"We believe RINs for exported ethanol could be perceived as an export subsidy, against our World Trade Organization obligations. They could put a target on our back globally.
We are already seeing the impact of trade policy barriers on ethanol exports and we would like to have the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) look at the implications of export credits for RINs." -- Tom Sleight, US Grains Council, Pres., CEO , 9 May, 2018 Contact: USGC, (202) 789-0789, www.grains.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, US Grains Council, Biofuel, RINs, Ethanol,
The Andeavor announcement late on Monday came after Reuters reported last month that the EPA granted the company a "financial hardship waiver" that freed its smallest refining facilities from the regulation. Andeavor recorded net profits of $1.4 billion in 2017.
Andeavor's EPA hardship exemptions freed the company's refineries in North Dakota, Utah and New Mexico from having to blend biofuels or purchase RINs for the 2016 compliance period.
The company did not explicitly credit small refinery exemptions for the savings, according to the Reuters report. (Source: Andeavor, Reuters, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Andeavor, (210) 626-6000, www.andeavor.com; Philadelphia Energy Solutions, [endlink]www.pes-companies.com[endlink]
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The study, which examines how to grow dedicated bioenergy crops without converting land already under perennial cover, identifies areas within fields suitable for conversion from corn/soybean to switchgrass as indicated by publicly available agronomic, management and economic information.
Under the assumptions that land is fully owned by farmers, and switchgrass sells for $55 per short ton, the study showed that 4.3 pct of the corn/soybean area in Iowa could break even when converted to switchgrass yielding up to 4 tons per acre. In some counties, converting corn/soybean areas to switchgrass could add up to millions of dollars in total annualized producer benefits. With a future bioenergy crop market for switchgrass, the researchers conclude their approach could be used beyond Iowa and could be applied to other intensively farmed regions globally with similar data availability.
The study is available HERE. (Source: Iowa State University, High Plains AG Journal, May, 2018) Contact: Iowa State University, Alejandro Plastina, assistant Professor of Economics, www.econ.iastate.edu/people/alejandro-plastina
More Low-Carbon Energy News Switchgrass, Biofuel Feedstock, Iowa State University,
Qualifying projects include those that develop highly efficient conversion processes for improving the affordability of fuels and products from biomass and waste streams.
Funding is also being offered for research and development related to the production of affordable and sustainable non-food dedicated energy crops -- including algae, energy crops and various waste streams that can be efficiently and effectively converted into affordable biofuels, biopower and bioproducts. (Source: US DOE, Energy Live, May, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock, Biofuel R&D,
The plant, which never went into full production and was shutdown in Nov, 2017, is being maintained by a skeleton crew. Although several potential purchasers have been identified, no offers for the plant have been received, according to DowDuPont. (Source: DowDuPont, Ames Tribune, 6 May, 2018) Contact: DowDuPont, Jan Konickx, Biofuels Global Business Director, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jankoninckx, DowDuPont,Dow Chemical, www.dow.com; DuPont Industrial Biosciences, William F. Feehery, Pres., www.biosciences.dupont.com; DowDuPont, (800) 422-8193, www.dow-dupont.com
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Velocys' role will be as a licensor for its technology to the project. (Source: Velocys plc, Velocys plc Hydrocarbon Engineering, 7 May, 2018) Contact: Red Rock Biofuels, Terry Kulesa, CEO, (970) 223-6766, email@example.com, www.redrockbio.com; Velocys plc
David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840-- Houston Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.velocys.com
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Key players included in the global Biofuels market report are: China Agri-Industries Holdings, COFCO Biochemical (AnHui), Raizen, ADM, Tianguan Group, Cargill, POET, Big River Resources, Vivergo, The Andersons, BP, Pacific Ethanol, Flint Hills Resources, Green Plains, CropEnergies, Valero, Abengoa Bioenergy and Jilin Fuel Ethanol
The report analyzes the biofuels market by: type-- Biodiesel and Bioethanol; end users -- industrial fuels, transportation fuels and Chemical industry; regions; distributors; dealers; traders and manufacturers including contact information, production strategies, the scope of the Biofuels product, their capacity, worldwide productivity, and revenue generation.
Details and a PDF sample copy of this study HERE
(Source: E Market Research, May, 2018) Contact: E Market Research, (857) 239-0696,
POET is recognized for its leadership in remaining focused on reducing the reliance of the United States on foreign energy, to revitalizing global agriculture, and providing a cleaner, affordable alternative to fossil fuels.
