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Palm Oil B20 Tests Slated for Malaysia (Int'l. Report)
Malaysian Palm Oil Board
Date: 2019-09-13
In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) reports it and FGV Holdings Bhd will be embarking on a 6 month trial project involving the use of 20 pct palm biodiesel and 80 pct petroleum diesel blend (B20) for diesel vehicles.

The vehicle’s petroleum diesel engines will not be modified in any way to accommodate biodiesel fuel. The vehicles used for the project will be monitored in terms of their movements, fuel consumption of B20 and their maintenance costs. The B20 trial is intended to prove that using B20 will not affect vehicle engines.

Malaysia implemented B10 for its transportation sector beginning February and B7 for industrial sector in June this year in effort to reduce greenhouse gas emission released by diesel vehicles and to support the Palm oil industry. (Source: MPOB, New Strait Times, 12 Sept., 2019)Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, www.mpob.gov.my

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  Malaysian Palm Oil Board,  


USDA Reports on Argentinian Ethanol, Biodiesel Production (Int'l.)
USDA
Date: 2019-08-09
The USDA is reporting Argentina's fuel ethanol production and consumption remains stable with 2019 forecast at 1.1 billion liters with no trade expected and the E12 mandate blend near 11.5 pct.

Biodiesel production in 2019 is projected to drop 9 pct year-over-year to 2.5 billion liters, following a 15 pct drop in 2018 with declining exports and production capacity use falling to 50 pct. Domestic consumption reflects little change at 1.3 billion liters, a near record high since 2017 but with no sustained upward movement since the B10 mandate was essentially met.

Exports are forecast at 1.2 billion liters, down 400 million liters from last year. Argentina's duty-free quota of 1.36 billion liters with a minimum set price to the EU is not expected to fill this year. No biodiesel exports are expected in 2019 to the US despite its preliminary lowering of countervailing duties due to remaining anti-dumping duties. (Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, GAIN Network, 7 Aug., 2019) Contact: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, gain.fas.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fuel Ethanol,  Argentina Ethanol,  


UK Parliamentarians Call for B10 Ethanol Blend Rate (Int'l)
All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol
Date: 2019-07-22
In London, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol has suggested increasing the ethanol-petroleum blend rate be increased fro the present 5 pct to 10 pct (E10). The parliamentarians suggest the increase would protect the jobs of the 6,000 or so people currently working to grow feed stock crops used to produce ethanol an thus help keep the country's struggling bioethanol industry afloat.

According to the APPG, "The British bioethanol industry is in a state of collapse, and ministers can not allow the fog of Brexit to distract them any longer from saving a £1 billion industry that will not only make our cars cleaner and greener, but provide thousands of green jobs in the North and prove that the government is serious about championing the green economy."

(Source: All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, GIZMODO, 18 July, 2019)Contact: All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, Nic Dakin, Chairman, info@britishbioethanol.com, www.britishbioethanol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News B10,  Ethanol,  UK Ethanol,  All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol,  


UK's £1bn Bioethanol Ind. at Risk, claims APPG Report (Int'l Report)
All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol
Date: 2019-06-12
In the UK, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol is reporting release of its its interim Introducing E10 in the UK report considering the to barriers to the introduction of E10 ethanol blended transportation fuel into the UK. The report notes:
  • The UK economy will likely lose its £1 billion ($1,272,225,000 US) bioethanol industry without the introduction of E10 by 2020 at the latest, and will continue to decline and likely disappear.

  • Introducing E10 would help the UK meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, saving the equivalent of taking 700,000 cars off the road.

  • Petrol fuel sales volumes in the UK are now increasing, due to the decreasing popularity of diesel cars. With widespread adoption of electric vehicles still decades away, the use of increasing blends of biofuels in petrol to make cars greener and cleaner must be a priority.

  • E10, or a higher blend of bioethanol, could help tackle the UK's air quality problems and health issues caused by high particulate levels.

  • If the British bioethanol industry is lost, the UK is unlikely to attract further investment, including for the next generation of biofuels and enhanced animal feed co-products, which would deliver further economic and environmental benefits.

