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AltAir Biojet Fuel Producer Awarded RSB Certification (Ind. Report)
AltAir Fuels,Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
Date: 2018-01-31
Seattle-based AltAir Fuels reports its 40 MMgy biojet fuel production facility in Paramount, California, has been certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) to produce biojet fuel, renewable diesel and naphtha. AltAir Fuels has been a member of the RSB since 2014.

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,; Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Rolf Hogan, Exec. Dir., +41 22 534 90 50,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News AltAir Fuels,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofue,  Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials l,  

Agrisoma Powers First US-Australia Biofuel Flight (Ind. Report)
Agrisoma Biosciences
Date: 2018-01-31
Following on our Nov. 20, 2017 coverage, Quebec-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. reports its Carinata oilseed biojet fuel powered the world's first biofuel dedicated transpacific flight by Qantas Airways between Australia and the United States on Sunday, 28 Jan.

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,,; Altair Fuels, Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, (843) 720-8920,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma Biosciences,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Car,  

Praj, Indian Oil Partnering on New Indian Bio-Ethanol Plants (Int'l)
PRaj Industries,Indian Oil Corp.
Date: 2018-01-29
In India, Mumbai-headquartered Praj Industries Ltd. reports it will partner Indian Oil Corporation for the construction of multiple 100,000 lpd ethanol plants in India. Under the terms of their agreement, Praj will provide plant machinery and help IOCL in operating and maintaining the facilities. Few detail have been released.

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,,; Indian Oil Corporation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries,  Indian Oil Corp,  Ethanol,  Bio-Ethanol,  Advanced Biofuel,  Algae,  

Newfoundland Forest Biomass Biofuel Project Dies on the Vine (Ind. Report)
Newgreen Technology
Date: 2018-01-29
In Newfoundland-Labrador, CBC is reporting Corner Brook, Newfoundland-based Newgreen Technology's proposed and long delayed $185-million biodiesel production plant that was planned for Botswood, Newfoundland, has likely breathed its last due to endless delays and bureaucratic crossed wires and bungling .

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,; Proton Power, (865) 376-7002,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Newgreen Technology,  Botswood,  Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  

Former INEOS Florida Bioenergy Plant Finds a Buyer (Ind. Report, M&A)
INEOS,Alliance BioEnergy,Franken
Date: 2018-01-26
In the Sunshine State, the former INEOS New Planet BioEnergy LLC plant in Indian River County has reportedly been acquired by Texas-based Frankens Energy LLC for an undisclosed price.

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,,; INEOSBio, Mark Dietzen or Markus Hesse, +41 (0) 21 627 7040,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News INEOS,  Frankens Energy,  Alliance BioEnerg,  

Sweet Sorghum's Ethanol Potential Studied in Nebraska (R&D)
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Date: 2018-01-26
In the Corn Husker State, researchers at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln are investigating sweet sorghum, with its high sugar content and stability during droughts, as a potential ethanol feedstock crop on non-irrigated farmland in western Nebraska.

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,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sorghum,  Biofuel Feedstock,  

Growing Numbers of Refineries Seeking RFS Waivers (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-01-26
Following on our January 24th coverage -- Refiner PES Pins Bankruptcy on RFS Costs -- Reuters is reporting that 27 small -- under 75,000 bpd -- U.S. refineries are seeking waivers and exemptions from the US EPA Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) "point of obligation" blending regulations which they claim is costing them billions of dollars a year to fulfill.

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,  

UPM Biofuels, ZERO Collaboration Promoting Bio-economy (Int'l)
UPM Biofuels,Zero Emission Resource Organisation
Date: 2018-01-24
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered UPM Biofuels and the Oslo, Norway-based Zero Emission Resource Organization (ZER$O) report they are collaborating to promote green transportation, biochemicals, sustainable bioproducts and a predictable long term operating environment for sustainable, advanced biofuels to enable climate change mitigation in transport with renewable fuels.

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,,; ZERO, Maiju Helin, Head of Sustainability and Market Development, +47 92 29 62 00,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM Biofuels,  Zero Emission Resource Organisation ,  

Biofuels Feedstock Study Supports Billion-tpy Estimate (R&D)
North Central Regional Sun Grant Center
Date: 2018-01-24
Can farmers produce at least 1 billion tons of biomass per year that can be used as biofuels feedstock? That’s the question that researchers are trying to answer, according to South Dakota State University North Central Regional Sun Grant Center Director Vance Owens. The goal is to replace 30 percent of the petroleum consumed in the United States with biofuels.

