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Indonesian Palm Biodiesel Producers Enjoy $195Mn Subsidy (Int'l.)
Indonesia Palm Oil, Palm Biodiesel
Date: 2020-07-01
In Jakarta, in a move to support producers and artificially lower the price of biodiesel at the pump to keep it competitive with regular diesel, the Indonesian government reports it is earmarking $195 million from state palm oil fund (BPDP-KS) to subsidize palm oil and palm oil biodiesel producers.

According to TuK Indonesia, an NGO advocate for environmental justice, the estimated total wealth of the top 27 families in the palm oil industry at more than $88 billion -- roughly 8 pct of the country's GDP . Among the top producers, Wilmar International, which produces 2.3 million kiloliters per year of palm oil biodiesel, is the major recipient of Indonesian government subsidies to the palm oil industry. Wilmar scored 55 pct of the total $530 million from the BPDP-KS distributed to five palm oil companies in 2017. (Source: Various Media, Mongabay, 1 July, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil news,  Biodiesel.Indonesia Palm Oil news,  


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,  


CUHK Generates Biocatalysts for Biodiesel Prod. (New Prod & Tech)
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Date: 2020-06-26
In Hong Kong, supported by the Research Grants Council and the Innovation and Technology Fund, researchers at Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) are reporting development of a novel method for extracting enzymes from bacteria, which lowers the production cost and opens a new avenue for the enzymatic production of biodiesel.

Enzymes can act as a catalyst to produce biodiesel while generating less waste and requiring lower temperatures than traditional base catalysts. Enzymes are presently too expensive to compete with base catalysts because enzymes require tedious purification procedures and subsequent immobilization to be easily recycled and reused, according to the CUHK research report.

According to Dr. Bradley Heater, the lead author of the paper, "The real elegance of this technology is that the bacteria cells do all the hard work of producing the catalyst -- all we have to do is separate the crystals from the cell debris. Currently, we can use this method to produce an enzyme that converts waste cooking oil to biodiesel, but we should be able to trap other enzymes to perform different chemistry as well." (Source: Chinese University of Hong Kong, BioSpectrum Asia, 25 June, 2020) Contact: Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dr. Bradley Heater, Report Author, Prof. Michael Chan, +852 3943 1487, michaelchan88@cuhk.edu.hk, www.cuhk.edu.hk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Enzymes,  


Biodiesel Board Urges EPA to Reject RFS "Gap" Waivers (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2020-06-19
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is urging EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to immediately reject the flood of 52 small refinery exemption petitions for previous years going back to 2011.

"EPA's consideration of small refinery exemption petitions going back to 2011 flies in the face of the recent 10th Circuit decision. By rolling back the clock, there appears to be no length EPA won't go to help refiners undermine the RFS. Make no mistake -- this handout to the oil industry comes at the expense of biodiesel producers and soybean farmers across the country, and particularly the Midwest. Allowing these gap filings renders the program completely unpredictable for renewable fuel producers. The agency must immediately reject these petitions to restore confidence that it will abide by the law in administering the RFS." NBB VP for Federal Affairs Kurt Kovarik said.

NBB sent a June 1 letter to Administrator Wheeler saying, "EPA's first step upon receiving any petition for a small refinery exemption should be to evaluate its timeliness and validity before transmitting it to the Department of Energy." The letter makes the case that "gap" petitions or re-submissions of previously rejected petitions are inconsistent with the 10th Circuit's ruling. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, PR, NBB Website, 18 June, 2020) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP of Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbd.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  RFS,  RFS Waiver,  EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler ,  


Iowa Legislators Extend Biodiesel Fuel Tax Differential (Reg. & Leg.)
Biodiesel
Date: 2020-06-08
Legislators in the Hawkeye State have voted to extend the biodiesel Fuel Tax Differential which was set to expire on June 30, this year.

The differential reduces taxes on the cost of 11 pct biodiesel (B11) and ethanol by about 3 cents per gallon. As of Jan. 1, biodiesel blends of B10 or lower were taxed at 33 cents per gallon. Blends of B11 or higher were taxed at about 30 cents per gallon. The bill awaits Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signature to come into force. (Source: Farms.com, Various Trade Media, 5 June, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel news,  Biodiesel Blend news,  Biodiesel Tax 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,  


IRFA Seeks Legislative Biofuel Tax Action (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2020-05-29
In the Hawkeye State, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) is calling for legislators to act on House File 2279 and Senate File 2403 that would extend and modernize fuel tax differentials for E15 and higher ethanol blends and B11 and higher biodiesel blends, which are set to expire on June 30, 2020.

With the passage of either bill, Iowa will not only continue to support renewable fuels but put millions of dollars back into the road use tax fund each year for vital infrastructure projects, according to IRFA. "If the legislature allows the biofuel tax differentials to expire, not only will it raise prices on consumers at the pump, it will also hurt Iowa's farmers and biofuels producers who are suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and trade disputes. Since the implementation of the current tax differential, we've seen biofuel blend sales increase dramatically, but with June 30 just around the corner, it is imperative the legislature take action now. Iowa cannot afford to take a step backward in promoting the use of renewable fuels," according to IRFA Policy Director Nathan Hohnstein, (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuels Assoc., 27 May, 2020) Contact: IRFA, Nathan Hohnstein, Policy Director , (515) 252-6249, (515) 225-0781 -- fax, www.iowarfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,  Biofuel,  


SK Chemicals Unloading Biodiesel Business (Int'l., M&A)
SK Chemicals
Date: 2020-05-27
Pangy, South Korea-based SK Chemicals reports it is selling its bioenergy business for 382.5 billion won ($309.4 million) to private equity fund Hahn & Co and suspended its bioenergy business as of Feb. 5, this. Proceed of the sale will be directed to "green materials" investments.

SK Chemicals had a 33.4 pct market share of the Korean domestic biodiesel market in 2018. (Source: SK Chemicals, The Korea Herald, 26 May, 2020) Contact: SK Chemicals, 02-2008-2008, 02-2008-2009 - fax., www.skchemicals.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SK Chemicals,  Biodiesel,  


Higher Biofuel Blends Infrastructure Grants Offered (Funding)
USDA
Date: 2020-05-19
In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports the launch of an online portal to begin accepting applications for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) grants.

USDA plans to make available up to $100 million in competitive grants for activities designed to expand the sale and availability of ethanol and biodiesel fuels. The funds will be directly available to help transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities convert to higher ethanol and biodiesel blends by sharing the costs related to the installation of fuel pumps, related equipment and infrastructure.

Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program details HERE. Application information HERE.

(Source: USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, 15 May, 2020) Contact: USDA, www.rd.usda.gov/hbiip

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Biofuel Blend,  Biofuel Infrastructure,  


Renewable Diesel Plant Planned for Newton, Illinois (Ind. Report)
St. Joseph Renewable Fuels
Date: 2020-05-15
In the Land of Lincoln, St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC and the City of Newton, (pop 3,000 +-) in Jasper County have announced plans to construct a $400-million renewable diesel plant.

The new plant, which will process used restaurant "brown" grease into renewable diesel, is expected to break ground this year.

As previously reported, the company cancelled a similar $190 million renewwable diesel project agreement with the city of St. Joseph, Missouri in October, 2018. (Source: St. Joseph Renewable Fuels, WTWO/WAWV, Wabash Valley, 13 May, 2020) Contact: St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC., (316) 977-8585

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Biodiesel,  St. Joseph Renewable Fuels,  Renewable Fuel,  Biodiesel,  


$2.25Bn for Biofuels Included in U.S. House Economic Pkg (Ind Report)
Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer
Date: 2020-05-15
In the nation's capitol, the office of U.S. Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa) reports the House's recently introduced $3 trillion economic aid plan includes $2.25 billion for the biofuels industry.

Under the plan, ethanol and biodiesel plants would get payments based on the gallons each produce. "At a rate of 45 cents per gallon for fuel produced between January and May of this year, and then for plants forced to shut down, the bill provides 22.5 cents per gallon on the amount produced during the same period last year in 2019," Finkenauer noted.

Congresswoman Finkenauer's congressional district hosts 8 biofuel plants. (Source: Office of Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, Radio Iowa, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Office of Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, (202) 225-2911, (319) 364-2288, finkenauer.house.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Abby Finkenauer,  Biofuel,  


Crude Tall Oil Refiner Licensing Neste Technology (Int'l, Report)
Neste Engineering Solutions,Fintoil Oy
Date: 2020-05-13
Neste Engineering Solutions Oy, a unit of the oil refiner and biodiesel producer, is reporting a licensing agreement with Crude Tall Oil (CTO) refiner Fintoil Oy.

Neste's technolgy will be incorporated into Fintoil's previously announced 200,000 tpy biorefinery in Hamina, Finland. The plant is expected to come online late in 2022. (Source: Neste Engineering Solutions, May, 2020) Contact: Neste, www.neste.com; Fintoil Oy, Jukka Ravaska, CEO, +358 50 310 4437, jukka.ravaska@fintoil.com, www.fintoil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tall Oil,  Neste Engineering Solutions,  Fintoil Oy,  


Jakarta Delaying Boost in B30 Biodiesel Mandate (Int'l. Report)
Indonesia Palm oil
Date: 2020-05-11
In Jakarta, the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs Indonesia has announced the government will likely delay its planned raising of its present 30 pct (B30) palm oil blend rate to 40 pct (B40) by 2022, as previously reported. The Indonesian biodiesel programme is a key part of the government's strategy to use excess palm oil and curb fuel imports, one of the main contributors to the country's current account deficit problem.

The delay is being attributed to disruptions in world fuel demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs Indonesia, The Star, 9 May, 2020) Contact: Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs Indonesia, www.developmentaid.org/#!/donors/view/143865/coordinating-ministry-for-economic-affairs-indonesia

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  B40,  B30,  Indonesia Palm oil,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel Blend,  


Trump Urged to Reject Waiver Requests (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
EPA,Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2020-05-11
In the nation's capitol, a bipartisan group of 24 U.S. senators -- including Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Tina Smith(D-Minn) Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) have written the following to the White House:

"We are writing to urge you to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and immediately reject the requests for a waiver of the RFS under Section 211(o)(7) of the Clean Air Act recently received by the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) from five state governors.

"Across our states, biofuels lower fuel prices, create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the new energy economy, many of which are in rural areas, provide an important market for farmers, cut our reliance on foreign oil, reduce emissions and harmful air pollutants, and provide critical inputs to our food supply.

"Our nation is facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the global health pandemic caused by COVID-19, with the impacts being felt across all of society. Waiving the RFS would cause further harm to the U.S.economy, especially our most vulnerable rural communities. It would also exacerbate the effects experienced by the biofuel sector as a result of COVID-19, causing far-reaching detrimental impacts on employment, farmers, food security, fuel prices, and the environment. The resiliency of America's renewable fuel industry has already suffered as a result of the EPA's drastic expansion of the small refinery waiver program in recent years.

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security identified the biofuels sector as an essential critical infrastructure workforce during the COVID-19 response. However, as motor fuel demand has plummeted, prices have slumped to record lows and producers are suffering heavy losses. At this point more than 70 ethanol facilities with an annual production capacity of 6.1 billion gallons have been fully idled, and approximately 70 more plants have reduced their operating rates by a combined amount of 1.9 billion gallons annualized. At least 46 pct of the ethanol industry's total production capacity is now idled, and eight biodiesel and renewable diesel facilities remain offline. Highly-skilled jobs across the country are being lost at an alarming rate.

"Biofuel plant closures have ripple effects through the U.S. economy. Farm income is directly linked to the health of the renewable fuel industry. Plant shutdowns are causing commercial CO2 supply shortages and inhibiting the ability of meat packers and other food sectors to refrigerate, preserve,and supply food and beverages at current, affordable rates. Ethanol plants also produce low cost, high-protein animal feed (distillers grains). Supply shortages as a result of biofuel plant closures are impacting livestock feed procurement, rations, and prices. Biodiesel producers provide value to surplus and waste oils, fats and greases from food, feed and other biofuel production. Without the biodiesel industry, excess feedstocks will clog the supply chain, causing livestock producers to potentially raise prices for consumers. Removing biofuels from gasoline and diesel will also lead to an increase of greenhouse gas emissions, particulate matter, and toxics-causing degradation to our air quality.

"Recent requests for a waiver of the RFS are unjustified and clearly do not satisfy the rigorous requirements necessary for EPA consideration. RFS waivers can only be granted by EPA if there is a demonstration of 'severe harm' to the economy or environment of a state, region or the United States that is directly caused by the RFS. None of these standards are met today and the following reasons clearly demonstrate the case for rejecting the waiver requests:

  • Challenging market conditions in the oil sector are the directresult of oversupply from international competitors combined with falling gasoline, diesel and jet fuel demand as a result of the COVID-19, not the RFS.

