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POET Planning Bio-Based Industrial Alcohol Production (Ind. Report)
POET
Date: 2020-08-03
Following up on our 20th April report, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the world's largest biofuels producer reports it plans to scale up production of industrial and beverage-grade alcohol at two of its biorefineries -- Leipsic, Ohio and in Alexandria, Indiana which is expected to come online in early 2021.

POET expedited efforts to produce pharmaceutical-grade, alcohol-based hand sanitizer after COVID-19 created an unprecedented spike in demand for sanitation and cleaning products. POET's all-natural product will grow the volume of cleaner, greener, high-quality alcohol options available to industrial, personal care, and food and beverage consumers.

POET is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. Started in 1987, the company today has a network of 28 production facilities across 7 states. At full run rates, POET purchases 5 pct of US corn and produces 2 billion gpy of ethanol, 10 billion ppy of distillers dried grains, and 600 million ppy of corn oil, according to the website release. (Source: POET, Website News, 3 Aug., 2020) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  


India's Praj Ind., ARAI Green Fuel Alliance Announced (Int'l. Report)
Praj Industries
Date: 2020-07-29
Pune, India-based ethanol producer Praj Industries Ltd. and the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) are reporting a MoA to jointly drive the development and use of advanced and alternative fuels in industry and transportation.

As a leading player in the global bio economy, Praj brings its three decades expertise in developing and deploying biofuel technology solutions through its TEMPO business mode l to the joint effort. ARAI, as a R&D major, brings its experience in CNG, LPG, LNG, HCNG, dual fuel technology, Bio-CNG, Hydrogen, Ethanol, DME and Methanol to the joint agreement.

With their complementary strengths in technology and application, Praj and ARAI will work together to test and commercialise newer fuels with improved efficiencies, according to the Praj release. (Source: Praj Industries Ltd., PR, 29 July, 2020) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev. info@praj.net, www.praj.net; Automotive Research Association of India, Shri Nitn B Dhande, Bus. Dev., dhande.dts@araiindia.com, www.araiindia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries news,  Alternative Fuel news,  CNG news,  Biofuel news,  Ethanol news,  


REGI Inks Calif. REG Ultra Clean® Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
Date: 2020-07-29
Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) is reporting an agreement with Sacramento, California-based petroleum products distributor Hunt & Sons, Inc. to supply REG Ultra Clean ® at 12 locations in Northern California.

REG Ultra Clean is a premium renewable fuel and one of the lowest carbon intensity liquid transportation fuels on the market today which enables businesses to achieve sustainability targets with the performance they expect, according to the REGI release. (Source: REGI, PR, 29 July, 2020) Contact: REGI, REG Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Gary Haer, 515-239-8000, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  


ACE Comments on COVID-19 Economic Relief Pkg, (Opinions & Asides)
American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2020-07-29
Late yesterday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his coronavirus economic relief package including $20 billion in relief to be used by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in addition to the $14 billion in funding the previously enacted CARES Act provides USDA via the Commodity Credit Corporation account. This marks the next step toward supplying much needed assistance to the renewable fuels sector. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings believes ethanol producers, considered 'processors' under any commonsense definition of the term, would be prime candidates to receive a portion of USDA's increased discretionary funds in this proposal. While Jennings welcomed the inclusion of the assistance, he urged for more specific language in the following reaction:

"We are grateful Senate leaders have responded to our request for economic relief to biofuel producers in the phase four stimulus, however, Congress gave USDA the flexibility to provide relief for renewable fuel producers in the last package and USDA declined to exercise it. While Senator McConnell's bill is more specific about processors of ag commodities, it still leaves discretion to USDA which has so far failed to use the authority to support our industry.

"As I stated in my recent letter to Senators McConnell and Schumer, direct aid for biofuel producers is long overdue. That is why we support and urged inclusion of the Grassley-Klobuchar bill which makes direct assistance certain. Ethanol producers have acted as an economic bridge for U.S. farmers when they purchased corn before the extent of the pandemic was known. It is only fair to aid the ethanol industry which has fronted cash to farm economies.

"We will continue to urge for more specific language in the final bill. Fortunately, momentum appears to be in our favor since both the House-passed Heroes Act and Senate proposal contain relief provisions. Now we need to ensure the legislative details are correct as there should be no reason direct assistance for ethanol producers doesn't make it in the final phase four bill. ACE urges grassroots advocates to contact their lawmakers and ask them to include biofuel producer relief in the final coronavirus relief package and to get it done before the August recess." (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, 29 July, 2020) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, (605) 334-3381, www.ethanol.org

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


Haifa University Develops Watermelon Waste Ethanol (Int'l.)
University of Haifa
Date: 2020-07-27
Israeli researchers at the University of Haifa (Oranim), report finding a method to utilize watermelon waste for biofuel . The researchers produced ethanol from an Israeli Malali watermelon strain, grown only for its seeds, as part of the nut industry. Thus, the watermelon rind and flesh , which together make up 97 pct of the watermelon's weight, are waste and a suitable feedstock for ethanol production.

The University of Haifa researchers also found that watermelon waste could be used to produce lycopene, a dietary supplement sold as an antioxidant. (Source: University of Haifa, Ynet, 25 July, 2020) Contact: University of Haifa, +972 4-824-0111, www.haifa.ac.il/index.php/en/home-eng

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol news,  


Bulgarian Start-up Licenses Clariant Sunliquid® (Ind. Report)
Clariant
Date: 2020-07-27
Switzerland headquartered specialty chemicals company Clariant reports it has licensed its Sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol technology to Bulgarian start-up Eta Bio. The agreement covers the supply of the license, basic engineering, technical services and a supply of starter cultures from Clariant's proprietary enzyme and yeast platform.

Eta Bio, which was established to construct, own and operate a commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural waste, will use Sunliquid technology at a new facility designed to produce 50,000 metric tpy of cellulosic ethanol from roughly 250,000 metric tpy of regionally-sourced wheat straw. (Source: Clariant, Website, 27 July, 2020) Contact: Clariant, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, Christian Librera, Biofuels and Derivatives, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


Algae Oil Specialist Euglena Biofuels Startup Announced (Ind. Report)
Chevron Lummus Global
Date: 2020-07-22
Bloomfield, New Jersey-based Chevron Lummus Global -- a joint venture between Chevron and engineering firm McDermott -- and Albuquerque, New Mexico-headquartered Applied Research Associates Inc. are reporting the startup of Euglena Co. Ltd.'s integrated Biofuels Isoconversion unit in Yokohama, Japan.

The 5 bpd, first-of-its-kind demonstration unit employs Euglena's isoconversion technology which was jointly developed by CLG and ARA, to produce renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel out of an algae oil blend and waste vegetable oil.