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock,  

Refiner PES Pins Bankruptcy on RFS Costs (Ind. Report)
Philadelphia Energy Solutions
Date: 2018-01-24
Philadelphia Energy Solutions, owner of the largest U.S. East Coast refinery, reports its plan to exit it Chapter 11 bankruptcy is dependent upon its shedding existing biofuel "point-of-obligation" biofuel blending costs under the US DOE Renewable Fuels Standard. The company also plans to sell $150 million worth of credits to help emerge from bankruptcy, according to Reuters.

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,  

Brazil Considers Ending 20 pct Ethanol Import Tariff (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-22
In Brasilia, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture reports it is considering the revocation of a 20 pct import tariff on ethanol that went into effect in September, 2017. The 20 pct tariff, which kicks in once ethanol imports exceed 150 million litres in each quarter, was imposed after ethanol mill owners in country's northeast lobbied the government to do something about the wave of imported ethanol flooding the local market and driving down prices.

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brazil Ethanol,  Ethanol Tariff,  Ethanol,  

Enerkem, Sinobioway JV Plans Chinese Biofuel Facilities (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-22
Montreal-based bifuels and renewable chemicals from wastes specialist Enerkem Inc. reports Sinobioway Group will make a $125 million (Cdn) equity investment in Enerkem Inc., future licenses, equipment manufacturing and sales, as well as for the creation of a major joint venture that will lead the construction of over 100 Enerkem state-of-the-art facilities in China by 2035.

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,; Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284 X 251,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sinobioway ,  Enerkem,  

German Univ. Touts Dairy Wastewater Whey Biofuel (New Prod & Tech)
University of Tubingen
Date: 2018-01-19
In Germany, Researchers at the University of Tubingen are reporting the development of a process that converts dairy wastewater "acid whey", a dairy byproduct, into biofuels without the use of additional chemicals. The research team used microbiome cultures similar to those in the human gut. The new bio-oil can be used in animal feed or as a fuel for airplanes when refined.

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  

100 pct Hawaiian Biofuels Legislation Tabled (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-19
In Honolulu, the Hawaiian legislature is considering Senate Bill 2019 which is intended to encourage the use of biofuels by requiring that all motor vehicle fuel sold in the state contain at least 10 pct (E10) biofuel by volume. The bill also requires the biofuel used in the blend be produced in the state from locally grown and sourced feedstocks. If passed into law, the legislation would come into force no later than ninety days after the commercial scale production of biofuel in Hawaii has been sustained over a period of four consecutive weeks.

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.

Download Hawaiian Senate Bill SB201 HERE. (Source: Hawaiian State Legislature, Jan., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Hawaii Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  

EU Parliament Ends Support for Palm Oil Biofuel (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-19
Transport & Environment reports the European Parliament (EP) has voted to limit the use of food crop-based biofuels to 2017 national consumption levels and never higher than 7 pct of all transport fuels. The EP also voted to remove biodiesel made from palm oil, the highest emitting biofuel in the market today, from the list of biofuels that can count towards the renewables target in 2021. The EP also approved an overall transportation fuel biofuel blending rate of 12 pct.

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,

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

Credit Unions Fund Planned $112Mn Nevada Biofuel Plant (Funding)
USDA Rural Development Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Bio based Product Manufacturing Assistance Program,Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC
Date: 2018-01-19
A consortium of credit unions led by Jefferson Financial FCU of Metairie, La. is reported to have funded a $112.6 million loan to Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC. The loan was guaranteed through the USDA Rural Development Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Bio based Product Manufacturing Assistance Program and is the largest to date for the USDA program, which assists in the development, construction and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and bio based products.

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,,; Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC, Ryze Capital Partners, (949) 812-7000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ryze Renewables Reno,  Etrhanol,  Corn Oil,  

CPL, Nottingham U. Touting Biomass-to-Biocoal Tech (New Prod & Tech)
Innovate UK,CPL Industries
Date: 2018-01-19
In the UK, a new facility capable of producing next-generation biocoal is being developed by CPL Industries, together with The University of Nottingham and the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA). The facility will use Hydrothermal Carbonisation technology (HTC) to convert high-moisture biomass, including food waste, into next-generation solid fuels with coal-like properties.

