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Growth Energy Outlines 2022 Policy Priorities (Opinions & Asides)
Growth Energy
Date: 2022-01-14
Washington, D.C. headquartered biofuel industry trade group Growth Energy has outlined what it sees as the top federal priorities the US biofuel industry must take to achieve the nation's energy and climate goals, including:

  • Restoring certainty to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) -- finalise strong Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for 2021 and 2022; reject improper and illegal retroactive cuts to the already finalised 2020 RVOs; reject all pending and improperly granted small refinery exemptions (SREs); restore the 500 million gallons remanded by the courts in 2017; establish forward-leaning biofuel targets for 2023 and beyond that recognise the contributions of low-carbon ethanol in achieving climate goals; update EPA's outdated lifecycle carbon assessment model and; approve pending registrations for cellulosic biofuel from kernel fiber.

  • Eliminate Barriers to Higher Blends of Low-Carbon Ethanol -- restore unrestricted access to E15 year-round; clarify rules around the use of existing fuel storage and dispensing equipment for E15; finalize EPA's proposal to simplify onerous labeling requirements at fuel pumps and ; expand infrastructure for higher biofuel blends through legislative or administrative action

  • Utilize biofuels as a low-cost pathway to achieve climate goals -- promote new uses for biofuels, including in aviation, marine, and heavy-duty applications; enact new and expand existing incentives to encourage ethanol producers to further reduce their carbon footprint through carbon capture, utilization, and storage, as well as innovation in biotechnology and sustainable agriculture; break down trade barriers to low-carbon ethanol in markets like Brazil, India, and China and; utilize opportunities to decarbonize the nation's transportation sector through the use of high octane, low-carbon fuels. (Source: Growth Energy, Website Release, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Biofuels,  Etanol,  


  • Biofuels Notable Quotes from Growth Energy's CEO
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2022-01-14
    "If we want to decarbonise the transportation sector, we must use all the tools in the toolbox – including plant-based biofuels like ethanol, which reduce carbon emissions by 46 pct compared to gasoline.

    "Affordable for drivers, earth-friendly, and engine smart, biofuels are the most abundant and readily available climate solution to immediately reduce carbon emissions for cars on the road today.

    "The research shows that our climate goals cannot be realized without harnessing the power of homegrown energy. That's why it is critical that policymakers ensure that our farmers and rural producers remain at the forefront of the nation's efforts to accelerate our transition to a healthier, zero-emission, 100 pct renewable energy future." -- Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy, 12 Jan, 2022 Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Biofuels,  


    POET Touts 2021 Growth, Climate Challenge Progress (Ind. Report)
    POET
    Date: 2022-01-14
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol pioneer and world's largest ethanol producer POET last year reported a 40 pct increase in biofuel production capacity and a company roadmap to net carbon neutrality. POET also acquired six bioprocessing facilities in Iowa and Nebraska as well as two terminals in Texas and Georgia that brought the company's production capacity to 3 billion gpy of bioethanol.

    The company also completed an on-site solar farm at POET headquarters and opened a second POET Pure 100 pct plant-based purified alcohol facility at POET Biorefining in Alexandria, Indian, aas well as broke ground the POET Bioproducts Institute at the Research Park at South Dakota State University. Environmental improvements at POET facilities, included installation of steam turbine technology at POET Biorefining in Mitchell, S.D. and renewable CO2 capture at POET Biorefining in Portland, Indiana. The company also partnered with Farmers Business Network to develop and use the Gradable platform at POET's 33 facilities, which tracks and records low-carbon-intensity practices by farmers so they can receive a premium for their crops in the future.

    In September 2021, POET released its inaugural sustainability report along with a pledge to achieve net-zero emissions at its bioprocessing facilities by 2050. (Source: POET, Website Release, 11 Jan., 2022)Contact: POET, Jeff Brion, Pres., CEO, Joshua Shields, Senior V.P. Gov. Affairs and Communications, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com, www.poet.com/sustainability

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Biofuels On The Road to Net-Zero Emissions -- Notable Quote
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2022-01-14
    "There's no path to net-zero emissions by 2050, which is a Biden goal, without biofuels." -- Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuels news,  Growth Energy news,  Biofuel news,  Ethanol news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  


    Vinkel Bioenergi Acquired by European Energy JV (M&A, Int'l.)
    Vinkel Bioenergi
    Date: 2022-01-12
    Danish solar energy equipment supplier European Energy is reporting the acquisition of Jutland, Denmark-based biogas producer Vinkel Bioenergi A/S on behalf of private investor Bo Bendtsen in a joint venture (JV) deal with European Energy. With the acquisition, Vinkel Bioenergi will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the new JV holding company, BioCirc ApS.

    Vinkel Bioenergi was established in 2018 to convert more than 400,000 tpy of biomass into green, CO2-neutral biogas from its facility in central Jutland.

    "European Energy will make use of the CO2 that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere from the production of biogas at Vinkel Bioenergi in the production of e-methanol that will be supplied to major companies such as Circle K and Maersk. In this way, Vinkel Bioenergi contributes to our common goal of becoming a net-zero society in the future," according to the release. (Source: European Energy, PR, Website, Jan., 2021) Contact: European Energy, Knud Erik Andersen, CEO Vinkel Bioenergi A/S, Jeppe Klug Madsen, CEO, +45 96 49 43 00, info@lundsbybiogas.dk, www.lundsbybiogas.dk/en/case/vinkel-bioenergi-en; European Energy, +45 88 70 82 16, +45 88 70 82 16 www.europeanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vinkel Bioenergi news,  Biogas news,  eMethanol news,  


    Blue Biofuels, Vertimass Extend Tech. License Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Blue Biofuels, Vertimass
    Date: 2022-01-12
    Palm Beach, Florida-based Blue Biofuels, Inc. reports it has expanded its present license agreement with Irvine, California-headquartered Vertimass LLC to allow Blue Biofuels to convert additional volumes of ethanol into renewable jet fuel and other bio-hydrocarbons using Vertimass technology.

    Vertimass' technology allows sustainable production of fuels derived from ethanol with high yields that can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to sourcing these products from petroleum. Vertimass technology for producing jet fuel and chemicals from cellulosic ethanol offers producers the flexibility to diversify their product slate and market renewable fuels and chemicals that have low carbon footprints.

    Blue Biofuels' proprietary Cellulose-to-Sugar (CTS) technology provides a near zero carbon footprint process to convert virtually any plant material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, fruit casings, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into sugars and lignin. Sugars are subsequently processed into biofuels. (Source: Blue Biofuels Inc., PR, 12 Jan., 2022) Contact: Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO, www.vertimass.com; Blue Biofuels, Ben Slager, 561-359-8222, www.bluebiofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertimass,  Blue Biofuels,  SAF,  Ethanol,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


    Ethanol Producer Proposes Iowa CO2, CCS Pipeline (Ind. Report)
    ADM, Wolf Carbon Solutions
    Date: 2022-01-12
    Chicago-based agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), the nation's second-largest ethanol producer, is proposing to cut its carbon footprint by constructing a 350-mile, 12 million tpy pipeline to transport carbon dioxide from its ethanol plants in eastern Iowa for injection in Decatur, Illinois. The pipeline would be owned and operated by Calgary, Alberta-based carbon capture and pipeline company Wolf Carbon Solutions.

    ADM's three plants in eastern Iowa, one in Clinton and two in Cedar Rapids, account for 46 pct of the company's ethanol production capacity.

