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ACC Announces 2020 Energy Efficiency Award Winners (Ind. Report)
American Chemistry Council
Date: 2020-05-06
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is reporting 13 of its member companies have been honored under the Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program for implementing energy efficiency improvements in 2019.

Under the Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program, ACC member companies are required to consider operational energy efficiency as well as waste minimization, reuse and recycling when developing environmental, health, safety and security plans.

Award recipients included Albemarle Corporation, Arkema Inc., BASF Corp., Carus Corp., Chevron Phillips Chemical, Dow, Dupont, Eastman Chemical, Hexio Inc., Occidental Chemical, Olin Chemical, SABIC, and Lubrizol . (Source: American Chemistry Council, PR, May., 2020) Contact: American Chemistry Council, www.americanchemistry.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


ASTM Approves SAF Production Pathway (Ind. Report)
ASTM International, Chevron Lummus Global
Date: 2020-02-21
ASTM International is reporting approval of a new production pathway -- catalytic hydrothermolysis jet (CHJ) -- for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) developed by Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Applied Research Associates (ARA) and Bloomfield, New Jersey-based Chevron Lummus Global (CLG).

Applied Research Associates, Inc is an employee-owned research and engineering company with estimated revenues as high as $750 million.

Chevron Lummus Global LLC provides hydroprocessing technologies and engineering services including product development, equipment evaluation, plant modification, technical support, procedure development, disposal consultation, and catalyst regeneration.

(Source: CLG Website, ASTM International, Biofuels, Feb., 2020) Contact: Chevron Lummus Global, www.mcdermott.com/CLG/Clean-Fuels; ASTM International, (610) 832-9585, (877) 909-2782, www.astm.org; Applied Research Associates, 505-881-8074 505-883-3673 - fax, www.ara.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ASTM International ,  Aviation Biofuel,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  


Delta, NWABF Ink Aviation Biofuel Agreement (Ind. Report)
Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, US Advanced Bio-Fuels, Inc.
Date: 2020-02-03
Scottsdale, Arizona-based Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels LLC (NWABF), a wholly owned subsidiary of Frederick, Maryland-based US Advanced Bio-Fuels, Inc. (USABIO), is reporting an off-take agreement with Delta Airlines under which the air carrier will purchase sustainable aviation fuel, if produced, from NWABF. The NWABF process uses the gasification of woody biomass to produce syngas for the Fischer-Tropsch process.

NWABF's project would utilize forestry waste woody biomass to produce biofuel which would qualify under an approved carbon-reducing pathway recognized by ASTM. NWAF is currently carrying out a previously announced feasibility study to determine the potential for a production facility in Washington state. If constructed the Washington state plant would supply Delta's operations Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles by mid-2020.

NWABF is developing second-generation, commercial scale, cellulosic renewable bio jet fuel refineries with the first project being developed in the Pacific Northwest. (Source: Delta, Green Car Congress, 1 Feb., 2020) Contact: Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels LLC, 602-753-8386 www.nwabiofuels.com; US Advanced Bio-Fuels, Inc., (301) 644-1395, www.advancedbiofuelsusa.info

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Advanced Bio-Fuels,  Inc.,  Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Euglena Demos Growing Algae for Jet Biofuels (Int'l. Report)
Euglena
Date: 2019-12-23
Further to our 5th November, 2018 coverage, Japanese biotechnology company Euglena Co. and major trading house Itochu Corp. are reporting the launch of demonstration projects in Indonesia and Colombia to grow euglena microalgae to be used for the production of biofuel.

The Euglens's Yokohama facility has a production capacity of 125 kiloliters per year (33,000 gpy) of jet biofuel and ASTM certified biodiesel, increasing to 250,000 kiloliters (66,000 gpy) by 2025.

Euglena has partnered with aviation group ANA Holdings with the aim of fueling ANA commercial international flights as well as to offer bio jet fuel to other air carriers departing Japanese airports. ANA will support euglena to develop the airport infrastructure to supply aircraft. (Source: Euglena, Nikkei, 3 Nov., 2018) Contact: Euglena, Mitsuru Izumo, CEO, www.euglena.jp/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Euglena.Microalgae,  Al;gae Biodiesel,  Jet Biofuel,  


Vertimass Aviation Biofuel R&D Funded (R&D, Funding Report)
Vertimass
Date: 2019-11-08
Irvine, California-based Vertimass LLC is reporting receipt of a cost-shared award of up to $1.4 million from the US DOE EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to optimize and commercialize jet biofuel production compatible with the current jet fuel infrastructure.

