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Parkland Increasing Low-Carbon Fuel Production in BC (Ind. Report)
Parkland Corporation
Date: 2021-02-19
On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-headquartered Parkland Corporation is reporting its Burnaby Refinery in British Columbia was the first facility in Canada to use existing infrastructure and equipment to co-process bio-feedstocks such as canola oil, tallow and crude oil to produce low-carbon fuels with less than one-eighth the carbon intensity of conventional fuels.

In 2020, the plant processed approximately 44 million litres of Canadian-sourced canola and tallow bio-feedstocks and aims to increase this to up to 100 million litres, including an up to 15 pct renewable content diesel, in 2021.

Parkland is an independent supplier and marketer of fuel and petroleum products and a leading convenience store operator across Canada, the U.S., the Caribbean and the Americas through three channels -- retail, commercial and wholesale. Parkland provides trusted and locally relevant fuel brands and convenience store offerings in the communities it serves, according to the company website. (Source: Parkland, PR, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: Parkland , Brad Monaco, DirectorCapital Markets, 587-997-1447, Brad.Monaco@parkland.ca, www.parkland.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Parkland Corporation,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  


Iowa Bill Hastens Higher Biofuel Blends (Reg. & Leg., Ind Report)
Iowa Biofuels
Date: 2021-02-17
In Des Moines, Hawkeye State Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) on Feb. 8 introduced a bill that aims to speed the statewide adoption of higher biofuel blends, including E15 and B20. Representatives of the ethanol and biodiesel industries are speaking out in support of the bill.

For biodiesel, the bill would require most diesel sold in the state to be B11 blend during warmer months, beginning in 2022. The requirement would ramp up to B20 during warmer months in 2024 and later. For ethanol, the bill would make E15 the standard fuel option by 2025. It would also update the E15 promotion tax credit to 3 cents per gallon year-round. Growth Energy estimates that over the first five years, the legislation would increase ethanol demand by more than 117 million gallons. (Source: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Website PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, (515) 281-5211, www.governor.iowa.gov

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


Petrobras Offloads Stake in Brazilian Biodiesel Producer (Int'l. M&A)
Petrobras
Date: 2021-02-15
Brazilian state-controlled company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) reports its wholly-owned unit Petrobras Biocombustivel SA (PBio) has offloaded its entire interest in biodiesel plant operator BSBios to RP Participacoes em Biocombustiveis SA (RPBio), which owned the other 50 pct, for $59.7 million.

BSBios owns a biodiesel plant in Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul, and another second plant in Marialva, Parana. Each of the facilities has an annual biodiesel production capacity of 414,000 cubic metres (14.6 million cu ft). (Source: Petrobras, PR, Feb., Renewables Now, 2021) Contact: Petrobras, Pedro Parente, CEO, sac@petrobras.com.br, www.petrobras.com

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


RFA to Assist Retailers with HBIIP (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
USDA, HBIIP
Date: 2021-02-05
"When the USDA Rural Development office announced the reopening of its Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) funding opportunity and gave retailers one more shot at a grant award, it set a tight 30-day application period that ended January 19.

"In the first HBIIP funding opportunity, the Renewable Fuels Association was able to assist applicants secure funding in 22 states which will result in over $50 million in new ethanol infrastructure and bring almost 1,200 new blender dispensers to the marketplace. RFA was front-and-center once again on this second round, working up to the final hour to assist as many retailers as we could. In the end, we helped 11 companies in seven states submit applications for 47 locations that could result in 233 new higher blend dispensers where consumers can enjoy the benefits of higher ethanol blends.

"According to the USDA, HBIIP was created to increase significantly the sales and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels. The program is also intended to encourage a more comprehensive approach to market higher blends by sharing the costs related to building out biofuel-related infrastructure.

"For retailers, HBIIP can provide the extra support needed to bring higher blends into their marketplace. The cost-share grants provide up to 50 percent of total eligible project costs, not to exceed $3 million per applicant. The program will share the costs related to the upgrading of fuel dispensers (gas and diesel pumps), associated ancillary equipment, and other infrastructure necessary for a location to ensure the environmentally safe availability of fuel containing ethanol blends greater than 10 percent such as E15 and E85 or fuel containing biodiesel blends greater than 5 percent.

"We're looking forward to seeing this new round of grants announced and fulfilled, so we can help retailers move more low-carbon ethanol into fuel tanks around the country. For those retailers that might have missed out on this funding opportunity, there are some states and individual renewable fuel advocates that offer funding throughout the year. Please reach out to RFA for assistance in navigating these opportunities." (Source: Renewable Fuels Association , 3 Feb. 2021) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Cassie Mullen, Dir. Market Development, www.ethanolrfa.org

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


Verbio Touts US, India Straw Biomethane Plant Plans (Ind. Report)
Verbio
Date: 2021-02-03
Leipzig, Germany-based biodiesel producer Verbio reports it will open two straw biomethane plants, one in India and the other in the US, as well as expand biodiesel production in Canada, befoe the year end.

According to the release, "Despite the decreasing market in the fuel segment as a result of the restricted mobility, Verbio achieved a record result. The company generated consolidated sales of €872 million. With a total production of 796,411 tons of biodiesel and bioethanol, Verbio once again increased the production record of the previous year. Biomethane production 'significantly' increased to 784 GWh, 11 pct above the previous year's result."

Verbio also noted it is investing more than €10 million to become the largest provider of bio-LNG in the German and European market from the middle of this year. (Source: Verbio, PR, 29 Jan., 20210 Contact: Verbio, Claus Sauter, CEO, +49 (0) 3493 747-40, www.verbio.de/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News VERBIO,  Ethanol,  Biomethane,  


ECB, Shell Ink Aviation Biofuel Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
ECB Group
Date: 2021-02-01
Brazil's leading biodiesel producer, ECB Group Paraguay and Shell Trading (U.S.) are reporting a multi-year deal that will provide more than 500 million lpy of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel to Shell. The contract is expected to run from 2024.