  • Lose of the UK Biofuels industry could also increases the country's dependence on imported biofuels, force British farmers to source animal feed from less sustainable sources, and contribute the the UK missing its fuels quality directive target -- 4 pct rising to 6 pct in 2020 -- and miss its GHG emissions targets. (Source: All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol, June, 2019) Contact: All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, info@britishbioethanol.com, www.britishbioethanol.com/about-the-appg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Bioethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  B10,  


  • Malaysian Palm Oil Biodiesel to be Tested in Beijing Pilot (Int'l)
    Malaysian Palm Oil Board
    Date: 2019-05-31
    In Beijing, 180 sanitary trucks will be fueled with Malaysian palm oil biodiesel in a 20 month pilot project carried out by Tsinghua University in collaboration with Beijing TUS-Deqing Bioenergy and the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). The tests will be conducted with blended biodiesel containing 5 pct, 10 pct and 20 pct of palm oil respectively.

    Beijing TUS-Deqing Bioenergy is a subsidiary of TUS Clean Energy, a commercial arm of Tsinghua University. Beijing TUS-Deqing Bioenergy plans to invest in a project to modify an existing biodiesel plant in Malaysia using its enzymatic technology.

    . Malaysia has implemented a domestic 10 pct palm biodiesel and 90 pct petrol diesel (B10) program in its national transportation sector. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, The Star, 28 May, 2019) Contact: Tsinghua University, www.tsinghua.edu.cn; Beijing TUS-Deqing Bioenergy, en.tusholdings.com/index.php/59682c1b03b?zid=3; Malaysian Palm Oil Board, www.mpob.gov.my

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  Malaysian Palm Oil Board,  


    Malaysia Committed to Palm Oil Biodiesel (Int'l. Report)
    Palm Oil
    Date: 2019-05-27
    In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in a statement reported that his country, the world's largest exporter and second largest producer of the palm oil, will continue to play a key role in ensuring palm oil remains a sustainable and eco-friendly fuel replacement for domestic use and worldwide export.

    The minister noted that while there had been opposition to the current practices of planting oil palm, the market is strong and "Malaysia is equipped with the necessary infrastructure and market size to improve the quality and production of palm-based energy products." He also noted agencies such as the Malaysia Palm Oil Board, Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute and SIRIM Bhd had the technological capabilities necessary to make make palm oil biodiesel a "leading biofuel contender."

    Malaysia introduced B10 biodiesel to the domestic transportation market in December 2018, increasing its blend from seven per cent (B7 Biodiesel) to 10 per cent. The government plans to introduce B20 biodiesel by 2020. (Source: Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malay Mail, 24 May., 2019)Contact: Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Darell Leiking, www.miti.gov.my

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  


    Maine Governor's B10 Ethanol Blend Veto Upheld (Reg. & Leg.)
    B10,Ethanol Blend
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In Augusta, Maine's legislators have sustained Democratic Governor Janet Mills' veto of a bill to ban the sale of B10 ethanol-blended gas in the Pine Tree State. The Republican-sponsored bill initially sailed through the Legislature last month.

    According to the Governor, B10 is not presently sold in Maine and there's not enough evidence that ethanol-blended gas harms public health. (Source: Various Media, WABI5, 11 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News B10,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  


    Malaysia Doubles Palm Oil Biodiesel Blend Rate (Int'l)
    Palm Oil Biofuel
    Date: 2019-02-18
    In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Ministry of Plantations is reporting the Malaysian demand for crude palm oil is expected to rise by 1.3 million tons in 2020. The Ministry also notes it is increasing the transportation fuel palm oil biodiesel-to-petroleum fuel blend rate from B10 to B20 in an effort to stabilize palm oil supply, stockpiles and prices.

    Malaysia's palm oil inventory dropped 6.7 pct to 3 million tons in January from a month earlier and palm oil exports surged 21.2 pct to 1.68 million tons in January, 2019.