Since 2006, C has worked to bring together like minded companies to share ideas and partner to deploy bio-processes that can be economic in the long run without government subsidy. BDC holds two symposiums a year for its members, where leading edge information from various bio-companies is shared and tours are made of bio-facilities. BDC acts as a resource to members, working to broker partnerships that can lead to the deployment of commercial facilities. The organization recognizes the need for low cost feedstock, cost effective measures such as integration of processes, high value products, and good management to achieve the economics needed for success.
POET, the world's largest biofuels producer, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 30-year-old company has a network of 27 production facilities. POET, through its joint venture with DSM, also operates a commercial-scale cellulosic biofuel plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa (Source: Biorenewable Deployment Consortium, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Biorenewable Deployment Consortium, Masood Akhtar, Pres.,(608) 332- 0189, Masood.Akhtar@biorenewabledc.org,
POET. Matt Merritt, Public Relations,
(605) 965-2225 / (605) 370-9959, email@example.com, www.poet.com
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Green D+ is a fossil-free, low-emission renewable diesel fuel made by adding a nanotechnology-patented performance additive to hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). The HVO is produced from used cooking oil, plant oils such as palm and rapeseed oil, and others.
Red Funnel will trial Green D+ biofuel and varying amounts of low-sulfur marine gas oil to power the ferries' main engines and onboard generators. The aim is to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
(Source: Red Funnel, Cruise & Ferry, May, 2018) Contact: Red Funnel, Mark Slawsom, +44 0 2380 248500, www.redfunnel.co.uk; Green Biofuels Ireland, Magnus Hammick, COO, www.gbcorp.biz; Green D+, www.greendplus.com
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Air Canada claims that it saved 160 tonnes of carbon emissions on 22 domestic flights, after introducing 230,000 litres of sustainable biofuel blended within the airport fuel supply system.
The biofuel used was a blend of standard fuel with hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA). (Source: HIS Janes's Airport Review, May, 2018)
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While POET's annual biofuel capacity has grown to 1.9 billion gpy, and will reach 2 billion by 2019, ADM has cut its market exposure and biofuel production to about 1.6 billion gpy, according to company data.
The U.S. ethanol industry has total production capacity of more than 16 billion gpy, according to Reuters.
(Source: Reuters, Country Guide, 1 May, 2018)
Contact: Archer Daniels Midland, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, www.adm.com; POET, Jeff Broin, Pres., (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com
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The LCFS sets an average carbon content for fuels that declines annually. To stay below that standard, companies need to either change the balance of fuels they sell or buy credits to offset high-emitting fuels.
In addition to ratcheting down the compliance curve -- which currently ends in 2020 at 10 percent below a 2010 baseline -- CARB is looking at new sources of fuels to generate credits, including alternative jet fuel, and is planning to add a new methodology to encourage companies to deploy carbon capture and sequestration (CCS.)
The agency is planning to approve the amendments this fall.
(Source: California Air Resources Board, Climate Wire, Others, April 30, 2018) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arb.ca.gov
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According to the ministry, the facility is fully constructed, with preliminary production expected to begin this month. Commercial production is expected in July. The Ministry expects the project to generate an energy capacity of 800,000 bpy.
(Source: Kuwaiti Oil Ministry, Kuwait News Agency, 1 May, 2018)Contact: Kuwaiti Oil Ministry, www.moo.gov.kw
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The partners will work to meet the specific sustainable aviation fuel timetable and goals approved by the Port of Seattle Commission in December 2017 -- a minimum of 10 pct of sustainable jet fuel to be produced locally from sustainable sources within 10 years, increasing to 50 pct by 2050.
Airlines at Sea-Tac are projected to use about 700 million gpy of jet fuel. A 10 pct reduction would eliminate the equivalent of 682,500 metric tpy of airlines greenhouse gas emissions.
(Source: Seattle Tacoma Airport, PR, May 1, 2018) Contact: Seattle Tacoma Airport, (206) 787-5388, www.portseattle.org/sea-tac
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"ABFA members are concerned that Administrator Scott Pruitt is granting these exemptions in an arbitrary and capricious manner to undisclosed parties behind closed doors with no accountability for its decision-making process," Michael McAdams, the head of the trade group, said in a statement.
