenic and nonbiogenic materials 4 pct. (Source: US Energy Information Agency, Biofuel Int'l, July, 2018)Contact: EIA, infoctr@eia.gov, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  Biomass news,  US Energy Information Agency news,  


Indian Transport Minister Bets on Alt. Fuels (Int'l Report)
Alternative Fuels
Date: 2018-07-09
In Mumbai, India's Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development, the Hon. Nitin Jairam Gadkari is touting ethanol, methanol, bio-compressed natural gas, dimethyl ether and electricity as alternatives to crude oil, 70 pct of which has to be imported.

"At present, ethanol is received from sugar mills and we mix 5 pct of it to petrol. This mix can be raised up to 22 pct but we do not produce ethanol in large quantity. Currently, we get about 4 pct ethanol after crushing one tonne of sugarcane," Gadkari said in an interview with PTI. Gadkari also noted that the government allows the use of B-heavy molasses for ethanol production and is promoting ethanol production from cotton straws, rice, bagasse, bamboo and municipal waste.

The minister's second choice for an alternative fuel is methanol, which can be obtained from coal. "We have coal fields and we can produce methanol in abundance. We can sell it at Rs 22 per litre. In China, methanol sells at Rs 13 per litre," he said. "While producing methanol, DME (dimethyl ether) gas is also obtained and this can be mixed with LPG and used as a cooking fuel. In the US, 20 pct DME is mixed with LPG. You have a methanol economy in China and Israel. Why not in India?", the minister added. (Source: PTI, News18, 8 July, 2018) Contact: Hon. Nitin Jairam Gadkari , https://www.facebook.com/nitingadkary/

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel DME,  


Saipem to Construct California Ethanol & Powers Plant (Ind Report)
California Ethanol & Power,Saipem
Date: 2018-07-05
Milan-based Italian IPC Saipem SpA reports it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and an exclusive agreement with Brawley, California-based California Ethanol & Power, LLC, to develop a low carbon emission plant for the production of ethanol fuels, electricity from renewable sources, biomethane and other secondary products derived from on site cultivated sugar cane.

The plant, which will be constructed California's Imperial County, is subject to financing. Saipem will design and construct the mechanical aspects of the project and related services, while the electrical part will be provided by General Electric. (Source: Saipem, Biofuels Digest, Others, 4 July, 2018)Contact: California Ethanol & Power, Ralph A. Dehrmann, COO, (760) 344-1004, www.californiaethanolpower.com; Saipem, +39 02 44234088, www.saipem.com

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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2018-2027 Predicts Reduced Demand for Biofuels (Ind. Report)
OECD-FAO
Date: 2018-07-05
Ethanol, other biofuels will see reduced demand in 10 years. Production of biofuel is expected to grow more slowly over the coming decade, according to the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2018-2027.

In the second-half of the 2000s, several policies gave a fillip to biofuel production, leading to a global increase in ethanol and biodiesel output. Hence, a growing share of global sugarcane and maize production was used for ethanol production and vegetable oil was used for biodiesel.

In the past 10 years, global production of ethanol grew by 64 billion litres -- a 3.9 pct growth per year. Over the next decade, an addition of 12 billion litres is projected -- a 0.7 pct growth per year.

For biodiesel, the past decade saw an increase of 29 bln litres -- an annual growth of 9.5 pct. However, only 5 bln litres is expected to be added over the outlook period -- a 0.4 pct annual growth.

Download the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2018-2027 report HERE. (Source: OECD-FAO, www.indiaenvironmentportal.org, July, 2018) Contact: OECD-FAO, www.fao.org, www.oecd.org

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Biodiversity Key to Stable Algal Biofuel, says Study (R&D Report)
University of Michigan
Date: 2018-07-03
Researchers from the University of Michigan have confirmed that the key to improving the performance of algal biofuel systems is through biodiversity. In the first large-scale experiment to study the connection between biodiversity and algal biofuel stability, the researchers grew varying combinations of freshwater algal species in 80 artificial ponds and found that a diverse mix of algal species performed better than any single species. They also found that diversity does not necessarily result in more biomass or algal mass, and that monoculture produced larger biomass results in most cases.

After a 10-week study, the researchers compared the ability of the algae and the algal combinations to multitask and found that monoculture algae were able to perform very well in one or two tasks. However, the combined algae species were better at a range of tasks.