Existing US ethanol production plants currently have the capacity to produce approximately 16 billion gpy, a level that saturates current use as 10 pct blends with gasoline. However, the new Vertimass catalyst breaks that barrier by producing a hydrocarbon that can be blended at much higher levels. In addition, while ethanol has been traditionally considered too low in energy density for use as a jet fuel, the Vertimass catalyst can overcome that issue.

Initial tests indicate the Vertimass fuels (Vertifuels) are compatible for blending with gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels with no engine modifications, but further tests are underway for ASTM certification.

Vertimass is working with the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), Sandia National Laboratory (SNL), TechnipFMC, and the University of California, Riverside (UCR). (Source: Vertimass LLC, EngineerLive, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO, www.vertimass.com; DOE EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov › eere › bioenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office,  Vertimass,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


Plant-level U.S. Biodiesel Prod. Capacity Data Released (Ind. Report)
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Date: 2019-09-16
On September 13, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its first annual U.S. Biodiesel Plant Production Capacity Report. The report includes the total biodiesel production capacity for all operating plants in both million gallons per year (gal/y) and barrels per day (b/d) as of January 1, 2019. The names of the reporting plants are organized by Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts (PADD). Like the Ethanol Plant Production Capacity Report, EIA plans to update the report annually.

The 2019 U.S. Biodiesel Plant Production Capacity Report shows 102 operating biodiesel plants with 2.6 billion gpy in biodiesel production capacity, or 167,000 bpd. More than half of the nation's biodiesel production capacity is in the Midwest region, led by Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. Of the top 15 biodiesel-producing states, 9 are located in the Midwest.

U.S.biodiesel production topped 1.8 billion gallons (119,000 bpd) in 2018, implying a 72 pct utilization rate based on the nameplate capacity level recorded at the beginning of 2018.

In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecasts that U.S. production of biodiesel will reach about 2.0 billion gallons (128,000 bpd) in 2019, resulting in 77 pct utilization of reported nameplate capacity as of January 1, 2019.

Respondents report the biodiesel production capacity data to EIA on Form EIA-22M, Monthly Biodiesel Production Survey, and EIA publishes the data in the Monthly Biodiesel Production Report. All entities that produce biodiesel that meets ASTM D 6751-07B specifications and is used for commercial purposes within the United States submit Form EIA-22M. Additional data collected on Form EIA-22M include production, sales, stock changes, and feed stock inputs to production. (Source: US EIA Release, Sept., 2019) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov/petroleum/ethanolcapacity

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  U.S. Energy Information Administration,  


Calif. Updates B20 Underground Storage Regulations (Reg. & Leg.)
National Biodiesel Board,California Advanced Biofuels Alliance.
Date: 2019-08-09
In Sacramento, the California State Water Board reports it has approved the storage of biodiesel blends of up to 20 pct (B20) in underground storage tanks, removing the final barrier to ensuring the state has access to sufficient volumes of the biofuel. A 10-year campaign to prove that B20 is compatible underground was supported by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), several member companies and the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance.

Biodiesel is key to the state meeting its Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The California Air Resources Board claims that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gases by at least 50 pct, and up to as much as 81 pct , compared to petroleum. The California State Water Resources Board ruled that a 20 pct blend of biodiesel (meeting the ASTM standard for B20, D7467) "shall be recognized as equivalent to diesel for the purpose of complying with existing approval requirements for double-walled USTs, unless any material or component of the UST system has been determined to not be compatible with B20." The regulation comes into force from 1 October 2019. (Source: California State Water Board, California Advanced Biofuels Alliance, Biofuels Int'l, 7 Aug., 2019) Contact: California State Water Board, www.waterboards.ca.gov; NBB, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org; California Advanced Biofuels Alliance, www.caadvancedbiofuelsalliance.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  National Biodiesel Board,  NBB,  California Advanced Biofuels Alliance.,  


DOE Awards $2Mn for Performance Computing Energy Efficiency (Funding)
DOE EERE
Date: 2019-07-29
In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) reports it has awarded $2 million in funding for seven new high performance computing projects, as part of the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative.

The initiative is a DOE-wide effort comprising EERE, the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), the Office of Science, and the National Laboratories. The initiative helps to leverage the National Laboratories' high performance computing capabilities to address challenges in manufacturing and materials through state-of-the-art modeling, simulation, and data analysis. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) leads the HPC4EI program along with partner laboratories Argonne, Lawrence Berkeley, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest and Sandia National Laboratories, as well as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and National Energy Technology Laboratory. Funded projects include:

  • NYC-based Ferric, Inc. will partner with LLNL to develop analytical tools that will combine traditional electromagnetic finite-element analysis with micromagnetic simulation.