(Source: Advanced Biofuels Association, Reuters, May, 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Association, Michael McAdams, Pres., www.advancedbiofuelsassociation.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Association, RFS, Renewable Fuel Standard, Scott Pruitt,
The just released United States Algae Oil Market Report 2017 from HTF Market Reports provides a complete assessment of the market and contains future trend, current growth factors, historical data, and statistically supported and industry validated market data.
The study is segmented by products type, application/end-users and provides estimates for United States Algae Oil Forecast till 2023, as well as a forward looking perspective on the various factors driving or restraining market growth. The study also provides a 5-year market forecast and a pin point analysis of changing competition dynamics.
The research covers the current and future market size of the United States Algae Oil market and its growth rates based on 5 year history data. It also identifies industry leaders, recent developments, strategies adopted by the market leaders to ensure growth, sustainability, financial overview and recent developments. Key companies include: Cellana, Algae Floating Systems, TerraVia Holdings, Henry Lamotte OILS, Algaecytes, Goerlich Pharma, Polaris, Archer Daniels Midland Company & Renewable Algal Energy (RAE).
Request Sample of United States Algae Oil Market Report 2017 and other details HERE
(Source: HTF Market Intelligence Consulting Private Limited, April, 2018) Contact: HTF Market Intelligence, Craig Francis, PR, Marketing,
(206) 317 1218, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.htfmarketreport.com
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EIA defines subsidies as funds that a government expends or revenue it foregoes to encourage or support certain activities. EIA's report includes direct expenditures, tax expenditures, research and development (R&D), and credit subsidies to recipients of federal loan guarantees.
Tax expenditures provided 80 percent of FY 2016 subsidies for renewables. More than half (51 percent) of the $5.6 billion in renewable tax expenditures went to biofuels which accounted for 77 pct of tax expenditures in FY 2010, but only 31 pct in FY 2013.
(Source: US EIA, Grand Island Independent, 28 April, 2018)
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"Production of biofuels can also be done efficiently under searing temperatures and without relying on Qatar's arable land," said SDC director and Qatar Biofuel Project manager Hareb al-Jabri. In a statement, he said the first phase of the project witnessed SDC’s research team producing biodiesel, bioethanol and bio-crude oil. These fuels should provide an additive source of energy, specifically for use by the airline industry.
According to Al-Jabri, the project adds value to the country's oil and gas sector as it aims to support the vision of Qatar Airways to use environmentally-friendly fuel in the airline industry, reducing the negative environmental effects of conventional fuel.
He added that the project will also contribute to carbon dioxide sequestration by recycling it to produce biofuels.
(Source: SDC Qatar University, Gulf Times, April, 2018)Contact: SDC Qatar University, www.qu.edu.qa
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This jet fuel specification is a direct nexus between the global ethanol industry and the aviation sector, connecting two mature industries that could never be linked in the past. Now ethanol can be used as a feedstock to make renewable jet fuel.
The new ASTM specification allows jet fuel, produced from ethanol under the ATJ process, to be sold commercially on a global basis.
The aviation sector is now subject to global de-carbonization compliance regulations beginning in 2020 under the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Given such great demand, and now with the ATJ specification in place, a full supply chain exists to effectively scale up and drive production costs down while carbon reduction policies are advanced. (Source: Byogy Renewables, Inc., PR, April, 2018) Contact: Byogy, Kevin Weiss, CEO, (408) 800-7704, www.byogy.com;
ASTM International, (610) 832-9585, www.astm.org
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Investors include Seppic Inc. with which Ecovia signed a multi-year joint-development agreement. Under the deal, the two parties will co-develop a suite of biobased and biodegradable polymers for topical applications in the health and beauty markets. Similarly, Seppic will have exclusive marketing rights to products made using Ecovia' proprietary fermentation platform,
Ecovia Renewables is focused on the research and development of high-performing biobased chemicals and fuels. (Source: Ecovi Renewables, PR, 9 April, 2018) Contact: Ecovia, email@example.com, www.ecovia.com
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Among various types of biofuels, biobutanol offers a great promise as petrol substitute because of its high energy density and superior properties. Biobutanol can directly replace gasoline in car engines without any modification. However, commercial production of biobutanol has been hampered by the lack of potent microbes capable of converting cellulosic biomass into biofuels. The current technique is costly and also requires complicated chemical pre-treatment. The novel technique developed by the NUS team could potentially be a game-changing technology for cost effective and sustainable biofuel production.
