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Notable Quote -- USGC Comments on RFS, RINs Reallocation
USGC
Date: 2018-05-09
"We appreciate the Trump Administration's strong support of the Renewable Fuel Standard, but the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is concerned any move that would relate RINs to exporting ethanol could be severely detrimental to the competitiveness of ethanol exports and would harm the U.S. grains industry.

"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,  


Andeavor Claims Major 2016-17 RFS Obligations Savings (Ind. Report)
Andeavor,Philadelphia Energy Solutions
Date: 2018-05-09
Following on our coverage of Philadelphia Energy Solutions bankruptcy, the company's owner, Andeavor, one of the largest U.S. refining companies has reported saving approximately $100 million over the past two years primarily due to a reduction in the RINs obligation for the 2016 and 2017 compliance periods for some of the company's inland refineries.

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]

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andeavor,  RFS,  Philadelphia Energy Solutions,  


Iowa Study Examines Switchgrass as Biofuel Feedstock (R&D)
Iowa State University
Date: 2018-05-07
Where can Switchgrass Production be More Profitable than Corn and Soybean? An Integrated Subfield Assessment in Iowa, USA, a newly published research study by Iowa State University (ISU) examines converting underperforming areas in Iowa crop fields to switchgrass, which could provide an economic benefit from a future bioenergy crop market.

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,  


DOE Offering $78Mn for Biofuels, Bioenergy Crop R&D (R&D Funding)

Date: 2018-05-07
In Washington, the US Department of Energy has announced the availability of up to $78 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development.

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,  


DowDuPont Nevada Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Remains Unsold (M&A)
DowDuPont
Date: 2018-05-07
Following on our 6 Nov., 2017 coverage, Midlands, Mich.-headquartered chemicals giant DowDuPont reports it is still seeking a purchaser for its shuttered 30 million gpy cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada. The asking price is $225 million.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News DowDuPont,  Biofuel,  Cellulosic,  


Velocys Manufacturing Fischer-Tropsch Reactors for Red Rock Biofuels Project (Ind. Report)
Velocys,Red Rock Biofuels
Date: 2018-05-07
UK-headquartered Velocys plc reports it has begun manufacturing the Fischer-Tropsch reactors and catalyst for Ft. Collins-based Red Rock Biofuels LLC (RRB) biorefinery that will be located in Lakeview, Oregon, US. RRB has broken ground on the biorefinery which will produce low-carbon, renewable diesel and jet fuel. RRB is a subsidiary of IR1 Group LLC, which has 325 million gal. of installed biofuels capacity. The biorefinery in Lakeview will convert forestry residue into 15 million gpy of renewable transportation fuels, including diesel and jet fuel.

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, tkulesa@redrockbio.com, www.redrockbio.com; Velocys plc David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840-- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Biofuel,  Fischer-Tropsch,  Red Rock Biofuels,  


Biofuels Market Leading Manufacturers 2018 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-05-04
E Market Research is offering Biofuels Market Leading Manufacturers 2018 biofuels market report, an in-depth investigation on the competitive biofuels market.

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, nquiry@market.biz, http://emarketresearch.us/global-biofuels-market-2017-2022


Ethanol Giant POET Wins Biorenewable Deployment Consortium Achievement Award (Ind. Report)
Biorenewable Deployment Consortium,POET
Date: 2018-05-04
In Omaha, Nebraska, the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) honored POET, a privately held corporation headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the world's largest producer of ethanol and other biorefined products, with the organization's Spring 2018 Achievement Award at its spring meeting in Omaha on May 1, 2018.

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, www.biorenewabledc.org; POET. Matt Merritt, Public Relations, (605) 965-2225 / (605) 370-9959, matt.merritt@poet.com, www.poet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorenewable Deployment Consortium ,  POET,  Biofuel,  


UK Ferry Trialing Green Biofuels' Green D+ Fuel (Int'l Report)
Red Funnel
Date: 2018-05-04
In the UK, Southamptoon, UK-based ferry boat operator Red Funnel Group reports it is trialing Green Biofuels' Green D+ fuel on its ro-pax ferries which operate between Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Biofuels,  Biofuel,  Maritime Biofuel,  


Biofuel Integrated into Toronto Airport Fuel Hydrants (Ind. Report)
Air Canada
Date: 2018-05-04
Air Canada reports it joined other civil aviation organizations and companies, in a biofuel blend demonstration project at Toronto's Lester B Pearson International Airport. The April 22nd demonstration was intended to show that delivering biofuel at airports via existing supply infrastructure is feasible beyond 2020.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  


