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Bunge, Chevron Propose Renewable Fuel Feedstock JV (Ind. Report)
Bunge, CHevron
Date: 2021-09-29
San Ramon, California-headquartered Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Bunge North America, Inc. are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a proposed 50/50 joint venture to help meet the demand for renewable fuels and to develop lower carbon intensity feedstocks.

Under the proposed agreement, Bunge would contribute its soybean processing facilities in Destrehan, Louisiana, and Cairo, Illinois, and Chevron is expected to contribute roughly $600 million in cash. The companies anticipate approximately doubling the combined capacity of the facilities from 7,000 tpd by the end of 2024. The joint venture would also pursue new growth opportunities in lower carbon intensity feedstocks, as well as consider feedstock pre-treatment investments.

Bunge will continue to operate the facilities, leveraging its expertise in oilseed processing and farmer relationships to manage origination and marketing of meal and plant-based oil. Chevron would have offtake rights to the soybean oil to use as renewable feedstock to manufacture biodiesel and sustainable aviation jet fuel (SAF) . Chevron would also provide market knowledge and downstream retail and commercial distribution channels. The proposed joint venture is subject to the negotiation of definitive agreements with customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval. (Source: Bunge, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Bunge, Greg Heckman, CEO, Ruth Ann Wisener, 636-292-3014 Ruthann.wisener@bunge.com, www.bunge.com; Chevron, Mark Nelson, Exec. VP Downstream & Chemicals, Roderick Green, invest@chevron.com, www.chevron.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bunge news,  Chevron news,  Biofuel Feedstock news,  Soybean Oil news,  


US Biofuel Production Dropped in June (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2021-09-10
Recently released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) notes U.S. biofuel production capacity was slightly lower in June, this year, from 20.792 billion gpy in May to 20.732 billion gpy. Total feedstock consumption was approximately 26.166 billion pounds in June, down from 26.768 billion pounds in May.

Fuel alcohol capacity fell 3 MMgy, from 17.396 billion gallons in May to 17.393 billion gallons in June while biodiesel production capacity held steady at 2.428 billion gpy. Other biofuels -- renewable diesel, renewable heating oil, renewable jet fuel, renewable naphtha, renewable gasoline -- dropped to 911 MMgy in June, down 60 MMgy when compared to the 971 MMgy reported for May.

According to the EIA data, 24.64 billion pounds of corn went to biofuel production in June, down from 25.136 billion pounds in May while grain sorghum feedstock increased from 12 million pounds in May to 36 million pounds in June. The consumption of soybean oil feedstock fell to 663 million pounds, down from 788 million in June. The consumption of corn oil feedstock was also down, at 241 million pounds in June, compared to 257 million pounds in May. Details on Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update (31 Aug., 2021) HERE (Source: US EIA, Sept., 2021) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Ethanol Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


Eni Inks Kenyan Biofuel, Bioproducts Feedstock MoU (Int'l.)
Eni
Date: 2021-07-26
Rome headquartered Eni reports it and Kenya's Ministry of Petroleum and Mining have inked an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on promoting decarbonisation under which they will look at ways of providing non-food feedstocks for Eni's bio-refineries in Italy.

The parties will jointly conduct feasibility studies to develop waste and residue collection as well as agricultural projects to establish a wide range of feedstock sources to be processed into bio-fuels and bio-products. The parties will also 'assess the opportunity' of converting an existing refinery in Mombasa into a bio-refinery, as well as building a new plant for producing second-generation bio-ethanol from waste biomass.

The agricultural development project focuses on used cooking oil feedstocks from sustainable oil crop cultivations including: cover crops, castor in degraded lands, croton trees in agro-forestry systems and other agro-industrial co-products. (Source: Eni, PR, Bunkerspot, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Eni, +39 06 598 21 / Fax: +39 06 598 22141, www.eni.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  Ethanol,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


Greasezilla Announces ABF Distribution Network (Ind. Report)
Greasezilla
Date: 2021-05-12
In West Virginia, Downey Ridge Environmental Company reports it has developed an international distribution network for "Greasezilla" -- a brown grease advanced biofuel (ABF) byproduct.