The renewable diesel HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) and renewable jet fuel (SAF) will be produced at ECB's planned Omega Green biorefinery in Paraguay, with a total production capacity of 20,000 bpd of HVO, SPK/SAF and green naphtha.

The ECB Group venture to build and operate the Omega Green biorefinery includes contractor Honeywell UOP, owner of the renewable fuel refining technology for UOP Process reactors, Crown Iron Works, a U.S. company that provides processing systems and technologies, including feedstock pretreatment technology, and Acciona, one of the world's largest engineering and construction companies. (Source: ECB Group Paraguay, PR, Website, 26 Jan., 2021) Contact: ECB Group Paraguay, +55 54 3632 0800, www.ecbgroup.com.br/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  ECB Group ,  


Iowa Ethanol Production Down 500Mn Gallons in 2020 (Ind. Report)
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2021-01-27
According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), while biodiesel production in the Hawkeye State held steady in 2020, the state produced half a billion gallons less ethanol than just the year before. According to IRFA's annual economic impact study, ethanol and biodiesel production contributes nearly $4 billion in state gross domestic product (GDP) supports 37,000 direct and indirect jobs, and boosts Iowa household income by $1.8 billion. (Source: IRFA, PR, 22 Jan., 2021) Contact: IRFA, Monte Shaw, Ecex. Dir., (515) 252-6249, (515) 225-0781 -- fax, www.iowarfa.org

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


Greenergy Investing in Adv. Biofuels Project (Advanced Biofuel)
Greenergy
Date: 2021-01-20
In the UK, London-based biodiesel producer Greenergy has announced an investment in advanced biofuels. Using a combination of existing technologies, the project will create low-carbon fuels from waste tyre feedstock.

The project, which is at the Front End Engineering Design stage, will used pyrolysis and hydrotreating technologies to convert 300 tpd of shredded waste tyres into renewable drop-in advanced biofuels that can be used in diesel and petrol and qualify as development fuels under the UK's Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation. The plant will also have the capability to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) when fully operational in 2025.

The conceptual design was developed in Canada by Green Tire Technology Ltd then implemented in the UK in partnership with Greenergy. The project will use ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions' advanced thermal treatment technology and Haldor Topsoe's HydroFlex™ renewable fuels technology. (Source: Greenergy, PR, ForeCourt, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact: Greenergy, +44 (0)20 7404 7700, mail@greenergy.com, www.greenergy.com; Haldor Topsoe, Kim Knudsen, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, +45 4527 2000, www.topsoe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenergy,  Advanced Biofuel,  Haldor Topsoe,  Renewable Fuel,  


Pertamina's 100 pct Palm Oil Biodiesel Tests Underway (Int'l.)
PT Pertamina
Date: 2021-01-18
In Jakarta, Indonesian state energy company PT Pertamina reports it has begun trials to produce as much as 3,000 bpd of 100 pct :green" biodiesel from palm oil at its Cilacap refinery on Java island.

While the B30 programme uses fatty acid methyl ester (FAME), green diesel uses refined, bleached and deodorized palm oil (RBDPO), which is palm oil that has been refined to remove free fatty acids and purification to remove color and odor. Indonesia, the world's largest palm oil producer, currently has a mandatory B30 biodiesel blending programme but is keen to expand the use of palm oil for energy as it aims to slash fuel imports.

Indonesia, the world's largest palm oil producer, currently has a mandatory B30 biodiesel blending programme but is keen to expand the use of palm oil for energy as it aims to slash fuel imports, according to the release. (Source: PT Pertamina, PR 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: PT Pertamina, pcc@pertamina.com, www.petramina.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PT Pertamina,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  


NBB Launches Biodiesel Sustainability Now Website (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2021-01-15
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is touting its recently updated Biodiesel Sustainability Now website. The new site will house biodiesel and renewable diesel related sustainability posts from subject matter experts, stories from third-party news outlets, encourage next generation scientists to pursue biodiesel and renewable diesel research, emission reductions share information on how to get involved in the industry, and more.

Visit the Biodiesel Sustainability Now website HERE. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, PR, Website, 13 Jan., 2021) Contact: NBB, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org <

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  Biodiese,  NBBl,  


Notable Quote from the National Biodiesel Board
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2021-01-15
"Biodiesel is 'ready to go' and adoptable. The reliability and dense energy storage capacity of liquid fuel simply cannot be replaced for many vital sectors. Diesel fuel powers the heavy-duty trucks, trains, vessels, and aircraft essential to our economy. Diesel also powers agriculture and construction equipment vital to providing human necessities. Diesel powers most equipment needed for public safety such as ambulances, firetrucks, the military, snow removal, and emergency backup for electrical generation.

"While we expect that numerous strategies can reduce the total volume of liquid fuel consumed for transportation, we will need liquid fuel for certain purposes for at least several decades." -- Kurt Kovarik, NBB VP of Federal Affairs , Nov, 2020. Contact: NBB, Paul Winters, Pres., Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board news,  Biodiesel news,  


Malaysian B20 Biodiesel Mandate Delayed Again (Int'l. Report)
Malaysian Palm Oil Board
Date: 2021-01-13
In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board reports the Malaysian government is delaying the national roll out of it 20 pct biodiesel (B20) transportation fuel mandate likely until Dec., 2021.

