According to Geneva-headquartered RSB, the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG) of 27 airlines endorses AltAir's fuels. SAFUG members have pledged to achieve RSB or equivalent certification. The Natural Resources Defense Council has also issued a recent report encouraging airlines to purchase certified-sustainable biofuels and recommended the RSB framework.
Since January 2016, AltAir has been the only refiner to continually produce biojet for commercial use. (Source: AltAir, Biodiesel, Others, 30 Jan., 2018
Contact: AltAir Fuels, Tom Todaro, CEO, (843) 720-8920, www.altairfuels.com; Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials,
Rolf Hogan, Exec. Dir., +41 22 534 90 50, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, www.rsb.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News AltAir Fuels, Jet Biofuel, Aviation Biofue, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials l,
Agrisoma's Carinata-based biojet fuel replaced 10 pct of the petroleum jet fuel required for the 15-hour flight.
The Carinata seed is grown in Australia and
processed using existing agricultural infrastructure then the extracted oil is refined by companies such as Altair Fuels in Paramount, California.
(Source: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., 29 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com; Altair Fuels, Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, (843) 720-8920, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.altairfuels.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma Biosciences, Jet Biofuel, Aviation Biofuel, Car,
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd is India's largest commercial enterprise. The IndianOil Group of companies owns and operates 10 of India's 20 refineries and supplies more than 47.5 million households through a network of 4990 Indian distributors.
(Source: Praj Industries, Coherent News, 29 Jan., 2016)Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, email@example.com, www.praj.net; Indian Oil Corporation, www.iocl.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries, Indian Oil Corp, Ethanol, Bio-Ethanol, Advanced Biofuel, Algae,
The project was intended to include a sawmill producing floor boards, a biofuel plant that creates clean diesel from the sawmill's waste and improvements to the shipping port in the town of Botswood. In February, 2017, Newgreen Technologies reached an agreement in principle with the province for access to 285,000 cubic metres of forest biomass on Crown lands, subject to the resubmission of a business plan with additional information, proof of the technology that was to be supplied by Tennessee-based Proton Power, proof of financing and work starting as soon as possible. The business plan was never updated and construction never began, so the forest biomass rights were forfeited due to the delay.
The biofuel was to be exported to European markets targeted at European markets. (Source: CBC, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: NewGreen Technology Inc., Jeff Penny, CEO, (813) 944-3185, www.newgreentech.us; Proton Power, (865) 376-7002, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.protonpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Newgreen Technology, Botswood, Woody Biomass, Biofuel, Biodiesel,
INEOS New Planet BioEnergy LLC, which processed yard waste into ethanol and electricity, received about $129 million in government loans, tax incentives and grants to convert a former Ocean Spray processing plant into a biofuel-producing facility.
As reported on July 14, it appeared INEOS would be purchased by Alliance BioEnergy of West Palm Beach, but the $8 million offer fell through. (Source: TC Palm, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Alliance Bio-Products , Daniel deLiege, Pres., (888) 607-3555x1106, email@example.com, www.alliancebioe.com; INEOSBio, Mark Dietzen or Markus Hesse, +41 (0) 21 627 7040, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ineos.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News INEOS, Frankens Energy, Alliance BioEnerg,
Corn currently serves as the leading feedstock for ethanol production in the U.S. For sweet sorghum to compete with corn for ethanol production, it must be more lucrative than corn for farmers to produce,and more economical than corn for ethanol plants to process. Considering factors such as yield and the cost of processing, researchers estimate that the current sorghum to ethanol pathway is a barely break-even prospect in western Nebraska, according to the study.
Currently, the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates consumption of specific levels of renewable fuels made from various categories of feedstocks. Under the markets created by the RFS, ethanol plants would be almost certain to obtain a premium for sweet sorghum ethanol compared to corn ethanol. The current level of that premium makes the pathway much more economical. However, according to the researchers the volatility of this market premium and the contentious political opposition to the RFS make this benefit risky, the report says.
Another consideration which could increase the potential of the sweet sorghum ethanol pathway, is an increase in yields. A separate $13.5 million multi-institutional research project led by Nebraska may provide the necessary yield increases. That effort aims to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production.
"If the research efforts raise biomass yields by 20-30 percent, or shows that yields are actually 20-30 percent higher than our estimate, the benefits to both the producer and the ethanol plant would be sufficient to make adoption of sweet sorghum for ethanol a sustainable possibility," Prof. Richard Perrin, Jim Roberts
Department of Agricultural Economics, said.