"Our findings suggest there is a fundamental trade-off when growing algal biofuel. You can grow single-species crops that produce large amounts of biomass but are unstable and produce less biocrude. Or, if you are willing to give up some yield, you can use mixtures of species to produce a biofuel system that is more stable through time, more resistant to pest species, and which yields more biocrude oil," according to the report. (Source: Univ. of Michigan, GinnersNow, 28 June, 2018) Contact: University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, Casey Godwin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, (734) 764-6453, seas-info@umich.edu, seas.umich.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Michigan,  Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  


AZOLLA Touted for Biofuels Potential (New Prod & Tech)
Biofuel
Date: 2018-07-03
Venezuelan international trade expert, banker and entrepreneur Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan is touting the development of AZOLLA in Latin America as a feedstock for biofuels, "green manure" fertilizer for rice fields, a feed supplement for aquatic and terrestrial animals, and various other applications.

AZOLLA is an aquatic plant that produces a substantial biomass quickly when planted in contaminated waters which improves by consuming chemicals in the contaminated waters. AZOLLA can "potentially produce up to 20.2 tons per hectare per year of bio-oil, and up to 48 tons per hectare per year of bio-char" while doubling in mass within 2-5 days.

According to Gonzalez Dellan, AZOLLA would be especially effective in a Latin American context "by moving the production of bio-ethanol from arable land to wastewater, the reclaimed land can then be used for the development of further sustainable crops while continuing the production of bioethanol." (Source: Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan, NewsAnyway, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan, www.gonzalezdellan.com

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TOTAL TX Refinery Considered RFS "Hardship Waiver" (Ind. Report)
TOTAL
Date: 2018-06-29
Paris-headquartered French oil and natural gas giant TOTAL, the fourth-largest oil company in the world, CEO Patrick Pouyanne reportedly contemplated asking the US EPA for a Renewable fuel standard "hardship" waiver exempting a refiney it owns in Texas from having to blend ethanol into the U.S. gasoline supply. The company's legal team, however, reportedly replied to Pouyanne's suggestion with an emphatic "No. Our refinery is too big," according to Pouyanne.

As previously reported, "hardship" waivers were intended for small refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and those that 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: TOTAL, Various Media, Washington Post, June 25, 2018) Contact: TOTAL, www.total.com/en

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NATSO Testifies on RFS Hardship Waivers (Ind. Report)
NATSO
Date: 2018-06-27
In Alexandria, a Chicago-area travel center executive testifying on behalf of the National Association of Truck Stop Owners (NATSO) told a House panel that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is successfully incentivizing travel centers to incorporate advanced biofuels such as biodiesel into their fuel supply, but also warned that the EPA's recent practice of exempting certain refiners from their renewable fuels obligations undermines the law's intent and decreases demand for biofuels.

The Annual renewable fuel volume obligations established under the RFS are designed to create market certainty and encourage fuel retailers to invest in the infrastructure necessary to incorporate and sell biodiesel. The executive testified that the EPA's recent granting of an unprecedented number of retroactive "hardship" exemptions to refineries has functioned as de facto mandate cuts in the biofuel volume obligations. Retroactively issued waivers create market uncertainty, ultimately diminishing the value of the biodiesel investments that Congress encouraged fuel retailers to make when it developed the RFS.

"It is imperative that EPA immediately re-evaluate its criteria for issuing the small refinery waivers. Going forward, I would hope that EPA act in a manner that is more consistent with the RFS by requiring all waiver requests be received and assessed prior to finalizing biofuel mandates for a given compliance year."

NATSO is the trade association of America's travel plaza and truckstop industry. Founded in 1960, NATSO represents the industry on legislative and regulatory matters; serves as the official source of information on the diverse travel plaza and truckstop industry; provides education to its members; conducts an annual convention and trade show; and supports efforts to generally improve the business climate in which its members operate. (Source: NATSO, PR, June, 2018) Contact: NATSO, Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman, (703) 739-8578, twlazlowski@natso.com, www.natso.com

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Biodiesel Producers Support Biodiesel Tax Credit (Ind. Report)
NBB
Date: 2018-06-27
In a recent National Biodiesel Board (NBB) letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas), and Senate Committee on Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the NBB wrote:

"On behalf of a diverse community of biodiesel producers, feedstock providers, blenders, fuel marketers and consumers, we are pleased to announce that we have united around a single position -- to maintain and extend the biodiesel tax credit at the blender level.

"The blenders credit has worked successfully to build a robust biodiesel and renewable diesel industry -- 100 million gallons in 2005 to nearly 2.6 billion gallons in 2017. The tax credit is an important demand stimulus, which improves plant efficiencies, encourages investment in U.S. distribution infrastructure and supports high-paying jobs throughout the country, while providing fuels that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. On top of this, it has afforded customers such as the trucking industry and heating oil users fuels that are more economic and environmentally competitive.

"Extending the biodiesel blenders credit will allow us to continue to provide the economic and environmental benefits associated with the program.