    The Hawkeye State hosts 43 ethanol plants with an annual capacity of 4.6 billion gpy out of 209 plants nationwide with a capacity of 17.4 billion gpy. (Source: ADM, Jan., 2022) Contact: ADM, www.adm.com; Wolf Carbon Solutions, info@wolfcarbonsolutions.com, www.wolfcarbonsolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wolf Carbon Solutions,  ADM,  Carbon Dioxide,  CO2,  CCS,  Wolf Carbon Solutions,  


    Verbio Opening Corn Ethanol Plant in Iowa (Ind. Report)
    Verbio
    Date: 2022-01-10
    Leipzig, Germany-based biodiesel producer Verbio reports its VERBIO Nevada Biorefinery, a retooled cellulosic ethanol plant in the city of Nevada, Iowa, is the first industrial scale renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in North America using agricultural residues as its feedstock. The plant is 100 pct owned by VERBIO North America Holdings Corporation.

    RNG production from corn stover began in December 2021 with the completion of Phase I, at a capacity of 7 million ethanol gallons equivalent (EGE) per year. Upon completion of Phase II in the 4th quarter of 2022, the site will begin operating as a biorefinery, producing 60 million gallons of corn-based ethanol and an additional 19 million (EGE) of RNG from stillage. The integration of RNG and ethanol production, unique to VERBIO, incorporates advanced operational technology currently practiced at the company's facilities in Germany. The process also yields humus, a soil amendment, and organic fertilizers, according to the company website release.

    When fully operational before the year end, the plant will consume roughly 100,000 tpy of locally sourced corn stover to produce 60 million gpy of ethanol. (Source: Verbio, PR, Website, AgInsider, 7 Jan., 2021) Contact: Verbio North America, Claus Sauter, CEO, (866) 306-4777, +49 (0) 3493 747-40, www.verbio.us, www.verbio.de/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Stover,  Verbio,  Corn Ehanol,   Ethanol,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


    Vertimass, UGI Ink 15-year Renewable Fuels Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Vertimass, UGI Corp.
    Date: 2022-01-07
    King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based natural gas and electric power distribution company UGI Corporation is reporting a 15-year agreement with Irvine,California-based catalytic technology developer Vertimass LLC to produce renewable fuels from renewable ethanol in the US and Europe. UGI anticipates a roughly $500 million investment for the bolt-on production facilities over 15-years. The first production facility is expected to come onstream in fiscal year 2024 with a production target of approximately 50 million gpy of combined renewable fuels.

    Vertimass's Consolidated Alcohol Deoxygenation and Oligomerization (CADO) technology allows ethanol producers to: produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and diesel blendstocks that are compatible with the current transportation fuel infrastructure as well as LPG (liquified petroleum gases, mainly propane and butane); eliminate the ethanol "blend wall" by converting ethanol into fungible gasoline components for powering light duty vehicles; produce intermediates used to make plastics and other higher value products; and possibly "de-bottleneck" processes to increase throughput with little additional costs other than for feedstock, according to Vertimass.

    The "bolt-on" technology enables flexible production of the renewable fuels to align with regional market demand. Up to 50 pct of the total production capacity from the facilities can be renewable propane that will support UGI's efforts to provide innovative, low-carbon, sustainable energy solutions to its customers. Other benefits include the ability to lower plant water usage, reduce overall energy consumption, and drop GHG emissions to levels required for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Advanced Biofuel category, according to the release. (Source: UGI Corporation, PR 6 Jan., 2021) Contact: UGI Corp., (610) 337-1000, investors@ugicorp.com, www.ugicorp.com; Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO, www.vertimass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertimass,  UGI Corp. Ethanol,  Renewable Fuels,  


    Biofuel Groups Comment on EPA RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, Growth Energy
    Date: 2022-01-07
    In comments on the US EPA's proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO), Growth Energy noted the propsal would "undercut blending requirements for biofuel in 2021 and retroactively waive 2.96 billion gallons from 2020 RVOs finalized almost two years ago." Under the proposal, 2022 volumes return to statutory levels, and the administration pledges to deny all improper small refinery exemption applications. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor commented that the proposal "sets an extremely troubling precedent of revising finalized volumes for 2020 and back-setting volumes for 2021 rather than driving growth in renewable fuels."

    National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Chris Edgington said corn farmers produce low-carbon ethanol that offers immediate emissions reductions allowing agriculture to help address climate change. Edington noted, "Our success helping you meet these commitments depends on EPA sending a clear and firm message that volume requirements will be enforced." (Source: Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network, Jan., 2022) Contact: National Corn Growers Association, NCGA, www.ncga.com; Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Growth Energy,  National Corn Growers Association,  


    World's First Bamboo Bioethanol Refinery Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Sulzer Technology, Chempolis
    Date: 2022-01-07
    In India, fluid engineering specialist Sulzer Technology and Oulu, Finland-based Chempolis are touting the new joint venture Assam Bio Refinery as India's and the world's first to create bioethanol from bamboo, which is readily available in India.

    The facility will use Sulzer's pump and separation technology to ensure long-term reliability and efficiency in the refining processes. When fully operational the biorefinery will use 300,000 tpy of bamboo to produce 60 million lpy of bioethanol transportation fuel, 19,000 tpy of furfural and 11,000 tpy of acetic acid, according to the release. (Source: Chempolis, Sulzer, Websites, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Chempolis, Markus Alholm President & CEO, +358 (0)10 387 6666, markus.alholm@chempolis.com, chempolis@chempolis.com, www.chempolis.com; Sulzer Technology, www.sulzer.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sulzer Technology,  Chempolis,  Bamboo,  Bioethanol,  


    RFA: EPA Moving in Right Direction on RFS, But Must Reconsider Retroactive Cut to 2020 RVO (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2022-01-05
    "In a virtual hearing on the U.S. EPA's proposed renewable volume obligations (RVO) for 2020 through 2022, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper noted that EPA's proposal marks "an important and long-awaited step toward restoring order, integrity and stability to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program." However, Cooper noted in his testimony, there is plenty of room to improve the proposal before it is finalized.

    "RFA supports the proposed volumes for 2022 for all categories of renewable fuel, and we specifically commend EPA for proposing to set the implied requirement for conventional renewable fuels at the statutory level of 15 billion gallons. We also support EPA's proposal to account for projected exempt volumes from small refineries when setting RVO percentages. And, RFA agrees with EPA that, in the interest of transparency, the Agency should release basic information about entities seeking exemptions from RFS compliance." Cooper also voiced RFA's strong support for EPA's related proposal to deny 65 pending small refinery exemption petitions. Unfortunately, however, EPA's proposed RVO for 2021 misses the mark and the proposed retroactive revision of the 2020 RVO would set a “dangerous precedent," Cooper said.

    "As for the 2021 RVO and the proposed revision to the 2020 RVO, we have serious concerns about EPA's questionable use of its 'reset' authority. While we understand EPA has a statutory obligation to consider resetting future RFS volumes when certain thresholds are met, it does not appear Congress intended for EPA to use its reset authority for the purpose of retroactively addressing unforeseen market anomalies like COVID or weather-related disasters," Cooper said.

    "Even if EPA's use of its reset authority to lower 2020 and 2021 volumes was justified, the agency grossly underestimated actual conventional ethanol consumption in 2021," Cooper said. The Energy Information Administration's latest data suggest 13.73 billion gallons of conventional ethanol were consumed domestically in 2021, more than 400 million gallons higher than assumed by EPA.