  • Applied Materials in Sunnyvale, Calif. will continue to work with LLNL on Phase II of developing predictive modeling capabilities for the advanced film deposition technique, High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering.

  • Gas Technology Institute in Des Plaines, Ill., Gopher Resource, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will partner to use high performance computing to increase the productivity of secondary lead furnaces.

  • Kingsport, Tenn.-based Eastman Chemical will collaborate with Argonne National Laboratory on developing open-source software-based models of a gas atomizer based on ongoing work being performed at Eastman.

  • Praxair Surface Technologies Inc. in Indianapolis will work with Ames National Laboratory to enhance the efficiency of metal powder production for additive manufacturing applications.

    Within the High Performance Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls) Program, EERE's Vehicle Technologies Office has selected two projects:

  • PPG Industries will collaborate with LLNL and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to apply classical molecular dynamics simulations and density functional tight-binding calculations.

  • AK Steel in Middletown, Ohio will collaborate with ORNL on thermo-mechanical forming process development to produce tailored strength automotive structural components. The Office of Fossil Energy selected two additional HPC4Mtls projects to support. Industry partners provide at least 20 pct of the funding for new projects. (Source:DOE EERE, PR, EIN,July, 2019) Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Gevo Providing ATJ Fuel to Avfuel Corp. (Ind. Report)
    Gevo,Avfuel
    Date: 2019-05-17
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer Gevo, Inc. reports it will once again provide its sustainable and renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corporation.

    To date, Avfuel, has received commitments from high-profile OEMs including Bombardier, Embraer, Gulfstream and Dassault to use Gevo's ATJ blended with standard jet fuel. This blend not only meets ASTM D1655, but also for every one million gallons produced, approximately 10 million pounds of animal feed and protein goes back into the food chain, according to Gevo. (Source: Geco, Pr, 16 May, 2019) Contact: Gevo, Patrick Gruber, CEO, pgruber@gevo.com, Avfuel, Keith Sawyer, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com/Fuel/Alternative-Fuels

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Aviation Biofuel,  Avfuel,  


    ACC Energy Efficiency Improvement Awards Announced (Ind. Report)
    American Chemistry Council
    Date: 2019-04-15
    The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reports 16 of its member companies are being recognized for implementing energy efficiency improvements in 2018.. The Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program is among ACC's many initiatives to improve energy efficiency. Member companies are required to consider operational energy efficiency as well as waste minimization, reuse and recycling when developing their environmental, health, safety and security plans.

    The 2019 Energy Efficiency Awards include:

  • Energy Efficiency Program award is given to companies with broad programs to achieve energy-efficiency improvements, with components such as establishing energy teams, goal setting, communications, management support and recognition;.

  • Significant Improvement in Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing award is given to companies with broad programs to achieve energy efficiency in their manufacturing operations through technical innovations, creative projects or novel procedures or actions;

  • The Non-Manufacturing Energy Efficiency Improvement award is given for improvements resulting from energy-efficient lighting, insulation and other building improvements, as well as other non-manufacturing energy efficiency improvements.

    The companies receiving awards in 2019 are Afton Chemical Corporation, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc., Albemarle Corporation, Arkema Inc., BASF Corp., Celanase, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., Dow, DuPont, Eastman Chemical Company, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, FMC Corp., Hexion Inc., Occidental Chemical, Olin Corp and SABIC. (Source: American Chemistry Council, PR, 15 April, 2019) Contact: ACC, ww.americanchemistry.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • ThermoChem Recovery Names New Technologies Insurer (Ind. Report)
    ThermoChem Recovery International
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Baltimore-based biorefinery-enabling gasification technology specialist ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. (TRI) reports it has named global insurance company AXA XL affiliate New Energy Risk as its preferred supplier of technology performance insurance for TRI customers and projects. Under a TRI, NER is prepared to provide various insurance solutions to biorefinery owners and projects which utilize TRI's equipment and technology.

