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Greenfield Expanding Ethanol Production in Quebec (Ind. Report)
Greenfield Global
Date: 2019-10-16
Canada's largest ethanol producer Greenfield Global reports it will expand production at its Varennes biorefinery following the Government of Quebec's introduction of draft regulations on the minimum renewable fuel blending volumes in the province of Quebec.

The Government of Quebec's draft regulations on the minimum volume of renewable fuel proposal would set blending thresholds of 10 pct renewable fuel in gasoline, and 2 pct renewable fuel in diesel by 2021 -- increasing to 15 pct in gasoline and 4 pct in diesel by 2025.

Greenfield's Varennes biorefinery, which is the first ethanol plant to be built in Quebec, has been in operation since 2007. The facility produces the lowest carbon intensity ethanol in Canada, as well as corn oil and distillers’ grain.

Greenfield owns and operates four ethanol distilleries, three specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants, and three next-generation biofuel and renewable energy R&D centres across North America. (Source: Greenfield Global, PR, Biofuel Int'l., 16 Oct., 2019)Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field, President and CEO, (613) 698-0116, howard.field@greenfield.com, www.greenfield.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenfield Global,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  Canada Ethanol,  


Benson Hill Biosystems, Brownseed Genetics Partner on Corn Genetics (Ind. Report)
Benson Hill Biosystems
Date: 2019-07-29
St. Louis-based crop improvement specialist Benson Hill Biosystems is reporting a partnership with Wisconsin-based Brownseed Genetics, a seed breeder of new corn hybrids that offer significant added value for growers, livestock, and ethanol and biodiesel producers. The hybrids yield about 9 percent corn oil -- nearly triple the normal production -- and are rich in the amino acids lysine and methionine, according to the release.

Because of their higher calorie and nutrient content, Brownseed hybrids already enjoy steady growth in the livestock industry. Now, with its E+ hybrid, the company is taking aim at the corn-to-ethanol industry. Most ethanol plants require only limited modifications in their line process to accommodate the hybrid, the release added. (Source: Benson Hills Biosystems, PR 29 July, 2019) Contact: Benson Hills Biosystems, 314-222-8218, www.bensonhillbio.com; Brownseed Genetics, Charles Brown, CEO, Brownseed Genetics, ctwww.brownseedgenetics.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Ethanol,  


EPA Releases 2020 RVOs Proposal (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
EPA, RVO
Date: 2019-07-24
The US EPA's recently proposed 2020 and 2012 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) require 91 billion litres of renewable fuels to be blended into the US fuel supply in 2020, up from 90.5bn litres in 2019 -- 23 billion litres of advanced biofuels, 11 billion litres of biomass-based diesel - which was set last year and is the same for 2021, and 2.4 billion litres of cellulosic biofuel -- up 545 million litres from the 2019 figure.

The proposed RVO would require biofuels to make up 10.92 pct of US transportation fuel, including 2.75 pct advanced biofuels, 1.99 pct biomass-based diesel and 0.29 pct cellulosic biofuel.

The rule making also proposed amendments to the RFS regulations including: clarification of diesel RVO calculations; pathway petition conditions; a biodiesel esterification pathway; distillers corn oil and distillers oil pathways; renewable fuel exporter provisions allowing the production of biomass-based diesel from separated food waste; flexibilities for renewable fuel blending for military use; heating oil used for cooling; RFS facility ownership changes; additional registration deactivation justifications; a new Renewable Identification Number (RIN) retirement; a new pathway for co-processing biomass with petroleum to produce cellulosic diesel, jet fuel and heating oil; public access to information; and other revisions. The amendments came as part of the as yet finalized Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support rule. (Source: EPA, Oils & Fats Int'l., 22 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  RVO,  Biofuel Blend,  


Institutional Investors Leaving Rex American Resources (Ind Report)

Date: 2019-07-22
Dayton, Ohio-headquartered REX American Resources Corporation is reporting institutional sentiment decreased to 1.2 in 2019 Q1 -- down -0.25, from 1.45 in 2018 Q4. The ratio fall, as 53 hedge funds increased and started new positions, while 44 cut down and sold equity positions in Rex American. Also, the number of hedge funds holding Rex American Resources Corp in their top 10 positions was flat from 0 to 0 for the same number .

REX American Resources Corp., through its subsidiaries, produces and sells ethanol as well as dried distillers grains (DDGs), modified distillers grains, and non-food grade corn oil.