    Malaysia's neighbor Indonesia introduced B20 -- a blend of 20 pct palm oil and 80 pct fossil fuel -- to its transport sector in 2016. (Source: Malaysian Ministry of Plantations, Nikkei, 12 Feb., 2019)Contact: Malaysian Ministry of Plantations, www.mpoc.org.my

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Malaysia Palm Oil,  B10,  B20,  Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  B7,  


    Malaysian Transportation B10 Biodiesel Mandate in Force (Int'l)
    Biodiesel
    Date: 2019-02-04
    The Government of Malaysia is reporting the implementation of the B10 biodiesel mandate for the country's transport sector went into full force on Friday, February 1, 2019.

    The B10 program initially kicked off on December 1, 2018 while the B7 blending mandate for the industrial sector will begin from July 1, 2019. Implementation of the B10 mandate is expected to increase demand for biodiesel by 100,000-250,000 mty. (Source: Gov. of Malaysia, Platts, Various Media, Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Malaysia Biodiesel,  B10,  Biodiesael,  


    Malaysian Domestic Palm Oil Consumption Promoted ( Int'l. Report)
    Malaysian Palm Oil Board
    Date: 2019-01-02
    Following up on our Oct. 19, 2018 coverage -- Malaysian Biodiesel Production, Exports Breaking Records -- the Malaysian Primary Industries Ministry is now reportedly urging the increased consumption of domestic palm oil in many forms, including biofuels. The ministry's palm oil push is intended to expand existing markets, explore new markets, boost domestic consumption and increase consumption in an effort to stabilize and boost domestic palm oil prices.

    Palm oil is one of, if not the largest revenue earners for the country, and is key to Malaysia' Biodiesel B10 programme, which kicked off on Dec 1, 2018.

    The Malaysian Palm Oil Board is conducting research to determine the percentage of domestic palm oil consumption and the segments and sectors that have yet to utilize palm oil as a raw material.

    The Malaysian Biodiesel Association notes that the country's palm oil biodiesel production is likely to hit record levels this year and next, with 2018 exports expected to double from 2017, due to higher oil prices. Malaysia is the world's second-largest producer of palm oil, which can be used as feedstock to make the bio components of biodiesel. According to the Malaysian Biodiesel Association, Malaysian biodiesel production could hit 900,000 tonnes and exports 475,000 tonnes if the current price differential between crude palm oil and gasoil remains at current levels. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, SunDaily, 1 Jan., 2019) Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, www.mpob.gov.my; Malaysian Biodiesel Association, www.mybiodiesel.org.my

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


    REA Resource Recovery Systems, U Conn Partner on Wastewater Biodiesel Project (Ind. Report)
    REA Resource Recovery Systems
    Date: 2018-10-15
    REA Resource Recovery Systems reports it is working with the University of Connecticut and the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority on a project using REA's proprietary technology that turns fats, oils and grease into "B100" rated biodiesel fuel. The project aims to use U Conn food service waste vegetable oil as feed stock for biodiesel production. REA has targeted other potential plants in Danbury, Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury, Conn. to move the project forward.

    REA's proprietary process converts feedstock with high Free Fatty Acids (FFA's) into high quality biodiesel. This process handles feedstock with FFA's from 0 pct to 100 pct and is designed to process a mixture of available feedstocks, according to the company website. (Source: REA-Systems, Whitman, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: REA Resource Recovery Systems, Eric Metz, (203)590-3838, www.rea-systems.com; Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority, (203)466-5280, https://gnhwpca.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


    CA Gov. Inks 2045 Zero-Carbon Electricity Bill SB100 (Reg & Leg)
    California SB100
    Date: 2018-09-12
    In Sacramento, California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's office reports the governor has signed bill SB100 mandating the Golden State's zero-carbon electricity by 2045 target into law. SB100 pushes California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 50 pct by 2025 and 60 pct by 2030 with a zero-carbon electricity grid in place by 2045.