    TRI is a leading provider of steam reforming gasification systems suitable for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), woody biomass, agricultural residues and other waste feedstocks. Its systems have been selected for and deployed on various commercial North American projects including the Fulcrum Bioenergy Project Sierra Biorefinery in Nevada and Norampac black liquor gasification, a division of Cascades Paper. Additionally, TRI's multi-feedstock, fully-integrated biorefinery in Durham, North Carolina has run for over 13,000 hours, successfully producing syngas that is particularly well-suited to generating Fischer-Tropsch liquids and upgrading to ASTM-certified fuels. (Source: ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. , 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: AXA XL, www.axaxl.com; New Energy Risk, www.newenergyrisk.com; http://tri-inc.net/steam-reforming-gasification; ThermoChem Recovery International, Dan Burciaga, Pres., CEO, www.tri-inc.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ThermoChem Recovery International,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  


    Benefuel Planning British Columbia Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Benefuel
    Date: 2019-01-04
    Coppel, Texas-headquartered Benefuel Inc. reports it is looking into several locations in British Columbia, Canada, for a new 40 million gpy state-of-the-art biodiesel facility. The fuel produced at this facility will have a negative carbon intensity score and will reduce GHG emissions by more than 550,000 tpy, according to Benefuel.

    Benefuel's patented ENSEL catalyst technology produces a low carbon intensity biodiesel from a variety of food and agriculture waste streams, that meets and exceeds the ASTM 6751 standard. The ENSEL process combines esterification and trans-esterification, into a single step. This allows Benefuel to use a broad range of low cost, low carbon feedstocks resulting, in a negative carbon intensity fuel. (Source: Benefuel, Various Media, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: Benefuel, Robert Tripp, President , (773) 509-5000, rtripp@benefuel.net, www.benefuel.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Benefuel,  


    American GreenFuels' Bioheat® Reduces CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
    American GreenFuels
    Date: 2018-12-19
    New Haven, Conn.-based biodiesel producer American GreenFuels, LLC is touting its You Are What You Heat campaign to promote their biodiesel Bioheat® blended heating oil -- a renewable, lower carbon cleaner-burning alternative to diesel fuel.

    According to American GreenFuels, Bioheat® provides greenhouse gas savings of minimum 78 pct up to 93 pct as compared with ultra low sulfur heating oil and meets ASTM D6751 specification standards. (Source: American GreenFuels, LLC, PR, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: American GreenFuels, Raf Aviner, Pres., www.AmericanGreenFuelsCT.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American GreenFuels,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Carbon Emissions,  


    euglena to Mass Produce Algae Jet Biofuel in Japan (Int'l)
    euglena
    Date: 2018-11-05
    Further to our May 22md coverage, Tokyo-headquartered Japanese biotechnology company euglena reports it is set to begin mass production of algae and waste oil based jet biofuel and biodiesel with the completion of its refinery plant in Yokohama.

    The Yokohama facility has a production capacity of 125 kiloliters of jet biofuel and ASTM certified biodiesel per year, increasing to 250,000 kiloliters per year by 2025.

    The company has partnered with aviation group ANA Holdings with the aim of fueling their commercial international flights departing from Japan by 2020. Euglena is also planning to offer bio jet fuel to other companies taking off from Japan. ANA will support euglena to develop the airport infrastructure to supply aircraft. (Source: euglena, Nikkei, 3 Nov., 2018) Contact: euglena, Mitsuru Izumo, CEO, www.euglena.jp/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae Biofuel,  euglena,  Jet Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


    NATSO Alt. Fuels RFS RIN Management Service (Ind. Report)
    NATSO
    Date: 2018-10-03
    NATSO Inc., the Alexandria, Virginia-headquartered national association representing the travel plaza and truckstop industry, and the Alternative Fuels Council are reporting the launch of a new RIN Management Service designed to help fuel retailers that blend and sell renewable fuels -- ethanol, biodiesel, renewable cng -- to more efficiently participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program and manage their compliance and Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). Under the RIN Management program, participants will:
  • consult with experts on the RFS and Low Carbon Fuel Standard compliance;

  • get help registering for EPA's RFS program as well as for the IRS Blenders License;

  • access sources for fuel supply options;

  • secure advice and assistance for state incentive programs;

  • monitor the status of impending IRS Blender's Tax Credits;

  • participants can access an exclusive software program that provides real-time RIN management, a system of record for all RIN transactions, as well as RIN account reconciliations. Through this software, blenders and marketers can reduce the staff time that it takes to comply with the RFS by as much as 75 pct;

  • knowledgeable Alternative Fuels Council staff will perform EPA-required quarterly reporting as well as end-of-year third-party CPA audits.