Biofuels Isoconversion technology consists of hydrothermal conversion and hydroprocessing operations that convert waste fats, oils and greases into jet fuel and diesel that are virtually indistinguishable from their petroleum counterparts. This will result in more than 80 pct reductions in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to petroleum, once it is commercialized.

ReadiJet and ReadiDiesel, produced from the Biofuels Isoconversion technology, contain a uniform distribution of all hydrocarbon types observed in petroleum fuels, including aromatic, cycloparaffin, isoparaffin and normal paraffin compounds, and are able to be directly blended with petroleum fuels, according to the release. (Source: Chevron Lummus Global , PR, 21 July, 2020) Contact: Chevron Lummus Global, 973-893-1515, www.chevronlummus.com; Applied Research Associates, www.ara.com; Euglena Co. Ltd. www.euglena.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Euglena,  Algae Biofuel,  Biofuel,  Renewable Diesel,  


PA. DEP Offers Alternative Fuels Project Funding (Funding Report)
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Date: 2020-07-22
In Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently awarded more than $2.1 million in 2019 Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) to 18 cleaner fuel vehicle projects.

The program supports liquefied propane gas, biodiesel, CNG, ethanol and other cleaner fuels as replacement for older gasoline -- or diesel-fueled vehicles with cleaner-fuel vehicles to reduce emissions of harmful pollutants. The program also provides fueling stations for these vehicles.

Businesses, organizations, local governments, and schools are eligible for grants which are administered under the Pennsylvania Alternative Fuels Incentive Act of 2004. (Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, PR, Pennsylvania Business Report, 22 July, 2020) Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, RA-GrantsCenter@pa.gov, www.dep.pa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel news,  Biodiesel news,  Alternative Fuel news,  Clean Fuel news,  Ethanol news,  


Woody Biomass for UK Power Strips Southern US Forests (Ind. Report)
Southern Environmental Law Center
Date: 2020-07-22
As we previously reported in June, the Charlottesville, Virginia-based Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) reported it was joining with Biofuelwatch, the Dogwood Alliance and NRDC in the "Cut Carbon Not Forests Campaign."

The campaign is intended to convince the UK to end more than £1 billion a year in government subsidies to biomass-fired power producers. A large portion of the biomass fuel used in the UK is sourced from forests in the Southeastern US then shipped to the UK -- Europe's largest user of biomass-fired electricity.

"The UK classifies biomass electricity as a carbon-neutral fuel. It is anything but. Cutting live trees, shipping them thousands of miles across an ocean and then burning them to generate electricity both reduces forest capacity for carbon capture and releases more carbon pollution into the atmosphere. It is a lose-lose proposition for the environment and a definite contributor to climate change," according to the SELC release.

Download Cut Carbon Not Forests campaign details HERE. (Source: Southern Environmental Law Center, PR, 22 June, 2020) Contact: SELC, David Carr, General Counsel , 434-977-4090, www.southernenvironment.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Environmental Law Center,  Woody Biomass,  Climate Change,  


Oslo Bans Palm Oil Biofuels to Stop Deforestation (Int'l. Report)
Palm Oil Biofuel
Date: 2020-07-17
In Oslo, the Norwegian Parliament has voted to ban the biofuels industry from purchasing and using unsustainably produced palm oil and palm oil related products that are directly or indirectly associated with deforestation and climate change.

In September 2018, Greenpeace reported at least 25 palm oil exploiting companies -- Colgate-Palmolive , General Mills, Hershey, Kellogg's , Kraft Heinz, L'Oreal , Mars, Mondelez, Nestle , PepsiCo , Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever and others -- were to blame for the disappearance of 1,300 square kilometers of Indonesian jungle. (Source: The Swamp, Tewodros Kore News, 16 July, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  Climate Change,  Deforestation,  


EPA Considering Retroactive Small-Refinery Waivers (Ind. Report)
EPA, RFS
Date: 2020-07-17
The EPA on Thursday posted six additional pending requests for retroactive small-refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the agency dashboard, bringing the grand total to 58 such requests for waivers for compliance years 2011 through 2018.

The agency now lists seven pending requests each for 2011 and 2012, 11 each for 2013 and 2015, 12 in 2014, eight in 2016 and two in 2018, as well as 27 listed for 2019 and one for 2020. The agency granted 85 waivers for the period 2016 to 2018.

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied.Under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, the nation's oil refineries are required to blend billions of gallons of biofuels such as ethanol into the fuel or buy credits from those that do. But the EPA can waive their obligations if they prove compliance would cause them financial distress. (Source: EPA,DTN, 16 July, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Hardship Waivers,  Biofuel Blend,  


Yet Another Letter to the President -- S.D. Congressman Calls for RFS Waivers Action (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
RFs
Date: 2020-07-15
In a recent letter to the EPA. South Dakota congressman Dusty Johnson (R) wrote: "President Trump has stood up for South Dakota's farmers, but the EPA is letting them down. For years, the EPA undermined the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by granting waivers to big oil, essentially cutting billions of gallons of biofuels demand and cutting off a vital market to corn farmers.

"My House colleagues and I have written President Trump twice recently, asking him to protect the RFS. This message is clear -- the EPA must follow the law and stop reducing the amount of renewable fuel in our fuel supply. Our farmers need this market. South Dakota's biofuels industry can produce more than 1 billion gallons annually, adding more than $980 million to the economy -- but this only happens if there is reliable market access. The EPA can get this done.

"The nation's eyes were on South Dakota during President Trump's visit to Mount Rushmore. I'll continue to deliver agriculture's request that the EPA support clear, homegrown biofuels. The president supports farmers -- and it's time the EPA does, too." -- South Dakota congressman Dusty Johnson (R).

Editor's Note: As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied. (Source: Rep. Dusty Johnson , Mitchell Republic, 12 July, 2020) Contact: Rep. Dusty Johnson , (202) 225-2801, www.dustyjohnson.house.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EPA,  Andrew Wheeler,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  RFS Waiver,  


WVU Leading $10Mn Biomass to Bioproducts Project (Ind. Report)
WVU
Date: 2020-07-15
In Morgantown, West Virginia, with the help of a $10 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, West Virginia University is spearheading the development of a perennial multi-feedstock production system that is sustainable and economically feasible for the region.

At the heart of the project is the establishment of the Mid-Atlantic Sustainable Biomass for Value-Added Products Consortium (MASBio), a regional group of universities, industry partners, national laboratories and governmental agencies interested in advancing the science and practice of sustainable bioproducts.

Led by, MASBio will leverage research, education and extension strategies for increasing utilization of available resources in the Mid-Atlantic region. Plans include utilizing some of the mined and marginal lands to grow switchgrass, hybrid willow, a short-rotation woody crop, which can benefit the land, economy and biomass feedstock production. The sustainable biomass crops feedstock crops will be blended with logging residue wood chips to create a massive regional multi-feedstock biomass supply chain with minimized costs, consistent quality and continuous supply.