Greasezilla processes waste fats, oil, and grease for conversion-ready feedstock for biofuel production.

The international distribution network resells Greasezilla's ABF in markets with the greatest demand -- the maritime industry, the industrial sector and biodiesel producers, according to the release. (Source: Greasezilla, Website PR, 6 May, 2021) Contact: Downey Ridge Environmental Co., Greasezilla, Ron Crosier, CEO, 304-658-4778, info@greasezilla.com, www.greasezilla.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greasezilla,  Brown Grease,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


EIA to Provide New Monthly Biofuels Report (Ind. Report)
U.S. EIA
Date: 2021-03-29
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports it will release expanded monthly biofuels data through a new report -- the Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update on March 31, 2021. The first edition of this report will also modify petroleum and biofuel volumetric balances in the interactive Supply and Disposition summary data table in its Petroleum Navigator. Changes to the monthly biofuels data and petroleum and biofuel volumetric balances include:
  • The Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update replaces the Monthly Biodiesel Production Report, but the biodiesel report will continue to be the source of EIA's historical monthly biodiesel data before January 2021.

  • Table 1 of the Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update will report expanded coverage of production capacities for biodiesel, fuel alcohol, and renewable fuels. Table 2 of the Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update will replace Table 3 of the Monthly Biodiesel Production Report and reflect expanded coverage of the types of biofuel feedstocks consumed to include feedstocks used in the production of biodiesel, fuel alcohol, and renewable fuels.

    Changes to the Supply and Disposition summary data table include:

  • For the Renewable Fuels Except Fuel Ethanol product category, Renewable Fuels & Oxygenate Plant Net Production under Supply will include renewable fuels in addition to biodiesel. For the Renewable Fuels Except Fuel Ethanol product category, balance quantities reported as Adjustments under Supply will be discontinued, while balance quantities reported as Products Supplied under Disposition will be introduced.

  • For the Distillate Fuel Oil product category, biodiesel quantities reported as Adjustments under Supply will be discontinued.

  • For the Finished Petroleum Products product category, which includes Distillate Fuel Oil and Kerosene-Type Jet Fuel as two of the subcategories, quantities of petroleum products blended with biofuels at biofuel producing plants will be reported as Renewable Fuels & Oxygenate Plant Net Production under Supply.

    The composition of the monthly data for the Fuel Ethanol product category of the Supply and Disposition summary data table will continue to be consistent with that of the historical data before January 2021. EIA plans to publish revisions to the new monthly biofuels data for 2021 and petroleum and biofuel volumetric balances with the release of the Petroleum Supply Annual data tables in August 2022, according to the release. (Source: U.S. Energy Information , 26 Mar., 2021) Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov/index.php

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


  • West Coast Reduction Supports B.C. Waste-to-Biofuels (Ind. Report)
    West Coast Reduction
    Date: 2020-11-23
    Vancouver-based West Coast Reduction Ltd is western Canada's largest supplier of animal and other organic waste feedstocks for liquid renewable fuel production. In total, the company recycles roughly 1 billion ppy of raw material, which is turned into fats and protein meal products. Those fats and meals contribute to finished products used in various applications, including making ingredients for everything from pet and livestock feed to ingredients used in biofuel.

    Co-processing involves taking a bio feedstock such as tallow -- which West Coast Reduction supplies -- and co-firing it in the system along with traditional crude oil to produce a blended, lower carbon fuel product.