(Source: University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 24 Jan., 2018) Contact: University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Prof. Richard Perrin, Jim Roberts
Department of Agricultural Economics, (402) 472-9818, email@example.com, www.unl.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Sorghum, Biofuel Feedstock,
The EPA has the authority to grant exemptions from the program to small capacity refineries if the company can demonstrate financial hardship. but the agency has been reluctant to do so in the past.
In the four years ended in 2016, the agency reportedly granted a total of 29 small-refiner exemptions, according to data provided to Reuters by the EPA in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
(Source: NASDAQ, Reuters, Others, 25 Jan., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, Biofuel Blend,
ZERO is a Norwegian environmental organization that focuses on greenhouse gas reduction through promotion of new technologies enabling emission-free energy solutions without harming the environment. ZERO is an independent, environmental foundation that believes that climate is the most important environmental issue, and is working to drive zero-emission solutions and investment in emissions-solving solutions. ZERO's mission is to ensure a practical and fastest possible transition from climate-detrimental activity to emission-free solutions, according to ZERO's website.
UPM is committed to growing its sustainable product offering for various sectors and therefore engages with civil society to promote the change towards environmental friendly bioeconomy, according to the company website. (Source: UPM, Energy Efficiency, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com; ZERO, Maiju Helin, Head of Sustainability and Market Development, +47 92 29 62 00, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.zero.no
More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM Biofuels, Zero Emission Resource Organisation ,
Analysis of up to seven years of production data suggests an estimated billon-tpy could be available annually by 2030.
Field trial results and yield projections for herbaceous crops, including switchgrass, energycane, mixed perennial grasses on Conservation Reserve Program land, giant miscanthus and sorghum, as well as the woody feedstocks poplar and shrub willow, are available online in the January issue of GCB Bioenergy.
The raw data from the field trials will be available for public use and can be accessed at Knowledge Discovery Framework at the U.S. DOE website. Among the herbaceous energy crops, field-scale trials using traditional agricultural equipment were conducted for switchgrass and mixed perennial grasses suitable for use on CRP land, while smaller individual plots were utilized for energycane and giant miscanthus due to a lack of vegetative planting materials for these species.
South Dakota State University was the lead institution for the more than $20 million project which was funded by the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and involved researchers from the U.S. DOE and USDA, 35 land-grant universities, Heidelberg University, INL, ORNL, ANL and several industry partners.
Report details are HERE
(Source: South Dakota State University, Jan., 2018)
Contact: South Dakota State Univ. North Central Regional Sun Grant Center, Vance Owens, Dir., (605) 688-5476, www.sdstate.edu/north-central-regional-sun-grant-center
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock,
PES claims its 2016-17 biofuels obligation totaled $185 million, and the cost of RINs in 2017 alone was $218 million, according to Reuters.
In its bankruptcy filing on Monday, the company said it does not have enough cash to comply with the laws for 2016 and 2017.
(Source: Reuters, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, Various Media, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Solutions,
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, Biofuel Blending, Point of Origin,
Even after the tariff was implemented in 2017, Brazilian ethanol imports rose to a record 2.5 billion litres -- five times the imports of the biofuel in 2016, according to Trade Ministry data.
Nearly all ethanol imported into Brazil comes from the U.S. where production is regularly
surpassing 1 million bpd.
(Source: Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, AgriCensus, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, www.agricultura.gov.br
More Low-Carbon Energy News Brazil Ethanol, Ethanol Tariff, Ethanol,
Bejing-based Sinobioway, a flagship conglomerate in China's bio-industry, will help accelerate Enerkem's global growth by opening the Chinese market to Enerkem's pioneering waste-to-biofuels technology. This joint venture will spearhead the development of a clean economy, reducing air pollution by producing renewable fuels from non-recyclable garbage.
Sinobioway primarily invests in bio-energy, bio-environmental protection, bio-medicine, bio-agriculture, bio-service, bio-manufacturing, and bio-intelligence sectors.
(Source: Enerkem, PR, Markets Insider, Others, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Sinobioway Group, en.sinobioway.com.cn; Enerkem Inc.
Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284 X 251, email@example.com, www.enerkem.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Sinobioway , Enerkem,
The team used tanks with several types of bacteria, called a reactor microbiome. They kept two microbiomes with different temperatures. The first hot microbiome (50°C) converts all the sugars into an intermediate acid. The second warm microbiome (30°C) then performs chain elongation until a product is formed with six to nine carbons. The team also investigated which bacteria had grown in the two different microbiomes.
(Source: Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen, Professor Lars Angenent , +49 7071 29 0, www.unituebingen.de
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,
The legislature notes that biofuels can help achieve the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative's goal of 100 pct clean energy by 2045, by transitioning away from fossil fuels.
An EU commissioned study found that 80 pct of all biofuel consumed in the EU is food-based biodiesel which on average produces 80 pct more CO2 emissions than petroleum diesel. The study also found Palm oil biodiesel to be three times worse for the climate than fossil diesel. (Source: European Parliament , Transport & Environment, Others, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: European Parliament, www.europarl.europa.eu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil Biofuel, Biodiesel, Biofuel,
The loan recipient, Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC, will use the funds to convert distiller's corn oil from ethanol plants into renewable diesel fuel. The loan will fund a new plant in Nevada that is scheduled to open in Q2, 2019.
(Source: Credit Unions Insight, CU Capital Market Solutions, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: CU Capital Market Solutions, Bill Mullally, Marketing, (678) 960-2905, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cucapitalmarketsolutions.com; Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC, Ryze Capital Partners, (949) 812-7000, email@example.com, www.ryzecap.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ryze Renewables Reno, Etrhanol, Corn Oil,
The process, which will be managed by CPL at its plant in Immingham, North Lincolnshire, requires only hours to produce a high-energy, low-carbon biofuel for domestic and industrial uses.
The new £4 million facility, which is expected to begin production this summer, is being co-funded by ERA, a consortium of six Midlands universities and the British Geological Survey (BGS), which has investment from Innovate UK.
(Source: CPL, HPV, Jan., 2018) Contact: CPL, Tim Minnett, CEO, +44 0 1246 277001, www.cplindustries.co.uk;
University of Nottingham, Prof. Colin Snape, Director of Efficient Power from Fossil Energy and Carbon Capture Technologies, +44 115 95 14115, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Innovate UK, Ruth McKernan, CEO, +44 (0) 7766 901150, email@example.com, www.innovateuk.gov.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Biocoal, Innovate UK,
With the purchase, institutional investors now hold almost 18 pct of Aemetis' stock, according to Zacks.
Aemetis, Inc is an international renewable fuels and biochemicals company focused on the production of fuels and chemicals through the acquisition, development and commercialization of technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products by conversion of first-generation ethanol and biodiesel plants into biorefineries. (Source: Aemetis,Zacks, 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aemetis.com; CIBC Atlantic Trust Inc., www.cibcatlantictrust.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis, Biofuel, Renewable Fuel, Biochemical, Ethanol, Biodiesel,
The RSB certification in biofuel feedstock production complements UPM Biofuels' existing sustainability certifications like International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) and RSB certifications for its UPM BioVerno biofuel production.
RSB is one of the European Commission's approved voluntary schemes used to show compliance with the EU Renewable Energy Directive's sustainability criteria. In addition to EU RED criteria, the sustainability of biofuels is evaluated against 12 principles which have been approved by a wide variety of stakeholders, including NGOs and UN agencies.
(Source: UPM Kymmene Corporation, NASDAQ, PR, 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: RSP, Rolf Hogan, Exec. Dir., email@example.com, www.rsb.org; UPM Biofuels Development, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials news, UPM news, Carinata news, Biofuel news, Biofuel Feedstochk news,
The grant funding will enable construction to begin on the biorefinery prototype, which could be operational within 24 months. The prototype will utilize a patented hot water extraction process to separate chemical byproducts from regionally sourced low-grade wood, biomass crops and agricultural residuals. In addition to acting as a training center, the BDCC will focus on forest conservation, industrial development and environmental preservation.
Almost one-quarter of the facility's end product contains marketable sugars and chemicals that can be used as animal feed or turned into ethanol, methanol or acetic acid. The remaining thee-quarters is chipped wood with a superior cellulose quality that can be turned into high-end pellets for home heating, composite lumber, or other products such as biodegradable plastic, cellulosic nano materials, platform bio-chemicals, food additives, advanced technology biomaterials, biofuels and acetic acid.