The NUS team discovered that a naturally-occurring bacterium Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum (TG57) isolated from waste generated after harvesting mushrooms, is capable of converting cellulose to biobutanol directly. The team then went on to culture the strain to examine its properties. The microorganisms in the mushroom farming waste are left to evolve naturally for more than two years to obtain the unique TG57 strain.
The research team plans optimize the performance of the TG57 strain and further engineer it to enhance biobutanol ratio and yield using molecular genetic tools.
The team published the findings of the study in the scientific journal Science Advances on 23 March 2018. HERE.
(Source: National University of Singapore, Sciences Advances, April, 2018) Contact: University of Singapore, Associate Professor He Jianzhong, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
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The biofuels producers allege that EPA Administrator Pruitt has repeatedly and relentlessly sought ways to subvert Trump's RFS promises and to undermine, if not destroy, the RFS program. "His anti-RFS actions must be put to an end because today Scott Pruitt is essentially making a liar out of President Trump," the group said.
(Source: IRFA, Spokesman-Review, Various Media, 6 April, 2018)Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://iowarfa.org
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As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing less than 75,000 bpd and suffering "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: WHTC Radio, Reuters, 3 April, 2018) Contact: Andeavor, (210) 626-6000, www.andeavor.com; Philadelphia Energy Solutions, www.pes-companies.com
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Under the program, food scraps and garden waste collected from residential green bins will be fermented to produce natural gas that will be used to fuel city vehicles.
The 160,000 square feet plant is capable of producing 120,000 gigajoules of renewable natural gas annually which, according to the facility website, is enough to power 8,500 cars for a year.
In addition, the program will prevent 50,000 tpy of greenhouse gases from being pumped into the atmosphere, according to a CBC report.
(Source: City of Surrey, The Runners, CBC, April, 2018) Contact: City of Surrey, (604) 591-4011, email@example.com, www.surrey.ca
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The pilot, which will be operated for a year in various starch factories to test different environments, conditions, and seasonal changes, is essential to finalize the concept for a full-scale ethanol production plant using cassava pulp into an investment proposal. To that end, St1 has formed a Thai subsidiary, St1 Renewable Energy Thailand Ltd. to run the piloting and R&D of cassava pulp ethanol production process.
The amount of cassava waste generated by Thailand's largest starch production plants would enable the construction of units producing 10 - 30 million lpy of ethanol. The company plans to build as many as 20 Etanolix® plants in Thailand, to produce 400 million lpy of ethanol. (Source: St1, PR, April, 2018) Contact: St1 Renewable Energy, Patrick Pitkanen, Advanced Fuels Director, +358 105 574 734, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.st1.fi; Ubon Bio Ethanol, Anchisa Krisanarungkhun, Business Development, +662 273 8666, email@example.com, www.ubonbioethanol.com
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The JV anticipates production of approximately 60 million lpy of bio-ethanol to meet the mandatory 10 pct ethanol-gasoline blending for northeastern India. More importantly, this is only a fraction of the potential market given the abundance of bamboo in the northeast.
(Source: Numaligarh Refinery, The Week, 3 April, 2018)
Web Desk April 03, 2018) Contact:
Numaligarh Refinery Ltd., www.nrl.co.in; Chempolis, Chempolis Limited, +358 10 38 76666, www.chempolis.com
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China's domestic ethanol production stands at about 2.5 million tpy.
(Source: Khmer Times, Various Others, Reuters, 3 April, 2018)
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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: WHTC Radio, Reuters,3 April, 2018)
Contact: Andeavor, (210) 626-6000, www.andeavor.com; Philadelphia Energy Solutions, www.pes-companies.com
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The plant processes as much as 10 tpd of agricultural waste in a single day using a pre-treatment phase that converted the waste into a form that was more digestible by microbial enzymes which can be reused for over 50 cycles.
(Source: DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences, The Hindu, 1 April, 2018)Contact: DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences, Prof. Arvind Lali, +91 22 2414 5616, www.dbt-ceb.org
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Chinese ethanol tariff would bring the total tariff on US ethanol imports to 45 pct, following a 30 pct tariff imposed by China in January 2017. The hike could virtually end US biofuel exports to China which is trying to increase its domestic ethanol production as it readies itself for a national policy requiring petrol to comprise 10 pct ethanol (E10) starting in 2020 -- a move aimed at assisting its wider efforts to reduce air pollution and GHG emissions.