This is the second postponement to Kuala Lumpur's programme to lift the mandate from B10 because of the pandemic having pushed back the implementation in May to 1 January from 15

The B20 mandate is expected to double domestic biodiesel consumption to around 1.06mn t/yr once fully realised. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, www.mpob.gov.my

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


Shell Invests in Enerkem's Quebec Biofuel Plant (Ind. Report)
Shell Canada,Enerkem,Forge Hydrocarbons
Date: 2021-01-08
Shell Canada reports it will invest $350 million in a biofuel plant that is slated to open in Varennes, Quebec in 2023.

The plant -- which has received funding from Suncor Energy Inc., natural gas company Proman, Hydro-Quebec and the Quebec and federal governments -- will use Montreal-headquartered biofuels producer Enerkem Inc technology to process contaminated wood, construction and demolition leftovers, plastics, municipal and solid waste into methanol and ethanol. The plant will use hydrogen produced from hydroelectricity as its gasification agent.

As previously reported, Shell Canada's other biofuels partnership in Sombra, Ont., will convert waste fats and oil into renewable diesel using technology developed by Alberta-based Forge Hydrocarbons Corp.

The Canadian federal government estimates the global biodiesel market will grow to $44-billion by 2025. (Source: Shell Canada, PR, Enerkem, Jan., 2020) Contact: Enerkem, Dominique Boies, CEO and CFO, 514-375-7800, communications@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; Forge Hydrocarbons, www.forgehc.com; Shell Canada, www.shell.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Forge Hydrocarbons,  Shell Canada,  Enerkem,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Biodiesel,  


Manitoba Ups Biofuel Blending Rates (Ind. Report)
Manitoba, Biofuel Blend
Date: 2020-12-30
On the Canadian prairies, the Manitoba government reports it will step up its ethanol and biodiesel blending requirements over the next two years, requiring E10 and B5 blends of gasoline and diesel by the start of 2022.

Effective Jan. 1, 2021, the province will require 9.25 pct ethanol content in gasoline, up from the current 8.5 pct, increasing to 10 pct (E10) on Jan. 1, 2022. The biodiesel requirement will increase from the present 2 pct to 3.5 pct on Jan. 1, 2021, then increasing to 5 pct as of Jan. 1, 2022. (Source: Gov. of Manitoba, PR, 22 Dec., 2020)

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


Pennsylvania Biodiesel Facility Finds $2Mn Funding (Funding)
Crawford Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-12-30
In the Keystone State, Crawford Advanced Materials, LLC -- comprised of Homeland Fuels Company and Crawford Renewable Energy, both of Erie -- reports receipt of $2 million in Penna. Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funds to develop a biodiesel facility within the Keystone Regional Industrial Park in Crawford County.

The project will include the construction of site access driveways and parking areas, water and sanitary sewer infrastructure, stormwater management facilities, a testing lab and administration building, as well as site landscaping and outdoor lighting.

Erie-based Crawford Advanced Materials, LLC was launched to deploy advanced conversion technologies to process cellulosic biomass feedstocks into important "green" products and renewable transportation fuel. To that end, the company has partnered with various technology suppliers, university researchers and national laboratory scientists, according to the company release. (Source: Crawford Advanced Materials, PR, Meadville Tribune, 27 Dec., 2020) Contact: Crawford Renewable Energy, www.crawfordrenewable.com; Homeland Fuels Co., www.homelandfuelscompany.com; Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, www.budget.pa.gov/Programs/RACP/Pages/Main Page.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


USDA Reopens HBIIP Biofuel Grant Funding (Funding)
USDA
Date: 2020-12-18
Further to our 19th May coverage, he United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reporting a second round of grants through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Programme (HBIIP) for infrastructure projects. The HBIIP grants are intended to facilitate increased sales of higher biofuel blends to new and returning applicants.

The first round of HBIIP grants was announced in May 2020 to expand the sale and use of ethanol and biodiesel fuels and share the costs related to and/or offering sales incentives for the installation of fueling equipment. (Source: USDA, PR, 18 Dec., 2020) Contact: USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program,www.rd.usda.gov/hbiip Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Programme

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  HBIIP,  


Neste Launching MY Non Road (Renewable) Diesel™ (Int'l. Report)
Neste Corp
Date: 2020-12-11
Espoo, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste reports that the beginning of January 2021, will mark the launch of its Neste MY Non Road Diesel™ fuel oil produced from 100 pct renewable raw materials. Neste MY Non Road Diesel is comparable to Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ used in road transport, in terms of the 100 pct raw material base and emissions reduction.

At the beginning of 2021, the Finnish government bio mandate for renewable fuels will be extended to fuel oil. The mandate is intended to promote the use of biofuel oil to replace light fuel oil in heavy equipment, stationary motors and heating to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support Finland's and the EU's climate goals. (Source: Neste, PR, All Things Arb, 10 Dec., 2020)Contact: Neste Corp., Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

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


ADB Supports Indian Biofuels (Int'l. Report, Funding)
Asian Development Bank
Date: 2020-12-09
The Manila-headquartered lending agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) is reporting approval of $2.5 million in technical assistance grant funding to support advanced biofuel development of advanced bioethanol, bio-compressed natural gas, and biodiesel plants to demonstrate the best practices for suitable feedstock, efficient conversion technology, and sustainable biofuel value chain in India.

The grant is funded from the Asia Clean Energy Fund, financed by the Government of Japan under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility, and the Republic of Korea's e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund. (Source: Asian Development Bank, Energy InfraPost, 9 Dec., 2020) Contact: Asia Development Bank, Takehiko Nakao, Pres. +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank ,  India,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Advanced Biofuel,  


Biofuels Coalition Challenges 2018 RFS Hardship Waivers (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2020-12-09
A coalition of the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, National Biodiesel Board, American Coalition for Ethanol, and National Farmers Union have filed a brief to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging EPA's August 2019 decision to exempt 31 small refineries from their obligations to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2018.