    The new RIN Management Service marks the second offering from the Alternative Fuels Council this year. The Alternative Fuels Council previously unveiled a Biodiesel Fuel Quality Plan designed to help those who blend, market, and distribute biodiesel blends ensure the final product meets a minimum standard of quality. A step-by-step guide to the blending process directs users through fuel quality management, including sampling procedures, protocols and proposed schedules, to help ensure that alternative fuel meets the required ASTM fuel quality standards. The Alternative Fuels Council also helps facilitate fuel testing and analysis for marketers at a substantially discounted price.

    The Alternative Fuels Council is a NATSO, Inc. subsidiary created to help NATSO members and the entire retail fuels industry understand alternative fuels markets, including available government incentives, to effectively incorporate alternative fuels into their supply offerings. (Source: NATSO, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: NATSO, Lisa Mullings, Pres., CEO, Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman, (703) 739-8578, twlazlowski@natso.com, www.natso.com; Alternative Fuels Council, Jeff Hove, jhove@natsoaltfuels.com, www.NATSOAltFuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NATSO,  Biofuel,  Alternative Fuel,  


  • Purdue FLORE Researchers Investigating Alternative Fuels (R&D)
    Purdue University
    Date: 2018-09-07
    Researchers at Purdue University's Fuel Laboratory of Renewable Energy (FLORE) in West Lafayette, Indiana, report they are one of three laboratory's in the US testing the composition of diesel and aviation fuels in an effort to create cost efficient fuels.

    According to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), which regulates the development of fuels, testing guidelines it can take up to 5 years' development to approve a fuel. The tests consume thousands of gallons of fuel and cost nearly $30 million, a cost that FLORE hopes to reduce. (Source: Purdue, wlfi.com, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: Purdue University, FLORE, Gozdem Kilaz, Dir., (765) 494-7486, gkilaz@purdue.edu, www.purdue.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Purdue University,  Biofuel,  Clean Fuel,  


    Aripack Offering NEOs Anaerobic Biogas Additive Option (Ind. Report)
    NEO Plastics
    Date: 2018-08-29
    Brooklyn New York-based packaging supplier Aripack reports it is partnering with 2017 plastics start-up NEO Plastics, also of Brooklyn, to offer a new option toward a zero-waste sustainability strategy that addresses the growing accumulation of plastics in landfills.

    NEO's organic plastics packaging additive converts waste in landfills to useful biogas and meets ASTM standards. NEO Plastics launched in late 2017. (Source: Aripack, Plastics Today, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: Aripack NEO Plastics, (646) 542-1499, www.neoplastics.com; Aripack, (718) 398-4850, www.aripack.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


    Constellation's Ocean City 10-MW Solar Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Constellation,Exelon,Delmarva Power
    Date: 2018-08-27
    In the Garden State, Ocean City reports it has partnered with Constellation, an Exelon company, to construct a 10-MW solar energy project incorporating more than 30,000 PV panels covering 113 acres.

    Ocean City will draw 3.5 MW of power from the completed while Eastman Chemical Company will acquire the remaining 6.5 megawatts. Eastman will use its portion to help power a manufacturing facility in Chestertown, Maryland. Delmarva Power will distribute the solar project's energy. In the first year, the solar energy system is expected to produce more than 5.6 million KWh of electricity for Ocean City and save taxpayers about $120,000 per year, according to Constellation's press release. Construction on the project is expected to be complete by the end of this year, with the solar panels up and running by early 2019. (Source: Constellation, Salisbury Daily Times, Delmarva Now, 20 Aug., 2018) Contact:Constellation, David Snyder, (410) 470-9700, david.snyder@constellation.com, www.constellation.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Delmarva,  Constellation,  Solar,  Exelon,  


    GEVO, Avfuel Ink ATJ Fuel Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    GEVO
    Date: 2018-06-29
    Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol specialist GEVO Inc. reports it has inked an agreement to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to global aviation fuel supplier Avfuel Corporation, effective July 1, 2018.

    Iniially, GEVO will supply Avfuel from its 70,000 gpy hydrocarbon processing facility in Silsbee, Texas. GEVO expects to construct a larger-scale hydrocarbon facility at its existing ethanol and isobutanol production facility located in Luverne, Minnesota, subject to financing. Upon completion of the Luverne Hydrocarbon Facility, GEVO would supply Avfuel with larger volumes of ATJ, ramping up to 1,000,000 gpy of unblended ATJ which, when blended with conventional jet fuel, would produce many millions of gallons of finished ASTM D1655 jet-fuel product. Avfuel services over 3,000 locations worldwide.