    "When it comes to the impact of COVID on 2020 RFS compliance, the RVO already includes a self-correcting mechanism that caused actual renewable fuel volume requirements to adjust lower with reduced gasoline and diesel consumption. In addition, EPA has long been on the record opposing retroactive reductions in volumes. EPA has repeatedly stated that "Congress did not provide a means for correcting the percentage standards after November to ensure that the applicable volumes of renewable fuel are exactly met in a given compliance year. The agency has also previously taken the position that periodically and retroactively altering the standards would…inappropriately render the standards a moving target." (Source: RFA, Website PR, 4 Jan., 2021) Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, CEO, (202) 289-3835,www.EthanolRFA.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  RFS,  RFS Waiver,  


    DOE Issues new Renewable Fuels RFI (Ind. Report)
    US DOE BETO
    Date: 2022-01-03
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE has released a new request for information (RFI) on the scale-up and demonstration of renewable fuels. The RFI, titled Overcoming Barriers to Renewable Fuel Scale-Up and Demonstration seeks input from biofuels producers and technology developers about their readiness to scale process technologies to pilot- and demonstration-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel, and renewable marine fuels. The RFI also seeks input on how existing first-generation ethanol and other existing industries could be leveraged to provide low-cost feedstock and infrastructure for biofuels production, including information on practices that can reduce the carbon intensity of corn production.

    This RFI seeks input from biofuels producers and technology developers about their readiness to scale process technologies to pilot and demonstration-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel and renewable marine fuels. This information is necessary for DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to chart the potential growth of domestic renewable fuels production by 2030 and to understand the barriers in scaling renewable fuel production pathways. This RFI also seeks information on how DOE can best assist biofuels production stakeholders in their research and development (R&D) and scaling up of their technologies through demonstration scale. The RFI is seeking feedback on issues related to the following:

  • Biofuel Pathway Scale-Up Forecasts -- plans by developers to scale SAF, marine, and renewable diesel production

  • Barriers to Scale-Up of SAF, Marine, and Renewable Diesel Technologies -- input on technical, financial, legal, contractual, policy and other barriers

  • Leveraging First Generation Ethanol and Other Incumbent Industries -- information on technological improvements that could enhance low-carbon fuel production

  • BETO Scale-Up of Biotechnologies Strategy -- input on BETO's scale-up strategy and other forms of financial assistance to support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Leveraging National Laboratory PDU to Scale-Up Renewable Fuels -- insight on how DOE National Laboratory capabilities can support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Feedstock Production & Supply -- information on sustainable corn farming practices and challenges in establishing robust biomass feedstock supply chains.

    This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications.

    Responses must be submitted electronically to Biofuels_FY22_RFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on January 31, 2022. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than 10 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

    In addition to, or in lieu of, providing written responses to this RFI, respondents may request a 30-minute individual discussion with a BETO staff member regarding the content of their written responses to the RFI questions via Biofuels_FY22_RFI@ee.doe.gov. (Source: US DOE, BETO, PR, 28 Dec., 2021) Contact: US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE BETO,  Renewable Fuels,  Biofuel,  


  • DOE Issues Overcoming Barriers to Renewable Fuel Scale-Up and Demonstration RFI (Ind. Report)
    DOE BETO
    Date: 2021-12-29
    The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new request for information (RFI) on the scale-up and demonstration of renewable fuels. The RFI, titled Overcoming Barriers to Renewable Fuel Scale-Up and Demonstration, seeks input from biofuels producers and technology developers about their readiness to scale process technologies to pilot- and demonstration-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel, and renewable marine fuels. The RFI also seeks input on how existing first-generation ethanol and other existing industries could be leveraged to provide low-cost feedstock and infrastructure for biofuels production. The RFI also seeks information on how DOE BETO can best assist biofuels production stakeholders in their research and development and scaling up of their technologies through demonstration scale.

    Constructing and operating pilot- and demonstration-scale facilities is essential to de-risk technology and ensure the success of subsequent commercial scale projects. BETO recognizes the availability of financing for first-of-a-kind process systems can be a barrier to commercializing advanced biofuels.

    Input is sought from bioenergy companies that are planning to scale up and demonstrate SAF, renewable diesel, and renewable marine fuel technologies from the lower Technology Readiness Levels) to pilot and demonstration stage and eventual commercialization. This information will inform a multi-year scale-up strategy resulting in the construction and operation of several SAF, renewable diesel, and/or renewable marine fuel production pathways.

    Feedback is requested from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to the scale-up of renewable fuel production technologies. Specifically, the DOE is interested in receiving information and input on:

  • Biofuel Pathway Scale-Up Forecasts -- plans by developers to scale SAF, marine, and renewable diesel production

  • Barriers to Scale-Up of SAF, Marine, and Renewable Diesel Technologies -- input on technical, financial, legal, contractual, policy and other barriers

  • Leveraging First Generation Ethanol and Other Incumbent Industries -- information on technological improvements that could enhance low-carbon fuel production

  • BETO Scale-Up of Biotechnologies Strategy -- input on BETO's scale-up strategy and other forms of financial assistance to support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Leveraging National Laboratory PDU to Scale-Up Renewable Fuels -- insight on how DOE National Laboratory capabilities can support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Feedstock Production & Supply -- information on sustainable corn farming practices and challenges in establishing robust biomass feedstock supply chains.

    View the RFI details HERE . (Source: U.S. Department of Energy, 28 Dec., 2021) Contact: US DOE Biotechnologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE BETO,  Renewable Fuel,  SAF,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Renewable Diesel,  


  • Alto Ingredients Reboots Idaho Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
    Alto Ingredients
    Date: 2021-12-20
    In the Golden State, Sacramento-based Alto Ingredients, Inc. -- fka Pacific Ethanol -- reports it resumed ethanol production at its Magic Valley, Idaho dry mill facility in November 2021.

    According to the release, "Resuming production at our Magic Valley dry mill is an important next step in the reorientation of our company toward higher value products and improved profitability. As planned, we restarted ethanol production in Magic Valley prior to year-end, which was timely given the currently strong ethanol margins.

    "The installation of the protein project at our dry mill in Magic Valley will also enhance the profitability and sustainability of the facility. Harvesting Technology's patented CoPromax™ system is extremely well suited for Magic Valley due to the growing demand for high protein feed in nearby cattle, poultry, pork, and aquaculture markets. This is our first plant reorientation with this new protein system, and we are on target and on budget. We expect to commission the project by mid- 2022." (Source: Alto Ingredients, Website PR, 14 Dec. 2021) Contact: Alto Ingredients Inc. , Michael Kandris, Pres., CEO, 916-403-2755, www.altoingredients.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alto Ingredients news,  Pacific Ethanol news,  Ethanol news,  


    Blue Biofuels Touts King Grass Biofuels Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    Blue Biofuels, USDA ARS
    Date: 2021-12-17
    Palm Beach Gardens , Florida-based Blue Biofuels (BIOF) and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) are reporting a collaboration on optimizing the yields of King Grass, a perennial grass biomass crop, that the Company is growing and using as feedstock for its patented "mechanocatalytic cellulose-to-sugar" (CTS) process at its research facility in Arcadia, Florida.

    Blue Biofuels' CTS technology is a near-zero-carbon footprint system that can convert virtually any plant material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, fruit casings, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into sugars and lignin. Sugars are subsequently processed into biofuels. Lignin may be further converted into biodegradable bioplastics or used in ion exchange resins.