    At the signing, Governor Brown noted, "To get to 100 pct clean energy in a manner that ensures reliability and reduces cost, we must use a variety of strategies -- energy storage, increased efficiency and adjusting energy use to the time of day when we have most power will all help with the transition." (Source: Office of Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, Various Media, Energy Storage, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Office of Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gov. Jerry Brown,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  SM100,  


    California "Carbon-Free" Legislation SB100 Awaits Governor's Signature (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-09-07
    In the Golden State, with the expected signing of state legislation SB100, California will join Hawaii in going carbon-free by 2045. When signed into law, SB100 will replace fossil fuel generated electric power in California with 100 pct renewable energy.

    Another climate law, SB 32, requires California to limit statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030. SB 100 further advances the state's goal to reduce carbon emissions by mandating that 50 pct of the state's energy must come from eligible renewable sources by 2026, increasing to 60 pct by 2030. To reach 100 pct clean energy by 2045, California can also draw upon nuclear, large hydroelectric, and natural gas plants with carbon capture and storage -- all of which do not emit carbon dioxide.

    In 2017, about 29 pct of California's electricity was sourced from renewables. Natural gas and coal made up 34 and 4 pct of the state's electric generation in 2017, down from about 46 and 17 pct in 2007.

    Download the Solutions Project Renewable Energy Roadmap for California HERE. California SB110 details are HERE. (Source: Legal Info, Various Media, Popular Science, Sept., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  


    Dubai's Sustainable City Opts for B-100 Biodiesel (Int'l Report)
    Sustainable City, Diamond Developer
    Date: 2018-07-20
    In Dubai, The Sustainable City project developer, Diamond Developers, reports it has adopted B100 biodiesel to fuel the construction of new buildings as part of the community's second phase.

    The initiative will allow The Sustainable City project to reduce its carbon footprint by up to 150 tpy of CO2 during the construction period.

    Compared to conventional gasoline and petroleum diesel, B100 cuts harmful emissions such as carbon monoxide by 50 pct, polyaromatic hydrocarbons by 90 pct, nitrogen oxides by 95 pct, and particulate matter by 99 pct, according to the company release. (Source: Diamond Developers, Arabian Industry, 19 July, 2018)Contact: Sustainable City, Diamond Developers, Faris Saeed, CEO, www.thesustainablecity.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


    Hawaiian Legislators Mulling B10 Biofuels Blend (Reg & Leg)
    Biofuel Blend
    Date: 2018-02-23
    In January,In the Aloha State, the Hawaiin legislature is reported to be considering Senate Bill 2019 (SB2019), and several amendments to the original bill, requiring transportation fuel sold in the state to contain no less than 10 percent biofuel by volume.

    Originally, SB2019 called for a percentage of the biofuel used in the blending be produced in Hawaii and defined biofuel as ethanol and biodiesel. The bill includes stiff penalties for distributors or others that violate the blend requirement. Violators would be subject to a fine of $2 or more per gallon of nonconforming fuel up to a maximum of $1 million per infraction. The legislation is now awaiting state Senate approval. (Source: Biodiesel Mag, Various Media, 21 Feb., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  B10,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Western Iowa Energy news,  Agron Bioenergy news,  Biodiesel news,  


    New Biodiesel Fuel Center Open in Norfolk, Nebraska (Ind. Report)
    Sapp Bros.
    Date: 2017-09-01
    In Norfolk, Nebraska, Sapp Bros. Inc. is reporting the acquisition and activation of a new 30,000-gallon B100 biodiesel tank located along Highway 81, north of Norfolk. The facility will handle B100 fuel made predominantly from locally grown and processed soybeans. (Source: News Channel Nebraska, 30 Aug., 2017) Sapp Bros. Inc., Andy Richard, Pres., www.sappbros.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioodiesel,  Soybean Biodiesel,  


    Minnesota Introduces B20 Biodiesel Mandate (Ind. Report)
    Biofuel Blend
    Date: 2017-08-28
    The Governor of Minnesota's office reports that effective May 2018, diesel fuel marketed in the state will contain 20 pct biodiesel during warm weather months and 5 pct during the winter.