Consortium partners include Penn State University, Virginia Tech, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, West Virginia State University, Eastern WV Community and Technical College, U.S. Department of Energy Idaho National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S.Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory and Rocky Mountain Research Station. Industry partners include: Double-A-Willow, Allstar Ecology, Ernst Biomass, Lignetics, Gas Technology Institute, Norris Thermal Technologies, Torresak and Eastern Biochar. (Source: WVU News, PR, 9 July, 2020) Contact: West Virginia University , Prof., Jingxin Wang, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, Lindsay Willey, Interim Director of Marketing and Communications Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design 304-293-2381; Lindsay.Willey@mail.wvu.edu, www.wvu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Biofuel Feestock,  Willow,  Switchgrass,  


Indonesia Claims 100 pct Palm Oil Biodiesel Success (Int'l. Report)
Pertamina
Date: 2020-07-15
In Jakarta, Indonesian state oil company PT Pertamina is reporting production of its first 100 pct palm oil biodiesel (D100) at its refinery in Dumai last week. With this initial success, the company plans to quickly ramp up production to 1,000 bpd, according to a release.

Indonesia, which has one of the world's most ambitious biodiesel programmes, raised the bio-content in its biodiesel mandate from 20 pct to 30 pct (B30) in 2019, with the goal of gradually reaching 100 pct.

Indonesia is the world's largest palm oil producer. (Source: PT Pertamina, PR, Reuters, 8 July, 2020) Contact: Pertamina, pcc@pertamina.com, www.pertamina.com

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


Kamloops Considering Major Climate Change Initiative (Ind. Report)
IPCC,Kamloops,Climate Change
Date: 2020-07-13
In British Columbia, the city of Kamloops (pop. 90,200) city council reports it will this week begin considering a major community climate action plan to address greenhouse gas emissions from three major sources -- transportation, buildings and solid waste. Under the proposed plan, each sector 'must set a course to achieve zero-carbon emissions by 2050 to be congruent with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) direction.'

The Kamloops community climate action plan proposes the following:

  • Car-light community -- By 2050, 50 pct of trips in Kamloops to be active transportation and transit. Policy options could potentially include low-emissions "superblocks" prioritizing low-emissions vehicles , cycling and walking networks.

  • Zero emissions transportation -- By 2050, 85 per cent of kilometres driven by Kamloops-registered passenger vehicles owners to be zero-emissions vehicles. Immediate actions could include adopting an EV-ready bylaw, planning and budgeting for publicly accessible EV charging and policy review and financing for retrofitting buildings for EV charging.

  • Zero-carbon homes and buildings -- By 2030, all new and replacement heating and hot water systems to be zero emissions. Policy options could include setting targets for zero-carbon new buildings, encouraging low-carbon new buildings, calling for provincial zero-carbon building regulations, incentives for energy efficiency, incentives for energy efficient building materials and a retrofit program for existing buildings.

  • Zero-waste/circular economy -- Kamloops to be a zero-waste community by 2040. Policy options include: creation of a zero-waste research and innovation centre, collection and processing of organic waste, investigation into biofuel production from local organics for city uses such as for heating of civic facilities or fuel for vehicles, requirements for diverting waste and materials from construction and demolition sites. Immediate actions could include a feasibility study for biogas capture from organics collection and policy review to require or encourage building deconstruction and materials be reused.

  • Renewable energy (No target identified) -- Policy options could exploration of community and neighbourhood scale renewable energy systems and storage, support for related R&D. Immediate actions could include exploration of renewable energy opportunities with partners and renewable energy utility opportunities.

  • Zero-carbon civic operations -- Strive to reduce carbon emissions from municipal operations by 40 pct by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050. Policy options could include a corporate energy review, phasing out of fossil fuels in buildings and fleets, support for green commuting, internal carbon pricing and a creative community engagement and marketing plan. Immediate actions could include a corporate energy review, committing all new city buildings to zero carbon, transitioning buildings and fleets to electric/zero emissions and incentives for staff for e-bikes and transit passes.

  • Healthy urban ecosystem -- Increase the city's urban forest canopy cover to 20 pct by 2030 and 30 pt by 2050 to increase forests' carbon storage capacity and support biodiversity, The plan also calls for carbon off-setting linked with biodiversity and conservation and integrating green technologies with infrastructure upgrades.

    The city notes that, in addition to emissions reductions actions already in place, the above efforts could potentially reduce GHG emissions by 538,000 to 556,000 tonnes of CO2 by 2050. In 2019 the city committed to maintain a 1.5 C temperature increase, as set out in the Paris Agreement as well as IPCC targets for emissions to be reduced by between 40 and 60 pct by 2030 or sooner. (Source: City of Kamloops, Civic Web, July, 2020) Contact: City of Kamloops , www.kamloops.civicweb.net; IPCC, www.ipcc.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  IPCC,  


  • Decarbonizing Shipping: All Hands on Deck Launched (Ind. Report)
    Shell Oil
    Date: 2020-07-10
    The Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell, Deloitte Netherlands and Deloitte UK have released their Decarbonizing Shipping: All Hands on Deck report -- a roadmap to decarbonize maritime shipping.

    The report investigates alternative fuels such as biofuels, liquefied natural gas, and hydrogen, to help meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) regulations and calls for the maritime shipping industry to at least halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 while reducing CO2 emissions intensity by at least 40 pct by 2030, rising to 70 pct by 2050, relative to a 2008 baseline.

    To that end, the research report found that industry stakeholders should prioritize five solutions over the next few years -- scale-up customer demand; global regulatory alignment; cross-sector R&D; scale-up controlled pilot projects; coordinated industry commitment. The report also notes reducing emissions from the current fleet can be partially achieved by implementing operational measures such as lubricant quality, digitalization, and the use of data and smart navigation strategies.

    Download the Decarbonized Shipping Shipping: All Hands on Deck report HERE (Source: SHELL, July, 2020) Contact: SHELL, www.shell.com; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell Oil,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  Maritime Emissions,  IMO,  


    Report Investigates Marine Alternative Fuel Options (Ind. Report)
    Shell Oil
    Date: 2020-07-10
    ‎ Decarbonizing Shipping: All Hands on Deck, a recently released report from petroleum giant Royal Dutch Shell, Deloitte Netherlands and Deloitte UK investigates the use of biofuels, liquefied natural gas, hydrogen and other alternative in helping the maritime shipping industry meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) regulations and ambitions calling for the shipping industry to at least halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 while reducing CO2 emissions intensity by at least 40 pct by 2030, rising to 70 pct by 2050, relative to a 2008 baseline.

    The report also notes reducing emissions from the current fleet can be achieved by implementing operational measures such as lubricant quality, digitalization, and the use of data and smart navigation strategies.