, China produced more than 1 billion gallons of ethanol in 2016, according to USDA data.
(Source: Renewable News, NewsBase, Various Others, 29 Mar., 2018)
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The Duckweed Project features Greenbelt's ECOsystem model, which will convert the duckweed into bioethanol and a protein concentrate targeted as a nutritional supplement.
Greenbelt's ECOsystem technology represents about $5.0 million of the total $14.0 project budget.
Common duckweed is a very small light green free-floating, seed bearing plant. Duckweed has 1 to 3 leaves, or fronds, of 1/16 to 1/8 inch in length. A single root (or root-hair) protrudes from each frond. Duckweeds tend to grow in dense colonies in quiet, undisturbed water.
(Source: Greenbelt Resources Corp., Nasdaq, 29 Mar., 2018) Contact: Greenbelt, Darren Eng, CEO,
(888) 995- 4726 x 101, [stratlink]firstname.lastname@example.org[endlink],
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources, Biofuel Fe target=_blank>www.greenbeltresources.com[endlink]; Andrew J. Young Foundation, (404) 685-2786
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As the pioneer of the ATJ process, Byogy is one of the few companies that produce full replacement fuels, as opposed to only blend-stock products. Significantly, Byogy's fuels may ultimately be able to be distributed into the existing fossil fuel infrastructure at any point and at any ratio without tracking. This will allow carbon credit accounting to take place at the production source, similar to the carbon credit bookkeeping of the wind and solar industries.
The new specification modifies a previous ATJ specification to allow ethanol as a feedstock with a maximum final fuel blend of 50 pct, according to Byogy.
(Source: Byogy Renewables, Inc., Kevin Weiss, CEO,
(408) 800-7704, www.byogy.com; ASTM,
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According to the Biomass Power Association, there are 80 biomass plants in 20 states that make up the $1 billion renewable energy industry. Nationwide, the biomass power industry generates roughly 15 million MWh per year.
(Source: EcoloCap, PR, 28 Mar., 2018) Contact: EcoloCap, James Kwak, CEO, Joseph Mure, (312) 585-6670, email@example.com, www.ecolocap.com
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"While PES continues to blame the RFS for its woes, the fact is, the bankruptcy is a mess of its own making," said Kurt Kovarik, NBB's VP of Federal Affairs. "Poor management and a failure to respond to changes in the crude oil market is to blame. PES should not be rewarded for deliberately failing to comply with the decade-old Renewable Fuel Standard. Doing so is akin to rewarding a toddler in the midst of a temper tantrum. Instead, the government should hold PES to the same renewable volume obligation as all other refiners. Not doing so could severely hinder the RFS's goals of enhancing energy security, protecting the environment and building our nation’s rural economy."
NBB highlighted two key components in comments to the DOJ submitted March 26. First, the RFS holds parent companies liable for the compliance obligations of their subsidiaries. Thus, PES's corporate parents Carlyle and Sunoco can be required to comply with the RFS obligations incurred by PES. EPA has not explained why it is abandoning that avenue for ensuring complete fulfillment of PES's obligations. Second, the renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the RFS cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. The RFS creates an affirmative duty for obligated parties to blend or use biofuels or to buy credits from others who have done so. Such a duty persists through the bankruptcy because it cannot be resolved by a payment to the government.
(Source: National Biodiesel Board, 27 Mar., 2018)
Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Kurt Kovarik, VP of Federal Affairs, 800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org; Philadelphia Energy Solutions, www.pes-companies.com
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Financing is available for hydro, solar, coconut oil biofuel, energy efficiency equipment, wind, biomass, biogas, wave, tidal, and feasible geothermal systems. This facility also accommodates working capital for the purpose of providing consultancy, design, supply, installation and maintenance or repair services to encourage sustainable investments that address the impacts of climate change.
FDB is accredited as a National Direct Access Entity with the Green Climate Fund. (Source: Fiji Development Bank, Fiji Times, 24 Mar., 2018) Contact: Fiji Development Bank, www.fdb.com.fj
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A major focus of research at JBEI, and in the broader community of biofuel researchers, is the production of industrially and commercially relevant fuels and chemicals from renewable resources, such as lignocellulosic biomass, rather than from petroleum. The enzyme discovered in this study will enable the first-time microbial production of bio-based toluene, and in fact, the first microbial production of any aromatic hydrocarbon biofuel.