  • The RFS already accommodates demand reductions and provides flexibility to reflect the reality of motor fuel demand. EPA translates the annual RFS requirements into a percentage share of gasoline and diesel. Thus, the existing structure of the RFS regulations already results in an oil refiner's renewable volume obligations being proportionally reduced if overall motor fuel demand drops over the year

  • EPA has repeatedly found that RIN prices do not negatively impact refiners, a position reinforced by the 10th Circuit court in January 200. In addition, a record-large supply of RINs is available to refiners today, largely as a consequence of EPA's abusive expansion of the small refinery exemption program, so the threat of high RIN prices is currently non-existent.

    "We urge you to direct the EPA to reject all calls to waive the RFS. The RFS is more important now than ever as farmers, the biofuel sector, and rural America struggle to remain operational during the COVID-19 crisis." (Source: US Senate, 8 May, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  "Hardship" Waiver,  


  • GCEH Converting Calif. Refinery to Biodiesel Production (M&A)
    Global Clean Energy Holdings
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the Golden State, Torrance-based Global Clean Energy Holdings (GCEH) Inc. is reporting the $40 million purchase of the idled Alon USA Energy Inc. Big West gasoline and diesel refinery in Kern County.

    GCEH plans to convert the 70,000 bpd facility to produce biodiesel from used cooking oil, soybean oil and camelina. The refinery has not run for 12 consecutive months since 2012. (Source: GCEH, PR, The Bakersfield Californian, 8 May, 2020) Contact: GCEH, Richard Palmer, CEO, www.gceholdings.com; Alon USA Energy www.delekus.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Clean Energy Holdings,  DELEK,  Delek,  Biodiesell,  


    $100Mn Biofuel Blends Infrastructure Incentives Available (Funding)
    USDA,Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2020-05-06
    In the Nation's capital, the USDA reports it intends to make up to $100 million available in competitive grants under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program to support activities designed to expand the availability and sale of ethanol and biodiesel.

    According to the USDA release, funds will be made directly available to assist transportation and fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities with converting to higher ethanol and biodiesel blends by sharing the costs related to and/or offering sales incentives for the installation of fuel pumps, related equipment and infrastructure. distribution facilities.

    Of the total $100 million, $86 million will be available for implementation activities related to ethanol blends above E10 and $14 million will be available for implementation activities related to blends of biodiesel above B5. Grants for up to 50 percent of total eligible projects costs, up to $5 million, are available to vehicle fueling facilities, including local fueling stations/locations, convenience stores, hypermarket fueling stations, fleet facilities, fuel terminal operations, midstream partners and/or distribution facilities.

    The agency expects the $100 million in funding to support approximately 150 awards and provide assistance to approximately 1,500 locations.

    As an aside, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper offered the following statement in response: "U.S. ethanol producers today are facing the worst economic conditions in the industry's 40-year history due to COVID-19, and they need immediate emergency relief to survive this catastrophe. Once the pandemic is over and fuel markets are showing signs of recovery, expanding infrastructure via the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program will be important to the long-term future of the ethanol industry and rural America. We thank the USDA for its efforts to support the future of renewable fuels." (Source: USDA, May, 2020)Contact: USDA, Sonny Perdue, Sec., www.usda.gov; Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  USDA,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  


    Neste Nails Mahoney Environmental Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Neste,Mahoney Environmental
    Date: 2020-05-06
    Following up on our 13 March report, Espoo, Finland-headquartered Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel refined from waste and residuesis, now reports compleyion of its acquisition of Mahoney Environmental, a leading collector and recycler of used cooking oil in the United States, and its affiliated entities.

    Alongside used cooking oil collection and recycling, Mahoney also provides cooking oil equipment installation and design, fresh oil delivery and grease trap cleaning. (Source: Neste, PR, Renewable Energy 4 May, 2020) Contact: Neste US, Jeremy Baines, Pres, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Mahoney Environmental, 800-892-9392, www.mahoneyes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Mahoney Environmental,  Biodiesel,  


    Clean Fuels Deployment Act of 2020 Introduced (Reg & Leg)
    Biofuel
    Date: 2020-05-01
    In Washington, U.S. Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (Dem, IA-01)is reporting the introduction of the bipartisan Clean Fuels Deployment Act of 2020 authorizing $600 million over six years to help retailers offer higher ethanol blends, expand the geographic area selling ethanol blends, support biodiesel, bioheat, and sustainable aviation fuel markets, and accelerate the deployment of fueling infrastructure.

    The legislation, co-sponsored by Reps. Angie Craig (D-MN), Don Bacon (R-NE), and Roger Marshall (R-KS), would provide funding for installing and converting fuel pump infrastructure to deliver higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel.

    The bill, given recent uncertainties in the renewable fuels industry, is more important than ever to fund infrastructure improvements and remove market barriers to accessing clean and renewable fuels. In addition to supporting the distribution of higher ethanol and biodiesel blends at fueling stations, the program could also be used to enhance pipelines and terminals to blend and carry ethanol and biodiesel.

    Program grant funding could be used to incentivize the deployment of ethanol and biodiesel fueling infrastructure and convert existing infrastructure to deliver ethanol blends greater than 10 percent and biodiesel blends greater than 20 pct. (Source: Office of Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, Website, 28 April, 2020) (202) 225-2911, (319) 364-2288, www.finkenauer.house.gov

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


    UK Biofuels Consumption on the Rise (Int'l. Report)
    Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2020-04-29
    In the UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is reporting biodiesel consumption set records in both 2018 and 2019 when liquid biofuel consumption reached 621.07 million gallons -- up 24 pct from 2018.

    According to BEIS data, ethanol accounted for 32 pct of the UK's liquid biofuels consumption in 2019 ewhile biodiesel accounted for 68 pct. (Source: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Biofuel Int'l., 27 April, 2020) Contact: BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Department for Business,  Energy and Industrial Strategy,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Ethanol,  Alternative Fuel,  


    UAE Biodiesel Producer Neutral Fuels Touts Expansion (Int'l. Report)
    Neutral Fuels
    Date: 2020-04-29
    Following up on our 27 May, 2017 coverage, Dubai-based biodiesel producer Neutral Fuels reports it is the first company in the world to commercialize an "enzymatic biodiesel" using a strain of enzyme derived from the fungus that grows on a soy bean to allow it to process poor quality used cooking oil into good biodiesel.