    Download the Decarbonized Shipping Shipping: All Hands on Deck report HERE (Source: SHELL, July, 2020) Contact: SHELL, www.shell.com; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  Shell Oil,  Alternative Fuels,  IMO,  Marine Fuel,  Biofuel,  


    Indian Ethanol Producer Praj Pursues RCM Opportunities (Int'l.)
    Praj Industries
    Date: 2020-07-10
    On the sub-continent, Mumbai-based sugarcane ethanol producer Praj Industries is reporting a MoU with National Chemical Laboratory for joint opportunities in the global renewable chemical and materials (RCM) sector.

    Praj also reports it is making inroads into the RCM industry through its newly launched Bio-PrismTM portfolio of bio-industrial products, including bio plastics , cellulose-lignin refinery products and specialty products with automotive, packaging, construction and various other applications. (Source: Praj Industries, India Times, 9 July, 2020) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, info@praj.net, www.praj.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries,  Advanced Biofuel,  Biochemical,  Bioplastic,  


    DTU Increases Biomass Biofuel Production (New Prod. & Tech)
    DTU
    Date: 2020-07-10
    In a recent Technical University of Denmark (DTU) synfuel research project, researchers succeeded in combining two known technologies -- thermal gasification of biomass and electrolysis that is utilized for the production of biofuel -- can produce more biofuel from the same amount of biomass, according to a DTU release.

    An electrolysis cell (solid oxide electrolysis cell, SOEC) developed jointly by DTU and Haldor Topsoe is used for electrolysis. In an SOEC, electricity from e.g. wind turbines is used to split water into its two constituents -- oxygen and hydrogen. The oxygen can be utilized in a thermal gasification process, where a biomass such as straw is broken down at high temperature. This creates synthesis gas -- a mixture of mainly hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. The gas mixture can be used in the production of methanol when the hydrogen produced by the electrolysis is added. Methanol can be used directly as fuel or catalytically upgraded to more familiar fuels used in ships and aircraft.

    "In Synfuel, we have improved the two in technologies in several areas, and we've demonstrated that we can achieve higher utilization rates by combining the two technologies than when they run separately. We derive far more biofuel from the biomass resources and at the same time we can use surplus power from e.g. wind turbines to make fuel for heavy transport," says Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, Synfuel project manager and Head of Section at DTU Energy.

    The Synfuel project was supported by Innovation Fund Denmark. Haldor Topsoe, Orsted, Energinet.dk, MIT, Aalborg University, Chalmers University of Technology, INSA Lyon, TU Berlin, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and others participated in the project. (Source: DTU, 10 July, 2020) Contact: DTU Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, +45 46 77 57 25, pvhe@dtu.dk, www.dtu.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DTU,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  Syngas,  


    NWF Supports Governors' Requests for RFS Relief (Ind. Report)
    AFPM
    Date: 2020-07-08
    According to a recent American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) blog posting, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has become the most recent US EPA petitioner seeking a general waiver to reduce 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance obligations.

    In a letter to the EPA' Administrator Andrew Wheeler, NWF President and CEO Collin O'Mara echoed the requests of six state governors and stressed the need for smaller biofuel mandates. In its letter, the AFPM noted:

  • "The RFS currently requires about 19 billion gal. of fuel derived from plants to be blended into gasoline. The overwhelming majority of that fuel is corn ethanol, and today 40 pct of the corn produced in the U.S. goes into our gas tanks."

  • "Increasing mandated blending levels increases the potential for further land conversion, presenting a marked threat to the battle against global climate change, with its consequent catastrophic effects on human health and the environment. Higher blends of ethanol necessitated by unrealistic RVOs diminish public health."

  • "In light of the clear and present danger to the environment, we join with the governors of six states in asking for a waiver to the RVO."

    The NWF letter concludes: “"In short, the corn ethanol mandate has led to the loss of important wildlife habitat, particularly in regions critical for monarch butterflies, ducks and other ground-nesting birds, and many other species -- threatening outdoor recreation opportunities as well as the economy. The mandate has also resulted in deteriorated water quality and harmful algal blooms in important surface waters as a result of increased farm runoff. Increasing mandated blending levels increases the potential for further land conversion, presenting a marked threat to the battle against global climate change, with its consequent catastrophic effects on human health and the environment. Higher blends of ethanol necessitated by unrealistic RVOs diminish public health. In light of the clear and present danger to the environment, we join with the Governors of six states in asking for a waiver to the RVO." (Source: National Wildlife Federation, AFPM, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 7 July, 2020) Contact: National Wildlife Federation, Colin O'Mara, CEO, www.nwf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  Ethanol,  


  • SF Airport Supplying Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel (Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2020-07-08
    In the Golden State, San Francisco International Airport is reporting receipt of its first delivery of Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel -- sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) -- which will be used by major airlines committed to reducing carbon emissions.

    The SAF initiative follows the airports "triple zero" goal to attain zero net carbon, as well as zero net energy and zero landfill waste. (Source: SF Airport, Airport Technology, July, 2020) Contact: Neste US, Jeremy Baines, Pres, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    Isobutanol Market Likely to Hit $1,069.9Mn by 2025 (Report Offered)
    Transparency Market Research
    Date: 2020-07-06
    According to a recent report from Transparency Market Research, the global isobutanol market was valued at $679.7 million (US) in 2016 and is likely to reach $1,069.9 million by 2025, expanding at a CAGR of 5.2 pct between 2017 and 2025.

    The report notes a large number of small and large companies companies are putting more focus on reducing their dependence on conventional feedstock derived from crude oil as a way to reap benefits from the rising demand for biofuels, bio-based products.

    Some of the leading companies in the market are The Dow Chemical Company, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, BASF SE, Eastman Chemical Company, Gevo, Grupa Azoty S.A., Saudi Butanol Company, Andra Perteochemicals Limited, and Oxea GmbH.

    Request a report PDF Brochure HERE. (Source: Transparency Market Research, July, 2020) Contact: Transparency Market Research, (518) 618-1030 , (866) 552-3453 (US-Canada Toll Free), www.transparencymarketresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Isobutanol news,  Biofuel news,  


    Petrobras Offloading Biofuels Biocombustivel Unit (Int'l. Report)
    Petrobras
    Date: 2020-07-06
    Brazilian state-run oil and gas giant Petroleo Brasileiro SA reports it is selling all of its shares in its wholly-owned subsidiary biofuels unit Petrobras Biocombustivel SA (PBIO) and its three biodiesel plants.