    Through its retail brand Redux, West Coast Reduction also collects food waste from other forms of food production, including collecting byproducts from the bakery industry, such as wasted dough or flour that is no longer consumable. Those products are then re-purposed into animal feed ingredients. (Source: West Coast Reduction. Website, PR BIV 23 Nov., 2020) Contact: West Coast Reduction, 866-337-3355, www.wcrl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


    Kentucky Univ. Studying Sulfur in Biofuel Production (R&D)
    University of Kentucky
    Date: 2020-11-09
    In Lexington, the University of Kentucky reports it is leading a national group of scientists and industry partners studying ways to reduce sulfur levels in pine forestry waste -- including needles, bark, branches and pulp -- used to produce biofuels. The sulfur levels of some byproducts are high enough to exceed U.S. EPA standards, if the sulfur was carried over to biofuels.

    Through a three-year grant from the U.S. DOE EERE, the research team, led by Assistant Professor Jian Shi, will work to identify the reasons behind the sulfur variability in pine feedstocks by studying byproducts collected from across the nation. The research aims to better understand how sulfur accumulates in biofuel feedstocks, what happens to the sulfur during thermochemical conversion and how to remove sulfur and improve gasification.

    With the DOE grant and cost-share dollars from universities and the industry, the project will total more than $2 million. Partners include researchers from UK's Center for Applied Energy Research, Kansas State University, Idaho National Laboratory, Mississippi State University and Red Rock Biofuels. (Source: University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Contact: University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Jian Shi, Lead Researcher, 859-257-3468, www.ca.uky.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Woody Biomass,  


    Yield10 Bioscience Evaluates Camelina, Canola (R&D, Ind. Report)
    Yield10 Bioscience
    Date: 2020-11-04
    In the Bay State, Woburn-based agricultural bioscience specialist Yield10 Bioscience Inc. reports completion of its 2020 Field Test Program in Canada and the U.S. to evaluate novel traits in biofuel feedstock Camelina and canola. The company expects to begin reporting test data before the year end and early in 2021.

    The test program monitored key plant agronomic and growth parameters including oil content, PHA content and/or other metrics to advance plant development and commercialization for biofuel and other applications. (Source: Yield10 Bioscience Inc., Website News, 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: Yield10 Bioscience Inc., 617-583-1700, www.yield10bio.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Camelina,  Biofuel,  


    Nat. Labs Say Sugars Key in Ideal Biofuel Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    ORNL,NREL
    Date: 2020-10-23
    According to research by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), although tall, fast-growing trees are best for biomass/biofuel feedstock the amount of sugars contained within the cellulosic biomass that can be converted into fuels is equally important.

    Feedstock growers typically look at how many trees they can plant per acre rather than the quality and volume of fuel those trees will produce. To address the issue, the researchers analyzed 900 samples of black cottonwood trees -- a type of fast-growing poplar -- grown in Oregon to determine how variations in their size and composition affect feedstock quality and biorefinery economics.

    The researh found the amount of fuel produced per-acre per-year and the minimum fuel selling price(MFSP) are most strongly connected to the size of a tree. Since a farmer would only plant the biggest and fastest growing trees, the researchers examined those and found that the size and sugar content in those trees were of nearly identical importance to the MFSP.

    Download Economic Impact of Yield and Composition Variation in Bioenergy Crops: Populus trichocarpa report details HERE. (Source: US DOE ORNL, Center for Bioenergy Innovation, 19 Oct., 2020) Contact: Center for Bioenergy Innovation, www. cbi.ornl.gov; ORNL, Kimberly A Askey, (865) 576-2841, askeyka@ornl.gov, www.ornl.gvo

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock,  Lignin,  ORNL,  NREL,  Cellulosic,  


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

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

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


    Sulzer Chemtech Announces Bio-Based Development Team (Int'l.)
    Sulzer Chemtech
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Winterthus, Switzerland-headquartered chemical separation technology specialist Sulzer Chemtech has announced the creation of a new global bio-based and renewables application development team focused on the conversion of renewable feedstocks into biochemicals and biofuels. The new unit will also help create the technology and engineering solutions to enable a successful transition towards sustainable processing and manufacturing activities.