POET Tops ADM in Global Fuel Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
POET,ADM
Date: 2018-05-02
In Chicago, Reuters is reporting that privately held, Emmetsburg, Iowa-based ethanol producer POET DSM has surpassed industry pioneer and global grain merchant Archer Daniels Midland to become the world's largest ethanol producer.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland,  POET,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


California Extending Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (Reg & Leg)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2018-05-02
In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports it is preparing to extend the state's 2011-vintage low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) program through 2030, with additional emissions cuts aimed at ultimately reducing the carbon intensity of fuels sold in the Golden State by 20 pct.

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, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board ,  CARB,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  Biofuel,  CCS,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


Kuwait Biofuel Project Production Slated for July (Int'l)
Kuwaiti Oil Ministry
Date: 2018-05-02
In Kuwait City, Kuwaiti Oil Ministry is touting the projected startup of the government's controversial and behind schedule $10.25 billion biofuel project which is expected to come online in July, 2018.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  


Sea-Tac, Partners Promoting Sustainable Aviation Biofuels (Ind. Report)
Sea-Tac
Date: 2018-05-02
In Washington State, the Port of Seattle is reporting that Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Horizon Airlines, Spirit Airlines and others will collaborate on a work plan for providing all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) with access to sustainable aviation biofuel.

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

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


ABFA Seeks Ruling on Pruitt's RFS Refinery Exemptions (Reg & Leg)
Advanced Biofuels Association
Date: 2018-05-02
Reuters is reporting the Washington, DC-based biofuels trade group Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington DC. to rule whether the Trump administration's U.S. EPA and its administrator Scott Pruitt violated the law in granting a growing number of small refineries exemptions under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), according to a court filing.

"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,  


United States Algae Oil Market Report 2017 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-04-30

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, sales@htfmarketreport.com, info@htfmarketreport.com, www.htfmarketreport.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae Oil,  Biofuel,  


Renewable Energy Subsidies Declined in 2016, says EIA (Ind. Report)
Energy Information Administration
Date: 2018-04-30
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting that federal subsidies for renewable energy -- including biofuels for transportation use and renewable generation of electricity -- fell to $6.7 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016, a 56 pct fall from FY 2013. Renewable subsidies in FY 2016 were about half the amount for FY 2010 and FY 2013, about $15 billion, as support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) lessened.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Information Administration,  Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy Incentive,  


Qatar SDC Developing Biocrude Technologies (R&D, Int'l Report)
Sustainable Development Centre
Date: 2018-04-13
In Qatar, the Sustainable Development Centre (SDC) at Qatar University's College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) reports it is developing the techniques to produce bio-crude oil through its Qatar Biofuel Project aimed at finding a way to produce affordable and sustainable biofuels.

"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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biocrude,  SDC Qatar University,  


Byogy Renewables Secures Path to Commercialization with ASTM Bio-Jet Fuel Specification (Ind. Report)
Byogy
Date: 2018-04-11
In a release, San Jose, California-based biofuel specialist Byogy Renewables reports it welcomes last week's ASTM Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) ethanol based specification ballot measure approval.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Byogy,  Bifuel,  ASTM,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Ecovia Renewables Raises $1Mn in Seed Financing (Ind. Report)
Ecovia Renewables
Date: 2018-04-11
Ann Arbor, Michegan-based biotechnology firm Ecovia Renewables, Inc. reports it has raised an initial $1 million in seed funding which will be used for near-term R&D, product development, and bioprocess scale-up activities.

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, info@ecoviarenewables.com, www.ecovia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ecovia Renewables,  Biochemical,  Biofuel,  


Univ. of Singapore Explores Greener Biofuel Production (R&D)
University of Singapore
Date: 2018-04-09
On April 6, National University of Singapore (NUS) announced that its team of engineers has recently discovered a greener and cheaper technique for biofuel production, using a natural bacterium isolated from mushroom crop residue.

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, www.nus.edu.sg

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Singapore,  Biofuelk,  


IRFA Warns Against RFS "War on Rural America" (Ind. Report)
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2018-04-09
On Friday, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) , a trade group representing the Hawkeye State's 43 ethanol and 12 biodiesel refineries, called upon Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst to warn Trump that limiting biofuel production would be a "complete abdication of his repeated promises to protect the renewable fuel standard and would be viewed as a declaration of war on rural America."