    According to Petrobras, PBIO is one of Brazil's largest biodiesel producers with 580,000 cubic metres of production capacity with 5.5 pct market share in 2019 (Source: Petrobras, 3 July, Renewables, 2020) )Contact: Petrobras , Pedro Parente, CEO, sac@petrobras.com.br, www.petrobras.com

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


    Sweden Extends Biogas/Biofuels Carbon Tax Exemptions (Int'l.)
    EC
    Date: 2020-07-01
    In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) has approved Sweden's 10-year carbon CO2 tax exemption extension for non-food based biogas used in heat generation and transportation fuel .

    In its ruling, the EC noted the exemptions were "necessary and well-suited to stimulate production and consumption of domestic and imported biogas and bio-propane without distorting market competition." single market (Source: European Commission, EU Observer, Argus, 30 June, 2020) Contact: European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Pres., Frans Timmermans, Climate Chief, www.ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2019-2024/timmermans_en, www.ec.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  European Commission ,  


    SunGas Renewables, Hatch Biogas Alliance Announced (Ind. Report)
    SunGas Renewables
    Date: 2020-06-29
    Des Plaines, Illinois-based biomass gasification systems specialist SunGas Renewables Inc. is reporting a strategic alliance with the global advisory, development consulting, multidisciplinary engineering and project delivery firm, Hatch. The partnership will leverage the companies' technical expertise, engineering capabilities, and market knowledge to accelerate the deployment of SunGas' biomass gasification system.

    SunGas' gasification systems are based on pressurised fluidised bed technology, originally developed by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI). The technology platform generates syngas from woody biomass in the large scale production of renewable, low-carbon Biofuels fuels and chemicals, according to the company's website. (Source: SunGas Renewables, Hatch Websites, 25 June, 2020) Contact: Hatch, www.hatch.com; SunGas Renewables, Daniel S. LeFevers, VP Business Development, www.sungasrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SunGas Renewables news,  Biogas news,  Biomass news,  Biomass Gasification news,  


    UKIFDA Calls for Household Transition to Biofuels (Intl. Report)
    UK and Ireland Fuels Distributors Association
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In the UK, the UK and Ireland Fuels Distributors Association (UKIFDA) reports it is working with trade associations within the liquid fuels supply chain to lobby the UK Government and the Committee on Climate Change (TheCCC) to develop a transition that enables consumers not connected to the gas grid to cut their carbon emissions through a series of planned steps rather than one major heating system change that would include biofuel.

    According the UKIFDA, biofuels would allow off-grid homes to switch to a more environmentally friendly fuel with lower carbon emissions . straightaway, with a view to fully transition over time. "Transitioning to biofuels is key in reaching both the UK Government's decarbonisation targets, and in a way that works for consumers,” UKIFDA chief executive, Guy Pulham added.

    Details on the UKIFDA proposal are HERE. (Source: UKIFDA, Grampion, 28 June, 2020) Contact: UKIFDA, Guy Pulham, CEO, +44 0121 781 7267 , info@ukifda.org, www.ukifda.org; The UK Government and the Committee on Climate Change

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel news,  TheCCC news,  


    GKN Aerospace Announces Jet Biofuel Test Success ( Int'l. Report)
    Swedish Biofuels AB
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In Stockholm, the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) reports it has contracted Trondheim-based GKN Aerospace Sweden to continue biofuel testing of the RM12 engine. The biofuel for this test is an alcohol to jet fuel developed and manufactured by Swedish Biofuels AB. The test is part of a bilateral Biojet-project collaboration between FMV and USAF/NAVAIR is slated to be completed this fall.

    GKN Aerospace Sweden is Type Certificate holder for the RM12 engine and has reviewed fuel specifications and material compatibility for all fuel-wetted components in the engine in order to ensure safe engine operation during this 50/50 fuel mix test.

    In March 2017 a Gripen C/D aircraft with an RM12 engine completed a successful flight demonstration powered by 100 pct renewable Biofuel developed by the US company ARA on a USN/NAVAIR contract. The fuel was found to be fully interchangeable with regular jet fuel and approved for a limited flight test. (Source: GKN Aerospace Sweden, Intelligent Aerospace, 28 June, 2020) Contact: GKN Aerospace Sweden, +46 520 940 00, www.gknaerospace.com; Swedish Defense Materiel Administration , www.smv.se; Swedish Biofuels AB, +46 8 663 27 40, www.swedishbiofuels.se

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Swedish Biofuels AB,  


    Vertoro Announces Lignin 'Green Oil' Production Pilot (Int'l.)
    Vertoro
    Date: 2020-06-29
    Geleen, Netherlands-based startup Vertoro is reporting the opening of a pilot plant on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen .

    The pilot will use Vertoro's proprietary process that converts waste lignin to 'green oil' that can be used in the production of bioplastics, biochemicals and fuel. With a new installation, the company can scale up the production of lignin to 150 lpd as an essential intermediate step to large-scale production, the company says

    Vertoro is a spin-out of a Knowledge institute InSciTe Iresearch founded in 2014 with support from Maastricht University, Maastricht UMC+, Eindhoven University of Technology, DSM and the Province of Limburg. (Source: Vertoro, Mirage News, 29 June, 2020) Contact: Vertoro, Dr. Michael Boot, CEO, michael@vertoro.com, www.vertoro.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lignin,  Green Oil,  Bioplastic,  Biofuel,  


    McDonald's, Neste Announce Cooking Oil-to-Biofuel Project (Int'l.)
    Neste
    Date: 2020-06-26
    In the Nethlands, McDonald's restaurants reports it is partnering with renewable diesel specialist Neste Corp. to recycle used cooking oil from 252 Dutch McDonald's outlets into a low carbon biofuel.

    "The used cooking oil from McDonald's is an excellent raw material for our Neste MY Renewable Diesel. The fuel is a renewable low-emission alternative to fossil diesel and requires no modifications to existing diesel-powered engines," according to Neste VP Carl Nyberg. (Source: McDonald.s Netherlands, Energy Live, Various Media, 25 June, 2020) Contact; Neste, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Neste,  Biofuel,  Cooking Oil,  


    ePURE Touts EU Ethanol Production GHG Savings (Int'l. Report)
    ePURE
    Date: 2020-06-26
    The European renewable ethanol trade association ePURE is reporting its member's production and use of renewable ethanol resulted in an average greenhouse gas savings of more than 72 pct compared to fossil fuels in 2019 -- an eight-year trend of annual improvements to the climate-change-fighting potential of EU ethanol.

    Renewable ethanol produced by ePURE members is refined from European feedstock and works at scale in petrol engines, which still power the majority of new cars being bought in the EU and will be predominant on the roads for the next decades. Promoting ethanol use in the EU -- by adopting E10 or higher ethanol blends; by increasing ambitions for renewables in transport; by taxing energy based on carbon intensity instead of volume -- would help Europe achieve its Green Deal transport decarbonisation goals, according to the ePURE release.

    ePURE's membership includes 19 producing companies with around 50 refineries in 16 EU Member States, accounting for about 85 pct of EU renewable ethanol production. (Source: ePURE, BioFuels, 25 June, 2020) Contact: ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary-General, +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  Ethanol,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Woody Biomass for UK Power Strips Southern US Forests (Ind. Report)
    Southern Environmental Law Center
    Date: 2020-06-24
    The Charlottesville, Virginia-based Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) reports it is joining with Biofuelwatch, the Dogwood Alliance and NRDC in the Cut Carbon Not Forests campaign.