    The company is now reporting the upcoming opening of 4,700 t/yr B100 certified to Europe's EN14214 biodiesel standard production plant in South Africa. In 2019 the company expanded into India's Delhi and Bahrain in 2019 with B100 plants of 4,700 t/yr and 2,400 t/yr respectively. Funds raised from green bonds listed on Germany's Frankfurt stock exchange in 2019 are partly financing the company's growth.

    Neutral Fuels notes it has no plan to export to international markets but rather aims to enhance waste-based biodiesel consumption in the regions where it is located by replicating the localized supply chain model used in its Dubai operations. (Source: Neutral Fuels, Argus, 28 April, 2020) Contact: Neutral Fuels, Karl Feilder, CEO, kwf@theneutralgroup.com, www.tng.ae, www.biodiesel.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neutral Fuels,  Biodiesel ,  


    Avril Slashing Biodiesel Production (Int'l. Report)
    Groupe Avril
    Date: 2020-04-22
    Paris-headquartered biodiesel producer Groupe Avril reports it is cutting an unspecified amount of its production and has shut down 3 of its 6 biodiesel plants due to falling demand and plummeting profits resukting from the COVID-19 crisis. Covid-19 pandemic and resulting movement restrictions. The company produces roughly 1.4 million t/yr of biodiesel.

    "The prices are catastrophic and are at a level where we should stop everything. We have had prices drop below zero," according to Avril CEO Jean-Philippe Puig. Avril is also a major rapeseed crusher and vegetable oil producer, but its volumes of rapeseed oil destined for production of biodiesel are now lying spare, according to the release. (Source: Avril, PR, 20 April, 2020) Contact: Avril, Jean-Philippe Puig, CEO, +33 1 4069 4800, www.groupeavril.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Groupe Avril,  Biodiesel ,  


    COVID-19 Stymies Malaysian B20 Biodiesel Program (Int'l. Report)
    Malaysian Biodiesel Affiliation
    Date: 2020-04-17
    In Jakarta, the Malaysian Biodiesel Association is reporting the postponement of the nationwide implementation B20 biodiesel palm oil program due to additional travel restrictions aimed at curbing the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Malaysian B20 mandate was first rolled out in January and was scheduled to be totally carried out throughout the nation by mid-June 2021. (Source: Malaysian Biodiesel Association, Global News Hut, 16 April, 2020) Contact: Malaysian Biodiesel Association, www.mybiodiesel.org.my; Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Dr. Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir, www.mpob.gov.my

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Malaysian Palm Oil Board,  B20,  Biodiesel,  Palm Oil,  


    Alternative Fuels for Int'l Shipping Study Launched (Int'l)
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Maritime Institute
    Date: 2020-04-17
    In Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) are reporting release of their 12-month study covering the technological, environmental and economic considerations in adopting alternative fuels.

    The comprehensive study evaluates the characteristics of liquefied natural gas (LNG), methanol, biodiesel, and hydrogen, and outlines ways to incorporate them into existing ship systems. The study also provides short-, medium- and long-term measures, for shipping companies to overcome challenges in incorporating alternative fuels into their value chain and outlines how companies can use alternative fuels to help meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets of at least 50 pct, compared to the levels in 2008.

    Download the Alternative Fuels for International Shipping studyHERE.(Source: NTU, SMI, Sea News, 16 April, 2020) Contact: NTU, Dr. Prapisala Thepsithar , Professor Louis Phee, Dean of College of Engineering, +65 6791 1744, www.ntu.edu.sg; Singapore Maritime Insitute, +65 6270 2885, www.maritimeinstitute.sg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maritime Alternative Fuel,  


    Congressional Biofuels Caucus Seeking Direct Biofuels Industry Relief (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    USDA
    Date: 2020-04-13
    Iowa Congressman Steve King (R), a member of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus, reports he has signed the attached bi-partisan letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that the USDA use "funds from the CARES Act to provide direct relief to the biofuels industry."

    Dear Secretary Perdue,

    "The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided USDA with additional resources to support farm income and prices during this economic downturn. The CARES Act included a reimbursement of $14 billion to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), and $9.5 billion for the Secretary to respond to the economic impacts of COVID-19. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prepares to address financial hardship in agriculture, we urge you to use funds from the CARES Act to provide direct relief to the biofuels industry.

    "Demand for fuel is declining as states implement stay-at-home orders and discourage travel. This sudden shift in demand is worsening market conditions to the point ethanol plants are halting production. The biofuels industry is a vital market for the commodities our farmers produce, and USDA must take immediate action to ensure plants can retain skilled workers and continue production when market conditions improve.

    "The biofuels sector provides a direct and significant boost to the value of corn and soybeans. Ethanol plants purchase two out of every five bushels of U.S. corn and biodiesel producers use over 8 billion pounds of soybean oil a year. Ethanol plants produce dried distillers grains (DDGs) as a byproduct, providing livestock farmers with a low-cost, high-protein component of animal feed. To assist with the response to COVID-19, some ethanol and biofuels plants have volunteered to produce hand sanitizer and disinfectant products to address nationwide shortages. And, ethanol plants produce high purity carbon dioxide that is critical for medical facilities and food processing. The biofuels sector plays a large role in the livelihood of America's commodity and livestock producers, and biofuels plants are major employers in many rural communities.

    "USDA should take immediate action to stabilize the biofuels industry with resources provided by the CARES Act. We look forward to working with you on this issue as USDA assists producers through this challenging time. Thank you for considering this request." (Source: Congressman Steven King, KIOW Radio, 12 April, 2020) Contact: Rep Steve King, steveking.house.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  USDA,  


    Senators Seeking Ethanol Ind. Support (Editorials, Opinions & Asides)
    Ethanol,Chuck Grassley
    Date: 2020-04-10
    In a recent letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue Iowa's Sen. Chuck Grassley (R )and Sen. Joni Ernst(R) and a group of midwest senators, called for additional biofuel industry funding through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC).

    "As the country follows the advice of local and state governments and remain at home, motor fuel use has rapidly decreased. The decrease in fuel consumption has left (biofuel) production facilities little choice but to idle production or close completely.

    "Farm income and prices for corn and other crop commodities are directly linked to the health of the renewable fuel industry. Ethanol plants use 40 percent of all corn grown in the United States. Among other feedstocks, biodiesel and renewable diesel producers currently use over 8 billion pounds of soybean oil a year, creating demand that adds 13 percent to the cash price of a bushel of soybeans.