"Unfortunately, the uncertainty caused by the "on-again, off-again" tempo of legislative extensions, including the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 which retroactively extended the biodiesel tax incentives through the end of 2017, has somewhat frustrated our sector's ability to anticipate the availability of the incentives and make the necessary investments. This severely disrupts access to capital, as well as the ability to hire and expand. Given that Congress has frequently extended the credit retroactively, market participants have come to reasonably rely on the credit being retroactively extended when undertaking business and investment decisions. Accordingly, the undersigned trade associations and companies urge Congress to restore the tax credit as soon as possible.

"To provide certainty in planning, we believe Congress should extend the full $1.00 per gallon tax credit for 2018 and 2019. Beyond that, we are seeking long-term certainty, including a permanent tax incentive at a level that will continue to foster growth in the domestic biodiesel market.

"Since the credit's inception, the market responded as Congress intended. We urge Congress to extend this successful program."

In addition to NBB, the letter was signed by the Advanced Biofuels Association, the American Trucking Associations, National Association of Convenience Stores, National Renderers Association, NATSO, Representing America's Travel Centers and Truckstops, New England Fuels Institute, Petroleum Marketers Association of America, and Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, 25 June, , 2018) Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Kurt Kovarik, VP of Federal Affairs, 800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

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Notable Quotes and Duly Noted
TOTAL
Date: 2018-06-27
"To be honest with you, we don't consider biofuels the best policy. Biofuels are not the best way to eliminate CO2 emissions. It's not possible."

"(The U.S.) renewable fuel program was a mistake done by the Congress some years ago. Congress erred by basing the standard on reaching some volumes as an absolute number and not as a percentage." -- Patrick Pouyanne, CEO of French energy giant TOTAL

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Brazil's 61st Biodiesel Auction Tops 264Mn Gallons (Int'l Report)
Brazilian Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels
Date: 2018-06-25
The Rio de Janeiro-headquartered Brazilian Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) reports 1.01 billion litres (264.17m gallons) of biodiesel totaling $700 million from 38 producers were contracted in the 61th biodiesel auction last week. Almost 90 pct of the total bear the Social Fuel Seal, which gives producers incentives to source raw materials from small farms, ANP said.

Brazil's biodiesel auctions are designed to meet the legal requirement for the 10 pct minimum blend of biodiesel in diesel sold at the pump. The 61th tender will ensure the biofuel supply in the domestic market from July 1 to August 31, 2018, the agency noted.

Brazil's National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) is the regulatory agency that oversees activities undertaken by the oil, natural gas and biofuel industries in the country. It is in charge of issuing non-statutory regulations (resolution, norms) for these sectors, awarding exploration, development and production licenses and concessions, and conducting regulatory inspections, directly or through other state entities. The agency also defines interests for the government and third parties, as well as taxes -- such as royalties -- that oil companies are obliged to pay by contract. (Source: Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, Renewables, Others, 25 Fune, 2018) Contact: Brazilian Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, +55-21-21128100

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EPA Stalls Biofuel Blend Quota Announcement (Ind. Report)
EPA
Date: 2018-06-25
Bloomberg and others are reporting oil industry criticism has caused the Trump Administration to reconsider a proposal to require large refineries to blend more biofuel to make up for "hardship" exemptions granted to smaller refineries. Accordingly, the EPA has put a planned announcement on proposed biofuel quotas for 2019 on hold.

Ethanol producers and farm-state lawmakers say that recent waivers granted to small refiners have undercut the Renewable Fuels Standard. The Trump administration's plan to make up for the lost biofuel gallons would have put the burden on non-exempted refineries, prompting an outcry from the two top oil industry trade groups.

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: Various Media, Bloomberg, HoosierAg Today, 24 June, 2018)

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EU Palm Oil Biofuel Ban Stalled Until 2030 (Ind. Report)
EU, Palm Oil
Date: 2018-06-25
A recent meeting between the European Parliament, Commission, and European Council has suspended the implementation of a policy that would have banned the use of crude palm oil as a basic material for biofuel in 2020 and instead set a target of 2030 for the complete ban of palm oil.

The EU's new policy will start reducing crude palm oil imports gradually in 2023 before the complete banning effective in 2030. Until then, the percentage of palm oil in EU biofuel will be kept at 2019 levels.

Indonesia and Malaysia, which account for 85 pct of the world's palm oil supply, reportedly expressed relief in response to the EU decision while the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) said that although the EU decision was "very welcome" the upcoming ban would cause it to aggressively seek new markets.

