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RFA Comments on Refiners' RFS Arguments Rejection (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2021-07-23
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) issued the following comments on the D.C. Circuit Court's July 16th rejection of arguments from oil refiners that the "Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) causes them economic hardship and therefore the EPA should have waived their 2019 RFS obligations." The court ruled on the follow specific points:

  • Severe Economic Harm Waiver -- The court rebuffed the refiners' argument that EPA should have waived the 2019 RFS requirements because East Coast refiners purportedly could not pass through their RFS compliance costs and thus experienced "severe economic harm." According to the Court, "Obligated parties assert that the 'pass-through' theory is flawed and that RFS requirements impose severe economic consequences on refiners in the Eastern United States. We reject this challenge. EPA reasonably concluded that obligated parties had failed to make the strong causal showing required to trigger the waiver. It was reasonable for EPA to conclude that RFS costs alone were not the primary driver of the refineries' economic difficulties", the Court added.

  • Inadequate Domestic Supply Waiver -- The court also shot down the refiners' claim that a waiver of 2019 RFS requirements would have been justified due to an "inadequate domestic supply" of renewable fuels to meet the standards. "EPA adequately explained its refusal to exercise the inadequate domestic supply waiver," the judges wrote.

  • Point of Obligation -- Refiners also argued that EPA should have used the 2019 RFS rule-making to change the point of obligation for RFS compliance from refiners and importers to fuel blenders. The court discarded that argument stating "Refiners have repeatedly but unsuccessfully urged EPA to include blenders in the point of obligation. EPA's decision not to undertake another reassessment in the 2019 rule-making was not an abuse of discretion."

  • Exported Renewable Fuel -- The Court similarly rejected refiner arguments that exported renewable fuels should count toward RFS compliance. "EPA at no point suggested that it was substantively reconsidering its longstanding policy concerning the treatment of exported renewable fuel, and it reasonably refused to consider obligated parties' arguments for changing that policy," the court ruled. (Source: Renewable Fuels Assoc., Website PR, 16 July, 2021) Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

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


  • New Energy Blue Plans Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
    New Energy Blue,Inbicon
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based New Energy Blue LLC reports it plans to construct New Energy Freedom, a biomass refinery near Mason City, Iowa.

    The facility will produce 20 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol and 95 tpy of lignin, a solid biofuel and natural binder, from 275,000 tpy of locally sourced crop residue -- corn stover and wheat straw.

    New Energy Blue has completed process engineering around several different feedstocks and is now completing a site-specific design for construction next year in Iowa. The company plans to build four more biomass refineries over the next 6 years.

    According to the company release, besides being one of America's first carbon-negative refineries, New Energy Freedom represents the first large-scale use of Inbicon bioconversion technology outside of Denmark. New Energy Blue's team is a spin-off of the technology's development. The company purchased exclusive rights to license and build-out refineries from Orsted in 2019. Freedom's CapEx is about $200 million, about the same amount invested in Inbicon's 15-year development. Orsted built and operated a demonstration refinery for five years, supplying 2G ethanol to Danish petrol stations. (Source: New Energy BlueLLC, PR, Website, 20 July, 2021) Contact: New Energy Blue LLC, info@newenergyblue.com, www.newenergyblue.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Inbicon,  New Energy Blue,  Biomass,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    Novozymes Touts Innova Yeast to Boost Ethanol Prod. (Ind. Report)
    Novozymes,Microbiogen
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Danish enzymes and microbes specialist Novozymes is touting "Innova Element", the latest addition to the company's Innova yeast platform. Element specifically targets ethanol plants seeking the highest level of starch and glucose conversion.

    Element is tolerant of high ethanol concentrations, powers through high organic acid and fermentation temperature excursions -- delivering the lowest residual starch. This allows producers to push for new ethanol yield targets while minimizing losses to common stressors such as high temperature and organic acids. Element enables plants to improve throughput by raising solids and improving plant efficiency -- or finish fermentations as needed because of its flexibility in speed, according to the release.