(Source: SUNY Alfred, Oleans Time Herald, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Alfred State Univ.,
SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center , (800)425-3733, www.alfredstate.edu; Appalachian Regional Commission, (202) 884-7700, www.arc.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Wood Pellet, Alfred State College, SUNY, Biorefining, Biofuel, Bioplastic, Bioproducts,
The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office has consequently identified the need for technologies to be developed for the efficient use of lignin as a key target for accelerating the growth of the U.S. bioeconomy.
To address this challenge, a team comprising Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee's Center for Renewable Carbon, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the Natural Resource Research Institute, Long Trail Sustainability, and Attis' research and development unit, American Science and Technology Corporation, presented the U.S. Department of Agriculture with a pathway based on Attis' technology to allow biorefineries to compete with petroleum.
That pathway relies on Attis' patented and patent-pending AST-Organosolv process to fractionate biomass into cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin, followed by the conversion of cellulose and hemicellulose into biofuel (butanol), and the conversion of lignin into acrylonitrile-butadiene-lignin (ABL Resin) using technology developed and patented by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and licensed to Attis.
(Source: Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc., PR, Accesswire, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Meridian Waste Solutions, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (917) 658-7878, Attis, www.MWSinc.com; Attis, www.attisinnovations.com, www.amsnt.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Innovations, lignin Meridian Waste Solutions, MSW, Municipal Solid Wastes, USDA,
The project developer, Elmhurst, Illinois-headquartered SynSel Energy, has reportedly closed on funding with a U.S.-based financier and Lost Bowl Development, according the the EDC.
(Source: OEDC, Daily Globe, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: OEDC, Pat Tucker, (906) 884-4185, www.ontonagoncounty.org/county-information/economic-development-corporation; SynSel Energy, Tim Tawoda , CEO, )630) 516-1287, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.synselenergy.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News SynSel Energy, Biofuel,
A 2016 EU-funded study found that biodiesel produced from palm oil was three times more polluting than traditional diesel. In 2017, MEPs voted on a resolution urging the European Commission to phase-out the use of vegetable oils in biofuels by 2020. They also called for a single certification scheme to guarantee only sustainably produced palm oil enters the EU market.
According to the ethanol trade group ePURE Secretary General Emmanuel Desplechin."The (European) Parliament needs to send a clear message that not all biofuels are created equal. It is time for the European Parliament to put into law the resolution on palm oil it adopted last spring and stop promoting the use of palm oil and derivatives in biofuels. Crucially, ethanol is not responsible for any of the concerns associated with palm oil cultivation,"
The proposed ban on palm oil still faces hurdles however, starting with a political agreement from the 28 EU member states, which will be required to finalise the adoption of the revised renewable energy directive.
There are still concerns however that the EU's bioenergy policy might lead to deforestation -- especially when it comes to "solid biomass" that is sometimes burned to generate electricity.
The EC's sustainability criteria for biomass includes imports of wood pellets from Canada and the US, which are produced from round trees and are shipped to Europe for burning in power plants.
. (Source: EC, EURACTIV, 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, email@example.com, www.epure.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Palm Oil, Biodiesel, ePURE,
Measured in thousands of barrels per day (bpd), the winner is the USA at 940,000 bpd, followed by Brazil at 449,000; Germany 68,000; China 59,000; Argentina 52,000; France 50,000; Indonesia 38,000; Canada 36,000; Thailand 24,000, and Columbia at 17,000 bpd. (Source: US EIA, Jan, 2018)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA, Biofuel,
According to Abel Energy, "the biomass industry has had quite a few reductions in the renewable heat incentive to the point where there is so little business available that we have decided to mothball biomass."
The company expects the industry to pick up again if the government reinstates its incentives program which initially was "too good" and was quickly exhausted.
(Source: Abel Energy, Eastern Daily Press, 8 Jan., 2018)Contact: Abel Energy, +44 1953 884486, www.abelenergy.co.uk; Forest Fuels, www.forestfuels.co.uk; Wood Energy Solutions, www.woodco-energy.co.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Biomass, Biomass Incentives,
The study is in response a City Council bill Dec. 19 city council bill and is a step toward requiring city ferries to use more efficient, environmentally-friendly fuels.