REX American Resources has interests in 6 ethanol production facilities, which in aggregate shipped approximately 702 million gallons of ethanol over the twelve month period ended April 30, 2019. REX's effective ownership of the trailing twelve month gallons shipped (for the twelve months ended April 30, 2019) by the ethanol production facilities in which it currently has ownership interests was approximately 279 million gallons, according to the company website. (Source: Rex American Resources, PR, Variopus Trade Media, Altcoin Mercury, 20 July, 2019) Contact: Rex American Resources, (937) 276-3931, www.rexstores.com/Corp/Page1.aspx


Flint Hills Closes Beatrice Neb. Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
Flint Hills Resources
Date: 2019-07-03
Citing "tough economic times", Flint Hills Resources reports it is closing its 50-million gpy biodiesel plant in Beatrice, Nebraska. The plant, which produces biodiesel from waste fats and oils, tallow, and distillers' corn oil, is at an unusual competitive disadvantage to plants that use lower priced soybean oil.

The 2008 vintage, $50 million plant was acquired by Flint Hills for $5 million at a 2011 and began production in 2016 after Flint Hills spent roughly $100 million to retrofit the facility to use corn oil and grease. In a 2016 news release, the company touted what was the first commercial-scale application of Benefuel Inc.'s ENSEL technology. (Source: Flint Hills Resources, DTN, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Flint Hills Resources, Brad Razook, CEO, (316) 828-3477, www.fhr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Benefuel,  Beatrice,  Flint Hills Resources,  Ethanol,  


Attis Creating NY Ethanol Plant Green Tech Campus (Ind Report)
Attis Industries
Date: 2019-06-07
Following up on our previous coverage, Georgia-based Attis Industries Inc. reports its recently acquired Sunoco LP's nameplate 100-million gpy corn ethanol plant and grain malting operation in Fulton, New York, will become the centerpiece of its proposed Green Tech Campus. The company will focus on byproduct optimization of the corn ethanol plant and the new production of advanced biofuels and biobased products while also looking to generate "green" power, thus reducing the overall carbon footprint of the Fulton campus and taking advantage of valuable carbon credits to increase the site's profitability.

Attis plans to immediately begin the process of deploying its patented biorefinery technology to further diversify the biofuel and biobased product manufacturing at the campus. Attis will convert extracted locally sourced woody biomass pulp into cellulosic fuels and lignin into bioplastics, carbon fiber and advanced biofuels like renewable diesel and jet fuel.

Attis also aims to improve the quality and volume of co-products currently being produced at the Fulton ethanol plant by implementing its patented and licensed corn oil extraction technology that will almost double the current corn oil production yields at the plant and provide an augmented revenue stream. (Source: Attis Industries, DTN, June, 2019) Contact: Attis Ind., Jeff Cosman, CEO, 678-580-5661, www.attisind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Industries,  Ethanol,  Sunoco LP,  


Flint Hills Adding FQP Tech at Iowa Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Flint Hills Resources
Date: 2019-03-08
In the Hawkeye State, Flint Hills Resources announced it will install Fluid Quip Process Technologies' (FQPT) patented Maximized Stillage Co-Products (MSC) system at its Shell Rock ethanol plant. This is the second installation of the FQPT MSC system among Flint Hills' seven ethanol plants located in Iowa, Nebraska and Georgia, and the fourth site in the nation where the FQPT system will be used.

MSC technology allows dry mill ethanol plants to separate protein from the whole stillage that is a co-product of the ethanol-making process.

The Shell Rock MSC project will require the addition of a new building and two protein dryers. Construction is slated to break ground this spring. Fluid Quip Process Technologies will provide the MSC technology, separation equipment, process engineering, construction oversight, and startup support.

The Shell Rock plant produces 125 million gpy of ethanol, 300,000 tpy of dried distillers' grains (DDGs) and more than 3.5 million gpy of distillers' corn oil from 44 million bpy of locally source corn. (Source: Flint Hills Resources, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Flint Hills Resources, www.fhr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DDGs,  Flint Hills Resources,  Ethanol,  


BiochemUSA to Develop $422 Mn Indian Biorefinery (Int'l Report)
BiochemUSA,Petron Scientech
Date: 2019-02-01
The Times of India is reporting Petron Scientech Inc.'s subsidiary BiochemUSA has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Gujarat to develop and construct a $422.9 million ethanol, biodiesel, corn oil and distillers dried grains (DDGs) livestock feed biorefinery in Gujarat State.