The enzyme discovery resulted from the intensive study of two very different microbial communities that produced toluene. One community contained microbes from lake sediment, and the other from sewage sludge. Since microbes in the environment are a reservoir of enzymes that catalyze an extraordinarily diverse set of chemical reactions, it's not unusual for scientists working in biotechnology to source enzymes from nature.
The toluene-synthesizing enzyme discovered in this study, phenylacetate decarboxylase, belongs to a family of enzymes known as glycyl radical enzymes (GREs). The radical nature of GREs allows them to catalyze chemically challenging reactions, such as anaerobic decarboxylation of phenylacetate to generate toluene.
In fact, metagenome analyses revealed that these microbial communities each contained more than 300,000 genes - the equivalent of more than 50 bacterial genomes. Another challenge was that the anaerobic microbial communities and many of their enzymes were sensitive to oxygen, forcing the scientists to manipulate cultures and enzymes under strictly anaerobic conditions.
The discovery process combined protein purification techniques used by biochemists for decades, such as fast protein liquid chromatography, with modern metagenomic, metaproteomic, and associated bioinformatic analyses, some of which were carried out in collaboration with the Joint Genome Institute, a DOE Office of Science User Facility. An important component of the discovery process was to validate the researchers' predictions of the toluene biosynthesis enzyme with experiments using highly controlled assays involving purified proteins.
The researchers believe that their study results have implications for fundamental and applied science. From a biochemical perspective, the study expands the known catalytic range of GREs, and from a biotechnological perspective, it will enable first-time biochemical synthesis of an aromatic fuel hydrocarbon from renewable resources.
(Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 26 Mar., 2018) Contact: DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute, www.jbei.org; LBNL, Harry Beller, Snr. Scientist, JBEI scientific lead, (510) 486-7321, HRBeller@lbl.gov,
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The bill is expected to support the development of algae as a crop for biofuel production, food supplements and other uses, as well as a tool for the entire agriculture industry that can use algae-based technologies and products to improve operations.
The Algae Agriculture Act of 2018 establishes a number of provisions to promote the expansion of algae farming including: new support for algae R&D in agriculture; support for carbon utilization projects in rural communities and Crop disaster assistance for algae cultivation.
The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is a 501 c(6) non-profit whose mission is to promote the development of viable commercial markets for renewable and sustainable commodities derived from algae.
(Source: ABO, GlobeNewswire, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: ABO, Matt Carr, Exec. Dir., Barb Scheevel, Admin., (877) 531-5512, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.algaebiomass.org
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In support of the SD Ag Foundation, Souix Falls-headquartered POET committed $250,000 towards the 1-to-4 matching fund challenge.
(Source: South Dakota Agricultural Foundation, POET, Dakota Radio Group News & Farm, 21 Mar., 2018)Contact: South Dakota Agricultural Foundation, https://sdcommunityfoundation.org; POET, Jeff Broin, Pres., (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com
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SLV Biopro aims to be the first independently owned, local-scale bioethanol solution in Colorado. The resulting bioethanol will be sold for both fuel and industrial uses, including by Colorado's cannabis processing industry as a "green" extraction solvent.
Biofuels & Energy, LLC is a project development company dedicated to the utilization of proven emerging technologies capable of transforming industrial, municipal and agricultural waste streams into energy products.
(Source: Greenbelt Resources Corp. PR, 22 Mar., 2018)
Contact: B&E, SLV Biopro Project, Richard Mason, (575) 224-9064; Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, (888) 995-4726 x 101, email@example.com, www.greenbeltresources.com
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The project, which is receiving grant funding from the Research Council, is converting pre-treated waste papers and other municipal solid wastes into fermentable sugars by enzymatic hydrolysis.
The sugars were successfully converted into bioplastic, bioethanol and biodiesel using appropriate microorganisms. (Source: Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat Daily, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Department of Biology, Sultan Qaboos University,
Dr. Sivakumar Nallusamy, +968 2414 2229, www.squ.edu.om/science/Departments/Biology
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Vandewater Capital Holdings, the lead investor and controlling shareholder of AltAir Fuels from its inception in 2013 until Delek acquired a controlling stake in October of 2015, brought AltAir from concept to a leading refinery of renewable fuels .