    By leveraging the biological synergies and sustainability of Novozymes' enzymes, yeast, and technical service platforms all together, ethanol producers can unlock more of their inputs to generate the highest levels of ethanol, expand diversification, lower input costs and achieve significant process efficiency gains, according to the release. Novozymes' Innova yeast products are the result of a dedicated development partnership with Sydney, Australia-based Microbiogen to bring new yeast technology to the market (Source: Novozymes, Website, PR, July, 2021) Contact: MicroBioGen, Geoff Bell, CEO (02) 9418 3182, geoff.bell@microbiogen.com, www.microbiogen.com; Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy, 646-671-3897, www.novozymes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microbiogen,  Novozymes,  Ethanol,  Yeast,  


    Kinder Morgan Acquiring LNG Supplier Kinetrex Energy (M&A)
    Kinder Morgan, Kinetrex
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Houston, Texas-headquartered Kinder Morgan Inc. reports it is purchasing Indianapolis-based LNG supplier Kinetrex Energy for $310 million. Kintrex has two small-scale domestic LNG production and fueling facilities and holds a 50 pct stake in a landfill renewable natural gas (RNG) facility with three more RNG facilities in development. When fully operational the four sites will produce more than 4 billion cubic feet of RNG per year and capture the methane produced from the decomposition of organic waste.

    Kinder Morgan is also looking at opportunities in carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) renewable natural gas capture, hydrogen production, renewable power generation, electric transmission, and renewable diesel production. The company is also spending $60 million to build new renewable diesel hubs in Northern and Southern California and has terminals and pipelines capable of blending, storing, and exporting ethanol and other biofuels while evaluating multiple opportunities to establish new hubs to handle those products.(Source: KinderMorgan, PR, 14 July, 2021) Contact: Kinetrex Energy, 317-886-8179. ; Kinder Morgan, (713) 369-9000, www.kindermorgan.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinder Morgan,  Kinetrex,  LNG,  Hydrogen,  Biofuel,  Marine Fuel,  LNG,  


    Shell, MSC Partner on Low-Carbon Maritime Alt. Fuels (Int'l.)
    MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,Shell
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Swiss-headquartered MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) reports it is partnering with Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd to develop and deploy "net-zero solutions" such as zero-emission alternative fuels and the technologies that will enable them with the ambition of contributing towards a "zero-carbon flexi-fuel concept vessel" to help the shipping sector's energy transition towards decarbonization.

    As previously reported, the two firms have worked together over the last 10 years on projects, including bunkering biofuels and ultra-low sulfur fuels, and envisage a range of net-zero fuel solutions such as hydrogen-derived fuels and the use of methanol as a marine fuel. The companies have also been exploring the potential benefits of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to bio-LNG or synthetic variants. (Source: Shell Marine, PR, gCaptain. 16 July, 2021) Contact: Shell Marine, Melissa Williams, President, www.shell.com/business-customers/marine.html; MCG Group, Bud Darr, EVP Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, +41 79 885 76 70, www.mcggroup.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,  Shell,  CCS,  


    EPA Year-Round E15 Approval Ruling Overruled (Reg & Leg)
    Ethanol
    Date: 2021-07-19
    On 2nd July In Washington, in the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, et al. vs. EPA case, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a 2019 EPA rule that lifted restrictions on the year-round sale of a 15 pct ethanol fuel blend.

    Under the June 2019 expansion, E15 could be sold year-round without additional Reid vapor pressure (RVP) control rather than just eight months of the year. The one pound per square inch waiver for RVP was approved by EPA for year-round E10 sales in 1992, but not for E15.

    The Court found that Congress "balanced wide-ranging economic, energy-security and geopolitical implications" and that the law "reflects a compromise, not simply a desire to maximize ethanol production at all costs" and that "Congress did not intend to allow ethanol blends higher than 10 pct to be widely sold year-round." (Source: Various Media, AgriNews, 18 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E10,  E15,  Ethanol Blend,  


    MicroBioGen Touts 2G Biofuels Technology Success (Int'l. Report)
    MicroBioGen,Australian Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2021-07-12
    In the Land Down Under, Sydney-based MicroBioGen reports the successfull demo-scale production of both high-protein food and low carbon bioethanol from non-food material using a single biological agent -- a genetically-modified version of the common yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae -- developed in Australia in collaboration with Novozymes

    Funded in part with a $4 million grant from the Federal Government's Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), MicroBioGen's work will boost the role of second-generation (2G) biofuels in reducing carbon emissions and improving food security by enabling food and fuel production from abundant, low-value waste plant material. (Source: MicroBioGen, PR, July, 2021) Contact: Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy Commercial, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America,(919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com; MicroBioGen, Geoff Bell, CEO (02) 9418 3182, geoff.bell@microbiogen.com, www.microbiogen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MicroBioGen,  Biofuel,  Novozymes,  


    Fed. Appeals Court Strikes Down Year-Round E15 Sales (Reg & Leg)
    EPA
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In Washington, Friday 2nd July, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed the EPA approval of year-round sale of E15 on the grounds that the EPA "overstepped its authority in 2019 when it removed the last remaining barriers to selling the 15-percent ethanol blend in the summer months."