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, info@irfa.org, http://iowarfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pruitt,  Renewable Fuels,  Biofuel,  Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,  RFS,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


25 Refineries Exempted from RFS Obligations (Ind. Report)
RFS,ANdeavor
Date: 2018-04-06
Following up on the widely reported US EPA's granting Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) "extreme hardship" waivers to the recently bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES Solutions) refinery, it is interesting to note that of the total 141 operating gasoline refineries in the US (EIA Jan. 2017 data) 25 have received "extreme hardship" waivers, including 3 smaller unites of one of the nation's largest oil refining companies Andeavor -- fka Tesoro Corporation -- which reportedly earned net profits of about $1.5 billion in 2017, according to Reuters coverage. So where's the "extreme hardship"?

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andeavor,  RFS,  Philadelphia Energy Solutions,  Andeover,  


Surrey Launches City Waste-to-Biofuel Project (Ind. Report)
Surrey
Date: 2018-04-06
In British Columbia, the city of Surrey reports the launch of a program that will process discarded food scraps and garden waste "biomatter" into renewable fuel at its recently opened $68 million, Surrey Biofuel Facility.

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, citymanager@surrey.ca, www.surrey.ca

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


St1 Touts Thai Cassava Waste Ethanol Plans (Int'l. Report)
St1 Renewable Energy, Ubon Bio Ethanol
Date: 2018-04-04
Helsinki-headquartered St1 Biofuels is reporting completion of its Etanolix® cassava ethanol pilot plant at Ubon Bio Ethanol Ltd's starch and ethanol plant site in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.

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, patrick.pitkanen@st1.fi, www.st1.fi; Ubon Bio Ethanol, Anchisa Krisanarungkhun, Business Development, +662 273 8666, anchisa@ubonbioethanol.com, www.ubonbioethanol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News St1,  Renewable Energy,  Cassava,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


Indian Bamboo Bio-Ethanol JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
Numaligarh Refinery , Chempolis
Date: 2018-04-04
Further to our 17 Feb., 2016 coverage, India's Numaligarh Refinery Ltd., a public sector crude oil refinery located at Morangi Golaghat district, Assam, reports it's previously announced $200 million bamboo bio-ethanol joint venture with Finland's Chempolis is advancing.

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

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


China Adds 15 pct Tariff on US Ethanol Imports (Int'l. Report)
China Ethanol
Date: 2018-04-04
Following up on our March 30 coverage, on Monday, China added an additional 15 pct tariff on ethanol imports from the U.S. The previous duty was 30 pct. The tariffs, effective Monday, will eliminate cost savings from importing cheaper US ethanol versus domestic supply, according to a Reuters report.

China's domestic ethanol production stands at about 2.5 million tpy. (Source: Khmer Times, Various Others, Reuters, 3 April, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Tariff,  China Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


EPA Issues RFS "Extraordinary Hardship Waivers" (Reg & Leg)
Andeavor,RFS
Date: 2018-04-04
Following on the heels of the EPA's exempting bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) from compliance with U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard biofuels blending regulations, San Antonio-based Andeavor, one of the nation's largest oil refining companies, has reportedly been issued a similar "hardship waiver" for three of its 10 refineries. Andeavor -- fka Tesoro Corporation -- is reported to have earned net profits of about $1.5 billion in 2017, according to Reuters coverage.

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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Indian Ag Waste-to-Ethanol Demo Touts Success (Int'l, Report)
DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences
Date: 2018-04-02
In Mumbai, Indian scientists under the leadership of Prof. Arvind Lali from the DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences are touting the successful operation of the country's first agricultural waste-to-ethanol demonstration facility in the town of Kashipur in Uttarakhand.

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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China Threatens Retaliatory Tariffs on US Ethanol Imports (Int'l)
Ethanol
Date: 2018-03-30
It is being widely reported that China is threatening to impose extra tariffs on imported ethanol and 27 other products from the US, following President Donald Trump's protectionist tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

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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Greenbelt, Young Foundation Ink DuckWeed DAYS Agreement (Ind. Report)
Greenbelt Resources
Date: 2018-03-30
In the Golden State, Paso Robles-based Greenbelt Resources Corp. reports it has inked a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Georgia-based Duckweed DAYS LLC. -- a new entity aiming to commercialize and further the research carried out by the not-for-profit Andrew J. Young Foundation (AYF). The Foundation aims to encourage farmers, both in the U.S. and around the world, to grow duckweed as a cash crop and sell it into the biobased products industry.