    Blue Biofuels believes that biofuel originating from its CTS process will be eligible for roughly $3 per gallon in D3 cellulosic Renewable Fuel Credits (RINs) , an incentive offered to all domestic cellulosic transportation fuel producers.

    The EPA's newly proposed revised mandate for cellulosic ethanol for 2020 is 510 million gallons, for 2021 is 620 million gallons, and for 2022 is 770 million gallons. (Source: USADA, Blue Biofuels, Green Car Congress, Dec., 2021) Contact: Blue Biofuels, Ben Slager, 561-359-8222, www.bluebiofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News King Grass,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Blue Biofuels,  USDA ARS,  


    USDA Announces $800Mn Biofuel Ind. Relief Program (Ind. Report)
    USDA
    Date: 2021-12-17
    In Washington, the USDA reports it will make up to $800 million available through the new Biofuel Producer Programme authorised by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to support biofuel producers and infrastructure.

    Of the total, $700 million will provide economic relief to biofuel producers and restore renewable fuel markets affected by the pandemic. The remaining $100 million is earmarked to significantly increase the sales and use of higher blends of bioethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from agricultural products. (Source: USDA, 15 Dec., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA news,  Biofuel news,  


    German Ethanol Plant to Utilize ESG's Carbon-Free Power (Int'l.)
    ESG Clean Energy,Ethatec GmbH
    Date: 2021-12-15
    West Springfield, Mass.-based ESG Clean Energy LLC, a developer of net-zero, distributed power generation and clean energy manufacturing solutions, is reporting a letter of intent (LOI) with Weselburg, Germany-based Ethatec GmbH for the use of ESG's patented CO2-free power generation technology to power its production of ethanol.

    Ethatec's process crushes bakery waste and other starch-based food products mixed with water and enzymes then heated in a multi-stage mashing process to "saccharify" the starch. It is then cooled and fed into fermentation tanks. Yeast is then added for alcoholic fermentation of the sugar and after 72 hours, the mixture is fed to a distillation system where ethanol is obtained. Ethatec's process can also produce biogas and nitrogen fertilizer.

    By using the ESG Clean Energy carbon-capture power generation system, Ethatec will be able to use natural gas to power their manufacturing plants while achieving a net-zero carbon footprint. (Source: ESG Clean Energy, Website PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: ESG Clean Energy, (413) 272-2135, www.ESGcleanEnergy.com; Ethatec GmbH, : +49 1512 5217803, www.ethatec.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ESG Clean Energy,  Ethatec GmbH,  Ethanol,  


    LanzaTech Collaborates on Carbon Emissions Fabrics (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-12-15
    Chicago-headquartered ethanol producer LanzaTech is reporting a collaboration with Inditex that led to the design of a capsule collection for the retail group's Zara Brand that incorporates fabric made with carbon emissions, avoiding their emission into the atmosphere (CarbonSmart™).

    LanzaTech's biological process captures and converts steel mill emissions that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. LanzaTech recycles the emissions into Lanzanol (ethanol) through a fermentation process. The Lanzanol is then converted into low carbon monoethylene glycol by the company India Glycols Limited which is then converted into low carbon polyester yarn by Far Eastern New Century (FENC).

    Beyond industrial emissions, LanzaTech converts various feedstocks including agricultural or household waste into ethanol through a fermentation process much like that of beer or wine, only using waste carbon from sugars and microbes, instead of yeast, according to the release. (Source: LanzaTech, PR, 13 Dec., 2021) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  Ethanol,  


    Elysian Carbon Mgmt. Wins $350Mn Funding Commitment (Funding)
    Elysian Carbon Management
    Date: 2021-12-13
    In the Lone Star State, San Antonio-headquartered start-up Elysian Carbon Management is reporting an initial capital commitment of $350 million from EnCap Flatrock Midstream , also in San Antonio, to develop integrated carbon capture and storage (CCS) solutions.

    Elysian is focused on development projects for carbon management and the funding will help the company work on the design, engineering, contracting, permitting and construction of projects that will capture carbon dioxide emissions from primarily industrial emitters such as refineries, ethanol plants, cement plants, power plants, for storage at Elysian facilities. The company is aiming to reduce carbon emissions by at least 10 million metric tons per year, (Source: Elysian Carbon Management, Midland Reportere-Telegarm, 11 Dec., 2021) Contact: Elysian Carbon Management, Bret Logue, CEO, www.crunchbase.com/organization/elysian-carbon-management; EnCap Flatrock Midstream, www.efmidstream.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Storage,  Carbon Management,  


    POET Comments on Proposed RVO Volumes (Opinions & Asides)
    POET
    Date: 2021-12-13
    In Sioux Falls, S.D., ethanol industry pioneer POET Senior V.P. of Government Affairs and Communications, Joshua Shields, issued the following statement in response to the EPA recent announcement on the 2020, 2021 and 2022 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard:

    "EPA's draft rule would reduce access to the single most affordable and abundant source of low-carbon liquid fuel on the planet right at the moment when consumers are facing high gas prices, and political leaders are grasping for climate solutions that are within reach.

    "The Biden Administration should fulfill the President's campaign promises to support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which will continue to affordably decarbonize the nation's existing vehicle fleet, create clean energy jobs and support American farmers. We urge the EPA to consider the consequences of reducing biofuel volumes, reinstate robust blending targets and, as the President said, 'Get the RFS back on track' before the rule is finalized." (Source: POET, Website, 7 Dec., 2021) Contact: POET, Joshua Shields, Senior V.P. Gov. Affairs and Communications, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com, www.poet.com/sustainability

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Ethanol,  POET,  Renewable Fuels Standard,  RVO,  


    Praj Touts Patented Sugar BIOSYRUP® Ethanol Feedstock (Int'l.)
    Praj Industries
    Date: 2021-12-10
    Pune, India-based ethanol producer, bio-based technologies and engineering specialist Praj Industries Limited is touting a new patented technology to process sugarcane juice into BIOSYRUP® -- a new feedstock for sustainable ethanol production that can be stored for as long as 12 months.

    Praj Industries is a global process solutions company offering value-added solutions to bioenergy facilities, compressed biogas plants, critical process equipment and skids, brewery plants, industrial wastewater treatment systems, HiPurity water systems and others. Over the past 20 years Praj has completed more than 50 biogas plants, most of which operate on industrial waste streams, according to the company website. (Source: Praj Industries, PR Website, 6 Dec., 2021) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev., info@praj.net, www.praj.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries ,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Feedstock,  


    ArcelorMittal Expands LanzaTech Partnership (Int'l. Report)
    ArcelorMittal Expands LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-12-10
    Steel production giant ArcelorMittal SA is reporting a $30 million investment in carbon recycling company, LanzaTech through its XCarb™ innovation fund.

    The investment further expands ArcelorMittal's relationship with LanzaTech, which commenced in 2015 when the Company first announced plans to utilize LanzaTech's carbon capture and re-use technology at its plant in Ghent, Belgium. The €180 million Carbalyst® plant -- ArcelorMittal's flagship carbon capture and re-use technology project -- is currently under construction foe commissioning in late 2022.