The filing argues the EPA was not authorized to issue the exemptions and that it acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner in its decision.

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance.

Download the coalition's brief HERE. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, National Biodiesel Board, American Coalition for Ethanol, National Farmers Union, 8 Dec., 2020) Contact: National Farmers Union, Rob Larew, Pres., (202) 554-1600, www.nfu.org; Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS Hardship Waiver,  Renewable Fuels Association,  RFS,  National Farmers Union,  


Iowa Renewable Fuels Grants Approved (Ind. Report)
Iowa Dept. of Agriculture
Date: 2020-12-04
In Des Moines, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig reports 101 ethanol projects and 137 biodiesel projects at 167 fuel retail locations in the Hawkeye State have been awarded grant funding from the $7 million Renewable Fuels Retail Recovery program administered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

The program offers relief funds to help gas stations, truck stops, co-ops, and other renewable fuels retailers recover from the business disruptions and lost demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the release.

Iowa is home to 43 ethanol refineries totaling 4.5 billion gpy capacity and 11 biodiesel facilities totaling 400 million gpy capacity, according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. (Source: Iowa Dept. of Agriculture, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: Iowa Dept. of Agriculture, Mike Naig, www.iowaagriculture.gov/grants

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


CRC Considering Kentucky Biodiesel Operation (Ind. Report)
Continental Refining
Date: 2020-12-02
In the Bluegrass State, Somerset-based Hemisphere Ltd., the parent company of Continental Refining Co. (CRC), reports plans to invest an additional $25 million to install a soybean crushing, biodiesel refining and blending facility at the current CRC oil refinery in Somerset, Kentucky.

Hemisphere acquired the refinery in 2011, investing over $40 million updating and improving the facility's crude oil refining capabilities.

If the project proceeds, the plant will produce and sell: ultra low sulfur diesel; biodiesel ranging from B6 to B100; high-protein fiber meal for animal feed; crude glycerin and soybean oil for industrial use. (Source: Hemisphere Ltd, PR, Website, Nov., 2020) Contact: Hemisphere Ltd., Demetrios Haseotes, CEO, 606.772.7217, www.hemltd.com; Continental Refining, 606-679-6301, www.conrefco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Continental Refining ,  


Aemetis Subsidiary Wins $24Mn Purchase Order (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2020-11-23
Cupertino, California-headquartered advanced renewable fuel and biochemicals producer Aemetis, Inc. is reporting its wholly-owned subsidiary, Aemetis Health Products, Inc., has received a $24 million initial purchase order after signing a supply agreement for sanitizer alcohol and nitrile gloves with a California distributor of health safety products.

Aemetis Inc. owns and operates a 65 million gpy ethanol production facility near Modesto, California and owns and operates a 50 million gpy renewable chemical and advanced fuel production facility on the East Coast of India producing high quality distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin.

As we reported on 24 Aug., Aemetis is also building a biogas anaerobic digester network and pipeline to convert dairy animal waste gas to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and is developing a plant to convert waste orchard wood into cellulosic ethanol.

Aemetis holds a portfolio of patents and related technology licenses for the production of renewable fuels and biochemicals, according to a release. (Source: Aemetis Inc., Street Insider, 23 Nov., 2020) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis ,  Ethanol,  RNG,  


Global Biofuels Production Projected to Rebound (Report Attached)
IEA, Biofuel
Date: 2020-11-20
In its recently released Renewables 2020 -- Analysis and Forecast to 2025, the International Energy Agency (EIA) notes the global biofuels industry has been strongly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with production down approximately 11.6 pct when compared to 2019.

The IEA report predicts global transport biofuel production will be at 144 billion liters (38.04 billion gallons) in 2020, down 11.6 pct from the record set last year and the first reduction in annual production in two decades. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IEA predicted a 3 pct growth in biofuel production for 2020.

gGlobal ethanol production is expected to be at 98 billion liters this year, down 14.5 pct from 115 billion liters in 2019. Global biodiesel production is expected to reach 46 billion liters this year, down 5 pct from 2019.

IEA also predicts global production of transportation biofuels could rebound to the 2019 level of production in 2021, at approximately 162 billion liters. Production is expected to jump an additional 4 pct in 2022 to 169 billion liters.

Download the Renewables 2020 -- Analysis and forecast to 2025 report HERE. (Source: IEA, Website, Nov., 2020) Contact: IEA, www.iea.org

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


Portuguese Biodiesel Blend Marine Fuel Launched (Int'l. Report)
PIRO
Date: 2020-11-16
Aveiro, Portugal-headquartered liquid transportation fuels distributor and biodiesel producer PRIO is reporting the launch of a 15 pct biodiesel blend marine fuel that is now available at all ports in Portugal.

PRIO commercializes and distributes liquid transportation fuels and operates a biodiesel plant in the Port of Aveiro and more than 250 filling stations across Portugal. (Source: PRIO, Website PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: PRIO, +351 234 390 010, +351 234 390 010 -- fax, Comunicacao.prio@prioenergy.com, www.prioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bidiesel Biodiesel Blend,  Marine Biofuel,  


WASDE Holds on Soybean Oil Biodiesel Forecast (Ind. Report)
USDA
Date: 2020-11-13
In its just released Nov. 10th World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE), the USDA lowered its 2020-21 projections for soybean oil for use in biodisel production at 4.17 billion bushels in 2020-21, down 89 million bushels on lower yields reported in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Nebraska. With reduced production, soybean ending stocks are projected at 190 million bushels, down 100 million from last month.