    Sulzer notes it has participated in non-conventional biofuel production, plastics recycling and bio-based plastic commercial production projects. These include the Quantafuel (Norway) and Steelanol (Belgium) projects for the transformation of non-recyclable plastics and carbon rich waste gases into fuel. In addition, Sulzer's PLAnet venture offers turn-key production equipment and plants to obtain polylactic acid (PLA) from sugars or starches. (Source: Sulzer Chemtech, PR, BioMarkets, May, 2020) Contact: Sulzer Chemtech, Torsten Wintergerste, Division Pres., www.sulzer.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sulzer Chemtech,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Biochemical,  


    Gevo Wins Australian Queensland Waste-to-Biofutures Funding (Int'l)
    Gevo
    Date: 2020-02-28
    Englewood, Colorado-based biobutanol producer GEVO Inc. reports receipt of part of The Queensland Waste to Biofutures (W2B) Fund to support the development of waste to biofutures projects in Queensland, Australia.

    The W2B fund provides targeted funding for pilot, demonstration or commercially scalable biorefinery projects in Queensland that use conventional waste streams or biomass to produce bioenergy, biofuels and high-value bioproducts.

    For this project, Gevo is evaluating the most likely 2G biomass to carbohydrate conversion process to use in conjunction with its proven carbohydrate to low carbon biofuel process. (Source: GEVO Website, PR, 27 Feb.,2020) Contact: GEVO, Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund, www.qtic.grantguru.com.au/grant/queensland-waste-to-biofutures-fund-w2b-fund-/

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Biobutanol,  Biomass,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


    OSU Scores $3.1Mn for Biofuel Feedstock, Emissions Study (Funding)

    Date: 2020-02-17



    Nigerian Cassava Biorefinery Construction Nears Startup (Int'l Report)
    Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
    Date: 2020-02-10
    Following up on our 5th Sept., 2018 coverage, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is reporting funding has been secured and a feasibility study is underway for construction of a biofuel refinery at Alape in Kogi State.

    Kogi State Government, the NNPC and private investors have also finalized agreement to an agreement to establish a 20,000 hectare sugarcane and cassava biofuel feedstock cultivation zone to supply the new biorefiney. (Source: Nigerian National Petroleum, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Nigerian National Petroleum, Danjuma Yakubu, contactus@nnpcgroup.com, www.nnpcgroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,  Cassava,  Biofuel,  


    French Working Group Promotes Aviation Biofuels (Int'l Report)
    Aviation Biofuel
    Date: 2020-01-29
    In Toulouse, a French aviation industry working group comprised of Government agencies, Airbus, Air France, Safran, Suez and Total has issued a Call for Expression of Interest (CEI) as a first step towards identifying potential projects and investors in the emerging sustainable second generation sustainable aviation biofuel industry in France. To that end, the working group has recommended the industry and government:
  • Mobilize the necessary volume of raw -- biofuel feedstocks -- materials for the aviation sector;
  • Ensure that sustainable resources, especially sustainable resources sourced from the circular economy, are used to produce sustainable aviation fuel;
  • Ensure that the industry is economically viable for all actors in the value chain through appropriate incentive schemes;
  • Use existing airport logistics distribution networks;
  • Support and promote production diversification.

    The expansion of sustainable aviation fuel constitutes a strategic lever for reducing net CO2 emissions from air transport over a full lifecycle by up to 80 pct before blend, according to the release. (Source: Safran Group, PR, NewsWire Today, 27 Jan., 2020) Contact: Airbus, Matthieu Duvelleroy: +33 (0) 6 29 43 15 64 , matthieu.duvelleroy@airbus.com, www.airbus.com; Air France, Morgane Le Gall, +33 (0) 6 14 30 44 52 , molegall@airfrance.fr; Safran, Isabelle JAVARY, +33 (0) 1 40 60 82 20 , isabelle.javary@safrangroup.com, www.safrangroup.com; SUEZ, Isabelle Herrier Naufle, +33 (0) 1 58 81 55 62 , isabelle.herrier.naufle@suez.com, www.suez.com; Total, Media, +33 (0) 1 47 44 46 99 , presse@total.com.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  


  • Darling Ingredients Acquires 100 pct of EnviroFlight (M&A)
    Darling INgredients
    Date: 2020-01-06
    Irving, Texas-based Darling Ingredients Inc. reports acquisition of the 50 pct joint venture interest of Yellow Springs, Ohio-based EnviroFlight, LLC, thereby increasing its ownership interest in EnviroFlight to 100 pct.