    "We have seen a significant drop in the price of corn and soybeans because of the decline in demand. Keeping plants open is vital for our states and we ask that you use the authority given by Congress to assist the biofuel industry during extremely difficult times. We are supportive of the proposals the biofuel industry has put forward to reimburse feedstocks and also believe that adding additional CCC funds to the Higher-Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program will drive future biofuel demand,” the senators continued," the letter said. (Source: Various Media, Atlantic News Telegraph, 8 April, 2020)Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), www.grassley.senate.gov; Sen. Joni Ernst, www.ernst.senate.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chuck Grassley,  Ethanol,  


    EU Biofuel Groups Concerned Over Possible Biofuel Blending Cutbacks (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    European Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2020-04-06
    The European Biodiesel Board, ePURE and several other European biofuel trade organizations have penned the following outlining their concerns that some EU countries were considering "derogations" to their blending operations:

    "If implemented, such derogations would exacerbate the negative effects already experienced by our sectors. The resulting reduction in demand would cause the shutdown of biofuel plants. It would also jeopardize the supply of products needed to produce hand sanitiser products, impact the proper function of the EU internal market for fuels and reduce the supply of animal feed. In addition, European renewable energy and climate commitments would be jeopardized."

    "The production of the European biofuels value chain is (already) severely affected by the strong drop in fuel consumption and the corresponding reduction for the demand for our products, accentuated by the drop in fuel prices. (Source: European Biodiesel Board, ePure, Various Trade Media, April, 2020) Contact: European Biodiesel Board, ; ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. General, +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blending,  European Biodiesel Board,  ePure,  Biodiesel,  


    Alfa Laval Announces St1 Biodiesel Plant Equipment Order (Int'l.)
    Alfa Laval, St1
    Date: 2020-03-30
    Lund, Sweden-headquartered Alfa Laval is confirming receipt of a SEK 60 million ($6,015,924) order from Nordic energy supplier St1 for a process line for St1's new biodiesel plant in Gothenburg. The equipment will remove impurities from fats that will be processed into biodiesel.

    Alfa Laval is a global supplier of products and solutions for heat transfer, separation and fluid handling through heat exchangers, separators, pumps and valves. The company's products are used in the manufacturing of ethanol, biodiesel and various other applications, according to the company website. (Source: Alfa Laval, Mar., 2020) Contact: St1, +46 771 369 369, kundservice@st1.se, www.st1,eu; Alfa Laval, +46-46-36-72-31, www.alfalaval.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News St1,  Alfa Laval,  Biodiesel,  


    Chinese Indonesian Palm Oil Imports Slashed (Int'l. Report)
    Palm Oil Producers Association
    Date: 2020-03-30
    In Jakarta, the Palm Oil Producers Association (GAPKI) is reporting Indonesian palm oil exports to China fell from 3.72 million tons in December 2019 to 2.39 million tons in January this year -- a staggering 35.6 pct drop.

    In 2019, China imported a total 6 million tons of palm oil from Indonesia, representing 16.5 pct of Indonesia's overall palm oil exports during the year.

    Outside of CPO, palm oil kernel (PKO) and palm oil-based biodiesel exports also declined while palm oil oleochemicals exports rose by 22.9 pct, according to GAPKI data. Despite the export slowdown, domestic palm oil consumption increased slightly to 1.47 million tons in January from 1.45 million tons in December 2019, in line with the government's mandatory upping of the biodiesel blend rate to B30 in Jan this year -- rising to B50 by the year end. (Source: Palm Oil Producers Association, Jakarta Post, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: Palm Oil Producers Association, www.gapki.id; Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association, +62 2129380882, office@aprobi.co.id, www.aprobi.or.id

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association ,  Biodiesel,  B30,  B40,  B50,  Palm Oil,  


    PTG Energy Increased Palm-Oil Biodiesel Investment (Int'l Report)
    PTG Energy
    Date: 2020-03-18
    In Bangkok, Thailand's largest transportation fuel distributor PTG Energy reports it will invest an additional $15.4 million its PPP Green Complex, a palm cooking oil and biodiesel plant in Prachuap Khiri Khan. (Source: PTG Energy, PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: PTE Energy, 0 2168 3377, +66 0 2168 3388, +66 0 2168 3379, 0 2168 3389 - fax, www.ptgenergy.co.th

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    Falling Petroleum Oil Prices Diminish Palm Oil Profitability (Int'l.)
    Biodiesel,Palm Oil Analytics
    Date: 2020-03-16
    According to Singapore-headquartered Palm Oil Analytics (POA)-- an independent online publisher of palm oil market news, price, data and analytics -- OIL firms could be absorbing significant costs of fuel blending with the plunge in Brent crude and crude palm oil (CPO) prices.

    "Although CPO prices have also fallen, the price spread of CPO to gas oil to date is $140 US on average, which indicates the government must step in and offer a subsidy to make CPO blending into biodiesel an attractive option. The low CPO benchmark is expected to drag palm futures in the first half of 2020 as lower exports and continued restriction of refined palm oil products by India weigh on the commodity. (Source: Palm Oil Analytics, Malaysian Reserve, 10 Mar., 2020) Contact: Palm Oil Analytics, www.palmoilanalytics.com

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


    Neste Acquiring Ill. Grease Collector-Recycler (Ind Report, M&A)
    Neste,Mahoney Environmental
    Date: 2020-03-13
    Espoo, Finland-headquartered Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel refined from waste and residuesis, reports it will acquire 100 pct of Joilet, Illinois-based Mahoney Environmental, a collector and recycler of used cooking oil and its affiliated entities. The deal is subject customary closing conditions and regulatory approval.

    Neste operates renewable diesel refineries in Singapore, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and Porvoo in Finland where it produces Neste MY Renewable Diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). (Source: Neste Corp, 11 Mar.,2020) Contact: Neste US, Jeremy Baines, Pres, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Mahoney Environmental, 800-892-9392, www.mahoneyes.com

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


    Viva Energy Joins Bioenergy Australia Trade Organization (Int'l)
    Viva Energy Australia
    Date: 2020-03-11
    In the Land Down Under, liquid fuel supplier and biofuel blender Viva Energy Australia Pty Ltd. reports it has joined BioEnergy Australia, the Australian national bioindustry trade association

    Viva, which operates biodiesel blending facilities in Qweensland, Victoria and New South Wales, has recently invested over $20 million, (AUS) in biofuels projects and established various supply agreements with local biofuels producers and the construction of a new biofuels blending facility in Queensland. (Source: Viva Energy Australia, PetrolPlaza, 8 Mar.,2020) Contact: Viva Energy Australia, www.vivaenergy.com.au; Bioenergy Australia, Shahana McKenzie, CEO, www.bioenergyaustralia.org.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Viva Energy Australia,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  


    Indonesian B30 Prog. to Use 9.6Mn KL of Biodiesel in 2020 (Int'l.
    Indonesia Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
    Date: 2020-03-09
    In Jakarta, the Indonesian Industry Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is reporting the implementation of its previously reported B30 biodiesel fuel blending program is expected to use 9.6 million kiloliters (KL) of domestic palm-oil biodiesel, reduce diesel fuel imports by e million kilolitersand, increase the added value of crude palm oil (CPO) to Rp13.81 trillion ($908 million) and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG)emissions by 14.25 million tons of CO2, or equivalent to gas emissions from 52,010 small buses, in 2020.