Prepared and released by the World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB) , the monthly WASDE provides annual forecasts for U.S. and world wheat, rice, coarse grains, oilseeds, cotton, sugar, meat, poultry, eggs, and milk. The WAOB chairs the Interagency Commodity Estimates Committees (ICECs), which include analysts from key USDA agencies who compile and interpret information from USDA and other domestic and foreign sources to produce the report. (Source: USDA, Nov., 2020) Contact: USDA, World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates , www.usda.gov/oce/commodity/wasde

More Low-Carbon Energy News Soybean Oil,  Biodiesel,  


US Biodiesel Production Up in August, 2020 (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2020-11-13
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting U.S. biodiesel production hit 163 million gallons this past August -- up 1 million gallons when compared to the previous month and up 7 million gallons when compared to the same month of 2019.

Production in August came from 88 biodiesel plants totaling 2.5 billion gpy capacity. Approximately 73 pct of August's production was from plants located in the Midwest. 73 million gallons of August's production was sold as B100 and 96 million gallons was blended with petroleum diesel.

Approximately 1.239 billion pounds of feedstock was used to produce biodiesel in August, including 745 million pounds of soybean oil, 148 million pounds of corn oil, 44 million pounds of tallow, 55 million bounds of white grease, 80 million pounds of yellow grease, and 26 million pounds of other recycled feedstocks. Ending stocks of B100 were at 46 million gallons in August, down from 53 million gallons in July. Ending stocks of B100 were at 45 million gallons in August 2019, according to the EIA report. (Source: US EIA, Website Report, 30 Oct., 2020) Contact: US EIA, www,eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Biodiesel,  


Repsol Taps Axens Vegan® for Advanced Biofuels Plant (Int'l.)
Repsol,Axens
Date: 2020-11-13
Following up on our Oct. 28th coverage, Madrid-based Repsol has selected Axens Vegan® technology for its first advanced biofuels production plant in Cartegena, Spain.

The new plant is expected to come in at $222.3 million and produce 250,000 tpy of biodiesel, biojet fuel, bionaphtha and biopropane while enabling a reduction of 900 000 tpy of CO2, according to the release.

Axens's technology hydrotreats a wide range of lipids to produce low-density and high cetane renewable diesel and renewable sulphur-free jet fuel. (Source: Axen Website PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: Axens, Patrick Sarrazin, Exec. VP, www.axens.com; Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000, www.repsol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Repsol,  Axens,  Renewable Diesel,  Biofuel,  Alternative Fuel,  


Notable Quote from National Biodiesel Board
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2020-11-13
"Biodiesel is 'ready to go' and adoptable. The reliability and dense energy storage capacity of liquid fuel simply cannot be replaced for many vital sectors. Diesel fuel powers the heavy-duty trucks, trains, vessels, and aircraft essential to our economy. Diesel also powers agriculture and construction equipment vital to providing human necessities. Diesel powers most equipment needed for public safety such as ambulances, firetrucks, the military, snow removal, and emergency backup for electrical generation.

"While we expect that numerous strategies can reduce the total volume of liquid fuel consumed for transportation, we will need liquid fuel for certain purposes for at least several decades." -- Kurt Kovarik, NBB VP of Federal Affairs , Nov, 2020. Contact: NBB, Paul Winters, Pres., Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbd.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  Biodiesel,  


2020 Global Biofuel Production Falling (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2020-11-11
A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) notes that 2020 global transport biofuel production was expected to be 2,480 thousand bpd -- an 11.6 pct drop from 2019's record output.

The greatest year-on-year drops in output were for US and Brazilian ethanol, and European biodiesel. (Source: International Energy Agency, Nov., 2020) Contact: International Energy Agency, www.iea.org

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Green Fuels, Aris Bioenergy Ink Indian Biodiesel MoU (Int'l. Report)
Green Fuels, Aris Bioenergy
Date: 2020-11-09
In the UK, Green Fuels Ltd. is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mumbai, India-based Aris Bioenergy committing the two companies to a biodiesel refining joint venture in India.

Under the agreement, the two firms have formed a company to process used cooking oil into biodiesel using a Green Fuels FuelMatic GSX20 biorefinery to be located in an industrial zone between Mumbai and Pune.

The joint venture is currently in the tendering process to supply the offtake from this and future plants to India's three state-operated oil marketing companies. (Source: Green Fuels Contact: Green Fuels , James Hygate, CEO, +44 333 011 8522, www.greenfuels.co.uk; Aris Bioenergy, +91 7304745554, frontoffice@arisbioenergy.com, www.arisbioenergy.com

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IRFA Opposing Zero Emissions Vehicle Legislation (Reg, & Leg.)
IRFA
Date: 2020-10-26
In Washington, the Zero Emissions Vehicles Act Legislation recently introduced in the House and Senate calls for restricting the sale of passenger vehicles capable of utilizing biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel by 2025 with a complete ban in 2035.

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw says the bill mandates electric cars but doesn't take into account electric cars don't have zero emissions. Shaw claims biofuels have a better carbon footprint with lower emissions than electric vehicles that are powered by coal and suggests the best way to cut emissions is to set reduction targets and let the fuel and vehicle market decide how to achieve those goals. (Source: IRFA, WNAX, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: IRFA, Monte Shaw, Ecex. Dir., (515) 252-6249, (515) 225-0781 -- fax, www.iowarfa.org

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National Biodiesel Foundation Grants to Support B100 (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Foundation,Optimus Technologies
Date: 2020-10-26
The Jefferson, Missouri-based National Biodiesel Foundation reports receipt of two DOE 2021 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program grants to support s the purchase of new vehicles equipped to run on 100 pct biodiesel (B100).

The first grant is in partnership with the District of Columbia (DC) Department of Public Works and DC Department of Water for the purchase of 24 short-haul utility replacement vehicles equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction.

The Iowa project will replace a multi-purpose vehicle in both Ames and Des-Moines. All replacement vehicles will use Optimus Technologies' Vector system using 100 pct biodiesel supplied by Renewable Energy Group (REGI).