    LanzaTech's gas fermentation technology captures carbon-rich waste gases from the steelmaking process and converts them into sustainable fuels and chemicals, the plant will reduce ArcelorMittal Ghent's CO2e emissions by 125,000 tpy and produce 80 million lpy of bio-ethanol that can be blended with traditional gasoline and used as a low-carbon alternative transportation fuel. LanzaTech is also developing technology to convert captured emissions into a range of other chemical building blocks to make useful materials, such as textiles, rubber, and packaging. (Source: ArcelorMittal, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: ArcelorMittal , +44 20 7543 1128, www. corporate.arcelormittal.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ArcelorMittal ,  LanzaTech,  Ethanol,  Alternative Fuels,  CCS,  


    Aemetis Inks $100 Mn Financing Terms Sheet (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-11-26
    Cupertino, California-based renewable fuels specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports it has signed a non-binding term sheet and is working towards completing $100 million of new debt financing from Toronto-based Third Eye Capital. The debt financing is expected to be comprised of $50 million for carbon reduction projects and $50 million for working capital.

    The new, lower interest rate debt financing is expected to fund Aemetis initiatives that reduce the carbon intensity of renewable fuels (sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel), carbon sequestration, and upgrades to the Keyes, California, ethanol plant.

    Cash and grants of more than $32 million have already been invested in the Aemetis Phase I, 45 million gpy carbon -zero renewable jet and diesel plant in Riverbank, California.

    A $125 million USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan has been signed by Aemetis and an additional $100 million under the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program is in process, according to the release. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Renewable Diesel,  SAF,  


    Growth Energy CEO Touts Ethanol Production (Comments & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-11-22
    In a recent release , ethanol trade industry association Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor noted, "Ethanol production has long been an economic engine for our rural economies. The United States has 210 biorefineries in 27 states with the capacity to produce more than 17 billion gallons of low-carbon, renewable fuel. Our industry is the second largest customer for U.S. corn growers and will buy nearly $30 billion worth of corn this year to make ethanol and an expanded range of bio-based products such as high-protein animal feed, renewable chemicals, and corn oil.

    "Renewable fuels like ethanol remain the most affordable and abundant source of low carbon fuel on the planet -- and are critical to meeting today's CO2 reduction goals. The latest research shows that without biofuels there is no way to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Even when you factor in the projected growth of electric vehicles, the Energy Information Administration states that the vast majority of cars on the roads will run on liquid fuels by 2050.

    "Higher blends of low carbon ethanol can be used in our current vehicle fleet to accelerate our transition to a 100 pct renewable energy future. Simply put, America cannot decarbonise the transportation sector without home-grown biofuels. To meet the growing demand for renewable energies, we first need a strong and thriving rural economy and biofuel industry." (Source: Growth Energy, Sheppard of the Hills Gazette, 20 Nov., 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Renewable Fuels,  Ethanol,  


    Union Jobs in Ethanol & Biodiesel Industries: An American Success Story (Report Attached)
    Reneable Fuels Association
    Date: 2021-11-19
    According to a new report by veterans of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. GSA and KPMG International, the U.S. biofuel industry supports more than 30,000 union jobs, primarily in agriculture, manufacturing, transportation and utilities, construction, professional and business services.

    The report notes that continued support for the ethanol and biodiesel industries will have a positive causal effect on union jobs, will help mitigate against a downward trend in U.S. union membership and is likely to increase the number of middle-wage and middle-skill union jobs in traditionally agricultural economies.”

    Download the Union Jobs in Ethanol & Biodiesel Industries: An American Success Story report HERE . (Source: RFA, Website PR, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, CEO, www.EthanolRFA.org

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


    Amsterdam Biofuel Storage Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
    VTTI New Energy
    Date: 2021-11-19
    In the Netherlands, Rotterdam-headquartered VTTI New Energy reports its 75,000 cubic meter capacity Eurotank Amsterdam biofuels storage project will be commissioned by the end of the year for operational start-up in early 2022. The facility will supply mixed biofuels (B-7 or more), hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD) to the facility's new truck rack and upgraded jetty, according to a release.

    The project is inline with VTTI New Energy's focus on exploring new renewable energies opportunities, including renewable natural gas (RNG), hydrogen carrier fuels, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and waste-to-renewable energy solutions. (Source: VTTI New Energy, PR, Bunkerspot, 18 Nov., 2021) Contact: VTTI New Energy, +31 10 453 20 20 www.vtti.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News VTTI New Energy ,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  RNG,  


    UK DfT Reports Detailed Renewable Fuels Data (Int'l. Report)
    UK Department for Transport
    Date: 2021-11-17
    According to the UK Department for Transport (DfT), renewable fuels made up 5 pct of the country's transport fuel mix, down from 5.9 pct over the same period 12 months ago. Of the total 1.44 billion litres of renewable fuels supplied between 1 January and 20 September, 63 pct was biodiesel, 25 pct was bioethanol and the balance was biomethane.

    The DfT data notes the most common fuel type was biodiesel made from used cooking oil (16.5 million litres), followed by bioethanol from sugar beet betaine residue (8.5 million litres). Of the renewable fuel supplied to date this year , the most widely reported source for biodiesel was used cooking oil from China (168 million litres) and corn from Ukraine for bioethanol (51 million litres).

    Taken together, renewable fuels achieved an average of 85 pct greenhouse gas (GHG) savings when compared with fossil fuel use, according to the DfT release.

    Download the UK Department for Transport Renewable Fuels Statistics HERE (Source: UK Department for Transport, Website, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: UK Department for Transport, www.gov.uk/government/latest?departments[]=department-for-transport, twitter.com/transportgovuk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Department for Transport,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Bioethanol,  


    Hyundai Oilbank, Topsoe Seek Low-Carbon Fuel Opportunities (Int'l)
    Hyundai Oilbank, Topsoe
    Date: 2021-11-12
    In a recent memorandum of understanding (MoU), South Korea's Hyundai Oilbank and Topsoe report they have agreed to jointly seek new opportunities in biorefining, eFuels, carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and other solutions to reduce carbon emissions.

    The MoU will support Topsoe in further optimizing its clean energy technologies and potentially enable Hyundai Oilbank to increase its low-carbon business and meet the company's target that "70 pct of total profit should derive from eco-friendly business by 2030."

    Topsoe develops cutting-edge technologies within green hydrogen, green ammonia, eMethanol, and eFuels. (Source: Hyundai Oilbank,PR, 8 Nov., 2021) Contact: Hyundai Oilbank, www.oilbank.co.kr; Haldor Topsoe, Henrik Rasmussen, Americas Managing Dir., +45 27 77 99 68, www.topsoe.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hyundai Oilbank,  Topsoe,  CCUS,  Biofuel,  Green Hydrogen,  Biofuel,  


    ClearFlame Engine, John Deere Partner to Cut Emissions (Ind. Report)
    ClearFlame Engine Technologies
    Date: 2021-11-12
    Moline, Illinois-headquartered John Deere reports it is working with Geneva, Illinois-based ClearFlame Engine Technologies is to replace diesel fuel with ethanol in trucks, tractors, combines, excavators, and other heavy equipment thus reducing emissions. Deere will supply one of its commonly used heavy-duty diesel engines for ClearFlame lab tests followed by road testing.

    According to ClearFlame, "The partnership with Deere and the investment from Deere is going to allow us to move that over to one of their engine platforms, for a range of applications like agriculture and construction, do an engine demo with them, and then towards the end of next year ideally translate that into an actual field demo of the technology on a piece of equipment."