The plant , which is expected to use approximately 1 million metric tpy of corn and 300,000 tpy of biomass, is reportedly slated to come online within 24 months. (Source: Petron Scientech, Times of India, 30 Jan., 2019) Contact: BioChem USA, www.biochemusa.com; Petron Scientech Inc ., www.petronscientech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Petron Scientech,  Corn Ethanol,  DDGs,  Biodiesel,  


ICM Announces Brazilian Ethanol Plant Supply Contract (Int'l)
ICM
Date: 2019-01-21
Colwich, Kansas-headquartered agricultural and biofuels process technology provider ICM Inc. reports the inking of an agreement with Usimat Destilaria de Alcool Ltda (Usimat) to implement ICM's proprietary technologies at Usimat's plant in Campo de Julio, Mato Grasso (MT) in Brazil. ICM will provide an ethanol process improvement package, and a distillation, dehydration and evaporation (DD&E) package system to improve the plant's overall efficiency and biomass usage.

Usimat will also deploy ICM's Selective Milling Technology (SMT) and Base Tricanter System (BTS) to improve ethanol and corn oil recovery yields while reducing enzymes and chemical usage. In total, the ICM technologies packages will increase ethanol, corn oil, and DDG yields, and provide operational efficiencies. (Source: ICM, Bioenergy, 18 Jan., 2019) Contact: Usimat, Marcos Altenburger, CEO, www.novacana.com/usinas_brasil/fabrica/usina-usimat; ICM Inc., David VanderGriend, CEO, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ICM,  ICM Ethanol,  DDGs,  


IRFA Touts Iowa's 2018 Biodiesel Production (Ind. Report)
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2019-01-04
In a recent release, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) notes that the Hawkeye State's 12 biodiesel plants produced a record-breaking 365 million gallons of biodiesel in 2018. The record production is due in part to the plummeting level of biodiesel imports following a verdict against Argentina and Indonesia for illegally subsidizing imports to the U.S.

According to the IRFA, Iowa's biodiesel production is expected to make up nearly 20 pct of total U.S. production for 2018. The IRFA Shaw also emphasized that the state could do even more if the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) level for biodiesel was set to at least mirror projected U.S. biodiesel consumption and not undermined by small-refinery exemptions.

Compared to 2017, there was a shift in feedstock usage across the state toward more soybean oil. Soybean oil increased its market share to nearly 81 pct while animal fat usage declined from 11 pct to nearly 5 pct. Corn oil continued to make up about 10 pct of feedstock while used cooking oil (UCO)increased to about 4 percent. (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, KMA Land, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249, info@irfa.org, http://iowarfa.org

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


Gevo Adding Shockwave at Luverne Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
GEVO,Shockwave LLC
Date: 2018-08-17
Englewood, Colorado-bases isobutanol producer Gevo, Inc. reports it has entered into two separate operating leases and service agreements with Des Moines-based Shockwave LLC to install Shockwave's Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process as well as related technology and equipment at Gevo's Luverne, Minnesota production facility.

Shockwave is financing the equipment required for this multi-million dollar project and is providing certain performance guarantees for the Shockwave Process. The Shockwave Process is expected to cut production costs and improve profitability at the Luverne Facility by increasing the number and value of feed and protein products, producing corn oil for food use, and helping to lower the facility's overall carbon footprint. The Shockwave Process is expected to be operational in Q1,2019.

Shockwave's Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process, is a front-end corn fractionation platform that uses high velocity air and pressure changes to fractionate solid materials, providing an innovative, low-cost approach to separating the corn kernel into the various fractions including a higher-starch feed for fermentation as well as germ and fiber (Source: GEVO, PR, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Shockwave LLC, Joe Fitzgerald, Founder and President, (515) 266-0904, www.shockwave.com; :GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Isobutanol,  Biofuel,  Corn Ethanol,  Ethanol,  


EPA Approves Sorghum Oil as Biodiesel Feedstock (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuel Standard ,National Sorghum Producers
Date: 2018-07-27
In Washington, the US EPA reports the issuance of a final notice determining biodiesel and heating oil produced from distillers sorghum oil via a transesterification process, and renewable diesel, jet fuel, heating oil, naphtha, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) produced from distillers sorghum oil via a hydrotreating process, would meet the lifecycle GHG emissions reduction threshold of 50 pct required for advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

The analysis considered a scenario where distillers sorghum oil is recovered from distillers grains with solubles (DGS) at dry mill plants that produce biofuel from grain sorghum and where the remaining reduced-oil DGS co-product is used as animal feed. The distillers sorghum oil is then used as a feedstock for conversion into certain biofuels.