The projects include an educational and outreach component which will be provided by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Greater Washington Regional Clean Cities Coalition and the Iowa Biodiesel Board and Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. (Source: National Biodiesel Foundation, PR, AgWires, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: National Biodiesel Foundation, info@biodieselfoundation.org, www.biodieselfoundation.org; REGI, Katie Stanley, (515) 239-8184, Katie.Stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com; Optimus Technologies, Colin Huwyler, CEO, 412.727.8228, www.optimustec.com; Iowa Renewable Fuels AssociationI, Nathan Hohnstein, Policy Director , (515) 252-6249, (515) 225-0781 -- fax, www.iowarfa.org

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BDI Announces $150Mn Belgium Biodiesel Plant (Int'l. Report)
BDI-BioEnergy International,Cargill
Date: 2020-10-26
BDI BioEnergy International GmbH reports it is constructing a multi-waste and residues-based biodiesel plant for Minneapolis-headquartered agriculture industry giant Cargill at its existing integrated oilseeds crush and biodiesel site in Ghent, Belgium.

The $150 million plant will have a production capacity of 115,000 tpy of biodiesel when commissioned in June, 2022.(Source: BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH, Website PR, 23 Oct., 2020) Contact: BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH, Markus Dielacher , CEO, www.bdi-bioenergy.com; Cargill, David MacLennan, CEO, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com

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USDA Announces Biofuel Infrastructure Grant Funding (Funding)
USDA
Date: 2020-10-16
In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced at least $22 million in grant funding through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) to increase demand for American ethanol and biodiesel biofuel blends. The agency noted the possibility of additional funding from a total $100 million pool, with the $22 million projected to increase demand by more than 150 million gallons of ethanol.

HBIIP helps fuel and biodiesel distribution centers convert to higher ethanol and biodiesel blends through equipment and infrastructure improvements cost sharing. Gas stations, fleet facilities, fuel terminal operations and other industry players are eligible to apply for HBIIP grant funds.

Download Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program details HERE. (Source: USDA, Oct., 2020) Contact: USDA, www.rd.usda.gov

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IrBEA Outlines Irish Bioenergy Priorities (Int'l. Report)
Irish Bioenergy Association
Date: 2020-10-14
According to the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA), there is significant potential for bioenergy to contribute to renewable heat, transport and electricity targets, provide opportunities to farmers through farm diversification and development of alternative enterprises, development of rural jobs and addressing the climate changes and emissions challenges faced by the country. IrBEA notes the bioenergy sectors of biomass, biogas, biofuels, energy crops and wood fuels are all part of the bioeconomy and offer considerable potential and opportunity to drive the economic, jobs and growth agenda in rural areas.

IrBEA notes that despite Ireland's natural climate and fertile soil advantage in producing bioenergy, out of 28 member European Union states Ireland is 27th in terms of its use of renewable heat and derives only 4 pct of its energy from Bioenergy. IrBEA also calls for:

  • financing of biomass CHP, biogas CHP and local heating projects, with particular reference to community involvement, and mobilization of forest biomass;

  • establishment of the Midlands Renewable Energy hub to allow the repurposing away from peat to the efficient usage of bioenergy for heat and power provision and the establishment of supply chains, employment opportunities and rural development;

  • introduction of a biogas support scheme to mobilize an Irish biogas industry on a phased basis;

  • provision be made in the Finance Act for the revenue treatment of biomass chipping and related equipment to be the same as the treatment of other mobile machinery such as mobile cranes and concrete pumping equipment;

  • immediately increase the blending rates to E10 (10 pct Ethanol) petrol blend and B12 (12 pct Biodiesel) diesel blend in Ireland. This would increase the blending rates from the current substitution rates of E5 for petrol and B7 for Diesel, and others. (Source: Irish Bioenergy Association , PR, 13 Oct., 2020) Contact: Irish Bioenergy Assoc., Sean Finan , CEO, +44 0 87 4146480, www.irbea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas news,  Biofuel news,  Peat news,  Forest Biomass news,  Biofuel Blend news,  


  • Enoc Launches UAE Mobil Biodiesel Fueling Fleet (Int'l. Report)
    Emirates National Oil Company
    Date: 2020-10-12
    In the UAE, the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC Link) is reporting the launch of a mobile fuel delivery service for bio-diesel fuels -- B5, B20 and B100 -- for commercial fleets. Enoc Link is the only digital mobile fueling operator in the UAE to offer customers bio-diesel.

    Enoc Link has deployed dedicated biodiesel delivery trucks with tank capacities varying from 800 to 5,000 litres and plans to expand the fleet to meet increasing customer demand in the near future. Enoc Link is part of Next, Enoc Groups accelerator programme that provides safe delivery of petrol and diesel to businesses. Enoc Link offers an end-to-end digital fueling experience along with advanced fuel analytics, fleet management, and mileage reporting. Commercial fleets also have access to an online dashboard to track fuel consumption on an aggregated level, by site, and even by vehicle or equipment. (Source: Enoc Fleet, PR, Trade Arabia. 1 Oct., 2020) Contact: Enoc Fleet, Saif Humaid Al Falasi, CEO, www.enoc.com/en

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    USDA Grants Promote Higher Ethanol Blends (Ind. Report)
    USDA Rural Development
    Date: 2020-10-12
    On Thursday last, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the USDA has invested $22 million out of the up to $100 million in grants available to increase American ethanol and biodiesel sales.

    These funds were made available through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) to recipients in 14 states. The initial $22 million in HBIIP investments are projected to increase ethanol demand by nearly 150 million gpy.

