Prepared and released by the World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB) , the monthly WASDE provides annual forecasts for U.S. and world wheat, rice, coarse grains, oilseeds, cotton, sugar, meat, poultry, eggs, and milk. The WAOB chairs the Interagency Commodity Estimates Committees (ICECs), which include analysts from key USDA agencies who compile and interpret information from USDA and other domestic and foreign sources to produce the report. (Source: USDA, Nov., 2020) Contact: USDA, World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates , www.usda.gov/oce/commodity/wasde
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The $150 million plant will have a production capacity of 115,000 tpy of biodiesel when commissioned in June, 2022.(Source: BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH, Website PR, 23 Oct., 2020)
Contact: BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH, Markus Dielacher , CEO, www.bdi-bioenergy.com; Cargill, David MacLennan, CEO, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com
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Domesticated, commercially grown pennycress could be grown as a cold-resistant, high-yield oilseed crop across the central United States, where nearly 80 million acres of land devoted to corn and soybeans sit dormant in the winter months.
This research has been ongoing for 10 years with the latest grant awarded in 2020. Illinois State researchers are currently working under the umbrella of the Integrated Pennycress Research Enabling Farm and Energy Resilience (IPREFER) program with colleagues at Western Illinois University, the University of Minnesota, The Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and the St. Louis-based crop development company CoverCress Inc.
Download Integrated Pennycress Research Enabling Farm and Energy Resilience (IPREFER) program details HERE
(Source: Illinois State University, 1 Oct., 2020) Contact: Illinois State Univ., Professor John Sedbrook, (309) 438-3374, (309) 438-3722 -- fax, email@example.com, www.illinoisstate.edu
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Phillips66 plans to use fats and greases, along with used cooking oil and soybean oil, at its San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo to produce 19 million bpy of renewable diesel, gasoline, and aviation fuel starting in 2024. A refinery conversion in Bakersfield will use camelina sativa, an oilseed crop grown in rotation with wheat. Global Clean Energy bought the facility in May. It plans to make renewable diesel starting in 2022 and has a deal to sell 2.5 million bbl per year of the fuel to ExxonMobil.
Marathon says it may convert its idled refinery in Martinez to renewable diesel, though it has not given an estimate of the plant's expected capacity or when it will come on-line.
Neste, Valero, and REG are also supplying renewable diesel to California where fuel companies are required to purchase enough certified low carbon fuel to reduce the carbon intensity of the state's pool of transportation fuel 20 pct from 2011 to 2030.
(Source: Phillips 66, Chemical & Engineering News, 18 Aug., 2020)Contact: Phillips 66, Brian Mandell, VP Marketing, Joe Gannon, 832-765-4547, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.p66.com
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The research is aimed at developing new bio-based jet fuel manufacturing technology and crop feedstocks with vegetable oil compositions tailored for this technology.
The research team will use camelina as an oilseed platform to develop vegetable oil formulations with shorter carbon chains that are better suited for the processing technology. These genetic strategies will be transferred to other vegetable oil feedstocks, such as soybean and oil-rich sorghum, which are currently being developed by university faculty for the U.S. DOE Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI).
Research at UNL builds on prior US DOE and Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research'funding.
(Source: University of Nebraska, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UNL IANR NEWS, 17 Dec., 2019)
Contact: UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources,
National Institute for Food and Agriculture, www.nifa.usda.gov; U.S. DOE Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation, www.cabbi.bio
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"America's farmers and rural communities are facing a mounting economic threat. With your leadership, Congress can help mitigate the crisis by taking immediate action on a policy that enjoys bipartisan, bicameral support. We are writing today to ask you to renew and extend the biodiesel tax incentive at the earliest opportunity.
"Income for America's farmers is falling, and the impact is beginning to be felt in other sectors of the rural economy. Biodiesel production adds value to oil seed crops and recycled oils, providing one bright spot for the agriculture sector. Congress can take rapid action to renew the biodiesel tax incentive -- a policy that enjoys broad bipartisan support -- to help U.S. biodiesel producers continue growing."
The letters group include the Agricultural Retailers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, CoBank, Corn Refiners Association, Farm Credit Council, National Biodiesel Board, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Farmers Union, National Oilseed Processors Association, National Renderers Association, National Sorghum Producers, and U.S. Canola Association.