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]darren@greenbeltresources.com[endlink],
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Byogy Renewables Secures Path to Commercialization With Historic ASTM Bio-Jet Fuel Specification
Byogy Renewables
Date: 2018-03-30
San Jose, California-based biofuel producer Byogy Renewables is reporting last week's ASTM Alcohol To Jet (ATJ) ethanol based specification ballot measure approval, to produce "full replacement" renewable aviation jet fuels. With this jet fuel specification ethanol can be used as a feedstock to make renewable jet fuel.

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, www.astm.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ASTM,  Byogy Renewables,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Ethanol,  


EcoloCap Touting BioART Biomass Fuel (Ind. Report)
EcoloCap
Date: 2018-03-28
Morton Grove, Illinois-based biomass power specialist EcoloCap is touting the energy output of its BioART process and its application as a clean burning, carbon-neutral fuel. The new application has almost the energy of coal and is free from the vagaries that effect other types of renewable energy. The company plans to market its product to biomass-fired power plants.

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, jm@ecolocap.com, www.ecolocap.com

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NBB Qustions PES RFS Settlement (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2018-03-28
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) called on the Department of Justice to reconsider its proposed settlement allowing Philadelphi Energy Solutions (PES) to escape the vast majority of its 2016-17 obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). According to NBB, the proposed settlement would harm the renewable fuels industry and undermine the intent of the RFS program by excusing more than 70 pct of the company's compliance obligations for the two-year period.

"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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FDB Offers Fijian Renewable Energy Funding (Int'l)
Fiji Development Bank,
Date: 2018-03-26
Fiji's only financial development institution, the Fiji Development Bank , is promoting its Sustainable Energy Financing Facility aimed at scaling up renewable energy investments in the 2,000 +- square kilometer Pacific Island nation of 900,000 residents.

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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Enzyme Enables First-time Microbial Production of Aromatic Biofuel (R&D, New Prod & Tech)
Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute
Date: 2018-03-26
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a new enzyme that will enable microbial production of a renewable alternative to petroleum-based toluene, a widely used octane booster in gasoline that has a global market of 29 million tpy..

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, www.lbl.gov

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ABO Lauds Algae Agriculture Act of 2018 (Reg & Leg)
Algae Biomass Organization
Date: 2018-03-26
In Washington, the algae industry trade association Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is lauding the introduction of the Algae Agriculture Act of 2018, a bill that would give algae cultivators and harvesters many of the same advantages as other traditional crops in United States agricultural policy.

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, bscheevel@algaebiomass.org, www.algaebiomass.org

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POET Supports SD Ag Foundation $4Mn Challenge (Ind. Report)
South Dakota Agricultural Foundation
Date: 2018-03-23
In Pierre, the South Dakota Agricultural Foundation reports its acceptance of a five-year, matching-funds challenge from Gov. Dennis Daugaard to raise $4 million in support of the state's agriculture industry. Funds raised by the SD Ag Foundation will be matched by an additional $1 million in funds from the State of South Dakota and South Dakota Community Foundation.

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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Greenbelt, Biofuels & Energy Tout SLV Biopro Project (Ind. Report)
Greenbelt Resources
Date: 2018-03-23
Paso Robles, California-headquartered Greenbelt Resources Corporation, an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, in collaboration with Biofuels & Energy, LLC (B&E), is touting the San Luis Valley Bioproducts Project (SLV Biopro). The project will feature Greenbelt's waste-to-energy interconnected system (ECOsystem) designed to produce up to 500,000 gpy of bioethanol from potato processing waste and other suitable feedstocks available in the San Luis Valley area of Colorado.

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, darren@greenbeltresources.com, www.greenbeltresources.com

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Omani Researchers Convert Wastepaper into Biofuel (New Prod & Tech)
Sultan Qaboos University
Date: 2018-03-21
In Oman, municipal solid wastes (MSW) consisting primarily of wood, waste paper, food materials, plastics, metals and glass are being investigated by Dr Sivakumar Nallusamy, assistant professor at the Department of Biology, Sultan Qaboos University, as an ideal cellulosic-organic waste as a substrate for bacterial fermentation for the growth of microorganisms used for the production of biodiesel, bioethanol, bioplastics and other valuable products.