The study will consider the use of alternative fuels such as biodiesel, hybrid electric and fuel-cell electric as well as the
availability, storage, ferry compatibility, potential limitations and regulations relative the the use of alternative fuels.
The city would convert the ferries to these energy sources if the study determines that using renewable fuels is feasible and practical.
(Source: NYC Council, LIC Post, Various Media, Jan., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuels, Biofuel,
BioForever is a consortium of 14 European companies that intends to demonstrate the feasibility of various value chains from ligno-cellulosic feedstocks to chemical building blocks and fuels. (Source: Alkol Biotech, Biofuels Int'l., 5 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Alkol Biotech Ltd, +44 20 3475 8387, www.alkolbiotech.co.uk; Bio Refinery Development, www.bbi-europe.eu/projects/bioforever
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Cellulosic, ligno-cellulosic ,
Neste presently produces biofuels in Singapore and Rotterdam with a total production capacity of 2.6 million tonnes, and operates two conventional refineries in Finland. (Source: Neste, Reuters, Various Media, 4 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Neste Corporation, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,
Through IBO, the grant will fund research totaling $2,994,429 at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The project proposes to develop and commercialize solvent fractionated lignins to polymeric products for their potential market in building and construction sectors. The proposed research is intended to develop integrated pathways for the extraction of value-added polymeric products from lignin waste/under-valued stream from biorefinery.
NIFA has invested in a range of projects to expand the regional biofuel and bioproduct industries and foster the scientific corps and workforce that support the bioeconomy. One recent example is a five-year investment to the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) which has advanced research into biofuels and biochemicals, fostered the Northwest regional biofuel industry and helped educate tomorrow’s workforce on renewable energy. (Source: USDA, NIFA, PR, 4 Jan., 2018) Contact: USDA, NIFA, www.nifa.usda.gov/Impacts; NARA,
Washington State University, (509) 335-5581, www.nararenewables.org, www.wsu.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, USDA, NIFA, Biorefining, Biofuel,
The document published by the EPA states that depending upon the evaluation conducted by EPA of the lifecycle, the biodiesel and heating oil manufactured from distilling of sorghum oil through a process called transesterification, and the jet fuel, renewable diesel, and heating oil produced from distilling sorghum oil through a process called hydrotreating, to bring down greenhouse gas emissions by half.
(Source: National Sorghum Producers, CMFE News, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: National Sorghum Producers, John Duff, Bus. Gir., (806) 749-3475, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://sorghumgrowers.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News National Sorghum Producers, Sorghum, Biofuel, Biofuel Feedstock, GHGs, RFS,
In addition to Boyle's work, the team will collect data on a large scale to gain insight into genetic elements that control metabolic shifts responsible for lipid accumulation. This information will then be used to develop synthetic biology tools to enable fast and efficient engineering of the algae's cells. Boyle notes there are two main challenges in developing high-yielding algae strains. "First, our understanding of genetic regulation and cellular physiology lags behind other model organisms like E. coli and yeast." "Second, we don't have sophisticated genetic tools to introduce the desired changes."
The project, Systems analysis and engineering of biofuel production in Chromochloris zofingiensis, an emerging model green alga, is led the University of California, Berkeley,in cooperation with Brookhaven National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, UCLA, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The grant is administered by the Genomic Science Program in the Energy Department's Office of Biological and Environmental Research. (Source: Colorado School of Mines, PR, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: Colorado School of Mines,
Mark Ramirez, Communications and Marketing, (303) 273-3088, email@example.com, Prof. Nanette Boyle, (303) 273-3720,
(303) 273-3730 - fax, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mines.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae, Algal, Alae Biofuel,
In December, 2017, the Energy and Mineral Resources Division approved the establishment of bio-ethanol plants.
The produced Bio-ethanol must be certified to have met required standards by the Department of Narcotics Control and supplied only to Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) nominated depots.
(Source: Bangladesh Energy and Mineral Resources Division, Dhaka Tribune, 3 Jan., 2017)
Energy and Mineral Resources Division, www.emrd.gov.bd
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend, Ethanol, Bioethanol,
According to agriculture.com, "ten years of federal incentives were supposed to encourage investment in cellulosic technologies, but only three plants have been built in the Midwest since 2014.