    The Supply Agreement with Avfuel is GEVO's first long-term commercial supply agreement for its ATJ. (Source: GEVO, PR, 21 June, 2018) Contact: Avfuel Corporation , Craig Sincock, Pres., CEO, Marci Ammerman, VCP Marketing, (734) 663-6466, mammerman@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO news,  Aviation Fuel news,  


    New Internet-Based Biomass Feedstock Supply System Touted (Int'l)
    Valmet,Turun Seudun Energiatuotanto
    Date: 2018-06-22
    Finland-based engineering company Valmet and Turun Seudun Energiatuotanto Oy (TSE) are reporting the development of DNA Fuel Chain Management, an internet-based system to support the delivery of woody biomass, straw, peat, coal, refinery gas and refuse-derived feedstock.

    The system is being implemented at utility company TSE's new €240 million multifuel plant in Naantali, which became operational at the end of last year. The facility will process up to 1.2 million cubic metres per year of woody biomass an generate 146 MW of electricity and 250MW of heat.

    The DNA system creates the fuel purchasing plan and distributes it to suppliers. This includes the exact amount, type of fuel and delivery time slot desired from each supplier. (Source: Valmet, Ends Waste&Bioenergy, 19 June 2018) Contact: Turun Seudun Energiatuotanto Oy, Tapani Bastman, CEO, +358 40 5778122, www.tset.fi; Valmet, Bertel Karlstedt , Pres. Pulp & Energy, +358 (0) 10 672 0000, www.valmet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Valmet,  Biomass,  


    GEVO, Avfuel Ink Renewable Jet Fuel Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
    GEVO
    Date: 2018-06-22
    Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol specialist GEVO Inc. reports it has inked an agreement to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to global aviation fuel supplier Avfuel Corporation, effective July 1, 2018. Avfuel services over 3,000 locations worldwide. The Supply Agreement with Avfuel is GEVO's first long-term commercial supply agreement for its ATJ.

    Iniially, GEVO will supply Avfuel from its 70,000 gpy hydrocarbon processing facility in Silsbee, Texas. GEVO expects to construct a larger-scale hydrocarbon facility at its existing ethanol and isobutanol production facility located in Luverne, Minnesota, subject to financing. Upon completion of the Luverne Hydrocarbon Facility, GEVO would supply Avfuel with larger volumes of ATJ, ramping up to 1,000,000 gpy of unblended ATJ which, when blended with conventional jet fuel, would produce many millions of gallons of finished ASTM D1655 jet-fuel product.. (Source: GEVO, PR, 21 June, 2018) Contact: Avfuel Corporation , Craig Sincock, Pres., CEO, Marci Ammerman, VCP Marketing, (734) 663-6466, mammerman@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Jet Biofuel,  Isobutanol,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  


    PNNL, LanzaTech Delivering on Alcohol-to-Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (Ind. Report)
    PNNL.LanzTech,ASTM
    Date: 2018-06-15
    As previously reported, ASTM International has recently revised ASTM D7566 Annex A5 -- the Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons -- to add ethanol as an approved feedstock for producing alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK), clearing the way for increased adoption of sustainable aviation fuels produced from a variety of feedstocks.

    Supporting this advancement is technology from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), which developed a thermocatalytic process for converting ethanol into ATJ-SPK , and its industrial partner, LanzaTech and its proprietary gas-to-ethanol process. (Source: ASTM Green Car Congress, 12 June, 2018) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; PNNL www.pnnl.gov; ASTM International, (610) 832-9585, (877) 909-2782, www.astm.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PNNL,  LanzaTech,  ASTM,  Ethanol,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    LanzaTech, Shougang Launch Chinese Sustainable Ethanol Refinery (Int'l)
    LanzaTech
    Date: 2018-06-11
    New Zealand-founded LanzaTech and China's Shougang Group are reporting the launch of an ethanol plant at the Jingtang Steel Mill in Caofeidian, Hebei province, China -- the commercial facility converting industrial emissions to ethanol globally.

    The plant utilizes LanzaTech's technology which relies on anaerobic bacteria to ferment stell mill waste emissions. The installation has an ethanol production capacity of 46,000 tpy and has been operational since early May, this year.

    According to LanzaTech, the performance of this type of sustainable ethanol in fuel blending applications is indistinguishable from sugar-derived ethanol and meets the ASTM International D4806 standard. (Source: LanzaTeck, Renewables, 11 June, 2018) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; Shougang Group, www.shougang.com.cn/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  Biofuel ,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blending,  


    Aviation Sustainable Alternative Fuel Initiative Launched (Ind. Report)
    International Business Aviation Council,
    Date: 2018-05-30
    The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and other aviation industry organization are reporting the joint launch of the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) initiative.