    ClearFlame's unique engine technology enables low-carbon, renewable fuels such as ethanol to be easily integrated into existing diesel engine platforms, offering a lower-emission, lower-cost solution than diesel fuel. A ClearFlame-enabled engine meets the performance and efficiency requirements for diesel engines while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and particulate matter, helping to improve air quality and mitigate climate change, according to the company. (Source: John Deere, WVIK NPR, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: John Deere, 309-765-8000, www.corporateofficeheadquarters.org/john-deere; ClearFlame Engine Technologies, BJ Johnson, Co-Founder and CEO, John Howell, (508) 404-9398, john@clearflame.com, www.clearflame.com, LinkedIn and Twitter @ClearFlameEng)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ClearFlame Engine Technologies,  Biofuels,  John Deere,  Clean Fuel,  Engine Emissions,  


    Carbon-Neutral Petrochemical Plant Planned for Grand Prairie (Ind. Report)
    Northern Petrochemical Corporation
    Date: 2021-11-12
    On the Canadian Prairies, Calgary-based Northern Petrochemical Corporation report it plans to invest $2.5 billion in a carbon-neutral ammonia and methanol production facility in the Greenview Industrial Gateway, in Grand Prairie, Alberta. The plant will be a first of its kind in Canada.

    The Greenview Industrial Gateway offers carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), rail transportation and access to significant natural gas feedstocks. (Source: CBC, Northern Petrochemical Corporation, PR, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: Geoff Bury, President and CEO, (403) 993-4450, gbury@northernpetrochem.com, www.northernpetrochem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS news,  Methano news,  Amonia news,  Carbon-Neutral Fuel news,  


    Praj Industries, Indian Oil Ink SAF, Biofuels MoU (Int'l. Report)
    Indian Oil Corporation,Praj Industries
    Date: 2021-11-10
    Pune, India-based ethanol producer, bio-based technologies and engineering specialist Praj Industries Limited and New Delhi-based Indian Oil Corporation Limited are reporting a MoU to further develop and produce sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), 1G and 2G ethanol, compressed biogas and related products and opportunities .

    The two Indian firms will also collaborate to establish biofuel production facilities, including CBG, biodiesel and ethanol. (Source: Praj Industries, PR, Website Nov., 2021) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev., info@praj.net, www.praj.net;, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., www.iocl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Indian Oil Corporation,  Praj Industries,  sustainable aviation fuels,  SAF,  


    Novozymes Touts Yeast Innovation for Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2021-11-05
    Novozymes, the world leader in biological solutions, is touting Innova Quantum, a new addition to its Innova yeast platform that enables ethanol plants with fermentation times longer than 60 hours to realize higher ethanol yields and processing efficiencies than ever before. And, most importantly, plants can achieve this industry-leading yield without trade-offs which put their operation at risk.

    According to the release, ethanol producers can increase yield by 2-3 pct with the new yeast, which for a 100 MMgy plant translates to an additional $1-2 million in revenue. Designed to operate in fermentations of more than 60 hours, Quantum with new strain development is capable of converting the most sugar to ethanol while significantly lowering fermentation by-products such as glycerol up to 40 percent -- all without the trade-off and risk of robustness loss experienced with competing yeasts. And, Quantum expands plant flexibility fermenting to greater than 16 pct w/v ethanol concentrations, while eliminating the need for expensive nutritional supplements, according to the release. (Source: Novozymes, Website, PR, 26 Oct. 2021) Contact: Novozymes, Rene Garza, VP Agricultural & Industrial Biosolutions, North America, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy, 646-671-3897, www.novozymes.com

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    Growth Energy Threatens Action Over EPA RFS Inaction (Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-11-05
    Growth Energy is reporting its Nov. 2 submission of a "notice of intent to sue" to the U.S. EPA regarding its failure to timely fulfill the agency's statutory obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to issue the 2022 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) and in turn, the potentially multi-year "set" rulemaking process for renewable fuel volumes for 2023 and beyond.

    The RVOs for 2022 are due by November 30th, 2021, an annual deadline set by Congress in the RFS. As of today, 28 days before that statutory deadline, EPA has not even issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish those obligations. Additionally, the final "set" rulemaking was due on November 1, 2021, and EPA has not issued a notice of proposed rulemaking for that, either. The notice gives EPA 60 days to issue the 2022 RVO and the set rulemakings according to Growth Energy.

    For 2023 and later, EPA, in coordination with the DOE and the USDA, is required to set these renewable fuel volume requirements through one or more rulemakings, taking into consideration six statutory factors, including environmental, economic, and energy security factors. EPA is required to set volume requirements at least 14 months prior to the calendar year in which they are to take effect. In addition, EPA is constrained by statute to ensure that, for each year starting in 2023, the volume of advanced renewable fuel is at least the same percentage as the volume of the total renewable fuel requirement established in 2022. (Source: Growth Energy, PR, 3 Nov., 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Ethanol Renewable Fuels Standard,  RFS,  


    French Ethanol Sales Reach Record Highs (Int'l. Report)
    SNPAA, ePURE
    Date: 2021-11-03
    In Paris, the French bioethanol association SNPAA is reporting ethanol -- made primarily from sugar beets and grains -- sales in France will hit record highs' this year and next supported by strong demand for high-ethanol fuel E85 as car owners seek cheaper alternatives to gasoline and the EU's commitment to reduce emissions from road transport.

    According to SNPPA, sales are expected to climb to close to 12 million hectolitres this year, above the record of 2019, after dropping about 10 pct in 2020 . E10 sales hit a record-high market share was 51.6 pct of petrol sales in September 2021 while E85 grew to a record 3.9 pct of petrol sales, with a 15 pct growth in consumption compared to September 2020. (Source: SNPAA, PR, ePURE, 28 Oct., 2021) Contact: SNPAA, +33 1 49 52 66 97 srocheteau@snpaa.fr, www.alcool-bioethanol.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  SNPAA,  ePURE,  


    ClearFlame Engine Tech. Secures $17Mn to Decarbonize Long-Haul Trucking (Ind. Report)
    ClearFlame Engine Technologies
    Date: 2021-10-29
    Geneva, Illinois-headquartered ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a startup dedicated to the development of net-zero engine technology, reports it has secured $17 million in Series A financing led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Mercuria, John Deere and Clean Energy Ventures. The funding will help enable commercialization of the company's innovative engine technology for the long-haul trucking, agriculture and power generation sectors.

    ClearFlame's unique engine technology enables low-carbon, renewable fuels such as ethanol to be easily integrated into existing diesel engine platforms, offering a lower-emission, lower-cost solution than diesel fuel. A ClearFlame-enabled engine meets the performance and efficiency requirements for diesel engines while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and particulate matter, helping to improve air quality and mitigate climate change.

    ClearFlame previously received $4 million in non-dilutive and grant funding from the Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas and Illinois Corn Growers Associations, the National Science Foundation, the US DOE and others. The company completed its $3 million Series Seed financing in early 2020, led by Clean Energy Ventures.

    "At ClearFlame Engine Technologies, we're breaking the bond between the diesel engine and diesel fuel, accelerating the path to true emissions reduction for the heavy-duty and off-highway markets. Our technology meets global sustainability goals using decarbonized liquid fuels available throughout the world while lowering costs by negating the need for complex after-treatment technologies without compromising the practicality or performance of traditional diesel engines." according to the release. (Source: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, PR, 28 Oct., 2021) Contact: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, BJ Johnson, Co-Founder and CEO, www.clearflame.com, LinkedIn and Twitter @ClearFlameEng)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ClearFlame Engine Technologies,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  Ethanol,  Renewable Fuel,  


    ADM, GEVO Ink SAF Production Agreement (Ind. Report)
    ADM, Gevo
    Date: 2021-10-27
    Chicago-headquartered Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and Englewood, Colorado-based GEVO, Inc., a pioneer in transforming renewable energy into low carbon, energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons, are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and other low carbon-footprint hydrocarbon fuels.