    HBIIP helps 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. Eligible applicants are vehicle fueling facilities, including, but not limited to, local fueling stations/locations, convenience stores, hypermarket fueling stations, fleet facilities, fuel terminal operations, midstream partners and/or distribution facilities. Higher biofuel blends are fuels containing ethanol greater than 10 pct by volume and/or fuels containing biodiesel blends greater than 5 pct by volume.

    Download HBIIP program details HERE. (Source: USDA, 8 Oct., 2020) Contact: USDA Rural Dev., www.rd.usda.gov

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    UK's Green Fuels Recognized for COVID Related Work (Int'l.)
    Green Fuel
    Date: 2020-10-02
    In the UK, Green Fuels Ltd reports receipt of €86,000 ($100,000) in grant funding to support and amplify the impact of its work as a global producer of sustainable transport fuels and its work in addressing the immediate and long term challenges resulting from used cooking oil and other organic wastes collection for biofuel production on the global pandemic.

    "Green Fuels has been pioneering the technology and chemistry of sustainable fuels since 2003. Waste-derived biodiesel is one of the most carbon-efficient fuels available, and Green Fuels equipment has displaced an estimated 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions (CO2 equivalents) to date. The company was founded from a desire to transition from the use of fossil fuels into net zero carbon fuels -- a mission that is embedded into everything we do," according to the company website. (Source: Green Fuels Ltd., PR Website, Sept., 2020) Contact: Green Fuels , James Hygate, CEO, +44 333 011 8522, www.greenfuels.co.uk

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    Liquid Biofuels Created 2.5 million Jobs in 2019 (Ind. Report)
    IRENA
    Date: 2020-09-30
    According to the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) recently released Renewable Energy and Jobs Report for 2020 the worldwide renewable energy sector created an estimated 11.5 million jobs, 2.5 million of which were in the biofuels production sector where production rose 5 pct in 2019, largely due to a 13 pct expansion in biodiesel production led by Indonesia, now the largest country producer of biodiesel, ahead of the United States and Brazil.

    IRENA notes the majority of biofuel processing jobs are concentrated in the agriculture sector and involve planting and harvesting feedstock, but these jobs are typically higher-skilled and better-paying than other forms of agriculture work. Latin America accounts for 43 pct of global biofuels jobs, with Asia hosting 34 pct. (Source: IRENA, Sept., 2020) Contact: IRENA, +971 241 79000, info@irena.org, www.irena.org

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    NBB Launches BiodieselBetter, Cleaner Campaign (ind. Report)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2020-09-23
    The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) reports the launch of its latest national advertising campaign aimed at promoting the benefits of biodiesel and renewable diesel fuels.

    Supported by the United Soybean Board, U.S. Canola Association, and a dozen Qualified State Soybean Boards, this educational campaign allows NBB to reach key decision makers, and audiences who may be less familiar with the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry. Along with national buys, a major component includes targeted advertising in the Washington D.C., mid-Atlantic, and California markets.

    View the NBB video HERE. (Source: NBB, Sept., 2020) Contact: NBB, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

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    Indonesia Revamping Palm Oil Levy to Support Biodiesel (Int'l. Report)
    Indonesia Palm Oil, Palm Biodiesel
    Date: 2020-09-11
    In Jakarta, the Indonesia, Economic Affairs Ministry report it plans to revise its palm oil export levy rules to allow higher collection when prices increase. The levy supports the country's mandatory B30 biodiesel programme by financing the gap between the production cost of fuel made from palm oil and from the crude oil price.

    Since June this year, Indonesia has collected a maximum $55 levy per tonne on palm oil exports, regardless of the price. The new levy will hinge on export prices, according to Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto. (Source: Minister for Economic Affairs, ZAWYA, 9 Sept., 2020)

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    Ottawa Plans Fuel Carbon Cuts, Clean Fuel Standard (Reg. & Leg.)
    Clean Fuel Standard
    Date: 2020-09-11
    In Ottawa, Reuters is reporting the Canadian Liberal Gov. of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to require reductions in carbon intensity of fuels by 12 pct by 2030.

    The move would require refiners to blend cleaner ethanol and other renewable fuels with gasoline and fossil fuels under a Clean Fuel Standard aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 million tonnes by 2030. The requirement would come into force in 2022, according to the Reuters report. Presently, Canada imports about 40 pct of the ethanol it uses. (Source: Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Reuters, 11 Sept., 2020) Contact: Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Hon.Jonathan Wilkinson, 613-995-1225, Jonathan.Wilkinson@parl.gc.ca

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    Indonesian Palm Oil Biodiesel Sales Expected to Fall (Int'l.)
    Pertamina
    Date: 2020-08-31
    In Jakarta, Indonesia's oil and gas company PT Pertamina is estinating the country's total sales of biodiesel with 30 pct palm oil content will drop by roughly 12 pct to 28.2 million kilolitres (KL) this year.

    Pertamina estimates Indonesia's biodiesel sales will total 31.5 million KL for 2021. (Source: Pertamina, Market Screener , 31 Aug., 2020) Contact: Pertamina, pcc@pertamina.com, www.pertamina.com

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    Iowa Announces Biofuel Aid Packages (Funding, Ind. Report)
    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds
    Date: 2020-08-31
    In the Hawkeye State, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) has allocated approximately $100 million in relief funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for a range of agricultural programs to offset the impact of COVID-19 on farmers, producers and agricultural industries.

    The $100 million is part of Iowa's share of the $2 trillion CARES Act, which Congress approved in March. Of the $100 million allocated the following biofuel related concerns will receive funding:

  • $15.5 million, State Biofuel Grant Program -- Biofuels producers were excluded from receiving aid under other parts of the CARES Act; this program will provide relief to those Iowa ethanol and biodiesel producers based on gallons produced. Grants will also be awarded through IEDA's existing small business relief program and are capped at a maximum grant of $750,000 per producer. IEDA administers the program.