    The campaign is intended to convince the UK to end more than £1 billion a year in government subsidies to biomass-fired power producers. A large portion of the biomass fuel used in the UK is sourced from forests in the Southeastern US then shipped to the UK -- Europe's largest user of biomass-fired electricity.

    "The UK classifies biomass electricity as a carbon-neutral fuel. It is anything but. Cutting live trees, shipping them thousands of miles across an ocean and then burning them to generate electricity both reduces forest capacity for carbon capture and releases more carbon pollution into the atmosphere. It is a lose-lose proposition for the environment and a definite contributor to climate change," according to the SELC release.

    Download Cut Carbon Not Forests campaign details HERE. (Source: Southern Environmental Law Center, PR, 22 June, 2020) Contact: SELC, David Carr, General Counsel , 434-977-4090, www.southernenvironment.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Environmental Law Center,  Woody Biomass,  Climate Change ,  


    Romanian Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Construction Underway (Int'l.)
    Clariant
    Date: 2020-06-24
    Basel, Switzerland-based specialty chemicals company Clariant is reporting construction is well underway on its its 50,000 tpy cellulosic ethanol plant in Podari , westerm Romania.

    Using Clariant's "sunliquid" technology, the €100 million plant will use locally-sourced wheat straw and other agricultural waste to produce a nearly carbon-neutral drop-in transportation biofuel. The project received more than €40 million funding from the European Union. (Source: Clariant, PR June, 2020) Contact: Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Biofuels and Derivatives, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


    $1.3Bn Aussie AgWaste-to-Fuels Project Construction Ready (Int'l.)
    AgBioEn
    Date: 2020-06-22
    In the Land Down Under, Melbourne-based AgBioEn reports it is set to break ground on its $1.35 billion agricultural waste-to-energy and Biofuels facility at Katunga in Victoria state. The plant will be the first of its kind in Australia converting organic waste materials such as cereal straw into electricity, renewable diesel and jet fuel, and fertilizer.The plant is expected to begin production before the end of 2021.

    AgBioEn is Australia's first fully integrated carbon negative renewable energy and fuels project using world-class technology to produce cleaner and greener renewable energy and liquid fuels, according to the company website. (Source: AgBioEn, PR, Website, 22 June, 2020) Contact: AgBioEn, Lubey Lozevski, Project Director, 03 9111 9919, team@agbioen.com.au, www.agbioen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AgWaste-to-Fuel news,  Biofuel news,  


    "$16 trillion Investment In Renewables by 2030" -- Notable Quote
    Goldman Sachs
    Date: 2020-06-19
    "Renewable power will become the largest area of spending in the energy industry in 2021, on our estimates, surpassing upstream oil and gas for the first time in history." -- Michele Della Vigna, Goldman Sachs Inc.

    Renewables -- including Biofuels -- will account for roughly 25 pct of all energy spending next year, up from about 15 pct in 2014 , driven in part by diverging costs of capital, as borrowing rates have risen to as high as 20 pct for hydrocarbon projects compared with as little as 3 pct for clean energy. Clean energy affords a "$16 trillion investment opportunity through 2030", according to Goldman Sachs. (Source: Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg Green, June, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Biofuels,  Goldman Sachs,  


    Notable Quote from the RFA
    RFA,Biofuel
    Date: 2020-06-19
    "To say that the last year has been a roller coaster ride for the (ethanol-biofuels) industry would be an enormous understatement." -- Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO , Renewable Fuels Association Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFA ,  Geoff Cooper,  Ethanol,  Renewable Fuels,  


    SD Senator Introduces RFS Pathway Biofuels Legislation (Re g & Leg)
    Biofuel
    Date: 2020-06-19
    South Dakota Senator John Thune (R) has introduced bipartisan legislation that would help approve certain Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pathway applications like corn fiber. The measure would compel the EPA to move forward on advanced biofuel applications rather than letting them sit idled at the agency awaiting action refinery applications for waivers move through the system, according to the Senator's release. (Soure: WNAX, 19 June, 2020) Contact: Senator John Thune, (202) 224-2321, (605) 348-7551, www.thune.senate.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Biofuel,  


    Indian Researchers Produce Plastic -- Ag Waste Bio-Oil (Int'l. Report)
    Indian Institute of Technology
    Date: 2020-06-17
    In Madras, India, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-M) have developed a simple microwave process to produce high-energy biofuel oils from biomass agricultural wastes such as rice straw, bagasse and plastic. The researchers found mixing plastic with biomass produces bio-oils with higher energy yields.

    The IIT-M team used microwave to breakdown components, ranging from rice straw, sugarcane bagasse, and groundnut shell, to wood sawdust and wood from the Seemai Karuvelam tree with two synthetic plastics.

    The project is funded by GAIL (India) Ltd. (Source: New Indian Express, IIT-Madras, 16 June, 2020) Contact: IIT-Madras, Assoc. Prof. Chemical Engineering, R Vinu, +91 44 2257 8000, www.iitm.ac.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  


    SJ Environmental Turns Landfill Waste into Energy (Ind. Report)
    SJ Environmental
    Date: 2020-06-12
    "Reducing carbon emissions has been and will continue to be a major topic of conversation around the world. From the Paris Agreement to stock market dips, ways to reduce CO2 is something we can't avoid.

    "To protect the environment, oil companies are adding biofuels to their portfolio. Most of the biofuels being produced today are created from recycled cooking oil or crops. Unfortunately, these sources are not sustainable. Crops require a vast amount of water and land and release CO2 into the air when harvested. Using crops as an energy source is also driving up food costs because fewer crops are available for consumption.

    "Scientists at Houston, Texas-based SJ Environmental have developed a process that turns food, animal and human waste into biofuel rather than sending it to a landfill. So, rather than planting crops for the sole purpose of turning it into fuel, crops can now be used to feed people and the natural waste that is a byproduct of food consumption is then turned into clean-burning biofuel." Contact: SJE Environmental, Dennis Umali, Operations Manager, (346) 374-7192, info@sje-usa.com, www.sje-usa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SJ Environmental,  Landfill Waste,  Bioenergy,  


    RFA Urges Trump to Reject Refinery Waivers (Ind. Report)
    RFA
    Date: 2020-06-12
    "One year ago today, you visited Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs to join us in celebrating a monumental achievement. At your direction, EPA had just completed regulatory changes finally allowing year-round sales of gasoline containing 15 pct ethanol (E15).