    The mandatory B30 program came into force Jan. 1, this year. Indonesia, the world's biggest palm oil producer and exporter, is recorded as the first country to implement the B30 mixed-fuel in the world. (Source: Indonesia Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, antaranews.com, 5 Mar., 2020) Contact: Indonesia Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, Minister, +136 0 21 3804242, +136 0 21 3507210 - fax, klik@esdm.go.id, www.esdm.go.id/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Indoneasia Biodiesel,  B20,  B30,  Palm Oil,  Palm Biodiesel,  


    FPT Industrial Investigating Macauba Palm Biodiesel (Int'l, R&D)
    FPT Industrial
    Date: 2020-03-06
    FPT Industrial a global engine and powertrain brand of CNH Industrial N.V. reports it is invested in and exploring the possible use of Macauba Palm, which is common to Brazil, the Caribbean and South Florida, for the production of biodiesel transportation fuel.

    FPT Industrial's research was conducted at the Technical Center in Betim, Southeast of Brazil, with the main focus on its application as a fuel for agricultural tractors. Tests for trucks and buses, as well as power generators, are planned for the future. The tests produced biodiesel that met the standards established by the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP).

    The testing project was carried out in partnership with the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC Minas), the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and Bchem Biofuels, using a FPT Industrial N67 Tier 3 engine fitted to Case IH and New Holland Agriculture tractors. During the tests, mixtures of 10 pct and 20 pct of Macauba biodiesel were used. The results showed performance and consumption comparable to Brazilian commercial diesel, with a reduction trend in terms of carbon monoxide (CO) and particulate matter (PM) emissions. (Source: FPT, CNH Industrial, PR Mar.,2020) Contact: FPT CNH Industrial, www.fptindustrial.com/global/en, www.cnhindustrial.com/en-us/Pages/homepage.aspx

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    German Biodiesel Trade Hit New Record Highs (Int'l. Report)
    German Biodiesel
    Date: 2020-03-06
    In Germany, the German Federal Statistical Office is reporting German foreign import and export trade in biodiesel reached a total volume of 3.7 million metric tons (1.1 billion gallons) -- 20 pct above 2018 levels. According to the German Federal Statistical Office, they amounted to 2.3 million tons (690.5 million gallons), cracking the mark of 2 million tons for the first time. This translates to an 18 percent, or 346,000 ton (103.9 million gallons), rise from the previous year.

    The Union zur Forderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V -- Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants EV (UFOP) -- notes Germany is the most important country in the European Union to produce and market biodiesel, thus safeguarding the country's rapeseed production. The association has complained that although, in purely arithmetic terms, the entire German rapeseed harvest goes into biodiesel production, there is no positive impact on ex-farm prices. (Source: German Federal Statistical Office, UFOP. 4 Mar., 2020) Contact: UFOP, +49 0 30/31 90 42 02, +49 0 30/31 90 44 85 - fax, info@ufop.de, www.ufop.de; German Federal Statistical Office, www.destatis.de/EN/Home/_node.html

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    Eni Looks to Methanol, Biomethane to Meet Sustainability Goals (Int'l.)
    Eni S.p.A.
    Date: 2020-03-04
    is reporting plans to planning to have 55GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2050. Under its Long-Term Strategic Plan to 2050, Italian oil and gas firm Eni S.p.A. is aiming to slash net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of its energy products by 80 pct by 2050 by using renewable energies, biomethane, hydrogen, carbon capture and storage (CCS), methanol and products from the recycling of waste materials.

    According to a release, the Rome-headquartered company has "quantified our carbon footprint reduction targets giving ourselves a comprehensive method of calculating emissions, which includes both direct and indirect emissions deriving from the end-use of our products, whether from our own production or purchased from third parties." (Source: Eni S.p.A., Bioenergy Insight, Mar., 2020) Contact: Eni S.p.A., Claudio Descalzi, CEO, +39 06 598 21, +39 06 598 22141 - fax, www.eni.com/en-IT/home.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  Biodiesel,  Green Diesel,  Biomethane,  


    USDA Offers $100Mn Biofuels Infrastructure Grant Program, Increases Biofuels Fleet (Ind. Report, Reg. & Leg.)
    USDA
    Date: 2020-03-02
    In Washington,the USDA is reporting Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has directed the agency to acquire alternative fueled -- biodiesel, E85 -- vehicles (AFV) when replacing conventionally fueled vehicles. USDA owns and operates 37,000 vehicles and replaces approximately 3,000 every year.More specifically, the USDA will:
  • Acquire E85 or biodiesel-capable vehicles that meet USDA mission requirements;

  • Use station locator websites and applications to fuel with E15, E85, and biodiesel where available;

  • Prioritize the purchase of E15 for gasoline vehicles without E85 capability and the purchase of renewable diesel blends for diesel vehicles without B20 capability

  • For USDA locations that have in-house refueling pumps, coordinate with fuel vendors to acquire and provide biofuel blends, including E15, E85, B20 and higher biodiesel blends, and renewable diesel blends.

    These actions have the potential to increase USDA's annual consumption of E15 by up to 9 million gallons, E85 by 10 million gallons, and biodiesel and renewable diesel blends by up to 3 million gallons.

    The agency also announced it will offer $100 million in grant funding this year for the newly created Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) to help transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities install, retrofit, and/or upgrade fuel storage, dispenser pumps, related equipment and infrastructure to be able to sell ethanol and biodiesel.

    Download HBIIP program details HERE. Download the USDA order HERE. (Source: USDA, 28 Feb., 2020) Contact: USDA, Sonny Perdue, Sec.,www.usda.gov

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  • Advanced Biofuels -- Potential for Cost Reduction (Ind. Report Attached)
    IEA Bioenergy
    Date: 2020-03-02
    "Bioenergy already plays an important role in the global energy economy, and it's expanded use is a critical element in future low carbon scenarios, where it can especially play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transport sector. Decarbonising transport will require a range of bio-based transport fuels, and especially advanced low carbon fuels which are suitable for long-haul transport applications including aviation. A number of appropriate technologies to produce such fuels are being developed and commercialised. However so far, their production has only reached a limited scale.