  • $7 million, Renewable Fuel Retail Recovery Program -- This previously announced funding supports a program that helps expand retail fueling infrastructure for higher blend renewable fuels, including E15 or higher, and B11 or higher. IDALS administers the program.

    Producers can apply for IEDA-administered programs at www.iowabusinessrecovery.com beginning today, Aug. 31. Apply for IDALS-administered programs Aug. 24 at www.iowaagriculture.gov/grants. (Source: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Wallaces Farmer, 31 Aug., 2020) Contact: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, 515-281-5211, www.governor.iowa.gov/contact

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  • NBB Launches RFS Support Ad Campaign (Ind. Report)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2020-08-26
    The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) reports the launch of a two-week radio advertising campaign in six states including Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota urging Pres. Trump to direct the EPA to reject the gap small refiner waivers from the Renewable Fuel Standard.

    NBB wants farmers to go to their website and complete a pre-written request to the President and EPA administrator to reject those gap small refiner waivers, 85 bof which have been issues over the past three years.

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied. (Source: NBB, WNAX 26 Aug., 2020) Contact: NBB, Paul Winters, Pres., Kurt Kovarik, VP of Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbd.org

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    Indian Researchers Developing Microalgae Biodiesel (Int'l, R&D)
    National Institute of Technology
    Date: 2020-08-24
    In New Delhi, Dr. T. Mathimani from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, reports his research team have isolated predominant strains of marine microalgal species -- Picochlorum sp., Scenedesmus sp., Chlorella sp. -- from the coastal regions of Tamil Nadu for their potential in terms of total organic carbon content, and Triacylglycerides (TAG) content for biodiesel production.

    Researchers are focusing on other microalgal candidates for their multiple biotechnological potentials and switchable polarity solvent (SPS) system based lipid extraction. SPS is an energy-efficient switchable solvent that can be recovered devoid of any thermal processes and can be reused as green solvent for algal lipid extraction. Metabolic engineering approaches can be used to escalate TAG accumulation for increasing biodiesel yield, and magnetic nanocomposite can be used for several cycles of algal dewatering, and its treated culture suspension can be reused to scale down the biodiesel production cost significantly. The group will now formulate a roadmap by which biodiesel can be produced commercially and can be put in an energy market sustainably, according to the release. (Source: National Institute of Technology, India Educational Diary, 24 Aug., 2020) Contact: India National Institute of Technology, Dr. T. Mathimani, +91 172 509 0513, www.nitt.edu

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    Biogas, Natural Gas Mix Considered in India (Int'l. Report)
    Biogas
    Date: 2020-08-10
    In New Delhi, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas reports it looking at blending biogas with natural gas to boost domestic availability of biofuels and cut reliance on imports. The plan is in keeping with the Ministry's mandated blending ethanol extracted from sugarcane with petrol and doping diesel with biodiesel extracted from non-edible oil.

    The Ministry is calling for financial institutions, stakeholders and corporations to fund the initiative. It is also looking for support from state governments which collect agricultural and municipal residues and wastes to supply waste feedstocks to biofuel production plants. (Source: Gov. India, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, PTI, 10 Aug., 2020) Contact: Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, www.petroleum.nic.in

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    UK Rendering Plant Announces Biodiesel Facility (Int'l.)
    SecAnim
    Date: 2020-08-05
    In the UK, SecAnim has unveiled its £15 million, category 1 animal by-product processing facility at its renewable energy and recycling site at Widnes in Cheshire.

    SecAnim provides a fully integrated "down animal" collection and processing-rendering service to the UK farming and meat production sector. The company's secure processing plants and combustion plant "finishes" products and converts waste bio-material into biodiesel. (Source: SecAnim, Website, Aug., 2020) Contact: SecAnim, +44 (0) 24 7639 7571, Fax: +44 (0) 24 7639 7266, customer.support@saria.co.uk, www.saria.co.uk

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    ISU Investigating Pennycress Biofuel Potential (R&D, Ind. Report)
    Illinois State University
    Date: 2020-08-05
    Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, is reporting genetics Prof. John Sedbrook will head-up a nation-wide collaboration of university's and scientists to develop field pennycress oil into bio-jet fuel or biodiesel The $13 million project is being funded by the US DOE.

    Field pennycress, a member of the mustard family, can develop up to 65 gallons of oil and yield more than 1,500 pounds per acre of seeds.

    Field pennycress is primarily a winter cover crop throughout the United States and requires few inputs, little labor, and no land charge. Pennycress seed meal remaining from biodiesel production can be further processed to yield aviation fuel, livestock feed or protein isolates for human food, or as an organic fertilizer or a biofumigant, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. (Source: Illinois State University, 4 Aug., 2020) Contact: Illinois State University, Prof. John Sedbrook, (309) 438-3374, (309) 438-3722 - fax, jcsedbr@ilstu.edu, www.illinoisstate.edu

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    Steeper, Calgary Ink Renewable Fuel-from-Sewage MoU (Ind. Report)
    Steeper Energy
    Date: 2020-08-05
    On the Canadian prairies, the City of Calgary and Denmark-headquartered Steeper Energy’s Steeper Energy Canada Ltd. unit are reporting a MoU for the transformation of the city's sewage sludge and other urban generated bio-organic wastes for the production of sustainable biofuels such as renewable diesel or jet fuel.

    Calgary and Steeper Energy are planning a demonstration plant at the Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in South-East Calgary. The plant will utilize Steeper's proprietary Hydrofaction® technology to produce renewable diesel or jet fuel from a small portion of the city's primary and secondary sewage sludge. (Source: City of Calgary, PR, Biofuel Digest, Aug., 2020) Contact: Steeper Energy Canada, info@steeperenergy.com, www.steeperenergy.com

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