A copy of the letter is available for download HERE. (Source: National Biodiesel Board , KTIC, 22 May, 2019) Contact: National Biodiesel Board,
Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org
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The UFOP criticises the Committee's approval of the Argentine Government's proposed "price undertaking" agreement, allowing Argentinean biodiesel producers to export around 1.2 million tpy of biodiesel duty-free to the EU an amount equal to 10 pct of the EU’s annual biodiesel consumption. This market access is coupled with compliance with a minimum import price, which is to be calculated on the basis of monthly average soy bean oil prices.
UFOP fears that as a result of the procedure for setting the minimum import price, the details of which are still unknown, market access will be ensured through a price level which will have an overall negative effect on the EU biodiesel price and consequently on oilseed producer prices. (Source: UFOP, Petrol Plaza, Feb., 2019) Contact: Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops, www.ufop.de
Punjab is preparing a baseline data base of the area's more than 400 oilseed -bearing trees as well as investigating indigenously designed and tested machinery and equipment suitable for bi -diesel transportation fuel production from lantana, water hyacinth, arundonex and oil seed bearing trees. (Source: Punjab Forest Department, Times of India, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: Indian Institute of Petroleum, +91 135 252 5722, www.iip.res.in;
Punjab Forest Department, pbforests.gov.in
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ACRE allows biodiesel processing plants to run at the lowest operating cost and highest efficiency by adding a third transesterification reaction step while also delivering an energy-efficient design for reduced cooling load and steam use with a variety of feedstocks. Plants using ACRE are achieving 40-plus percent catalyst reduction and experiencing savings of 3 cents per gallon, according to the company.
(Source: Crown Iron Works, PR, Biodiesel Mag., December 17, 2018) Contact: Crown Iron Works, www.crowniron.com
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Initially, Avril plans to produce only "a few thousand" tpy of fuel. (Source: Avril Group, UkrAgroConsult, 22 Nov., 2018) Contact: Avril Group, +33(0)18.104.22.168.00,
+33(0)22.214.171.124.00 - Fax, www.groupeavril.com
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ADM's current Brazilian operations include biodiesel refineries in Rondonqpolis and Joaçaba; and a network of storage facilities with a total capacity of 2.2 million metric tons.
Subject to regulatory approval, the acquisition is slated to close before the year end. (Source: ADM, PR, 16 Aug., 2018) Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, Collin Benson, VP Bioactives, Jackie Anderson, ADM Media, (217) 424-5413, www.adm.com;
Algar Agro, +55 (34) 3218-3800, www.algaragro.com.br
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The new facility, which will bolt on to an existing Wilmar facility, will utilize Inventure's recently developed Soap Carbonate Technology to convert low-value processing residues into valuable, uncontaminated Free Fatty Acids. Inventure's Mixed Super Critical Fluid technology is presently being used by Wilmar to produce FAME for oleochemicals and biodiesel from a wide range of vegetable oil feedstocks.
Wilmar's businesses include oil palm cultivation, oilseeds crushing, edible oils refining, sugar, specialty fats, oleochemicals and biodiesel manufacturing and grains processing. Wilmar has over 300 manufacturing plants and extensive distribution covering China, India, Indonesia and some 50 other countries.
Desmet Ballestra Group is the world leader in developing, engineering and supplying technologies, processing plants and proprietary equipment for food & feed and chemicals businesses (including oleochemicals, biodiesel and detergents).
Inventure helps agri-business, oleochemical and biofuel companies find novel ways to turn waste products and by-products into value-added materials to increase overall profitability. (Source: Inventure Renewables, PR, Aug., 2018) Contact: Inventure Renewables, Mark Tegan, CEO, (205) 764-1963, www.inventurechem.com; Wilmar International, Rahul Kale, Group Head of Oleochemicals and Biofuels, (65) 6216 0244, email@example.com, www.wilmar-international.com; Desmet Ballestra Group, www.desmetballestra.com
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In accordance with the Biofuel National Policy:
In other Indian biofuel news,
My Eco Energy (MEE) reports it will open more than 300 biofuel filling stations in the Indian state of Gujarat by 2019.
The new MEE biofuel sites will offer Indizel, the only renewable fuel in India which complies with EN 590, BS-VI, and EURO 6 quality standards.
Indizel can be used in all diesel engines without engine modification or blending limits, according to the company.