Additionally, the EPA is amending the RFS regulations by adding a new definition of "distillers sorghum oil" and replacing existing references to "non-food grade corn oil" with the newly defined term "distillers corn oil." (Source: EPA, National Sorghum Producers, Green Car Congress, 25 July, 2018) Contact: National Sorghum Producers, (806) 749-3478, info@sorghumgrowers.com, www.sorghumgrowers.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sorghum,  Biodiesel,  Renewable Fuel Standard ,  


Attis Ind. Acquires Greenshift Clean Tech Licensing Business (M&A)
Attis Industries,GreenShift
Date: 2018-06-01
Milton, Georgia-based Attis Industries Inc. is reporting the May 25th completion of an $18 million series of transactions with Alpharetta, Georgia-based GreenShift Corporation and the consequent acquisition of an 80 pct stake in FLUX Carbon LLC, a new investment management JV company.

FLUX Carbon manages an existing engineering and licensing business, and holds the rights to several proprietary, patented, and patent-pending technologies including methods to increase the efficiency and profitability of corn ethanol production facilities by intercepting and processing corn ethanol co-products into value-added renewable offsets for fossil fuel-derived products.

About a third of the corn processed by dry mill ethanol plants is converted into ethanol. Another third is emitted to the atmosphere as a relatively pure stream of carbon dioxide. The final third is dried and sold asDDGs, a commercial animal feed, according to a release. (Source: Attis Industries, Inc., PR, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Attis Industries, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (678) 580-5661, www.attisind.com; GreenShift, 770.886.2734, www.greenshift.com; FLUX Carbon, 770-886-2734

More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Oil,  Ethanol,  Attis Industries,  GreenShift ,  


Colwich, Kansas Ethanol Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Element LLC,The Andersons,ICM Holdings
Date: 2018-05-23
Following up on our March 9 coverage, Element LLC, a collaboration between ICM Holdings and The Andersons, Inc. reports construction is underway on a new $175 million corn ethanol plant in Colwich, Kansas.

The plant, which will produce corn oil, ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, DDGs for livestock feed is slated to open next spring. (Source: Wichita Eagle, AP, ICM, Others, 22 May, 2018)Contact: Elements LLC, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com; The Andersons Inc, (419) 893-5050, www.andersonsethanol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Element LLC,  The Andersons,  ICM Holdings,  


GEVO Reports Rising Sales, Reduced Losses (Ind. Report)
GEVO
Date: 2018-04-04
Englewood, Colorado-based ethanol and isobutanol producer GEVO, Inc. last week reported a net loss of $24.6 million for 2017, down from a $37.2 million loss in 2016. Ethanol and related products sales accounted for $26.3 million of total revenues of $27.54 million. The company reportedly produced 15.6 million gallons of ethanol, 47,000 tonnes of animal feed, and 1,050 tonnes of corn oil in 2017. (Source: GEVO, Renewables, 3 April, 2018)Contact: GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Isonutanol,  Ethanol,  


ICM, The Andersons JV Planning KS Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
The Andersons ,ICM
Date: 2018-03-09
The Andersons Inc and Kansas-headquartered grain ethanol technology specialist ICM Inc. are reporting a joint venture project called Element LLC. The JV will construct and operate a 70 million gpy, dry mill ethanol plant adjacent to ICM's headquarters in Colwich.

Construction is expected to get underway early this year for start-up in spring of 2019. The facility will feature heat and power generation from waste wood, high protein distillers dried grains (DDGs), cellulosic ethanol production from corn kernel fiber and advanced corn oil production.

The project's ethanol output is expected to be marketed in California and other emerging low carbon markets. (Source: The Andersons, ICM, Mar., 2018) Contact: The Andersons Inc, (419) 893-5050, www.andersonsinc.com; ICM, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dry Mill Corn Ethanol,  The Andersons ,  ICM,  Ethanol,  


Sylvatex, Valicor Tout Blendstock Development Agreement (Ind. Report)
Sylvatex,Valicor
Date: 2018-02-14
Green nano-chemistry company Sylvatex and Dexter, Michigan-headquartered Valicor are reporting a new joint development agreement (JDA)for the development, construction and commercialization of Sylvatex's MicroX technology to convert distillers corn oil (DCO) and other plant-based oil feedstocks into the company's proprietary renewable blendstock.