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,; University of Nottingham, Prof. Colin Snape, Director of Efficient Power from Fossil Energy and Carbon Capture Technologies, +44 115 95 14115,,; Innovate UK, Ruth McKernan, CEO, +44 (0) 7766 901150,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Biocoal,  Innovate UK,  

CIBC Atlantic Trust Invests in Aemetis Inc (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-17
According to its SEC filing, Atlanta-based CIBC Atlantic Trust Group LLC has purchased 1,468,507 shares of Cupertino, California-based specialty chemicals producer Aemetis tock, Atlantic Trust Group LLC owned 7.41% of Aemetis at the end of the most recent reporting period.

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,,; CIBC Atlantic Trust Inc.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  Biochemical,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  

UPM Biofuels Scores RSB Sustainability Certification for Carinata Biofuel Feedstock (Int'l, Ind. Report)
UPM Biofuel,Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
Date: 2018-01-15
Helsinki, Finland-headquartered UPM Biofuels is reporting receipt of a sustainability certificate from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) for the cultivation of Brassica carinata (Carinata) as an oilseed crop specially designed for sustainable production of biofuels.

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.,,; UPM Biofuels Development, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials news,  UPM news,  Carinata news,  Biofuel news,  Biofuel Feedstochk news,  

SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development, Commercialization Center Prototype Awarded $6.6Mn (Funding)
SUNY Alfred
Date: 2018-01-15
Following on our June 19, 2017 coverage, Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a further $6.6 million in grant funding for the proposed SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC). The $14.2 million project previously received about $6.1 million in the form of four grants, from Empire State Development, the state Dormitory Authority, Appalachian Regional Commission and the federal Economic Development Administration.

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,; Appalachian Regional Commission, (202) 884-7700,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Alfred State College,  SUNY,  Biorefining,  Biofuel,  Bioplastic,  Bioproducts,  

Meridian Awarded $3Mn for Lignin Conversion Tech R&D (Funding)
Meridian Waste Solutions,USDA
Date: 2018-01-12
Atlanta-based Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc., an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services and innovative technology company, is reporting receipt of $3 million in grant funding from the USDA to support the commercialization of patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies owned by Meridian's subsidiary, Attis Innovations, Inc. -- the combination of recent transactions with American Science and Technology Corp. and Advanced Lignin Biocomposites LLC.

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,; Attis,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Innovations,  lignin Meridian Waste Solutions,  MSW,  Municipal Solid Wastes,  USDA,  

SynSel Energy Mich. Biofuel Project Nears Construction (Ind. Report)
SynSel Energy
Date: 2018-01-12
Following up on our July 17, 2017 coverage, the ONTONAGON County Economic Development Corp. (OEDC) in Michigan is reporting construction of a planned $300 million advanced biofuels plant at the site of the closed paper mill is expected to get underway shortly.

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,; SynSel Energy, Tim Tawoda , CEO, )630) 516-1287,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SynSel Energy,  Biofuel,  

EU Considers Zero Palm Oil in Transport Fuels (Reg & Leg, Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-10
EURACTIV is reporting that EU parliamentarians (MEPs) are considering a complete phase out of palm oil in transport fuels by 2021. The proposal, which has garnered support from the biggest political groups in the European Parliament, would be a victory for environmentalists who have long warned against the deforestation and other damage caused by palm oil.

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,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  ePURE,  

And the Winner Is! ... EIA Lists Top 10 Biofuel Producing Countries (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-10
Current world biofuel production is primarily ethanol from corn or sugarcane and biodiesel from soybeans.

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Biofuel,  

Abel Energy Unloads Woody Biomass Assets in Scale-Back (Int'l)
Abel Energy
Date: 2018-01-10
In the UK, Watton-based biomass and solar energy firm Abel Energy is reporting the £20 million sale of its service and maintenance operations to South Gloucestershire's Wood Energy Solutions and its biomass and biofuels business to Forest Fuels.

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,; Forest Fuels,; Wood Energy Solutions,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  Biomass Incentives,  

NYC Ferries Studying Alternative Fuels Options (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-08
In the Big Apple, the NYC Department of Transportation reports it will soon begin a 2-year study to assess the use of alternative , low-carbon fuels as opposed to standard petroleum diesel fuels on the Staten Island Ferry and others in the city's fleet.