    The Court noted "it's clear from federal law that Congress balanced 'wide-ranging economic, energy-security, and geopolitical implications' and that the wording of the law 'reflects a compromise, not simply a desire to maximize ethanol production at all costs."

    The court concluded Congress did not intend to allow ethanol blends higher than 10 pct to be widely sold year-round, according the AP. (Source: EPA, Convenience Store News, 6 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E15 news,  Ethanol Blend news,  FES news,  


    Ag. Canada Supports extractX Mobile Ethanol Technology (Funding)
    extractX Inc
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In Ottawa, the Canadian Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food reports funding of up to $1.48 million for Welland, Ontario-based hemp and cannabis-grower extractX Inc. to develop a mobile, ethanol-based extraction lab for biomass processing.

    The project is funded through the original Agricultural Clean Technology Program, a $25-million, three-year (2018-2021) investment to support research, development and adoption of clean technologies.

    The Government of Canada recently launched the new $165.7-million Agricultural Clean Technology Program, which provides farmers and agri-businesses with access to funding to help develop and adopt the latest clean technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance their competitiveness.

    With the funding, extractX completed the final stages of research and development for its proprietary, fully-automated extraction technology that uses ethanol, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to other processes widely used in the industry. As a mobile unit, extractX is able to bring environmentally-efficient processing facilities to producers across Canada and around the world. (Source: Canadian Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food , Mirage, July, 2021) Contact: extractX Inc., 800-468-4105, info@extractx.com, www.extractx.com

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


    Clariant, India Glycols Renewable Ethylene JV Confirmed (Int'l.)
    Clariant
    Date: 2021-07-02
    Sustainable,specialty chemicals producer Clariant and India Glycols Limited (IGL), a manufacturer of green technology-based chemicals, are reporting their 51-49 pct joint venture for renewable ethylene oxide (EO) derivatives made from bio-ethanol under the name Clariant IGL Specialty Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. has received all necessary approvals and will begin operation this month.

    Originally announced in March 2021, the joint venture combines IGL's renewable bio-ethylene oxide derivatives business, which includes a multipurpose production facility including an alkoxylation plant located in Kashipur, Uttarakhand (India), with Clariant's local Industrial and Consumer Specialties business in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. To support production, India Glycols has agreed to a long-term supply agreement for ethylene oxide made from bio-ethanol as well as further utilities. (Source: Clariant, PR, 1 July, 2021) Contact: Glycols Limited, www.indiaglycols.com; Clariant, Conrad Keijzer, CEO, +41 61 469 63 63, Fax: +41 61 469 69 99, www.clariant.com;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant,  Ethanol,  Ethylene,  


    Vertoro Rotterdam Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Funded (Int'l.)
    Vertoro
    Date: 2021-07-02
    Geleen, Netherland-based green technology company Vertoro is reporting receipt of €2 million in European Union "ReactEU" grant funding to develop a 250,000 metric tpy lignin crude biorefinery at Rotterdam.

    The biorefinery will convert woody biomass -- industrial wood residues, sawdust and wastes -- into roughly 50,000 metric tpy of cellulosic ethanol and roughly 125,000 metric tpy of lignin-based "Goldilocks crude oil" which could be used as biofuel bunkers.

    Vertoro is a spin off company from a 2017 public-private partnership between Brightlands Chemelot Campus, DSM, Chemelot InSciTe, University of Maastricht and Eindhoven University of Technology. (Source: Vertoro, Website PR, 30 June, 2021) Contact: Vertoro, Michael Boot, CEO, michael@vertoro.com, www.vertoro.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertoro,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


    NextChem, MET Development Plan Bioethanol, Green Ammonia Projects (Ind. Report)
    NextChem, GranBio,Maire Tecnimont
    Date: 2021-07-02
    NextChem and MET Development have reached an agreement with FerSam Uruguay (a private holding company) to develop projects for the production of green ammonia and bioethanol in Latin America.