Sylvatex creates renewable nanoscale emulsion systems that can be used in fuels and other specialty chemical applications. Valicor specializes in the recovery and repurposing of byproducts from a range of production facilities including corn oil extraction for ethanol production. (Source: Sylvatex, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: Sylvatex, Virginia Klausmeier, CEO, (415) 667-3835, http://sylvatex.com; Valicor, (734) 659-0244, info@valicor.com, www.valicor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  Corn Oil,  


Summit Agricultural Doubling Brazilian Corn Ethanol Facility (Int'l)
Summit Agricultural Group,FS Bioenergia
Date: 2018-02-05
Alden, Iowa-headquartered Summit Agricultural Group reports it plans to invest $100 million in the FS Bioenergia corn ethanol plant in Lucas do Rio Verde, Mato Grosso, Brazil from 60 million gpy to 140 million gpy by Q1, 2019. With the expansion, the plant will process an estimated 50 million bpy of corn and produce more than 14,000 tpy of corn oil and 400,000 tpy of distillers dried grains (DDG) for livestock feed.

FS Bioenergia is a collaboration between Mato Grosso agribusiness and Summit Agricultural Group which began construction on the corn-based ethanol facility in early 2016, with initial production phase beginning in mid-2017.

For the expansion, FS Bioenergia will use process technologies from Colwich, Kansas-headquartered grain ethanol technology specialist ICM Inc. (Source: Summit Agricultural Group, CTBR, 31 Jan., 2018)Contact: Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, (515) 854-9820, www.summitag.com; ICM, Dave VanderGriend, CEO, Issam Stouky, Global Business Development, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com; FS Bioenergia, +55 65 3548 1500, www.fsbioenergia.com.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News Summit Agricultural Group,  Ethanol,  Brazil Ethanol,  FS Bioenergia,  


Credit Unions Fund Planned $112Mn Nevada Biofuel Plant (Funding)
USDA Rural Development Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Bio based Product Manufacturing Assistance Program,Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC
Date: 2018-01-19
A consortium of credit unions led by Jefferson Financial FCU of Metairie, La. is reported to have funded a $112.6 million loan to Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC. The loan was guaranteed through the USDA Rural Development Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Bio based Product Manufacturing Assistance Program and is the largest to date for the USDA program, which assists in the development, construction and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and bio based products.

The loan recipient, Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC, will use the funds to convert distiller's corn oil from ethanol plants into renewable diesel fuel. The loan will fund a new plant in Nevada that is scheduled to open in Q2, 2019. (Source: Credit Unions Insight, CU Capital Market Solutions, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: CU Capital Market Solutions, Bill Mullally, Marketing, (678) 960-2905, info@cucmsllc.com, www.cucapitalmarketsolutions.com; Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC, Ryze Capital Partners, (949) 812-7000, info@ryzecap.com, www.ryzecap.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ryze Renewables Reno,  Etrhanol,  Corn Oil,  


Biodiesel Market Hits $64,497.4Mn by 2026, says Report (ind. Report)

Date: 2017-12-22
Biodiesel fuels are fast replacing conventional fossil fuels across the world. The government in different countries is also supporting eco-friendly alternatives such as biodiesel. Moreover, biodiesel is the only fuel that can be used across energy segments such as heat, transportation, electricity, hence, this is also one of the factors contributing towards the rising demand for biodiesel.

The research report on the global biodiesel anticipates the market to witness robust growth. It is estimated to increase to 6.9 pct CAGR between the forecast period 2017 and 2026. The global biodiesel market by the end of 2026 is estimated to reach US$ 64,497.4 million revenue.

The global biodiesel market is divided into the application, feedstock type, and region. Based on the feedstock type, the market segment includes animal fats, yellow grease, canola oil, distillers corn oil, and soybean oil. Among these, soybean oil is expected to witness significant growth in the global biodiesel market during the forecast period 2017-2026.Based on the application, the market is segmented into power generation, agriculture, fuel, and others. Fuel is expected to witness the highest growth in terms of market volume in the global biodiesel market during the forecast period 2017-2026.