(Source: India Today, Hindu Business Line, Petrol Plaza, 1 Aug., 2018)
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Singapore-headquartered Wilmar International is Asia's leading agribusiness group with business activities include oil palm cultivation, oilseeds crushing, edible oils refining, sugar, specialty fats, oleochemicals and biodiesel production.
Inventure Renewables, Ia wholly owned subsidiary of Inventure International (Pte) Limited, helps agri-business, oleochemical and biofuel companies find novel ways to turn waste products and by-products into value-added materials. Inventure also manufactures its own branded bio-based oleochemicals. (Source: Inventure Renewables, PR, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Inventure Renewables, Mark Tegan, CEO, (205) 764-1963, www.inventurechem.com;
Wilmar International, Rahul Kale, Group Head of Oleochemicals and Biofuels, (65) 6216 0244,
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The newly approved Policy expands the scope of raw material for ethanol production by allowing use of sugarcane juice, sugar containing materials like sugar beet, sweet sorghum, starch containing materials like corn, cassava, damaged food grains like wheat and broken rice, and rotten potatoes. It also permits use of surplus food grains for production of ethanol for blending with petrol with the approval of National Biofuel Coordination Committee. The policy also encourages setting up of supply chain mechanisms for biodiesel production from non-edible oilseeds, used cooking oil and short gestation crops.
Natural Energy West GmbH, which is jointly owned by German cooperative AGRAVIS, agribusiness Bunge, France's Diester International and German oilseeds crusher C. Thywissen. The company
produces about 240,000 tpy of biodiesel at its plant in Marl.
Production at the Marl plant will continue as necessary to meet existing contracts, according to a statement. (Source: Natural Energy West, Reuters, 9 April, 2018)
Contact: Natural Energy West, Detlef Volz, CEO, +49-2365-4986-554, www.chemsite.de
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The researchers used modelling to simulate various growing scenarios, and found a climate footprint ranging from -11 to 10 grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule -- the standard way of measuring greenhouse gas emissions. By way of comparison, the impact of using gasoline results in 94 grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule. According to John Field, research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at CSU, "What we saw with switchgrass is that you're actually storing carbon in the soil ... you're building up organic matter and sequestering carbon." "They (switchgrass) don't require a lot of fertilizer or irrigation. Farmers don't have to plow up the field every year to plant new crops, and they're good for a decade or longer," Field added.
The study was published online Feb. 19 in Nature Energy. (Source: Colorado State University, Manitoba Co-operator, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Colorado State University Natural Resource Ecology Lab, John Field, (970) 491-1604, www.ecology.colostate.edu
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Agrisoma's Carinata-based biojet fuel replaced 10 pct of the petroleum jet fuel required for the 15-hour flight.
The Carinata seed is grown in Australia and
processed using existing agricultural infrastructure then the extracted oil is refined by companies such as Altair Fuels in Paramount, California.
(Source: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., 29 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com; Altair Fuels, Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, (843) 720-8920, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.altairfuels.com
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The RSB certification in biofuel feedstock production complements UPM Biofuels' existing sustainability certifications like International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) and RSB certifications for its UPM BioVerno biofuel production.
RSB is one of the European Commission's approved voluntary schemes used to show compliance with the EU Renewable Energy Directive's sustainability criteria. In addition to EU RED criteria, the sustainability of biofuels is evaluated against 12 principles which have been approved by a wide variety of stakeholders, including NGOs and UN agencies.
(Source: UPM Kymmene Corporation, NASDAQ, PR, 15 Jan., 2018) Contact: RSP, Rolf Hogan, Exec. Dir., email@example.com, www.rsb.org; UPM Biofuels Development, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com
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Rapeseed oil accounts for more than 60 pct of vegetable oil use in biodiesel production in the EU. The study forecasts biofuel demand for vegetable oils would fall from 10.5 million tpy in 2017-18 to 9.1 million tpy in 2030-31.
(Source: UkrAgroConsult, Black Sea Grain, 19 Dec., 2017) Contact: UKrAgroConsult,
(38 (044) 451-46-34,
+38 (044) 220-52-42 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org, www.blackseagrain.net
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The 60 million gpy biodiesel plant will be constructed next to Cargill's oilseed processing plant and replaces an existing oil refinery managed by Cargill's Global Edible Oil business which will be relocated to others Cargill facilities, according to a Cargill release. (Source: Cargill, High Plains Midwest Ag Journal, Others, 1 Dec., 2017) Contact: Cargill, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Cargill, Oil Seed, Biofuel,