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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Delek Sells Alt Air Renewable Fuels Facility (M&A, Ind. Report)
Delek US Holdings, AltAir Paramount
Date: 2018-03-21
Franklin, Tennessee-headquartered Delek US Holdings, Inc. reports the sale of AltAir Paramount, LLC and Delek’s Paramount, California refining and pipeline assets to an affiliate of Boston based World Energy, LLC. The sale, which is expected to yield approximately $72.0 million after adjustments, includes all of Delek's membership interests in AltAir Paramount, LLC which operates a 3,000 bpd renewable diesel/ renewable jet fuel facility, Delek's idled Paramount refinery, and associated pipelines and storage tanks.

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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Greenbelt Resources, Biofuels and Energy LLC Ink LOI (Ind. Report)
Greenbelt Resources,Biofuels and Energy, LLC
Date: 2018-03-21
In the Golden State, Paso Robles-based Greenbelt Resources Corporation reports it has inked a Letter of Intent (LOI) with New Mexico-based Biofuels and Energy, LLC (B&E). B&E plans to utilize Greenbelt's proprietary ECOsystem model, which uses a patented membrane dehydration technology to convert agricultural waste into various biobased products such as bioethanol and high protein animal feed.

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, darren@greenbeltresources.com, www.greenbeltresources.com

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UPM Biofuels Touts Wood-Based Bioplastic Coating (New Prod & Tech)
UPM Biofuels
Date: 2018-03-21
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel producer UPM Biofuels reports its Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces renewable naphtha that can be processed into renewable resins for the production of bioplastics, e.g. for the packaging industry, according to a company press release.

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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Aemetis Completes Advanced Biodiesel Pre-Treatment Unit (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2018-03-21
Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. reports its Universal Biofuels subsidiary in India has completed construction of an advanced biodiesel pre-treatment unit in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, to process the low-cost feedstocks to be provided to the 50-million gpy plant under a BP Singapore Pte Limited (BPS) supply agreement into low carbon high-quality distilled biodiesel.

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, schillara@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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RFA says Second Gen. Biofuels Need Stable Tax Policy (Reg & Leg)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2018-03-19
"While the U.S. grain-based ethanol industry has matured into an efficient and highly competitive fuel supplier, the second-generation sector is much younger, and has struggled to overcome immense financial and commercial obstacles. However, in recent years, with the help of federal tax incentives, the U.S. second-generation sector has finally been able to actually produce second-generation biofuels at a commercial scale level." -- Edward Hubbard, RFA General Counsel, calling on a US House Subcommittee to extend Second-Generation Production Tax Credit and Accelerated Depreciation rules at least until the end of 2018, to help encourage industry investment and drive the next wave of commercial scale production.subcommittee.

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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Ethanol RINs Cap Would Cut Biodiesel Market, says NBB (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2018-03-19
According to a new analysis by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and the World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services (WAEES), capping the price of conventional biofuels' Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) would lead to: a reduction of up to 300 million gpy in biomass-based diesel volumes -- in part, because these volumes would no longer be utilized for compliance with the conventional biofuels requirements; $185 million more in feed costs for livestock producers, likely leading to an increase in food costs for consumers; and $.16 less per bushel for soybeans.

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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Notable Quote

Date: 2018-03-19
"It's a very big boost for the domestic biofuels industry and we (Trump) intend to continue to protect the growers in America and the processors of biofuels." -- U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross speaking to a Senate panel on Trump's soyoil-based biodiesel and palm oil tariffs to protect US biofuel producers. Contact: U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, www.commerce.gov/directory/wilburross


Agrisoma Biosciences Raises $12Mn (Ind. Report, Funding)
Agrisoma Biosciences,Desjardins Capital
Date: 2018-03-16
Gatineau, Quebec-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., an agricultural technology company that sells Carinata seeds used to produce biojet fuel, ir reporting the closing of a $12 (Cdn) million investment round. In addition to new investor Desjardins Capital, investors included Cycle Capital Management, BDC Capital and Lune Rouge.

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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Cellulosics Beat Corn Ethanol for Climate Impact, says Study (R&D)
Colorado State University
Date: 2018-03-16
A new study from Colorado State University is breathing new life into the concept of biofuels produced from native switchgrass as a better feedstock than corn and other cereal and oilseed crops for biofuel production.

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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Oregon Lawmakers Considering Ethanol Mandate Reforms (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2018-03-14
In Salem, Oregon legislators are considering The GREENER Fuels Act, a bill to reform the biofuels mandate and gradually reduce the amount of biofuels such as corn ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.

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.

Download the GREENER Fuels Act. HERE. (Source: Public News Service Oregon, 12 Mar., 2019)

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