Geographically, Europe is expected to be the largest region in the global biodiesel market during the forecast period. Germany and France are the biggest producers of biodiesel in Europe. Europe also consumes more diesel and biodiesel than petrol. Meanwhile, the supply and demand for biodiesel are gradually increasing at the same level. The current energy taxation regime in Europe also supports biodiesel over ethanol.

Report preview and details HERE. (Source: Transparency Market Research, PR, Dec, 2017) Contact: Transparency Market Research, (518) 618-1030, sales@transparencymarketresearch.com, www.transparencymarketresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


EKAE, Pearson Fuels Seal Renewable Diesel Mkt. Deal (Ind. Report)
East Kansas Agri-Energy, Pearson Fuels
Date: 2017-12-11
East Kansas Agri-Energy (EKAE) and San Diego-based Pearson Fuels, California's largest independently owned ethanol distributor, report they have inked an exclusive West Coast marketing agreement for the distribution of corn oil Renewable Diesel from EKAE's recently commissioned 50 million gpy plant in Garnett, Kansas.

The fuel qualifies under both the biomass-based diesel and the "other advanced biofuels" category in meeting the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Pearson will wholesale the fuel to retailers, fuel distributors, and municipalities in both California and Oregon. The first several rail cars of Renewable Diesel have already started shipping to these West Coast markets. (Source: East Kansas Agri-Energy, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: EKAE, Bill Pracht, Pres., CEO, (785) 448-2888, www.ekaellc.com; Pearson Fuels, (619) 521-2411, www.pearsonfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News East Kansas Agri-Energy,  Pearson Fuels,  Biodiesel,  Renewable Diesel,  


Brazilian Corn Ethanol Plant Production Underway (Int'l)
FS Bioenergia, Summit Agricultural Group
Date: 2017-08-23
Further to our August 14 coverage, FS Bioenergia reports it has begun production at its $115 million corn ethanol plant in Lucas do Rio Verde, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. FS Bioenergia, Brazil's first large-scale corn ethanol plant, is the result of an international collaboration between Brazilian agribusiness Fiagril and AKden, Iowa-based Summit Agricultural Group.

The FS Bioenergia plant will initially process 22 million bpy of corn and produce more than 60 million gpy of ethanol, 6,200 tpy of corn oil and 170,000 tpy of Distillers Dried Grains (DDGs) for livestock feed. The company plans to double production by late 2018. (Source: Summit Ag. Group, Wallaces Farmer, Various Others, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, (515) 854-9820, www.summitag.com; FS Bioenergia, +55 65 35 48 1500, www.fsbioenergia.com.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News FS Bioenergia,  Summit Agricultural Group,  Brazil Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  


First Corn Ethanol Plant Commissioned in Brazil (Int'l Report)
FS Bioenergia
Date: 2017-08-14
Privately owned Sao Paulo-headquartered FS Bioenergia is reporting the inauguration of Brazil's first corn ethanol plant with a capacity of 63.4 million gpy, 6,200 topy of corn oil and 60,000 MW of power.

FS Bioenergia, a joint venture between Brazil's Fiagril Participaçoes and U.S.-based Summit Agricultural Group, produces ethanol and corn co-products in the city of Lucas do Rio Verde, Mato Grosso state. The state is Brazil's largest producer of corn, soybeans and livestock. There are currently around 360 sugar cane-based ethanol plants in Brazil. (Source: FS Bioenergia, Reuters, Contact: FS Bioenergia, +55 65 35 48 1500, www.fsbioenergia.com.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News FS Bioenergia ,  Corn Ethanol,  Brazil Ethanol,  


Tesoro Adding Renewable Diesel at Dickinson Refinery (Ind. Report)
Tesoro
Date: 2017-07-12
San Antonio-headquartered independent petroleum products refiner and marketer Tesoro Corp. reports it is studying the possibility of turning vegetable oil into diesel fuel at its Dickinson refinery, formerly Dakota Prairie Refining, which it purchased from MDU Resources Group Inc. in July 2016.