    "This long-awaited move unlocked the door to future demand growth for ethanol and corn. It also meant consumers would have increased access to cleaner and more affordable fuel options at the pump.

    "Just as expected, the marketplace responded quickly. In the year since the red-tape barrier was removed, E15 sales are up 50pct.

    "But E15 growth would have been exponentially larger if not for your EPA continuing to excuse oil refiners from their legal obligations to blend renewable fuels. As we told you a year ago, EPA's refinery waivers have caused devastating demand losses for ethanol and corn, and they under mine the expansion of E15.

    "Even after a federal court overturned some refinery waivers in January, your EPA continues to receive dozens of exemption requests from oil companies. EPA is now even considering giving retroactive waivers for years that pre-date your administration.

    "This needs to stop. It is hurting farmers, costing consumers, and derailing progress on energy and environmental security.

    "The economic pain in farm country caused by these refinery waivers was compounded this spring—first by the Saudi-Russia oil price war, and then by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of this 'perfect tsunami,' half of the ethanol industry was recently shut down, leading to layoffs across rural America. The ethanol industry and farmers are hurting like never before.

    Mr. President, we need your help. We ask that you stand up for the Renewable Fuel Standard. Please direct your EPA to abide by the January court ruling and end the abuse of the refinery waiver loophole.

    "You stood by us, farmers, and consumers when you directed EPA to allow year-round E15. Now, we humbly ask that you stand with us again and ensure ethanol demand is not eroded by illegal refinery waivers. Thank you,"

    Geoff Cooper, Pres. & CEO Renewable Fuels Associationwww.EthanolRFA.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS news,  Refinery Waivers news,  Biofuel Blend news,  RFA news,  


    Biofuel Leaders Question Retroactive RFS Exemptions (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2020-06-10
    In a 9 June letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the Renewable Fuels Assoc. wrote:

    "We are writing to request further information about petitions reportedly received by the U.S. EPA from small refiners seeking exemption from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for past compliance years.

    "The petitions in question were discussed during your testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on May 20, 2020. On the same day, U.S. DOE Under Secretary Mark Menezes confirmed that EPA is 'send[ing] over' past-year petitions for DOE review. Mr. Menezes described the petitions as 'gap filings' intended to reconstitute after-the-fact a continuous string of exemptions for select oil companies 'to be consistent with the Tenth Circuit decision.'

    "This attempt to circumvent the courts and the RFS should be rejected out of hand. Even if EPA granted retroactive 'gap' exemptions without simultaneously returning the number of RINs associated with the exemption to the petitioner, such exemptions would be inconsistent with EPA's own policies and regulations, legal precedent, and Congressional intent.

    "These 'gap filings' appear to be little more than the latest in a string of oil industry tactics designed to subvert the law and sidestep a court order to uphold the RFS. Read the full letter HERE. (Source: Renewable Fuels Assoc., 9 June, 2020) Contact: RFA, www.fuelsamerica.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  RFS Waiver,  RFS,  RFA,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  


    UNDEERC Awarded $500,000 for North Dakota CCS Project (Funding)
    UNDEERC
    Date: 2020-06-10
    Reporting from Bismarck, the North Dakota Industrial Commission reports it has awarded $500,000 in Renewable Energy Programme funding to the Energy & Environmental Research Centre at the University of North Dakota (UNDEERC) for the development of North Dakota's ethanol and carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility near Richardson.

    Research for the facility will build on the successful outcomes of three phases of work which have been carried out since 2016. A CO2 Storage Facility Permitting Guidance Document will be compiled as part of the project to serve as a resource for other North Dakota renewable energy or biofuel producers interested in pursuing utilization of CCS technology, according to the release. "This project continues to help maximize the marketability of North Dakota ethanol through evolving CCS incentive programmes," the commission noted in a statement. (Source: North Dakota Industrial Commission, 6 June, 2020) Contact: North Dakota Industrial Commission, www.dmr.nd.gov; UNDEERC, 701-777-5000, www.undeerc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UNDEERC,  CCS,  Ethanol,  


    BMW Continues GoodShipping Biofuel-Oil Bunker Tests (Int'l.)
    BMW,GoodFuel
    Date: 2020-06-10
    European vehicle logistics provider United European Car Carriers (UECC) reports is partnering with car manufacturer BMW Group to continue to test marine Bio Fuel-Oil (BFO) on UECC's "roll on, roll off" car carrying vessels. The BFO -- based on cooking oil -- being used for the trial is supplied by Netherlands-based GoodFuels.

    BMW Group will be joining the previously announced trial with the GoodShipping Program , where BFO is being tested on UECC's 2,080-vehicle carrier M/V Autosky. By covering the fuel premium for a biofuel volume corresponding to BMW Group’s freight that will be shipped on M/V Autosky during the trial period, BMW Group will be able to claim a CO2 emission reduction of 80 to 90 pct for these shipments -- more than 400 tonnes of carbon. The marine biofuel is virtually sulfur oxide (SOx) free and delivers 80 to 90 pct well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents, according to GoodFuels. (Source: Manifold Travel, United European Car Carriers, PR, June, 2020) Contact: GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 88 021 5100, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GoodFuel,  BMW,  Marine Biofuel,  


    Nigerian Cassava Ethanol Revenue Projected at $1Bn (Int'l. Report)
    Cassava
    Date: 2020-06-08
    In Nigeria, the Kebbi State Standing Committee on Biofuel reports it is projecting receipt of about $1 billion per year in Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) from the National Petroleum Company of Nigeria's (NNPC) planned 84 million lpd cassava ethanol plant in the town of Gwazawa , Dankowasagu.

    About 47,000 hectares of land were allocated for the project, 32,000 hectares of which are for cassava cultivation . (Source: Kebbi State Gov., The Sun, 6 June, 2020) Contact: Kebbi State Standing Committee on Biofuel, twitter.com/KBStGovt: NNPC, www.nnpcgroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cassava news,  Ethanol news,  


    UK Biofuel Supplier Scores HSBC Support During COVID Crisis (Int'l.)
    Biofuels and Oils Ltd
    Date: 2020-06-05
    In the UK, South Yorkshire-based biofuel supplier Biofuels and Oils Ltd, Britain's oldest registered International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) company, reports it has secured six-figure funding from HSBC UK to provide biofuel to a NHS hospital during the Covid-19 crisis.