    EnviroFlight's proprietary technologies enable the rearing of non-pathogenic black soldier fly (BSF) larvae in a scalable manner. This innovative and responsible approach has considerable potential within the sizable global animal feed industry as it will provide an environmentally-friendly, toxin-free, sustainable source of high-value nutrients. Enviroflight opened the first commercial BSF facility in Maysville, Kentucky in late 2018. (Source: Darling Ingedients, PR, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: EnviroFlight., Dr. Liz Koutsos, Pres., (606) 956–0269, www.enviroflight.net Darling Ingedients, Randal Stuewe CEO, Jim Stark, Investor Relations, (972) 281-4823, james.stark@darlingii.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Darling Ingredient,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


    Eni JV to Investigate Castor as Biofuel Feedstock (Int'l Report)
    Eni
    Date: 2019-12-06
    Italian energy giant Eni S.p.A. is reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tunisia's Societe National de Distribution des Petroles (SNDP) to create a joint venture company for the cultivation of castor as a sustainable biofuels feedstock to replace palm oil. Castor is native to Tunisia.

    Eni S.p.A. is an Italian multinational oil and gas company headquartered in Rome with operations in 79 countries, and is currently world's 11th largest industrial company with a market capitalization of €68 billion euros, as of August 14, 2013, according to Wikipedia. (Source: Eni, Biofuels Int'l, Dec., 2019) Contact: SNDP, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entreprise_Tunisienne_d%27Activites_Petroliere; Eni, www.eni.com/en_IT/home.page

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  Biofuel,  Castor,  Palm Oil,  


    Kenyans Investigating Water Hyacinth Biofuel Production (Int'l)
    Kenya
    Date: 2019-08-28
    In Kenya, the free floating, highly invasive water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), an aquatic plant native to South America, is being investigated as a possible biofuel feedstock because of its high ratio of carbon to nitrogen and its abundance and ready availability in Lake Victoria, Kisumu, Kenya.

    In 2014, Nigerian academics reported better water hyacith biogas yields when the plant was mixed with sanitised chicken manure in anaerobic digestors. Kenyan scientists agree with the Nigerian claim that animal dung enhances the process of converting water hyacith into biogas. In India, scientists experimented with mixing water hyacinth with Cannabis sativa for better biogas yields.

    The Nairobi-based Biogas International company, the pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca and the University of Cambridge's Institute for Sustainability are collaborating on a project to test whether water hyacinth biogas can provide an effective alternative to firewood and charcoal for cooking and other uses in rural Kenyan communities. (Source: Biogas International, Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism, Guardain, Aug., 2019) Contact: Biogas International, Dominic Kahumbu Wanjihia, CEO, +254 722 700530, www.biogas.co.ke

    More Low-Carbon Energy News water hyacinth,  Biofuel,  


    PCJ Touts Upcoming Biofuel Crop RFP (Ind. Report)
    Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
    Date: 2019-06-14
    In Kingston, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), in cooperation with the Urban Development Corporation and the Development Bank of Jamaica, reports it will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for the possible cultivation of biofuel feedstock crops at the Font Hill location by year end.