    The MoU contemplates the production of both ethanol and isobutanol that would then be transformed into renewable low carbon-footprint hydrocarbons, including SAF, using Gevo's processing technology and capabilities. About 900 million gallons of ethanol produced at ADM's dry mills in Columbus, Nebraska, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as well as its Decatur, Illinois, complex, is expected to be processed utilizing this technology, resulting in approximately 500 million gallons of SAF and other renewable hydrocarbons. The isobutanol is expected to be produced at a proposed new facility in Decatur that would employ ADM's carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) capabilities.

    The companies intend to work together to determine full commercialization plans and enter into definitive agreements enabling a timeline such that production of SAF can begin in the 2025-2026 time frame, according to the release. (Source: ADM, Website Corporate release, 25 Oct., 2021) Contact: ADM, www.adm.com; GEVO, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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    Growth Energy Slams Proposed RFS Repeal Legislation (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-10-27
    Amid a global energy crisis and rising fuel prices at pumps across the country, members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Emily Skor released the following statement opposing the legislation for trying to reduce Americans' access to homegrown, low carbon biofuels.

    "Now, more than ever, we need to be incorporating more homegrown, low-cost, and low-carbon biofuels into our fuel supply. It's tone deaf to introduce legislation to repeal the RFS during a global energy crisis while Americans are facing rapidly rising fuel prices at the pump.

    "The RFS was signed into law over a decade ago to reduce our reliance on foreign oil and increase the blending of low-carbon biofuels, saving consumers up to $0.10 per gallon at the pump. Additionally, a recent study conducted by ABF Economics shows that moving to a nationwide adoption of E15 would save consumers $12.2 billion in annual fuel costs. We should be moving towards not away from homegrown solutions to lower fuel costs at the pump and fulfill our nation's promise of more clean energy options."

    The 2005 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was renewed and expanded in 2007 as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. In 2021, 98 pct of gasoline sold in the U.S. contains 10 pct ethanol. (Source: Growth Energy, 25 Oct., 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

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    NCERC to Expand Corn-to-Ethanol Research (Funding, R&D)
    National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center,Illinois Corn Growers Association
    Date: 2021-10-27
    The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) in University Park of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is reporting receipt of $1.9 million funding from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Rebuild Illinois Wet Lab Capital program, along with matching funds support from the Illinois Corn Growers Association.

    The funds will be used for equipment purchases for NCERC's Fermentation Laboratory and Fermentation Suite which is dedicated to expanding the analytical capabilities at the Biotechnology Laboratory Incubator, which currently houses the Shimadzu Innovation Laboratory at SIUE (SILS). SILS is a partnership between SIUE and Shimadzu, a science and analytical technology company that supports student and industry research at the University. Funding will also be used to dramatically expand intermediate-scale R&D capabilities.

    NCERC is a nationally recognized research center dedicated to the development and commercialization of biofuels, specialty chemicals and other renewable compounds. The Center's dry grind pilot plant and laboratories are equipped with advanced biofuels capabilities including corn fractionation, pre-treatment, and a fermentation suite with 5, 30, 150 and 1500 litre scale-up. (Source: National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center, Website PR, 25 Oct., 2021) Contact: National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center, John Caupert, Exec. Dir., Jackie Hayes, 618-659-6737 ext. 260, jhayes@ethanolresearch.com, www.ethanolresearch.com, www.siue.edu/ncerc; Illinois Corn Growers Association, 309-827-0912, www.ilcorn.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center,  Corn-to-Ethanol,  Illinois Corn Growers Association,  


    Red Trail Energy Advances North Dakota CCS Project (Ind. Report)
    Red Trail Energy
    Date: 2021-10-27
    In North Dakota, ethanol producer Red Tail Energy LLC reports it is advancing the previously announced North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) approved first Class VI CO2 storage project at its ethanol plant in Richardton. The plant presently emits an average of 180,000 metric tpy of high-purity CO2 from the fermentation process during ethanol production.

    The project will take advantage of the 45Q, $50 per-ton of CO2 stored tax credit to support the project Red Trail Energy is only the second plant in the nation to put carbon capture in place. (Source: Red Tail Energy, PR Oct., 2021)Contact: Red Trail Energy, Gerald Bachmeier, CEO, (701) 974-3308, www.redtrailenergy.com

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    POET Completes First On-Site Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
    POET
    Date: 2021-10-27
    South Dakota-based ethanol pioneer and producer POET, the world's largest biofuel producer, reports completion of its first POET Solar Farm.

    The facility, which generates power equal to the annual electricity use of 90 homes and offsetting 630,000 ppy, will help power the company's corporate headquarters in Sioux Falls. (Source: POET, Website PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: POET, Rod Pierson, General Manager , VP Design and Construction, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com, www. poet.com/sustainability

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    LanzaTech Touts Indian Bagasse-to-Ethanol Project (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-10-27
    LanzaTech reports it is partnering with India's Spray Engineering Devices Limited (SED) in a first of a kind sustainable bagasse-to-ethanol project in India. The project will be able to use various feedstocks and will be able to bolt on to waste and residue sources to provide a domestic feedstock source for low carbon ethanol.

    To convert the solid biomass wastes to gases, LanzaTech will work with commercially proven gasification technology. The resulting carbon rich gas will then be converted to ethanol using LanzaTech's gas fermentation platform. The integrated technology will have the flexibility to process a wide range of biomass feedstocks enabling rapid replication at other locations, according to the release.

    The Indian government is encouraging production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural wastes and increased production of 2G, non-food or feed based ethanol, to meet its 20 pct ethanol blending mandate by 2025. (Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, 22 Oct., 2021) Contact: Spray Engineering Devices Ltd., Vivek Verma, M.D. +91 95699 05375. www.sprayengineering.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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    ADM Selling Peoria Ethanol Production Complex (M&A, Ind. Report)
    ADM
    Date: 2021-10-25
    Chicago-headquartered ADM announced Thursday, that it has agreed to sell its 135 million gpy ethanol production complex in Peoria, Illinois, to Houston-based BioUrja Group. Details have not been released but the deal is expected to close in the coming weeks.

    The BioUrja Group is an energy and agricultural commodity trading and supply group that includes BioUrja Trading, RiverCrest Power, West Plains, Energy Alloys Global Solutions, BioUrja Terminals & Land, and BioUrja Capital, among others. The Group supplies biofuels, grains, animal feed ingredients, specialty metal alloy pipes, and refined products to customers, as well as trades electric power, and owns and operates energy logistics terminals and grain storage facilities and has offices in Mexico, the UK, UAE, India, Singapore, and across the midwestern USA, according to the company website. (Source: ADM, Website PR, 21 Oct., 2021) Contact: BioUrja Group, Shek Jain, CEO, 832-775-9000, www.biourja.com; ADM, www.adm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ADM news,  Ethanol news,  


    Federated Co-ops, Whitecap Ink CCS MoU (Ind. Report)
    Federated Co-operatives, Whitecap Resource,Terra Grain Fuels
    Date: 2021-10-25
    On the Canadian prairies, Saskatoon-headquartered ethanol producer Federated Co-operatives Ltd (FCL) -- fka Terra Grain Fuels -- is reporting a memo of understanding (MoU) with Calgary-based clean energy company Whitecap Resources, under the terms of which Whitcap will store and use carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions captured from Federated Co-op's refinery complex at Regina and from the Co-op Ethanol Complex (CEC) near Belle Plaine, west of Regina. The Captured CO2 will be transported to and stored at Whitecap's light-oil unit -- "the single largest anthropogenic carbon sequestration project in the world, having so far captured over 36 million tonnes of CO2" -- in south of Weyburn , Saskatchewan.