Cellulosic ethanol is harder to manufacture than grain ethanol because it uses the inedible parts of plants, making it harder for machines to process. Cellulosic companies also faced challenges like finding a steady supply, fluctuating markets, and policy indecision. Of the three major plants in the Midwest, the one in Kansas went up for sale in 2016. DuPont announced in November that it's looking for a buyer to take over its plant in Nevada, Iowa.
(Source: Agriculture.com, KTIC, 29 Dec., 2017) Contact: Successful Farming/Agriculture.com, www.agriculture.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic Ethanol, Biofuels, Ethanol,
According to Brussels-headquartered BIC, Europe's bio-industries -- chemicals, plastics, pharmaceuticals, paper, textile, biofuels and bioenergy -- employ approximately 3.3 million people and have annual turnover of € 674 billion. (Source: Bio-based Industries Consortium, Bioplastics, 3 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Bio-based Industries Consortium, www.bioconsortium.eu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioplastic, Ethanol, Bioethanol,
Although the University of Bristol process is currently able to produce a few hundred grams of butanol from beer, researchers predict the fuel can be used on an industrial scale within 5 years.
According to lead researcher
Professor Duncan Wass, "Alcoholic drinks are an ideal model for industrial ethanol fermentation broths as ethanol for fuel is essentially made using a brewing process. If our technology works with alcoholic drinks -- especially with beer which is the best model -- then it shows it has the potential to be scaled up to make butanol as a petrol replacement on an industrial scale.
However, the point is not for beer to become the main source of transport fuel, but rather for it to offer important lessons learned for the butanol technology to be further developed."
(Source: University of Bristol, UN Climate Action, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: University of Bristol, Professor Duncan Wass, www.wassresearchgroup.com/people/duncan-wass
More Low-Carbon Energy News Butanol, Drop-In Fuel, Biobutanol, Biofuel, Ethanol, Alternative Fuel,
A PDF report sample and details are available HERE.
(Source: Market Reports World, PR, SATPRNEWS, 30 Dec., 2017) Contact: Market Reports World, (408) 520-9750, +44 (020) 3289 7501, www.marketreportsworld.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, Cellulosic, Bioethanol, Biofuel,
"Thanks to the RFS, billions of dollars have been invested into making America the global leader in biofuel production. That's why President Trump promised legions of Midwest voters that he would revitalize the rural economy and spur growth in rural towns by expanding the biofuels market. Since then, the president's support for the RFS (Renewable Fuels Standard) has been rock solid, helping turn around three straight years of falling farm income under the previous administration. Without the RFS, this would never be possible."
"The RFS makes crystal clear economic sense, and it remains vital to U.S. energy security." -- U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) (Source: Washington Examiner, NewsMax, 2 Jan., 2017) Contact: Sen. Rick Santorum, https://twitter.com/ricksantorum?lang=en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, RFS,
The awards will come from the province's Climate Leadership Plan.
(Source: Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta Bioenergy Producers Group, Biomass Mag., Others, Dec. 20, 2017) Contact: Alberta Environment and Parks, http://aep.alberta.ca/climate-change/programs-and-services/bioenergy-producer-program.aspx; Alberta Climate Leadership Plan, www.alberta.ca/documents/climate/climate-leadership-report-to-minister.pdf
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Bioenergy Producers Group, Bioenergy, Biofuel,
The study identified biofuels, biochemicals and other areas of focus and development, but made no recommendations on the location or funding of the proposed Bioscience Development Center.
Bio-based hydrocarbon fuels exhibit similar performance features to commonly used petroleum-based fuels but with decreases in particulate matter and other air quality linked emissions. Certain bio-based jet fuels, like GEVO's ATJ, have the prospect to enhance performance, like offering increased energy density which turns into better mileage, according to GEVO.(Source: GEVO, GE Aviation, US Markets Daily, 20 Dec., 2017) Contact: GE Aviation, www.geaviation.com; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, email@example.com, www.gevo.com; FAA CLEEN, www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=20994
More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO, GE Aviation, Aviation Biofuel, Jet Biofuel,
"The signatories of this letter represent companies from all segments of the biomass-based diesel value chain, including production, blending, distribution, marketing and consumption of biodiesel, renewable diesel and renewable aviation fuels. We share the view that extending the biodiesel tax incentive is consistent with sound tax, energy and economic policy. A seamless, multi-year extension of this worthwhile tax incentive will help create jobs, reduce fuels costs, diversify the nation's energy supply and bolster domestic energy production.