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,  

Alkol Biotech, BioFoorever Ink Biomass Supply LOI (Int'l Report)
Alkol Biotech,Bio Refinery Development
Date: 2018-01-08
London-headquartered Alkol Biotech and Bio Refinery Development report the signing of a letter of intent (LOI) to supply to 500,000 dry tonnes of non-woody "cold weather" EUeergyCane lignocellulosic biomass for the next 10 years to Bio Refinery Development (BioForever) for what, if built, would be the Continent's largest biorefinery.

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,; Bio Refinery Development,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Cellulosic,  ligno-cellulosic ,  

Finland Surrenders Control of Neste (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-01-08
Helsinki, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste Oil reports reports its principal and controlling shareholder, the Government of Finland, on Thursday effectively gave up control of oil refiner by donating some of its shares valued at €30 million (approx $60 million) to a charitable foundation. The donation reduced the state's Neste holding to 49.7 pct from 50.1 pct, according to a government statement.

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, nbsp; 

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  

NIFA Invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (Ind. Report)
USDA,NIFA,Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance
Date: 2018-01-08
In the nation's Capital, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) reports it has awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (IBO) program which is coordinated and co-funded jointly between NIFA and the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office. The funding comes from NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) which addresses challenges in food and agricultural sciences through research, extension, and education.

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,; NARA, Washington State University, (509) 335-5581,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance,  USDA,  NIFA,  Biorefining,  Biofuel,  

EPA Assessing Grain Sorghum as Advanced Biofuel (Ind. Report)
National Sorghum Producers
Date: 2018-01-05
The National Sorghum Producer reports the US EPA has assessed the lifecycle of greenhouse gas emissions in grain sorghum refinement and found that once transformed into a biofuel the grain released approximately half the amount of greenhouse gases as compared to baseline petroleum fuels. The EPA finding helps qualify grain sorghum as an advanced biofuels under the metrics set by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Sorghum Producers,  Sorghum,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  GHGs,  RFS,  

Colorado School of Mines Funded for Algal Biofuel R&D (R&D, Funding)
Colorado School of Mines
Date: 2018-01-05
The Colorado School of Mines in Golden reports assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering Nanette Boyle will receive $616,000 from the US DOE over the next five years for her part in a project to create a genome-scale metabolic model of the algae -- Chromochloris zofingiensis which will be used to produce renewable biofuel.

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,, Prof. Nanette Boyle, (303) 273-3720, (303) 273-3730 - fax,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Algal,  Alae Biofuel,  

Dhaka Approves Bioethanol Production, 5 pct Blending (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-05
In Dhaka, The government of Bangladesh Energy and Mineral Resources Division reports it has approved the 5 pct blending of bioethanol and petroleum fuel. The initiative is intended to reduce the use of conventional fuel oil, cut carbon emission, and to mitigate environmental pollution .

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  

Mid.West Cellulosic Ethanol Stalls, says (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-03 is reporting that while advanced biofuels are still thought of as the next generation of renewable fuels, corn-based ethanol still makes up most of the nation's fuel supply. In addition to cutting the carbon footprint for America's vehicles, bio-based ethanol was supposed to provide jobs to rural communities and give farmers new revenue sources, the article adds.

According to, "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:, KTIC, 29 Dec., 2017) Contact: Successful Farming/,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic Ethanol,  Biofuels,  Ethanol,  

EU Bioplastics Producers Seek Bioethanol Duty Reductions (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-03
The European Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) reports that EU-based bioplastics producers are becoming increasingly concerned about their ability to compete with players in the Americas due to the high duties they must pay for their ethanol feedstock and have urged the EU to forego existing import duties of 60-40 pct on bioethanol used exclusively for applications in chemical intermediates.

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioplastic,  Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  

Univ. of Bristol Beer-to-Butanol Process Touted (New Prod & Tech)
University of Bristol
Date: 2018-01-03
In the UK, research chemists at the University of Bristol report they have developed a way to convert ethanol -- an active ingredient found widely in beers and other alcoholic drinks -- into butanol through petrochemical processes using a catalyst to speed up the chemical reaction -- a process similar to those used for refining gasoline. Butanol can be used as a non-corrosive "drop-in" fuel for gasoline engines with little or no engine modifications.