The company plans to retrofit an 8,000-bpd diesel hydrotreater to process soy or distillers corn oil into renewable diesel alongside its Bakken crude oil processing. The $3.5 million project would utilize 16,800 gpd of vegetable oils to create a 5-pct renewable diesel mix to be marketed in North Dakota by the end of 2017. The project received $500,000 in grant funding from the North Dakota Industrial Commission. Construction is slated to get underway in October for startup in December or early next year. (Source: Tesoro, Bismark Tribune, 9 July, 2017)Contact: Tosoro Corp., C.J. Warner, Exec. VP Strategy and Business Development, Sam Ramraj, VP, Investor Relations, (210) 626-4757, www.tsocorp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesoro,  Renewable Diesel,  


Pacific Ethanol Acquiring Illinois Corn Processing (M&A)
Pacific Ethanol,Illinois Corn Processing
Date: 2017-06-28
Sacramento-headquartered Pacific Ethanol, Inc. reports it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pekin, Illinois-based Illinois Corn Processing, LLC (ICP) for $76 million, which includes $15 million in working capital. The transaction is expected to close in July 2017, subject to customary and other closing conditions.

ICP is a 90 million gpy fuel and industrial alcohol manufacturing, storage and distribution facility adjacent to the Pacific Ethanol Pekin facility and is located on the Illinois River. ICP produces fuel-grade ethanol, beverage and industrial-grade alcohol, dry distillers grain (DDG) and corn oil. (Source: Pacific Ethanol, NASDAQ, 27 June, 2017) Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, (916( 403-2790, investorrelations@pacificethanol.com, www.pacificethanol.com; Illinois Corn Processing, (309) 353-3990, www.seacorholdings.com/pages/illinois_corn_processing

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Ethanol,  Illinois Corn DDGs,  Corn Oil,  Processing,  Corn Ethanol,  


Flint Hills Biofuels Unit Awarded ENERGY STAR (Ind. Report)
Flint Hills Resources Biofuels and Ingredients
Date: 2017-05-15
Koch Industries' Flint Hills Resources Biofuels and Ingredients unit reports it has been awarded the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for 2017 in recognition of its energy management practices.

In 2016, Koch companies worked to improve energy efficiency in its chemicals and paper businesses and has saved more than $270 million across all its businesses since 2011, according to the company. The built an energy manager network to convey best practices, provide training, and exchange information to enhance its businesses' performance.

Flint Hills Resources subsidiaries produce and market jet fuel, ethanol, biodiesel, liquefied natural gas, olefins, polymers, intermediate chemicals, as well as base oils, corn oil and dried distillers grain (DDG). The company operates ethanol plants in Iowa and Nebraska with a combined annual capacity of 850 million gpy . (Source: Flint Hills Resources, Albany Herald, 12 May, 2017) Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov; Flint Hills Resources, Darrell Birck, VP Biofuels, Flint Hills Resources Biofuels and Ingredients, www.fhr.com; KOch INdustries, www.kochind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Flint Hills Resources Biofuels and Ingredients,  KOch Industries,  Flint Hills,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  


Calgren Renewable Fuels Announces Biodiesel Funding (Ind. Report)
Calgren Renewable Fuels , Jatrodiesel Inc
Date: 2017-04-07
In the Golden State, ethanol producer Calgren Renewable Fuels is reporting receipt of a notice of proposed award for $3.6 million from the California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program for construction of a supercritical biodiesel plant at Calgren's 57 million gpy corn ethanol plant in Pixley. The award would require $4.9 million in matching funding.

The 5 million gpy biodiesel facility will be engineered and built by Jatrodiesel Inc., The facility will utilize high-FFA feedstock, including distillers corn oil produced on-site from Calgren's ethanol process, along with brown grease, acid oils and other low-cost feedstocks. The grant is being awarded to Calgren Renewable Fuels through its special-purpose entity, SJV Biodiesel LLC. Startup is expected before the year end. (Source: Calgren Renewable Fuels, PR, April, 2017) Contact: Calgren Renewable Fuels, Lyle Schlyer, Pres., (559) 757-3850, lschyler@calgren.com, www.calgren.com; Jatrodiesel Inc., (937) 847-8050, www.jatrodiesel.com

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Granite Falls Holds Majority Stake in Heron Lake BioEnergy (M&A)
Granite Falls Energy,Heron Lake BioEnergy
Date: 2017-03-10
In a recent SEC filing, Heron Lake BioEnergy LLC. reports that as of March 7, Granite Falls Energy, Llc holds a 50.58 stake in the company with a total of 39,420,949 shares.