"The biodiesel industry is interested in consistency and durability as it relates to the biodiesel tax credit, which we hope to see reinstated this year. This letter shows how important that credit is to a broad range of industries. Tens of thousands of U.S. jobs in manufacturing, agriculture, trucking and other industries are at risk. The clock is ticking, and we hope that Congress acts quickly to reinstate the biodiesel tax credit."
(Source: National Biodiesel Board, PR, 19 Dec., 2017) Contact: National Biodiesel Board, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Biodiesel Tax Credit, NBB,
Rapeseed oil accounts for more than 60 pct of vegetable oil use in biodiesel production in the EU. The study forecasts biofuel demand for vegetable oils would fall from 10.5 million tpy in 2017-18 to 9.1 million tpy in 2030-31.
(Source: UkrAgroConsult, Black Sea Grain, 19 Dec., 2017) Contact: UKrAgroConsult,
(38 (044) 451-46-34,
+38 (044) 220-52-42 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org, www.blackseagrain.net
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"Extension of these provisions is critically important and consistent with the stated purposes of the tax bill of 'growing our economy, bringing jobs back to our local communities, increasing paychecks for our workers, and making sure Americans are able to keep more of the money they earn.'"
"The nation's biofuel sector generates $184.5 billion in annual output, supports 852,000 jobs, pays $46 billion in wages, remits $14.5 billion in taxes, and saves taxpayers about $10 billion per year by reducing the need for farm program payments."
"One of the most important things the Conference Committee could do to support the existing biofuel sector and help spur its continued growth would be to extend the Cellulosic Biofuel Tax Credit and Biodiesel Tax Credit in the final bill." (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, Dec., 2017) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, (605) 334-3381, https://ethanol.org
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The ESDM Ministry will also legislate the use of bidiesel-20 (B-20) for railway fuel, and biodiesel-30 (B-30) for other land transport vehicles in 2018. (Source: Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Antara, 19 Dec., 2017)
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New Energy Risk, an affiliate of global insurance giant XL Catlin, provided performance insurance to support the project's financing. The insurance complemented Fulcrum's patented technology, industry-leading development team and process, as well as feedstock and off-take strategies, in order to increase project attractiveness to investors. Fulcrum's existing investors include US Renewables Group, Rustic Canyon Partners, United Airlines, Waste Management, BP, and Cathay Pacific.
(Source: XL Catlin, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: New Energy Risk, Tom Dickson, CEO, www.newenergyrisk.com; XLCaitlin, www.xlcatlin.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com
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HERE. (Source: International Council on Clean Transportation, Dec., 2017) Contact: The International Council on Clean Transportation, email@example.com, www.theicct.org
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The demo plant will produce Biobutanol from draff -- the sugar-rich kernels of barley which are soaked in water to facilitate the fermentation process necessary for whisky production -- and pot ale, the copper-containing yeasty liquid that is left over following distillation.
Construction of the demo plant is expected to get under early in 2018. (Source: Celtic Renewables, PR, Renewable Energy, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Celtic Renewables, Martin Tangney, Pres., CEO, +44 (0) 141 548 4417, www.celtic-renewables.com
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If the project proceeds, production would begin by 2022 and would extend capacity in the Singapore refinery by 1 million tonnes, Neste says. The additional capacity would be used for production of diesel, aviation fuel and raw materials for biochemical uses, all of them biofuels which can be made from feedstocks such as waste and animal fats.
Neste presently produces biofuels in Singapore and Rotterdam with a total production capacity of 2.6 million tonnes, and operates two conventional refineries in Finland. (Source: Neste, Jakarta Post, 13 Dec., 2017)Contact: Neste Corporation, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com
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Advanced Biofuels Canada and other advocates have called on Ottawa to develop a Clean Fuels Strategy to ensure the success of the CFS. This multi-year initiative would support domestic production and distribution of low carbon fuels to allow the economic benefits of clean fuels to be realized by all Canadians. It would also address the effectiveness of complementary measures that, if well designed, will drive growth across the low carbon economy. Carbon pricing and fuel taxation are two areas where legacy policies and emerging rules can inadvertently discourage the production and use of clean fuels in Canada, according to the release.
Download the Canada Clean Fuel Standards regulatory framework HERE. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, PR, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thomson,
(604) 947-0040, www.advancedbiofuels.ca; Environment and Climate Change Canada, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html
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