    "The costs of these advanced Biofuels are currently higher than those of the fossil fuels which they can displace and of more conventional biofuels such as ethanol from sugar or corn, or biodiesel. It is therefore important to consider what scope there is to reduce the production costs of a range o advanced biofuels, and to identify under what conditions they could become affordable."

    Download the full IEA Advanced Biofuels -- Potential for Cost Reduction report HERE. (Source: IEA Bioenergy, Feb., 2020) Contact: IEA Bioenergy, www.ieabioenergy.com

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    Sodra Announces World's First Commercial Biomethanol Plant (Int'l.)
    Sodra,Emmelev
    Date: 2020-02-28
    Vaxjo, Sweden-based forest products and lumber producer cooperative SODRA is reporting construction of the world's first commercial-scale biomethanol -- a sustainable fuel from forest biomass -- plant at its pulp mill in Monsteras. The plant's first delivery will go to Emmelev A/S, a customer that will be using biomethanol in its biodiesel production.

    Biomethanol is produced from the crude methanol recovered from the manufacturing process at Sodra's pulp mills. It is part of the circular process in which all parts of forest products are used for the best possible effect.

    Emmelev A/S is a Danish family-owned agricultural company that has developed large-scale biodiesel production from local canola, but uses fossil methanol as a raw material in production. (Source: Sodra, Website, PR, 20 Feb., 2020) Contact: Sodra, Henrik Brodin, Strategic Business Development Manager, +46 (0)470-856 24, henrik.brodin@sodra.com, www.sodra.com; Emmelev A/S, Morten Simonsen, www.emmelev.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  Sodra,  Emmelev,  Biomethanol,  Biodiesel,  


    ADM, Optimus Tech Tout Biodiesel Test Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Optimus Technologies,Archer Daniels Midland
    Date: 2020-02-26
    Chicago-headquartered biofuel pioneer Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) reports it will supply five trucks that will fitted with Pittsburgh-based Optimus Technologies' Vector fuel system, a technology that enables diesel engines to run on 100 pct sustainable biodiesel. Fuel for the test project will be from ADM's refinery in Mexico, Missouri.

    The trucks will be used in daily fleet operations for one year with each vehicle anticipated to travel 160,000 to 180,000 miles and reduce up to 500,000 pounds of CO2. Advanced monitoring protocols will compare the performance and results of the new technology with five other trucks comprising a control group operating on conventional diesel.

    While nearly all diesel engine manufacturers support at least 20 pct biodiesel (B20), the Optimus Vector System is designed to allow conventional diesel engines to run on 100 pct biodiesel in a wide range of climates. The Optimus Vector System biodiesel fuel conversion system is EPA-compliant for medium and heavy-duty diesel trucks.

    This new project is designed to evaluate its use for longer-haul over-the-road fleets, potentially opening a pathway to significantly higher volumes of biodiesel in the U.S. truck fleet. (Source: Optimus Technologies, ADM, World Grain, 21 Feb., 2020) Contact: Optimus Technologies, Colin Huwyler, CEO, 412.727.8228, www.optimustec.com; ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Collin Benson, VP Bioactives, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413, www.adm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Biomass,  Optimus Technologies,  Archer Daniels Midland,  Biodiesel,  


    EQTEC Upgrading Spanish Waste-to-Energy Facility for Biofuel Production (Int'l. Report)
    EQTEC,University of Extremadura
    Date: 2020-02-26
    Cork, Ireland-headquartered waste gasification-to-energy specialist EQTEC PLC is reporting receipt of a contract to upgrade the existing syngas research and development facility at the University of Extremadura in Badajoz, Spain.

    The university has received funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support the testing of the production of biofuels from syngas using a Fischer-Tropsch process and unit.

    Under the contract, EQTEC will be responsible for purchasing, installing, commissioning and start-up of the Fischer-Tropsch unit, for which it has secured financing from CAIXA Bank in Spain. Installation is slated for completion in Q3, this year.

    The Fischer-Tropsch process is a catalytic chemical reaction in which compounds in syngas are converted into liquid transportation fuels. Following completion of this upgrade, EQTEC will be able to conduct tests using varied biomass and waste feedstocks, which will be processed into a clean syngas and then into sustainable biofuels, including biodiesel. (Source: EQTEC PLC, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: EQTEC PLC, Dr. Yoel Aleman, CTO, +353) (0 )21 2409056, info@eqtecplc.com, www.eqtecplc.com; University of Extremadura, +34 924 28 93 00, www.unex.es

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    B100 Biodiesel Technology Partnership Announced (Ind. Report)
    Optimus Technologies,Archer Daniels Midland
    Date: 2020-02-24
    A wide range of organizations has announced a partnership to conduct a year-long validation project of revolutionary biodiesel technology to demonstrate its viability in real-world, high-mileage fleet applications.

    Under this partnership, five trucks owned by Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will be outfitted with Pittsburgh-based Optimus Technologies' Vector fuel system, an innovative technology that enables diesel engines to run almost entirely on sustainable biodiesel. The trucks will be used in daily fleet operations for a yearlong period, with each vehicle anticipated to travel 160,000-180,000 miles and reduce up to 500,000 pounds of CO2. Advanced monitoring protocols will compare the performance and results of the new technology with five other trucks comprising a control group operating on conventional diesel. All biodiesel used in the project will come from ADM's refinery in Mexico, Missouri.

    While nearly all diesel engine manufacturers support at least 20 pct biodiesel (B20), the Optimus Vector System is designed to allow conventional diesel engines to run on 100 pct biodiesel in a wide range of climates. The system is already in use in shorter-mileage, local fleet applications. This new project is designed to evaluate its use for longer-haul over-the-road fleets, potentially opening a pathway to significantly higher volumes of biodiesel in the U.S. truck fleet.

    Optimus' technology coupled with ADM's fuel provides heavy-duty fleets an immediate pathway to reduce these emissions over 80%. While the promise of heavy-duty fleet electrification is still decades off, this project demonstrates the ease, low cost, and efficacy of integrating biodiesel into existing fleet equipment and operations.