Under current EU law, palm oil must come from certified sustainable plantations. Even so, environmentalists note that palm oil diesel still produces three times the carbon emissions of fossil diesel. Environmental organizations and green activists accuse the palm oil industry of causing massive deforestation and rainforest destruction, thus hastening climate change. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Council, Citizen Truth, 24 June, 2018)Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Council, www.mpoc.org.my

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ADM, DuPont Collaborate on Cellulose Enzymes (Ind. Report)
Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM), DuPont Industrial Biosciences
Date: 2018-06-22
Chicago-headquartered Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) and DuPont Industrial Biosciences report they are collaborating to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes for grain-based ethanol production.

Cellulase enzymes assist in hydrolyzing the corn kernel fiber which, broken down, releases more sugars to be fermented into ethanol.

Ethanol from corn kernel fiber may qualify for D3 RINS under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which encourages producers to utilize non-starch components of grains and other waste products in the production of biofuels. Initial product prototypes have proven successful in both laboratory and ethanol plant scale testing, and more evaluations are planned, the companies say. (Source: ADM, DuPont, World-Grain, 21 June, 2018) Contact: DuPont Industrial Biosciences, Troy Wilson, www.biosciences.dupont.com; ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Collin Benson, VP Bioactives, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413, media@adm.com, www.adm.com

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Growth Energy Predicts 2,800 New E15 Retailers by 20121 (Ind. Report)
Growth Energy,Prime the Pump
Date: 2018-06-22
According to the biofuel trade association Growth Energy, over 2,800 retail sites will sell 350 million gpy of E15 by 2021.

The Growth Energy release credits the not-for-profit Prime the Pump market development campaign for: doubling the number of E15 stations four years in a row to include 1,400 stations across 30 states; securing commitments of more than 2,800 retail sites that will offer E15 by 2021 generating approximately 350 million new gpy of ethanol; and adding three major new retailers to the program in 2017, including a game-changing partnership with Kwik Trip which successfully rolled out E15 at 300 sites in just four months.

Both Growth Energy and Prime the Pump are arguing for relief from the current Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) limitations to further spur the growth of E15 sales. Volatility defines its evaporation characteristics of a liquid fuel; RVP -- expressed in pounds per square inch (psi) -- is a common measure of and generic term for gasoline volatility. The RVP of gasoline can range from 7 to 15 psi. Ethanol itself has a very low volatility: -2 psi RVP. The higher the RVP of a fuel the worse its emissions are. (Source: Growth Energy, Green Car Congress, 21 June, 2018)Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org; Prime the Pump, http://primethepumpfund.com

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GEVO, Avfuel Ink Renewable Jet Fuel Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
GEVO
Date: 2018-06-22
Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol specialist GEVO Inc. reports it has inked an agreement to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to global aviation fuel supplier Avfuel Corporation, effective July 1, 2018. Avfuel services over 3,000 locations worldwide. The Supply Agreement with Avfuel is GEVO's first long-term commercial supply agreement for its ATJ.

Iniially, GEVO will supply Avfuel from its 70,000 gpy hydrocarbon processing facility in Silsbee, Texas. GEVO expects to construct a larger-scale hydrocarbon facility at its existing ethanol and isobutanol production facility located in Luverne, Minnesota, subject to financing. Upon completion of the Luverne Hydrocarbon Facility, GEVO would supply Avfuel with larger volumes of ATJ, ramping up to 1,000,000 gpy of unblended ATJ which, when blended with conventional jet fuel, would produce many millions of gallons of finished ASTM D1655 jet-fuel product.. (Source: GEVO, PR, 21 June, 2018) Contact: Avfuel Corporation , Craig Sincock, Pres., CEO, Marci Ammerman, VCP Marketing, (734) 663-6466, mammerman@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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Will EPA Waived RFS Biofuels Volumes be Reallocated? (Ind. Report)
EPA,RFS
Date: 2018-06-22
Reuters is reporting the U.S. EPA will propose reallocating Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending obligations waived under its "hardship" exemption program to other refiners. The move would significantly increase the regulatory costs of those refineries that do not qualify for, or have not received, a waiver.

As previously reported, "hardship" waivers were intended for small refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and thos that 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: WSAU, Reuters, 20 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  EPA,  Hardship waiver,  Hardship Exemption,  


Velocys Secures Funding for UK Waste-to-Jet Fuel Project (Int'l)
Velocys
Date: 2018-06-20
UK-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it has secured £4.9 million of funding for the next development phase of the waste-to-sustainable jet fuel project the company is developing in the UK. As part of the funding package a grant of £434,000 has been secured from the Department for Transport (DfT) under the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C).

