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Ohio State Study Touts Pennycress as Biofuel Crop (R&D)
Ohio State University, Pennycress
Date: 2021-08-04
A study from researchers at Ohio State University touts pennycress as a biofuel crop. Growing pennycress -- aka stinkweed -- as a crop requires less fertilizer, fewer pesticides and less soil tilling than other biofuel crops, reducing the associated environmental costs: CO2 emissions, fertilizer and pesticide use, water consumption and the energy required to harvest and transport pennycress seeds to a biorefinery and process them into usable fuel, according to the study.

The study researchers found it took about half as much energy to produce jet fuel from pennycress as it did to produce jet fuel from canola or sunflowers, two other potential bio-jet fuel crops. Pennycress oil production used about a third as much energy as soybean oil production and the energy needed for turning pennycress into jet fuel was about the same as that used to produce fuel from the flowering plant camelina, another biofuel crop. (Source: Ohio State Univ. News, 2 Aug., 2021) Contact: Ohio State University - Wooster, Ajay Shah, Associate Professor of Food, Ggricultural and Biological Engineering, 330-263-3858, shah.971@osu.edu, www.bsal.osu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pennycress,  Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  SAF,  


Covenant Updates Planned Sask. Canola HDRD Plant (Ind. Report)
Covenant Energy
Date: 2021-03-22
On the Canadian prairies, Macoun, Sask.-based renewable fuel specialist Covenant Energy provided the following update on its stand-alone Hydrogenation-Derived Renewable Diesel (HDRD) production plant to be constructed in southern Saskatchewan.

When fully operational in 2023, the plant will: produce 6,500 bpd of renewable fuels including renewable diesel, arctic-grade renewable diesel, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF); reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) 80 to 85 pct when compared to fossil fuel diesel; create a demand for 35 million bushels of canola seed (worth roughly $500 million) to produce 325,000-350,000 tpy of canola oil feedstock; and use recycled hydrogen in the production process.

The company has completed initial pre-FEED engineering and feedstock studies, as well as a marketing, demand, and pricing study. The plant is expected to begin production in 2023, subject to regulatory and other approvals. (Source: Covenant Energy, Website PR, Contact: Covenant Energy, Josh Gustafson, Pres., CEO, (306) 421-7442, joshgustafson@covenantenergy.ca; www.covenantenergy.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canola Covenant Energy,  Renewable Diesel,  


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,  


$1.2Bn Renewable Diesel Facility Slated for Baton Rouge (Ind. Report)
Port of Greater Baton Rouge
Date: 2020-11-11
The Port of Greater Baton Rouge is reporting a long term lease proposal with Coral Gables, Florida-based Gron Fuels LLC for 141 acres of port property for construction of a 60,000 bpd renewable diesel from canola, soybean and used cooking oils facility. The estimated $1.2 billion facility, which will also serve as the company's headquarters, will also have the capacity to produce 6,000 bpd of renewable jet fuel.

Gron Fuels is a portfolio company of the Houston-based infrastructure investment firm Fidelis Infrastructure, which invests in complex greenfield projects and has been working with the Louisiana Economic Development agency on the project since 2019. If the lease is approved by the port, as expected, the next step in the process will be for Gron to secure environmental permits. (Source: Port of Greater Baton Rouge, PR 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: Port of Greater Baton Rouge, 225.342.1660, www.portgbr.com; Gron Fuels, Fidelis Infrastructure, (832) 551-3300 , info@fidelisinfra.com, www.fidelisinfra.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel news,  


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,  


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

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


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

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

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

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


Canola Growers Seek Increased Biofuel Blend Rates (Ind. Report)
Alberta Canola.
Date: 2019-11-15
On the oil-soaked Canadian prairies, Alberta Canola reports it is labbying the Province of Alberta to boost the amount of biofuels blended into diesel fuel to 5 pct from the existing 2 pct as mandated under the Alberta duel standard. The trade association notes the increase could provide new markets for hard-hit canola producers and encourage more processing capacity. Alberta's fuel standard also dictates gasoline sold in the province must meet a minimum 5 pct average of renewable fuels, such as ethanol.

Alberta farmers produced nearly 6 million tonnes of canola in 2018. (Source: Alberta Canola, Red Deer Advocate, Nov., 2019) Contact: Alberta Canola, John Guelly, (780) 454-0844, www.albertacanola.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Canola,  Canola,  Biouel,  Biofuel Blend,  


Ag.Groups Call for Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension (Reg & Leg.)
NBB,National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2019-05-24
Thirteen trade groups representing farmers, rural lenders, crop and biobased oil producers, and biodiesel producers today wrote leaders of the House of Representatives and Senate, asking them to act on bipartisan legislation to extend the biodiesel tax incentive:

"America's farmers and rural communities are facing a mounting economic threat. With your leadership, Congress can help mitigate the crisis by taking immediate action on a policy that enjoys bipartisan, bicameral support. We are writing today to ask you to renew and extend the biodiesel tax incentive at the earliest opportunity.

"Income for America's farmers is falling, and the impact is beginning to be felt in other sectors of the rural economy. Biodiesel production adds value to oil seed crops and recycled oils, providing one bright spot for the agriculture sector. Congress can take rapid action to renew the biodiesel tax incentive -- a policy that enjoys broad bipartisan support -- to help U.S. biodiesel producers continue growing."

The letters group include the Agricultural Retailers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, CoBank, Corn Refiners Association, Farm Credit Council, National Biodiesel Board, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Farmers Union, National Oilseed Processors Association, National Renderers Association, National Sorghum Producers, and U.S. Canola Association.

A copy of the letter is available for download HERE. (Source: National Biodiesel Board , KTIC, 22 May, 2019) Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

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

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