    In addition to ADM and Optimus, this project is supported by the American Lung Association, the National Biodiesel Board, the Illinois Soybean Association, and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. (Source: Optimus Technologies, PR, Website, 20 Feb., 2020) Contact: Optimus Technologies, Colin Huwyler, CEO, 412.727.8228, 888.727.2966 - fax, info@optimustec.com,www.optimustec.com; Archer Daniels Midland, www.adm.com

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    Malaysian B20 Palm Oil Biodiesel Initiative Launched (Int'l.)
    Malaysian Palm Oil Board
    Date: 2020-02-21
    In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian government reports it will be rolling out its B20 palm oil biodiesel B20 blend programme in stages to cover 3,400 petrol stations nationwide and expects the program to be fully implemented by mid 2021. The B20 program is part of a push towards greener energy and increasing palm oil production.

    The B20 initiative kicked off in Langkawi and Labuan last month and will be expanded to Sarawak (April), Sabah (August) and Peninsular Malaysia (June 2021). Malaysia introduced the B10 and B7 biodiesel programmes in the transportation and industrial sector last year. In total, these two programmes will use 1.3 million tonnes of palm oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.8 tpy. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Board,The Edge Markets, FMT , 20 Feb., 2020) Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Dr. Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir, www.mpob.gov.my

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    ANP Reports 71th Brazilian Biodiesel Auction Results (Int'l.)
    Brazil's Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency
    Date: 2020-02-14
    In Brasilia, the Brazilian Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP) is reporting 1.12 billion litres (296.66 million gallons) of biodiesel from 42 producers have been contracted at a total price of $744 million in the 71th national biodiesel auction. (Source: ANP. United Soybean Board, Renewables, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact:Brazil Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency, www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Agency_of_Petroleum,_Natural_Gas_and_Biofuels_(Brazil)

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    Indonesia Schedules B40 Palm Oil Biodiesel Road Tests (Int'l. Report))
    Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association
    Date: 2020-02-12
    In Jakarta, the Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association (APROBI) reports it will begin road trials of 40 pct palm oil biodiesel (B40) fuel next month. According to APROBI, the national government is eager to increase the mix of palm oil in diesel fuel to encourage domestic palm oil consumption and reduce oil imports, which contribute heavily to the country's trade deficit. (Source: Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association, Jakarta Post, 11 Feb., 2020) Contact: : Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association, +62 2129380882, office@aprobi.co.id, www.aprobi.or.id

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    Biodiesel Tax Credit Bridge Loan Funding Available (Ind. Report)
    Rock House Advisors,
    Date: 2020-02-05
    Jefferson City, Missouri-based Rock House Advisors and PB Renewables, LLC have announced biodiesel tax credit (BTC) bridge loan funding for biodiesel producers. The two firms note they are working with a $5.5 billion financial institution that understands the history of the BTC, and is willing to rapidly underwrite and approve BTC-backed bridge loans to biodiesel producers while the producers await the return of their 2018 and 2019 BTC refunds from the IRS, according to a release. (Source: Rockhouse Advisors, PR, EIN, 3 Feb., 2020) Contact: Rockhouse Advisors, Joe Jobe, Pres., (573) 680-1948, joe@rockhouse.us, www.rockhouse.us; PB Renewables LLC, Peter Behrle, Managing Dir., www.linkedin.com/in/peter-behrle-b8a30711

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    Colorado Senate OKs Limited Biodiesel Blend Rules (Ind. Report)
    Biodiesel Blend
    Date: 2020-02-05
    Yesterday in Denver, the Colorado State Senate approved SB38 which allows the sale of biodiesel-diesel fuel blend sales during the summer months in non-attainment air quality regions of the state, which currently only includes the Denver metropolitan area.

    Under the bill, diesel fuel must have a 5 pct blend with biodiesel starting next year, but only between June 1 and Sept. 15. The blend rate would increase to 10 pct in June, 2023. (Source: Colorado State Senate, PR, Daily Sentinel, 4 Feb., 2020)

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    Hapag-Lloyd Testing Maritime B20 Biofuels Blend (Ind. Report)
    Hapag-Lloyd
    Date: 2020-02-03
    Hamburg, Germany-headquartered maritime shipping giant Hapag-Lloyd is reporting its ship, the Montreal Express was recently refueled in Rotterdam with B20 biofuel -- 80 pct low sulphur fuel oil and 20 pct biodiesel -- based on cooking oils and fats.

    The Montreal Express, which operates in the St. Lawrence Coordinated Service 2 between Europe and Canada, B20 test run is intended "gain experience and information on the properties of the fuel in real-world use" and bring the company closer to meeting its climate-protection goals and reducing specific CO2 emissions by 50 pct compared to the reference year 2008.

    Hapag-Lloyd AG is the world's fifth largest container carrier in terms of vessel capacity. (Source: Hapag-lloyd, PR, Bunkerspot, Fe., 2020) Contact: Hapag-Lloyd, www.hapag-lloyd.com

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    NBB Supports USDA Biodiesel Infrastructure Program (Ind. Report)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2020-02-03
    In response to the USDA's request for information on the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) noted: "Investments would be best served on opportunities that would afford the greatest additional volumes of biodiesel to enter the marketplace. The greatest barriers to biodiesel distribution are at the terminal and pipeline terminal level, as well as railways to reach distribution centers."

    NBB VP of Federal Affairs, Kurt Kovarik noted NBB is "grateful to the USDA for following through on a pledge to support infrastructure projects that facilitate higher biofuel blends. "American consumers are increasingly demanding access to clean, low-carbon, advanced biofuels, like biodiesel. We look forward to working with the USDA to strengthen the market for higher blends of biodiesel," Kovarik added. (Spource, NBB, NAFB, 1 Feb., 2020) Contact: NBB, Kaleb Little, Dir. Communications, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  


    Manitoba Raising Ethanol, Biodiesel Blend Rates (Ind. Report)
    Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister
    Date: 2020-01-31
    On the Canadian prairies, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister (PC) is touting his government's Manitoba Climate and Green Plan and the implementation of new clean fuel standards to reduce Manitoba's emissions by almost 400,000 metric tons cumulatively over the next five years -- equivalent to removing 100,000 vehicles from the province's highways.

    Under the plan, Manitoba will increase the ethanol content requirement of gasoline to 10 pct from 8.5 pct, and the biodiesel content of diesel to 5 pct from 2 pct. (Source: Office of Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, Government of Manitoba, 28 January , 2020) Contact: Office of Premier Brian Pallister, 204-945-3714, Fax - 204-949-1484, premier@leg.gov.mb.ca

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