    Font Hill has been used by the PCJ for research over the years, including experimentation on various biofuel crops -- including castor and jatropha -- between 2010 and 2017. Each of the 2,200 acre Font Hill plots to be available are conservatively expected to produce approximately 600,000 litres of oil annually for total revenue of $81 million, based on current ex-refinery diesel prices of $135 per litre. (Source: PCJ, Jamaica Gleaner, June, 2019) Contact: PCJ, Dr Peter Ruddock, Manager of Special Projects, www.pcj.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica,  Biofuel Crop,  Castor,  Jatropha,  


    Palm Oil Producers Partner to Protest EU Directive (Int'l)
    Palm Oil,Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries
    Date: 2019-04-08
    Reporting from Kuala Lumpur, the governments of Malaysia and Indonesian have announced the two major global palm oil producers will, under the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries, (CPOPC) embark on a joint mission to Brussels this week to register a firm objection to the Delegated Regulation Supplementing Directive 2018/2021 of the European Union Renewable Energy Directive II.

    According to the release, "Malaysia has argued that the law discriminates against biofuels and bioliquids produced from palm oil and other oil crops. There is also significant lack of scientific data and reliable information used in the Delegated Regulation which classifies palm oil production as a high Indirect Land Use Change risk biofuel feedstock."

    "Malaysia urges the European Union to provide equitable treatment across all oil crop biofuels and bioliquids in line with the World Trade Organization non-discriminative principles. Malaysia will continue to overcome disruptive and discriminatory practices on suppressing the palm oil trade," the release added. (Source: Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries, Bernama, Sun Daily, 6 April, 2019) Contact: Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries, www.cpopc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biochemical,  Palm Oil,  Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries ,  


    McGill Biomass Cluster Scores $7Mn for Biomass R&D (Funding)
    BioFuelNet Canada,McGill
    Date: 2019-02-20
    In Montreal, McGill University's Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue is reporting receipt of a $7 million investment in the Biomass Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The Cluster, which is led by the BioFuelNet Canada Network, will include an additional $3.1 million in contributions from industry, for a total investment of $10.1 million for biomass R&D.

    BioFuelNet Canada is a network that brings together the Canadian biofuels research community to aggressively address the challenges impeding the growth of an advanced biofuels industry, while focusing on non-food biomass as biofuel feedstocks. BioFuelNet includes renowned, multi-disciplinary experts from academia, government, industry and investment working together in a concerted and synergistic way. This group is working to develop and apply novel and innovative science, engineering and socio-economic strategies that will enhance environmental sustainability for future generations. (Source:BioFuelNet Canada Website, , McGill University, Montreal Gazette, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: McGill University, 514.398.4455, www.mcgill.ca; BioFuelNet Canada, Dr. Donald L. Smith, CEO, (514) 398-7861, www.biofuelnet.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BioFuelNet Canada,  Biomass,  


    Midwest Perennial Grasses Biofuel Feedstocks Investigated (R&D)
    University of Minnesota
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In ongoing research to discover the ideal growing conditions for alternative biofuels feedstocks, researchers at the University of Minnesota College of Biological Science are investigating the advantages and environmental implications of perennial grasses on abandoned and degraded agricultural land on the US upper mid-western prairies.

    A potential benefit of perennial grasses is tied to their deep root systems. According to researchers, deeper root systems -- as opposed to those seen in annual crops like corn -- are able to store large amounts of carbon below ground that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. However, because perennial grasses on marginal lands can have low yields due to less fertile soil, researchers examined ways to maximize growth of the grasses without negative effects on the environment.

    In the 10-year study published in Nature Sustainability, researchers utilized 36 plots at an abandoned agricultural site in the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve to plant 32 species of prairie and savanna plants that are native to Minnesota. In 2007, researchers divided the plots into several groups and assigned them a combination of two treatments: water addition (i.e., irrigated or non-irrigated) and nitrogen fertilization (i.e., 0 g/m2, 7 g/m2, 14 g/m2). Over the next decade, researchers found that:

  • moderate treatments (irrigation and 7 g/m2 of nitrogen) had the best biomass yields and soil carbon storage, while having negligible effects on the stability, diversity and nutrient loss to groundwater;
  • compared with the control (non-irrigated and no additional nitrogen), moderate treatments resulted in almost twice the yield and soil carbon storage and -- if the plants were converted into bioenergy to displace fossil fuels -- it would result in twice the greenhouse gas savings;
  • compared with the moderate treatment, the more intensive treatment (irrigation and 14 g/m2 of nitrogen) had 30 percent lower greenhouse gas savings, 10 times greater nitrate leaching and 120 pct greater loss in plant diversity.