World Energy, one of the largest and longest serving advanced biofuel suppliers in North America, operates biodiesel manufacturing plants in Houston, TX, Natchez, MS, Rome, GA, Harrisburg, PA, and now Paramount, CA. The company also operates distribution hubs nationwide.
(Source: Delek, PR, 19 Mar., 2018) Contact: Delek US Holdings, Keith Johnson
VP Investor Relations, (615) 435-1366, www.delekus.com;
AltAir Fuels, Tom Todaro, CEO, (843) 720-8920, (562) 748-4726, www.altairfuels.com
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The first series of B&E projects will be located in Colorado, New Mexico and Pennsylvania.
Greenbelt Resources' small-scale, end-to-end modular systems convert food, beverage and other cellulosic wastes into commercially viable advanced biofuels (bio-ethanol), animal feed, fertilizer and filtered water. (Source: Greenbelt Resources, PR, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng., CEO, (888) 995- 4726 x101, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greenbeltresources.com
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The release adds that Norwegian packaging manufacturer Elopak, which supplies 15 billion cartons per year worldwide, has joined forces with UPM Biofuels and Dow to offer 100 pct recyclable and responsibly sourced
100 pct wood-based cartons. (Source: UPM Biofuels,Lesprom,
15 Mar., 2018)
Contact: UPM Biofuels, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com
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The new pre-treatment unit allows the use of high Free Fatty Acid waste feedstocks while meeting the biodiesel quality standards set by international fuel standards.
The advanced biodiesel pre-treatment unit was built to supply biodiesel to the EU and US under the three-year supply agreement signed with BPS in May of 2017.
The Aemetis plant in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, is the first and only India biofuels producer approved under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard for delivery of biodiesel into California.
(Source: Aemetis, Inc., MENAFN, 16 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, email@example.com, www.aemetis.com
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Hubbard also requested Congress provide a multi-year extension and expansion of the Alternative Vehicle Refueling Property Credit, which provides a tax credit equal to 30 pct -- up to $30,000 -- of the cost of any qualified alternative fuel vehicle refueling device. The tax credit currently is limited to single-use, dedicated pumps, but should be expanded to take into account the increased use of blender-style pumps. (Source: Renewable Fuels Assoc., 14 Mar., 2018)
Contact: RFA, Edward Hubbard, RFA General Counsel, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
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Biomass-based diesel and cellulosic biofuels (advanced biofuels) can qualify for RINs for their advanced biofuel category, as well as conventional biofuels (which has a lower threshold of greenhouse gas emissions reductions). The interconnected nature of the program and how RINs can qualify for multiple categories is one reason that capping one type of RINs impacts other fuels. (Source: Kentucky Soybean Board , Dennis Clark, Marshall County Daily, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: Kentucky Soybean Board, www.kysoy.org;
National Biodiesel Board, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org
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Agrisoma's Carinata is the world's first non-food crop that produces oil uniquely suited for biofuel production. (Source: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc.
Contact: Desjardins Capital, http://desjardins-capital.com; Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com
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The researchers used modelling to simulate various growing scenarios, and found a climate footprint ranging from -11 to 10 grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule -- the standard way of measuring greenhouse gas emissions. By way of comparison, the impact of using gasoline results in 94 grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule. According to John Field, research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at CSU, "What we saw with switchgrass is that you're actually storing carbon in the soil ... you're building up organic matter and sequestering carbon." "They (switchgrass) don't require a lot of fertilizer or irrigation. Farmers don't have to plow up the field every year to plant new crops, and they're good for a decade or longer," Field added.
The study was published online Feb. 19 in Nature Energy. (Source: Colorado State University, Manitoba Co-operator, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Colorado State University Natural Resource Ecology Lab, John Field, (970) 491-1604, www.ecology.colostate.edu
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It would also stop more land from being converted into biofuel sources and invest over $10 billion to restore lost fish and wildlife habitat over the next decade. Nationally, more than 7 million acres have been plowed to make way for biofuel feed stock crops such as corn and soy since the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)standard came into force in 2007.
According to National Wildlife Federation Pres. Collin O'Mara, the legislation could correct a mistake Congress made 10 years ago. The bill would eliminate a loophole that allows older biofuel plants to bypass climate pollution standards, and would incentivize truly renewable biofuels, such as those derived from farm waste and plant cellulose.