The project is being developed with support from oil giant Royal Dutch Shell and British Airways. The team is developing the engineering and business case for the construction of a first plant in the UK that will convert hundreds of thousands of tpy of post-recycled waste into clean-burning, sustainable fuels to be used by British Airways.

The fuel is expected to deliver over 70 pct greenhouse gas reduction and 90 pct reduction in particulate matter emissions compared with conventional jet fuel. The project partners expect to reach a final investment decision in the first half of 2020. (Source: Velocys, PR, Business Leader, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840-- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

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Aemetis Riverbank Biorefinery Touted World's #1 Waste-to-Value Project (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2018-06-20
Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. reports that the publication Biofuels Digest has awarded the Aemetis cellulosic ethanol facility under development at the Riverbank site in California as the "#1 Waste-to-Value Project in the world." The Aemetis facility earned its #1 project ranking as a result of its low cost contracted inputs, high value outputs, proven process technology and a planned $125 million USDA guaranteed loan. The facility was ranked above high profile and funded advanced biofuels projects including those developed by Fulcrum, Red Rock, Clariant, Poet and Enerkem.

Biofuels Digest noted that the Aemetis Riverbank project combines the best technology from leading technology providers LanzaTech and InEnTec with the local availability of waste orchard wood and other feedstock that can be used to produce Aemetis' high value cellulosic ethanol and valuable byproducts.

Aemetis owns and operates a 60 million gallon per year ethanol production facility in California's Central Valley, near Modesto. Aemetis also owns and operates a 50 million gpy renewable chemical and advanced fuel production facility in India producing distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin for the Indian, US and European markets. The company also operates an R&D laboratory, and holds a portfolio of patents and related technology licenses for the production of renewable fuels and biochemicals. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  BiochemicalAemetis,  Ethanol,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


Butamax Isobutanol Registered as Drop-In Fuel (Ind. Report)
Butamax, US EPA
Date: 2018-06-20
The US EPA last week reported its approval of Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol specialist Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC registration for bio-isobutanol as a fuel additive at the rate of 16 pct or less as a "drop-in" fuel.

Butamax is a a 50/50 JV between BP and DuPont. Bio-isobutanol is made from renewable resources like corn, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is eligible for credits under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programme, according to the EPA. (Source: Butamax, EPA, Renewables Now, 18 June, 2018) Contact: Butamax, Jan Koninckx, CEO, (302) 695-3216, www.butamax.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  isobutanol,  Butamax,  Biofuel,  Drop-In Fuel,  


DOE Announces $40Mn for Bio-Based Research (R&D, Funding)
Office of Biological and Environmental Research
Date: 2018-06-20
In Washington, the US DOE has announced $40 million in funding for 31 projects to advance research in the development of microbes as practical platforms for the production of biofuels and other bioproducts from renewable resources.

Over the past decade, DOE-supported scientists have identified and modified a wide range of microbial organisms to be "production workhorses" transforming microbes into effective platforms for the generation of fuels and other precursor chemicals from renewable plant feedstocks.

Organisms under study range from yeast and fungi to cyanobacteria and rare thermophilic microbes that thrive at extremely high temperatures. Products to be produced include biofuels, alcohols and other valuable precursor chemicals with multiple possible downstream applications. In addition to the projects focused on specific microorganisms, approximately one third of the projects are focused on developing and improving the essential imaging tools for this work of characterizing and modifying organisms on a microscopic scale.

Projects were chosen by competitive peer review under two separate DOE Funding Opportunity Announcements, one for Systems Biology of Bioenergy-Relevant Microbes and another for Bioimaging Research for Bioenergy, both sponsored by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research within the Department's Office of Science. Total funding is $40 million for projects lasting three years in duration. (Source: US DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research, 15 June, 2018) Contact: US DOE Office of Biological and Environmental, Research, https://science.energy.gov/ber

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EU Affirms Palm Oil, Palm Oil Biofuels Import Position (Int'l)
EU Renewable Energy Directive
Date: 2018-06-18
In a written statement issued in Jakarta on Saturday, EU Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Guerend stressed that based on the outcome of a June 14 meeting between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Union Council on the revision to the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), the EU remains the most open market for Indonesian palm oil.

The EU June 14 meeting agreed on a revised EU Renewable Energy Directive including a gradual reduction of certain biofuels calculated to meet ambitious renewable energy use target of 32 pct by 2030. According to the ambassador, there is no specific or explicit reference to palm oil in the RED II Text and no prohibition or restriction on palm oil imports or palm oil based biofuels. The relevant provisions in RED II are only aimed at regulating the extent to which certain biofuels can be calculated by EU member states to achieve their sustainable energy targets. (Source: EU, Neutral English, Various Media, 17 June, 2018)

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