    The initiative aims to reduce business aviation's carbon-environmental footprint where it starts, as opposed to using offsets or other market-based measures. The initiative also addresses the need for for education, as industry players such as operators and fuel providers are not necessarily content with standardization body ASTM's green light and still fear fuel tank and engine damage and warranty issues potentially caused by aviation biofuel usage. The initiative centers on a guide to the use of SAJF.

    The promoters of the initiative are planning a full-scale demonstration at Los Angeles Van Nuys and Paris Le Bourget airports where all aircraft would receive a blend of conventional and sustainable fuel.

    Download the US DOE SAJF details and the full SAJF Value Proposition HERE. (Source: International Business Aviation Council, the National Air Transportation Association, Aviation Week, May 29, 2018) Contact: International Business Aviation Council, www.ibac.org/Business/Aviation; National Air Transportation Association, (202) 774-1535, nata.aero

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

    This jet fuel specification is a direct nexus between the global ethanol industry and the aviation sector, connecting two mature industries that could never be linked in the past. Now ethanol can be used as a feedstock to make renewable jet fuel.

    The new ASTM specification allows jet fuel, produced from ethanol under the ATJ process, to be sold commercially on a global basis.

    The aviation sector is now subject to global de-carbonization compliance regulations beginning in 2020 under the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Given such great demand, and now with the ATJ specification in place, a full supply chain exists to effectively scale up and drive production costs down while carbon reduction policies are advanced. (Source: Byogy Renewables, Inc., PR, April, 2018) Contact: Byogy, Kevin Weiss, CEO, (408) 800-7704, www.byogy.com; ASTM International, (610) 832-9585, www.astm.org

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    BIC Approves Investment in Benefuel Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Benefuel,Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Sarnia, Ontario-based non-profit industry group Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) reports it has been advising on, and approved an investment in Benefuel's planned commercial-scale biodiesel plant in Sarnia, Ont. BIC provide critical strategic investment, advice and services to business developers of clean, green and sustainable technologies.

    Benefuel's patented ENSEL catalyst technology produces a low carbon intensity biodiesel from a variety of food and agriculture waste streams, that meets and exceeds the ASTM 6751 standard. The ENSEL process combines esterification and trans-esterification, into a single step. This allows Benefuel to use a broad range of low cost, low carbon feedstocks resulting, in a negative carbon intensity fuel. (Source: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, April 03, 2018) Contact: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Sandy Marshall, Exec. Dir., www.bincanada.ca; Benefuel, Robert Tripp, President , (773) 509-5000, rtripp@benefuel.net, www.benefuel.net

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    ASTM Approves GEVO Additional Route to STJ Fuel (Ind. Report)
    ASTM, GEVO
    Date: 2018-04-02
    Englewood, Colorado-based ethanol and isobutanol producer GEVO, Inc. is reporting an ASTM International Sub-Committee last week voted in favor of revising specification Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons (D7566) to include ethanol in addition to isobutanol and to increase the approved blend levels from 30 pct to 50 pct alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) when blended with petro-based jet fuel. These revisions will now go to the full ASTM International for final approval which is expected later this year.

    GEVO's proprietary technology uses a combination of synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, chemistry and chemical engineering to focus primarily on the production of isobutanol, as well as related products from renewable feedstocks. The company aims to commercialize bio-based alternatives to petroleum-based products. The company produces isobutanol, ethanol and high-value animal feed at its fermentation plant in Luverne, MN. GEVO has also developed technology to produce hydrocarbon products from renewable alcohols. Gevo currently operates a biorefinery in Silsbee, TX, in collaboration with South Hampton Resources Inc., to produce renewable jet fuel, octane, and ingredients for plastics like polyester. (Source: GEVO, StreetInsider, 2 April, 2018) Contact: GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; ASTM International, (610) 832-9585, (877) 909-2782, www.astm.org

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

    As the pioneer of the ATJ process, Byogy is one of the few companies that produce full replacement fuels, as opposed to only blend-stock products. Significantly, Byogy's fuels may ultimately be able to be distributed into the existing fossil fuel infrastructure at any point and at any ratio without tracking. This will allow carbon credit accounting to take place at the production source, similar to the carbon credit bookkeeping of the wind and solar industries. The new specification modifies a previous ATJ specification to allow ethanol as a feedstock with a maximum final fuel blend of 50 pct, according to Byogy. (Source: Byogy Renewables, Inc., Kevin Weiss, CEO, (408) 800-7704, www.byogy.com; ASTM, www.astm.org

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    Honeywell's Aviation Biofuel Powers 13,000km Flight (Ind. Report)
    Honeywell UOP.
    Date: 2018-02-19
    Global technology company, Honeywell tests first trans-Pacific flight using a new biofuel made from Carinata seeds, a non-edible mustard seed. The company says that the 15-hour 13,000km journey marked the debut of Honeywell UOP Green Jet fuel.