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Butanol,  Drop-In Fuel,  Biobutanol,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Alternative Fuel,  

Lignocellulosic Bio-Ethanol Market Outlook and Opportunities in Grooming Regions; Edition 2017-2022 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-01-03
Lignocellulosic Bio-Ethanol Market Research Report provides an analysis of the principal global lignocellulosic bio-ethanol manufactures and geographic regions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure, development trends, competitive landscape analysis, key regions distributors analysis, production and market share, revenue, price and gross margin, supply, consumption, regional export and import values and other pertinent data.

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Cellulosic,  Bioethanol,  Biofuel,  

Notable RFS Quotes from a Former Trump Foe
Date: 2018-01-03
"Some petroleum companies seem to be taking their influence for granted, and that could prove their undoing with a White House that is known for drawing a clear line between friends and foes."

"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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  RFS,  

Alberta Offering $63Mn Support for Biofuels, Bioenergy (Funding)
Alberta Bioenergy Producers Group
Date: 2017-12-22
In oil-soaked Alberta, the provincial government reports it plans to award $63 million in grant funding over seven years to support ethanol, biodiesel, biomass power generation and other bioenergy projects province-wide. An additional $440 million will support oil sands innovation, $225 million will support new technologies that reduce emissions, $240 million will support industrial energy-efficiency projects, and $400 million in loan guarantees will be available to support investment in efficiency and renewable energy measures to reduce risk for financial institutions and make it easier for companies to invest.

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,; Alberta Climate Leadership Plan,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Bioenergy Producers Group,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  

EU Energy Ministers Supports 27 pct Renewables Target (Int'l)
Council of EU Energy Ministers
Date: 2017-12-22
On Monday, the Council of EU Energy Ministers came out in support of the European Commission's proposed renewable energy target of at least 27 pct by 2030. The Council also agreed on a 14 pct renewable fuel target for the transport sector by 2030 for each member state, with a 3 pct sub-target for advanced biofuels, for which double-counting will be possible. The existing 7 pct cap on first-generation biofuels is maintained, the Council said and added that if a member state sets a lower cap, it could reduce its overall target for renewables in transport. (Source: Council of EU Energy Ministers, 19 Dec, 2017)Contact: Council of EU Energy Ministers,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Target,  Renewables,  EU,  

Iowa Bioscience Development Center Proposed (Ind. Report)
Iowa Economic Development Authority
Date: 2017-12-22
In the Hawkeye State, the Iowa Economic Development Authority is proposing the state increase capital available for investment in bioscience companies and establish a public-private Iowa Bioscience Development Center to coordinate existing assets and strategy implementation while advancing specific business areas and overall sector growth.

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.

Down load the study HERE. (Source: Iowa Economic Development Authority, PR, Des Moines Register, 19 Dec., 2017) Contact: Iowa Economic Development Authority,

GE Aviation Testing with GEVO ATJ Jet Biofuel (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-12-22
As previously reported, Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol producer GEVO, Inc. has announced that GE Aviation has begun jet engine combustor element testing with a jet fuel constituted 100 pct of company's renewable ATJ. The testing is part of the FAA's Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) initiative to support the advancement of new aircraft, engine know-hows, and to develop sustainable alternative jet fuels.

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,; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358,,; FAA CLEEN,

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

NBB, Others Calls for Biodiesel Tax Credit Reinstatement (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-12-22
In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), the Advanced Biofuels Association, the National Association of Truckstop Operators, the American Trucking Association, the National Association of Convenience Stores, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America and the Petroleum Marketers Association of America have sent a letter sent to Congressional leaders calling for a retroactive, multi-year extension of the biodiesel tax incentive before the end of the year.

"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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tax Credit,  NBB,  

Rapeseed as Biodiesel Crop Declining in EU, says Report (Int'l)
Date: 2017-12-22
According to a UkrAgroConsult study for the European Commission, rapeseed, the most produced oilseed in the EU will lose ground as a biodiesel feedstock crop over the next decade due to a drop in the demand for biofuels, competition from other oilseed crops, declining policy support and growing competition from imports. A sharp decline rapeseed cultivation to around 6 million hectares by 2030-31 versus an average 6.5 million in the past five years, would outweigh improving yields and push down production, the study added.