    Compared with corn ethanol, researchers found biomass yield from the best performing native prairie grasses was moderately lower -- six tons per hectare versus the average corn yield of eight tons per hectare in the U.S.. However, researchers found that because of lower nitrogen use and larger amounts of soil carbon storage, the native prairies would result in higher overall greenhouse gas savings when converted to bioenergy.

    The research was funded by the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research program and the Global Climate and Energy Project. (Source: University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences, PR, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, Prof. David Tilman, Prof. Clarence Lehman, Lead Researcher, 612-625-5734 Fax: 612-624-6777, lehman@umn.edu, cbs.umn.edu; Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, www.cedarcreek.umn.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock,  


  • JAL Commits to Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Flights (Int'l)
    Japan Airlines
    Date: 2019-01-09
    Japan Airlines (JAL) is reporting it plans to operate select flights from San Francisco to Tokyo (Haneda Airport) with an aircraft fueled by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplied by Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., beginning the month. In January 2009, JAL operated a test flight in Japan with SAF using a mixture of three second-generation biofuel feedstocks and in November 2017, the airline operated a passenger flight with SAF from Chicago to Tokyo. The airline also reports it plans to operate a charter flight with SAF made from recycled clothes.

    The SAF initiative is part of JAL's Medium Term Management Plan to actively contribute and tackle Global Sustainable Development Goals, including the reduction of CO2 emissions. (Source: Japan Airlines, PR, 8 Jan., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel news,  Jet Biofuel news,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel news,  


    Norwegians Ban Palm Oil Biofuels (Int'l Report)
    Palmoil
    Date: 2018-12-14
    In Oslo, the Norwegian parliament has voted to ban the country's biofuel industry from purchasing palm oil and other dangerous biofuel feedstocks and biofuels that are linked to deforestation and harmful environmental practices, effective 1 Jan., 2020. The EU has also banned palm oil biofuels beginning in 2030.

    Norwegian palm oil consumption reached an all-time high in 2017 when fully 10 pct of the country's diesel consumption was based out of palm oil. (Source: Good News Network, 12 Dec., 2018)

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


    NREL, Forest Concepts Collaborate on Biofuel Feedstocks, Biomass Conversion (R&D, Ind. Report)
    Forest Concepts
    Date: 2018-12-12
    Recognizing the importance of enhancing biomass conversion processes for industry, a team of NREL scientists partnered with Auburn, Washington-based Forest Concepts to perform detailed thermochemical conversion simulations for biomass feedstocks. The simulations relate feedstock attributes to expected product yields and necessary pyrolysis conversion process conditions. The work by NREL will allow Forest Concepts to better convey the value of their feedstocks to biorefinery customers.

    Forest Concepts, a manufacturer of precision woody and herbaceous feedstocks for bioenergy and bioproduct applications, leveraged NREL's capabilities in biomass conversion modeling to help quantify the impact of their feedstock characteristics based on various particle shapes and sizes. The NREL team is part of the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry (CCPC), which uses high-performance computing to support the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO).

    Prior to the development of the NREL models, Forest Concepts provided feedstock pricing based on volume and size of the biomass particle. Using the NREL models, Forest Concepts can now provide information to their customers such as standardized performance, required conversion conditions, and expected yields based on the size and shape of feedstock particles.

    BETO recognized early on the value of developing detailed biomass feedstock particle models to understand how the properties of each particle impact the yield and composition products from the conversion process. Moving forward, these capabilities will be leveraged by the newly established Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) whose mission is to quantify, understand, and manage variability in biomass from field through downstream conversion and to understand how biomass composition, structure, and behavior impact system performance.