Heron Lake BioEnergy operates a 50 million gpy dry mill fuel-grade ethanol plant in Heron Lake, Minnesota where it produces ethanol, dried distillers grains (DDGs) and non-edible corn oil. (Source: Heron Lake, Small Cap Exclusive, 7 Mar., 2017)Contact: Granite Falls Energy, (320) 564-3100, www.granitefallsenergy.com; Heron Lake BioEnergy, (507) 793-0077, www.heronlakebioenergy.com

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Flint Hills Investing $50Mn in Nebraska Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Flint Hills,Koch Industries,Fluid Quip Process Technologies
Date: 2017-01-23
Koch Industries' renewable energy unit Flint Hills Resources reports it will invest over $50 million in its Fairmont, Nebraska ethanol plant. The company plans to install new technology to produce a high-protein ingredient from a portion of the plant's distillers grains (DDGs) production for livestock, poultry and aquaculture feed.

The technology -- maximized stillage co-products -- was developed by Fluid Quip Process Technologies specifically for the dry-mill ethanol industry.

Project construction , which will include a new building and two protein dryers, is slated to begin this spring for completion within 12 months. The Fairmont plant produces 120 million gpy of ethanol, 310,000 tpy of DDGs and approximately 20 million ppy of distillers corn oil. (Source: Flint Hills Resources, Lincoln Journal Star , Others, 18 Jan., 2017) Contact: , Fluid Quip Process Technologies , www.fluidquip.com; Flint Hills Resources, Brad Razook, CEO, (316) 828-3477, www.fhr.com

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Iowa Biodiesel Production Hits New High in 2016 (Ind. Report)
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2017-01-09
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Assoc. is reporting that the Hawkeye State's biodiesel production in 2016 rose to a recording-breaking 297 million gallons -- a 23 pct increease over 2015 production of 242 gallons. The increase is being attributed to federal "policy certainty", the and increase is largely attributed to policy certainty at the federal level, the Renewable Fuel Standard,the biodiesel tax incentive and biofuel blend regulations at the state level.

Compared to 2015, soybean oil remained the largest feedstock for Iowa biodiesel production, followed by animal fats, corn oil, used cooking oil and canola oil in that order.(Source: Newton Daily News, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249, info@irfa.org, http://iowarfa.org

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Agritrade Acquires Solfuels' Arkansas Biodiesel Plant (M&A)
Agritrade Resources,Solfuels
Date: 2016-12-16
Singapore-headquartered integrated energy and shipping solutions provider Agritrade Resources reports it is acquiring a 51 pct majority stake in Solfuels Holdings' -- also of Singapore -- biodiesel plant in Arkansas for $2.97 million. Solfuels Holdings will retain the remaining 49 pct. The acquisition is Agritrade's first biodiesel investment in the US.

Leveraging on the operational expertise of both Solfuels and Agritrade International, parent company of Agritrade Resources, the partners will collaborate to retrofit the plant to accommodate multi-feedstock including yellow grease, rendered animal fats, inedible corn oil, and refined vegetable oil. The 135,000 tpy plant is expected to be operational by April 2017. (Source: Agtitrade, SeeNews, Others, 14 Dec., 2016) Contact: Agritrade Resources, Ng Xinwei, CEO, Solfuels, Henri J. Bardon, CEO, +65 6 536 6888, info@agritraderesources.com, www.agritraderesources.com

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Hydrite Licenses Solenis' Corn Oil Extraction Tech. (Ind. Report)
Solenis, Hydrite Chemical
Date: 2016-12-12
Wilmington, Delaware-based Solenis LLC, a global producer of specialty chemicals for the pulp, paper, biorefining and other markets, and Brookfield, Wisconsin-based Hydrite Chemical Co. have announce dthe resolution of pending legal actions filed by Hydrite against Solenis regarding Solenis’ patents for using polysorbate as an additive for corn oil extraction aids. As a result of the settlement, Solenis has licensed the use of its corn oil extraction technology to Hydrite. Under the license agreement, Hydrite will become an authorized licensee in the United States and Canada of Solenis technology that enhances the efficiency of corn oil extraction in the corn-to-ethanol process. (Source: Solenis, Hydrite Chemical, Biofuel Insight, Others, 9 Dec., 2016) Contact: Hydrite Chemical Co., Shruti Singhal, VP North America, Jon Murnik, Exec. Dir. Foam Products, (262) 792-1450, www.hydrite.com; Solenis, John Panichella, Pres, CEO, Catherine Abernathy, Media, (904) 256-0333, cmabernathy@solenis.com, www.solenis.com

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