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),,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  Rapeseed,  Oilseed ,  

ACE Urges Cellulosic Biofuel, Biodiesel Tax Credits Extension (Opinions, Editorials and Asides)
American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2017-12-20
In a letter to the Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means Kevin Brady, and Chairman of the Committee on Finance, Orrin Hatch, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) called for an extension of the Cellulosic Biofuel Tax Credit and Biodiesel Tax Credit as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Highlights from the ACE letter follow:

"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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  Cellulosic,  Ethanol,  Biofuel Tax Credit ,  

Indonesia Sets Low Biofuel Blend Rates (Int'l Report)
Biofuel Blend
Date: 2017-12-20
In Jakarta, the Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) reports the government will set a 2 pct ethanol-gasoline blend rate, down from the originally planned 5 pct blend, for all four wheel vehicles, beginning in 2018. The lowered percentage to 2 pct is in consideration of irregular ethanol supplies. The blend rate is expected to be raised to 20 pct January 2025.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blend,  Biodiesael Blend,  

Fulcrum Bioenergy Performance Insurance Provided by New Energy Risk (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum Bioenergy
Date: 2017-12-18
Menlo Park, Calif., Dec. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Menlo Park, California-headquartered renewable energy insurance specialist New Energy Risk reports it has insured Pleasonton, California-based Fulcrum BioEnergy's Sierra BioFuels Plant. The project, currently under construction outside of Reno, Nevada will process 175,000 tpy of municipal solid waste into more than 10 million gallons of low-carbon synthetic crude oil for conversion into transportation fuel, beginning in early 2020.

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,; XLCaitlin,; Fulcrum Bioenergy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum Bioenergy,  

U.S. Domestic Airline Fuel Efficiency Ranking 2015 -- 2016 White Paper Attached (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-12-18
According to the attached International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) report, aircraft and air travel presently account for about 2.5 pct of global CO2 emissions with U.S. aircraft alone accounting for almost one-third of the global total, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FFA also projects that aviation activity will increase 2 pct to 3 pct annually through 2037. Recognizing the importance of aviation emissions, the U.S. government set an aspirational goal of capping CO2 emissions from U.S. commercial carriers at 2005 levels from 2020 with aviation biofuels and fuel efficiency playing a crucial role in meeting those goals.

Access the ICCT U.S. Domestic Airline Fuel Eefficiency Rankink, 2015--2016 White Paper HERE. (Source: International Council on Clean Transportation, Dec., 2017) Contact: The International Council on Clean Transportation,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News FAA,  Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  Biofuel,  ICCT,  

Celtic Renewables Plans Pot-Ale and Draff Biofuel Demo (Int'l)
Celtic Renewables
Date: 2017-12-15
Edinburgh, Scotland-based biofuel start-up Celtic Renewables, a spinout of Edinburgh Napier University, Celtic Renewables Ltd.reports it has secured planning permission for a 500,000 lpy commercial demonstrator biobutanol plant in Grangemouth. The company has also established a new PLC -- Celtic Renewables Grangemouth PLC -- specifically for the project and has launched a funding campaign seeking to raise £5.25 million ($7.25 million) through an ISA eligible investment with Abundance Investment.

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,

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Neste Selects Singapore for New Biofuel Plant (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-12-15
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered Neste reports it has selected Singapore as the site for its planned new biofuel plant and will make a final investment decision by the end of 2018. Technical and design work is underway.

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,

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Cdn.Clean Fuel Standard Design Framework Released (Ind. Report)
Advanced Biofuels Canada,Environment and Climate Change Canada
Date: 2017-12-15
Following on our November, 2016 coverage, Environment and Climate Change Canada has released the design framework for the national Clean Fuel Standard (CFS). Key elements of the framework include:
  • The CFS objective is 30 megatonnes of GHG reductions annually by 2030;
  • The current federal Renewable Fuels Standard levels will be maintained, with replacement by the CFS over the longer term;
  • Separate carbon intensity reduction requirements will be established for liquid, gaseous and solid fuels;
  • With transportation fuels comprising 80 pct of liquid fuels, the effective partitioning of fuel types will ensure GHG reductions occur in the transportation sector. Some sub-fuel type grouping may be considered;.
  • Gaseous fuels may see a volumetric requirement or a hybrid approach;
  • Credit exchanges and other flexibilities to enable cross-sector compliance will be considered.

    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,; Environment and Climate Change Canada,

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