    Under the agreement, FCL will fund, construct and operate 500,000 tpy carbon capture facilities at its Regina and Belle Plaine plants at a an estimated cost of $510 million. FCL presently produces about 150 million lpy of ethanol and 130,000 tonnes of DDGs.

    The Belle Plaine facility is expected to be completed in 2024, and the Regina refinery starting in 2026. The release notes the final investment decisions will need clarification on climate change regulations and available incentive programs. (Source: Federated Co-operatives Ltd., Whitecap Resources, Website PR, 21 Oct., 2021) Contact: Federated Co-operatives Ltd, Scott Banda, CEO, (306) 244-3403, inquiries@fcl.crs, www.fcl.crs; Whitecap Resources, 403-266-0767 www.wcap.ca

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    GEVO, Axens Partner on SAF Projects (Ind. Report)
    Gevo, Axens
    Date: 2021-10-22
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered GEVO, Inc. and Axens North America are reporting an alliance aimed at accelerating the commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) projects in the US. Gevo expects to develop, own, and operate SAF production facilities utilizing its expertise in renewable alcohol production and technologies.

    Axens Group offers a range of solutions for the conversion of oil and biomass to cleaner fuels, the production and purification of major petrochemical intermediates, as well as treatment and conversion options for natural gas on a global scale. The offering includes technologies, equipment, furnaces, modular units, catalysts, adsorbents and related services.

    The collaboration between is expected to allow GEVO to partner with existing ethanol producers to deploy proven technologies at commercial scales consistent with the airline industry's sustainability goals, according to GEVO. (Source: GEVO, Website PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Axens, Jean Sentenac, CEO , www.axens.net; GEVO, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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    CropEnergies Testing 20 pct Bioethanol for Stuttgart Airport (Int'l.)
    CropEnergies
    Date: 2021-10-22
    In Germany, Mannhein-based CropEnergies AG, Hamburg-based mineral oil company Mabanaft Deutschland GmbH, and Stuttgart Airport report they are testing a 20 pct renewable ethanol fuel provided by CropEnergies and Mabanaft. The tests are intended to reduce particulate matter and reduce aviation fuel emissions.

    Mabanaft produces a range of fuels including: gasoline, Biofuels, diesel, jet fuel, heating oil, lubricants. (Source: CropEnergies AG, PR, Oct, 2021) Contact: CropEnergies AG, Dr. Stephan Meeder, CEO, www.cropenergies.com; Mabanaft Deutschland GmbH, +49 40 370040 www.mabanaft.com

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    REGI Geismar Renewable Diesel Expansion Underway (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2021-10-22
    In the Hawkeye State, Ames-headquartered Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) reports the expansion and upgrading of its renewable diesel (RD) plant in Geismar, Louisiana, is underway.

    The project will increase the site's production capacity from 90 million gpy to 340 million gpy. The expansion and upgrade is expected to come in at $950 million and to be mechanically complete by 2023 with full operability in 2024.

    With the plant improvements, the Geismar plant will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 2.8 million metric tpy -- equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from 7.1 billion miles driven by an average passenger vehicle, according to the release. (Source: REGI, Website PR, 14 Oct., 2021) Contact: REGI, Katie Stanley, (515) 979-3771, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

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    WCCF Inks Low-Carbon Fuels Delivery Agreements (Ind. Report)
    West Coast Clean Fuels
    Date: 2021-10-22
    In California, West Coast Clean Fuels (WCCF) reports it recently executed delivery service agreements to develop, permit, manage, and operate the end-to-end clean fuel supply chains for two first-of-their-kind, decarbonized maritime ship operations -- one ocean-going and one in port -- in two major California ports, according to the company. WCCF was established to serve a growing market need for the delivery of future low-carbon maritime fuels, including LNG, RNG, biofuels, electrofuels, hydrogen, methanol and ammonia.

    Starting in Q1 2022, WCCF will deliver hydrogen to the first fuel cell-powered ferry in the U.S. (owned by SWITCH Maritime), first for shipyard sea trials in Bellingham, Wash., and subsequently for passenger operations in San Francisco Bay. In the same quarter, WCCF also will launch fuel-delivery operations for two new-build LNG-powered container ships (operated by Pasha Hawaii Holdings) in the Port of Long Beach. In order to successfully launch these fueling operations, WCCF began permitting processes in 2019, started to invest in fuel-delivery equipment, and solidified commercial relationships with key industry partners up and down the value chain. Contact: SWITCH Maritime, Pace Ralli, CEO, www.switchmaritime.com; West Coast Clean Fuels, www.westcoastcleanfuels.com

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    INEOS Announces €2Bn Green Hydrogen Investment (Int'l.)
    INEOS,INOVYN
    Date: 2021-10-20
    London-headquartered INEOS Group reports it will invest more than €2 billion into electrolysis projects to make zero carbon, green hydrogen across Europe. Its first plants will be built in Norway, Germany, Belgium with investment also planned in the UK and France over a ten year period.

    The first unit to be built will be a 20MW electrolyser to produce clean hydrogen through the electrolysis of water, powered by zero-carbon electricity in Norway. This project will lead to a minimum reduction of an estimated 22,000 tpy of CO2. In Germany INEOS plans to build a larger scale 100MW electrolyser to produce green hydrogen at its Koln site, will result in a reduction of carbon emissions of over 120,000 tpy. It will also open opportunities to develop E-Fuels through Power-to-Methanol applications on an industrial scale.

    INEOS, through its London-based subsidiary INOVYN, is Europe's largest existing operator of electrolysis for green hydrogen production and has extensive experience in the storage and handling of hydrogen, according to the release. (Source: INEOS, Website PR, 18 Oct., 2021) Contact: INEOS, www.ineos.com; INOVYN, Wouter Bleukx, Hydrogen Business Manager, www.inovyn.com

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    REGI, ISU Hydrotreater Pilot Plant Startup Announced (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2021-10-18
    In the Hawkeye State, Ames-based biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) and the Iowa State University (ISU) Bioeconomy Institute are reporting the start-up of a new hydrotreater pilot plant at the ISU BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF) in Boone, Iowa.

    The ISU BCRF is an integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing. This hydrotreater pilot plant will utilize the expertise of both organizations to better understand how various biomass feedstocks can play a role in the production of renewable fuels with a specific focus on renewable diesel.

    The pilot plant is a multi-reactor state-of-the-art research and development unit designed by REGI's engineering teams to accelerate the development of new feedstocks and processes. The system is fully automated and configured to run safely and reliably for weeks at a time, according to the release. (Source: REGI, PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: ISU BioCentury Research Farm , 515-296-6300, www.biocenturyresearchfarm.iastate.edu; REGI, Cynthia Warner, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  REGI,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  

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