    FCIC is an integrated and collaborative network of eight national laboratories dedicated to addressing technical risks and understanding how biomass properties influence collection, storage, handling, preprocessing and conversion technologies with the goal of improving the overall operational reliability of integrated pioneer biorefineries. (Source: NREL, PR, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: NREL, Peter Ciesielski, Scientist, www.nrel.gov; US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office; Forest Concepts, James H. Dooley, CTO, (253) 333-9663, www.forestconcepts.com; Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium, https://fcic.inl.gov

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    Diverse Biofeedstock Ethanol Yields Investigated (R&D Report)
    Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
    Date: 2018-11-16
    Biorefineries are picky eaters. They only consume one or two types of plant matter. Researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison processed and experimentally measured ethanol production from five different herbaceous feedstocks. They examined two annuals (corn stover and energy sorghum) along with three perennials (switchgrass, miscanthus, and restored prairie). They determined that a lignocellulosic ethanol refinery could use a range of plant types without having a major impact on the amount of ethanol produced per acre, or per land area.

    Many biorefineries consume one, or sometimes two, feedstocks grown and harvested nearby. The feedstock contains lignocellulose. That chemical is processed and fermented into biofuels or bioproducts. Accepting a variety of feedstocks could improve the refinery's environmental footprint, economics, and logistics. The team's study showed that a lignocellulosic refinery could be relatively agnostic in terms of the feedstocks used.

    Refineries to convert biomass into fuels often rely on just one feedstock. If the refineries could accept more than one feedstock, it would greatly benefit refinery operation. Scientists investigated how five different feedstocks affected process and field-scale ethanol yields. Two annual crops (corn stover and energy sorghum) and three perennial crops (switchgrass, miscanthus, and restored prairie) were pretreated using ammonia fiber expansion, hydrolyzed, and fermented separately using yeast or bacteria.

    Researchers found that both biomass quality and biomass yield affected the amount of ethanol each acre produces. However, the effect differed. Biomass quality was the main driver for the ethanol yields for high-yielding crops, such as switchgrass. Biomass yield was the main driver for the ethanol yields for low-productivity crops, such as corn stover. Therefore, to increase ethanol yield for high-yielding crops, focusing efforts on improving biomass quality or conversion efficiency may be prudent.

    For low-yielding crops, focusing on increasing biomass yield may be the best strategy. When measuring the amount of ethanol produced during fermentation, most feedstocks fell within a similar range, especially when scientists used bacteria to ferment the biomass. In total, the results of this study suggest that a lignocellulosic refinery may use a variety of feedstocks with a range of quality without a major negative impact on field-scale ethanol yields. (Source: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, US DOE, 12 Nov., 2018) Contact: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Tim Donohue, Dir., John Greenler, Dir. Outreach, (608) 890-2444, www.glbrc.org

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    Conservationists Upbraid EPA Over Biofuel Crop Legislation (Reg. & Leg., Ind. Report)
    EPA
    Date: 2018-11-02
    Following on the heels of the Trump administration's allowance of year-round E-15 ethanol blend sales,several U.S. Conservation groups have petitioned and accused the US EPA of failing to enforce the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) and thus turning a blind-eye to the illegal destruction of wildlife habitat nationwide.

    The petitioners contend that rather than follow the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, which only allows land cultivated before 2007 to grow corn and soybeans for biofuels, the EPA, at Trump's instruction, has been adhering to a change in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which allows new land to be farmed as long as the total amount of U.S. farmland dedicated to biofuel feedstock production doesn't exceed 402 million acres.

    The EPA estimates cropland in the U.S. has increased somewhere between 4 million and 7.8 million acres since 2007, but is uncertain how much of that is cultivated for biofuel feed stock production.

    The petitioning conservation groups say recent mandates to increase the use of corn and soybeans in gasoline have led to more habitat destruction, water pollution, and greenhouse gases. (Source: wfiy, National Public Radio, Oct., 2018)

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