    The funds will ensure the company can keep backup generators at hospitals fueled with a sustainable alternative to diesel, pay staff, delivery and related operating expenses, according to the company release. (Source: Biofuels and Oils Ltd, PR, EnergyLIive, 4 June, 2020) Contact: Biofuels and Oils Ltd., +44 0 20 3289 1062, Colin Campbell, Managing Dir., sales@biofuelsandoils.com, www.biofuelsandoils.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel news,  Ethanol news,  Biodiesel news,  


    HollyFrontier Refinery Re-purposing to Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
    HollyFrontier
    Date: 2020-06-03
    Dallas-based independent petroleum refiner and marketer HollyFrontier Corporation reports it will spend between $125 million to $175 million to re-purpose its Cheyenne, Wyoming petroleum refinery to produce roughly 90 million gpy of renewable diesel by Q1, 2022. With the move, the Cheyenne refinery is effectively shedding its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending obligation to produce saleable renewable diesel and compliance credits.

    "Demand for renewable diesel, as well as other lower carbon fuels, is growing and taking market share based on both consumer preferences and support from substantial federal and state government incentive programs," according to a statement from HollyFrontier CEO Mike Jennings. (Source: HollyFrontier, PR, Bloomberg, 3 June, 2020) Contact: HoolyFrontier, Craig Biery, Inv. Relations, 214-954-6510, www.hollyfrontier.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HollyFrontier,  Renewable Diesel,  Biouel Blending,  RFS,  


    Bakersfield Renewable Fuels Finds Investors (Ind. Report)
    Bakersfield Renewable Fuels
    Date: 2020-06-03
    Orion Energy Partners L.P., GCM Grosvenor and Voya Investment Management have entered a capital partnership with Bakersfield Renewable Fuels (BKRF), a special purpose vehicle wholly owned by Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc. (GCE). BKRF was created to purchase an existing refinery in Bakersfield, Calif.

    BKRF will retool a portion of the refinery into a renewable diesel (RD) bio-refinery. The project will use GCE's camelina oil as well as traditional biofuel feedstocks such as waste fats, oils and greases to produce RD, liquid propane, naphtha and others. (Source: GCE, NatGas, Various Media, June, 2020) Contact: Global Clean Energy Holdings, Richard Palmer, CEO , www.gceholdings.com; Orion Energy Partners, 212.292.0345, Info@OrionEnergyPartners.com, www.orionenergypartners.com; GMC Grosvenor, www.gcmgrosvenor.com; VOYA, www. investments.voya.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bakersfield Renewable Fuel,  Orion Energy,  Renewable Diesel ,  Camelina,  


    Suncor, Mitsui Investing in LanzaTech's LanzaJet Inc. (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech,Suncor,Mitsui
    Date: 2020-06-03
    LanzaTech, a leading biotech company and carbon recycler, is reporting the launch of LanzaJet Inc., a new company that will produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for a sector requiring climate friendly fuel options as it starts to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

    Calgary-based Suncor Energy Inc. and Japanese trading and investment company Mitsui & Co. Ltd. are investing $15 million and $10 million, respectively, to establish LanzaJet. The funding will be used to construct a demonstration plant that will produce 10 MMgy of SAF and renewable diesel starting from sustainable ethanol sources. Production is expected to start in early 2022.

    This initial investment coupled with participation from All Nippon Airways will complement the existing $14 million grant from the U.S. DOE, enabling the construction of an integrated biorefinery at LanzaTech's Freedom Pines site in Soperton, Georgia, according to the LanzaTech release.

    The LanzaJet process can use any source of sustainable ethanol for jet fuel production, including, but not limited to, ethanol made from recycled pollution, the core application of LanzaTech's carbon recycling platform.

    Commercialization of this Alcohol-to-Jet (AtJ) process began with a partnership between LanzaTech and the DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for the development of a unique catalytic process to upgrade ethanol to alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK) which LanzaTech took from the laboratory to pilot scale. (Source: LanzaTech, PR, 3 June, 2020) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; Suncor Energy, www.suncor.com; Mitsui & Co, www.mitsui-global.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  Suncor,  Mitsui,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  Renewable Diesel,  


    UK Coalition Seeks Sustainable Aviation Fuel Support (Int'l.) Report)
    Sustainable Aviation
    Date: 2020-06-01
    In the UK, the Sustainable Aviation coalition is calling for the Government to support emerging sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) sector by committing £500 million to early stage projects. When combined with action on aircraft and engine technology R&D, airspace modernization and carbon offset and removal, the UK could build a world leading green aviation sector, the coalition claims.

    The coalition also called for Government to work with industry to: develop aircraft and engine technology R&D capabilities, ensuring the UK is among the first in the world to develop hybrid and electric aircraft; accelerate UK airspace modernization, to make use of new aircraft performance capability and reduce emissions and noise; and progress robust carbon offset measures and carbon removal technologies.

    The Coalition's call to action follows previously reported news that Europe's first municipal waste-to-jet fuel facility -- Altalto Immingham -- was granted planning permission in North East Lincolnshire.

    Sustainable Aviation is the coalition of UK airlines, airports, aerospace manufacturers and air navigation service providers committed to cutting aviation's environmental impact and building a world leading aviation sector, according to its website. (Source: Sustainable Aviation Website, 1 June, 2020) Contact: Sustainable Aviation, Adam Morton, Chair, info@sustainableaviation.co.uk, www.sustainableaviation.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  ,  Aviation Biofuel,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  


    Jakarta Allowing Ethanol- Gasoline Blended Fuel Imports (Int'l.)
    Pertamina
    Date: 2020-06-01
    In Jakarta, the Indonesian state-owned oil company Pertamina, which controls the nationwide sale of fuel blends, reports the Indonesian federal government is expected to allow imports of 88 Ron gasoline blended with up to 3pc ethanol and higher-octane 92 Ron gasoline containing up to 7 pct (B7) ethanol, according to the US Grains Council (USGC).

    As previously reported, Indonesia has fuel-ethanol blending targets of 5-10 pct by 2020 and 20 pct across all transport and industry sectors by 2025. (Source: US Grains Council, Pertamina, Argus, June, 2020) Contact: US Grains Council, www.grains.org; Pertamina, pcc@pertamina.com, www.pertamina.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pertamina news,  Biofuel Blend news,  


    Biofuel Quotas to Get Small Lift Under Draft of EPA Plan

    Date: 2020-05-29
    (Bloomberg) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has drafted a plan to slightly lift biofuel-blending targets next year, while so far skirting potentially controversial decisions about exempting refineries from U.S. mandates to use plant-based fuels, according to three people familiar with the matter. Under a proposed rule now undergoing White House review, the EPA would require refiners to use 5.17 billion gallons of advanced biofuels in 2021, up from 5.09 billion gallons this year, according to two of the people. That would include 670 million gallons of cellulosic renewable fuels, such as those made from crop residue, switchgrass and biogas harvested at landfills, up from 590 million gallons required this year. The EPA is expected to propose the quotas in coming months, and under federal law faces a Nov. 30 deadline to finalize the targets. Representatives of the EPA did not immediately respond to requests for comment. (Source: Yahoo, Bloomberg, 19 May, 2020)

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