    According to Honeywell, the new fuel can replace as much as half of the petroleum jet fuel used in flight, without changing the aircraft technology and still meet emission standards established by the ASTM, resulting in a potential 65 to 85 pct cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared to standard petroleum jet fuel. The Carinata oil engineered by Quebec-based Agrisoma is intended for industrial use in the production of bio and jet fuels. When pressed, this seeds yield half their weight in oils that is then refined into jet fuel by AltAir, at the world's first commercial-scale renewable jet fuel plant in Paramount, California. (Source: Honeywell, AutoCar news, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: Honeywell UOP, Rebecca Liebert, Pres.,CEO, www.uop.com; Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com; Altair Fuels, Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, (843) 720-8920, bryan@altairfuels.com, www.altairfuels.com

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    Golden Renewable Energy Raises Growth Capital from Fortistar
    Golden Renewable Energy,Fortistar
    Date: 2018-01-30
    YONKERS, N.Y.--(Business Wire)--Golden Renewable Energy, LLC (“GRE”), a market leading provider of waste plastic to energy technology, today announced that it has raised growth capital from Fortistar Capital, LLC (“Fortistar”), which invests in sustainability-focused and innovative energy sources that are helping to facilitate U.S. decarbonization efforts, to transition the United States to a zero-carbon economy Renewable Fuel Production Units (RFP), and in developing projects that incorporate its proprietary technology to provide environmentally sound solutions for the disposing of waste plastic.

    GRE’s modular and saleable Renewable Fuel Production (RFP) Unit is a continuous feed system that uses pyrolysis to convert residential, commercial and industrial waste plastics into GRE Renewable Diesel, which is comparable to ASTMD 396. Modular and conveniently compact in size, GRE’s RFP Units and their proprietary, patented process allow the pyrolysis conversion to take place efficiently, economically and in an environmentally responsible way. (Source: Golden Renewable Energy, PR, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: GRE, Nicholas T. Canosa, Pres., CEO, www.goldenrenewable.com Fortistar, www.fortistar.com

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    Western Iowa Energy Acquires Agron Bioenergy Biodiesel Plant (M&A)
    Agron Bioenergy,Western Iowa Energy
    Date: 2017-11-17
    Agron Bioenergy LLC reports it has closed on the sale of its biodiesel plant located in Watsonville, California, to Western Iowa Energy LLC. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    The assets include a biodiesel refinery designed to produce 15 MMgy and patents encompassing Agron's centrifuge system and distillation steps to eliminate water washing in the production of distilled B100 biodiesel that meets or exceeds ASTM D-6751 specifications. Western Iowa Energy is a BQ-9000-accredited biodiesel producer whose Wall Lake, Iowa, plant can produce 45 MMgy. (Source: Agron Bioenergy, Ocean Park Advisors, 15 Nov., 20170 Contact: Western Iowa Energy , Brad Wilson, Pres. GM, Agron Bioenergy, (831) 728-1300, www.agronbioenergy.com; Western Iowa Energy LLC, (717) 664-2173, www.westerniowaenergy.com

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    Neste, American Airlines Tout Renewable Fuels Collaboration (Int'l)
    Neste,American Airlines
    Date: 2017-11-15
    Renewable diesel specialist Neste Oil reports it has entered into an agreement with American Airlines to explore opportunities to further reduce the airline's environmental footprint through the use of Neste's renewable fuels. The joint effort aims to facilitate acceptance and commercialization of High Freeze Point HEFA (HFP-HEFA) renewable jet fuel which is currently under consideration for approval by ASTM International.

    The aviation industry has set ambitious targets to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from air transportation, including carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and beyond, and a 50 pct reduction of net aviation CO2 emissions by 2050. Currently, sustainable renewable jet fuel offers the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering commercial aircraft, according to Neste. (Source: Neste Oil Oyi, PR, 13 Nov., 2017) Contact: Neste Corporation, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, Paul Paoletta, Neste Aviation Solutions, + 41 79 429 11 39, paul.paoletta@neste.com, www.neste.com; American Airlines Corporate Communications, 817-967-1577, mediarelations@aa.com

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