    The B5 mandate and the B10 mandate have added an estimated 63 cents to the price of each bushel of soybeans sold by Minnesota growers, according the the Governonr's office. (Source: Minnesota Farm Guide, 25 Aug., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  B20,  Biofuel Blends,  


    REGI Lauds Ill. Biodiesel Incentive Extension (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2017-07-10
    Ames, Iowa-headquartered biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) praised Illinois lawmakers for approving a five-year extension of a significant biodiesel incentive that was slateed to expire at the end of 2018. Under present legislation, Illinois biodiesel retailers are granted a 20 pct exemption of the state's 6.25 pct excise tax for selling biodiesel blends of 1 to 10 percent (B1 to B10). A full exemption of the state excise tax is provided for blends of 11 percent (B11) or more.

    The Illinois House and Senate over rode Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the tax package, which extends through 2023 the full excise tax exemption for B11 and higher biodiesel blends. (Source: REGI, Globe Newswire, 7 July, 2017) Contact: REGI, Gary Haer, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, + (703) 822-1972, gary.haer@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  REGI,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Incentive,  


    SunPower Biodiesel Assets Auction Announced (Ind. Report)
    SunPower Biodiesel
    Date: 2017-05-22
    Maas Companies will provide agricultural and energy professionals with the opportunity to purchase at auction a 3 million gallon per year biodiesel plant, a 72,325 sq. ft. manufacturing/warehouse facility, two oilseed processing facilities, a $1.1 million dollar 171,000 bushel grain handling facility, two retail fuel stations and surplus equipment on Thursday, June 15 at 10 AM at 1690 Elm Street in Cumberland, Wisconsin.

    SunPower Biodiesel, LLC. was an integrated agriculture-energy company marketing renewable fuel products produced from virgin vegetable oil from planted crops, used vegetable oil (UVO), canola, and fats, oils and greases (FOG) to produce biodiesel. The facility produced 3 million gpy of B100 biodiesel.

    The auction, which will be held onsite, includes real estate, two oilseed processing facilities, grain handling facility, retail fuel stations and related equipment. Sale details and equipment catalog are available at the auction website, http://www.maascompanies.com. (Source: Maas Companies, May, 2017) Contact: Maas Companies, (507)285-1444, www.masscompanies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower Biodiesel,  Biodiesel,  


    Penna. EPA Lauds Optimus for Biodiesel Technologies (Ind. Report)
    Optimus Technologies
    Date: 2017-04-28
    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has lauded Pittsburgh-based vehicle biodiesel conversion specialist Optimus Technologies with the 2017 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.

    Optimus partnered with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities and the City of Pittsburgh to equip 25 of the Steel City's vehicles with their Vector System technology which optimizes vehicle performance and emissions reductions using 100 pct biodiesel (B100). The Vector System reduced GHG emissions by 6.4 pct fleet-wide. (Source: Optimus Technologies, Penna. DEP, 26 April, 2017) Contact: Optimus Technologies, Colin Huwyler, CEO, Ian Winner, (412) 727-8228x6, ian.winner@optimustec.com, www.optimustec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Optimus Technologies,  Biodiesel,  


    Biodiesel Handling and Use Guide (Fifth Edition) -- Guide Attached (Ind. Report)
    US DOE Clean Cities
    Date: 2017-01-11
    Biodiesel Handling and Use Guide (Fifth Edition), a newly revised document from the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program serves as a handbook for those who blend, distribute, and use biodiesel and biodiesel blends. The guide provides basic information on the proper and safe use of biodiesel and biodiesel blends in engines and boilers. It is intended to help fleets, individual users, blenders, distributors, and those involved in related activities understand procedures for handling and using biodiesel fuels.

    In addition to covering the basics of biodiesel the guide also provides current considerations for handling and blending B100, B6 to B20 blends, the BQ-9000 program for supply chain management, and taxes and incentives, among other topics. U.S. consumption of biodiesel exceeded 2 billion gallons in 2015.

    Download the full guide HERE. (Source: US DOE Clean Cities, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: Alternatice Fuels Data Center, www.afdc.energy.gov; US DOE Clean Cities Program, www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE Clean Cities,  Biodiesel,  

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