    Under the agreement, Maire Tecnimont Group's subsidiaries and FerSam will undertake feasibility studies for jointly producing green ammonia and developing a second-generation bioethanol project based on Sao Paulo, Brazil-based GranBio's 2G Ethanol technology to which NextChem acquired exclusive worldwide rights in 2020.

    Maire Tecnimont Group will contribute technological and know-how in terms of project development, design and engineering and execution to the partnership. (Source: Maire Tecmimont Group, Website PR, 30 June, 2021) Contact: Maire Tecmimont Group, www.mairetecnimont.com; NextChem, +39 327 0663447, mediarelations@nextchem.it, www.nextchem.com; FerSam Uruguay, www.fersam-group.com; Branbio, www.grabio.com.br

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Granbio,  Green Amonia,  Bioethanol,  Maire Tecnimont ,  NextChem,  Renewable Diesel,  


    Growth Energy Warns Against More RFS Waivers (Opinions & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-06-30
    Addressing a recent U.S. Senate Ag subcommittee meeting, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor noted there's both a practical and a political downside if the US EPA lets small oil refiners off the hook in blending ethanol or buying biofuel credits.

    "In 2019, President Biden said in Iowa, and I quote, 'Those waivers are a gigantic mistake. We should not be exempting, we should be insisting that these major oil companies meet the criteria that are set,' end quote. We wholeheartedly agree. Lowering, waving, caping, or any backtracking on the promise of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) damages our ability to decarbonize our vehicle fleet, threatens large agricultural markets, and jeopardizes hundreds of thousands of jobs supported by the biofuel industry."

    According to Skor, a new study shows switching to E15 with incentives pending in Congress would add $18 billion to the economy, $10 billion to household income and 183,000 jobs. (Source: Growth Energy, DRG News, 29 June, 2021). (Source: Growth Energy , Website PR, 25 May, 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  RFS,  Hardship Waivers,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  


    POET Lauds Oregon Ethanol Blend Legislation (Ind. Report)
    POET, Ethanol Blend
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In Salem, Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) has signed into law HB 3051 mandating all gasoline sold in Oregon contain at least 10 pct ethanol while allowing retailers to offer higher ethanol blends, like E15.

    "Oregon's diverse geography and unique landscape help make protecting the environment a clear priority for state policymakers. Plant-based renewable ethanol is 46 pct cleaner than traditional gasoline. This new law creates the pathway for higher blends of ethanol -- helping Oregon take meaningful steps to improve air quality and curb the effects of climate change by sustainably decarbonizing the light duty vehicles on Oregon's road today. Ethanol is also less expensive than gasoline, with E15 typically saving consumers three to 10 cents per gallon. By increasing the use of ethanol across the state, this law will also provide significant fuel savings for Oregon drivers," according to Joshua Shields, POET Senior VP.

    A study by Air Improvement Resource, Inc. showed that Oregon could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 190,000 metric tpy by increasing the use of higher blends by switching from E10 gasoline to E15, according to the release. (Source: POET, PR, Website, 23 June, 2021) Contact: POET, Joshua Shields, Senior VP, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol Blends,  E10,  E15,  


    ePURE Member Ethanol Production Cuts GHGs 75 pct (Int'l., Report)
    ePURE
    Date: 2021-06-25
    ePURE, the European ethanol industry trade association, is reporting production and use of renewable ethanol from ePURE members reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by an average of more than 75 pct compared to fossil fuels in 2020. It was the ninth consecutive year in which EU renewable ethanol increased its GHG reduction score.

    According to the ePURE release, the record-breaking figure strengthens the already-convincing case for renewable ethanol as one of the best available tools the EU has for decarbonising road transport. With the European Commission's imminent "Fit for 55" legislative package expected to increase targets for emissions reduction and for renewable energy in transport, it is clear the EU will need to make the most of readily available low-carbon solutions such as ethanol.

    The record-high GHG-saving performance of ePURE members' ethanol was also accompanied by significant production of animal feed (4.22 million tonnes) and of captured CO2 (0.87 million tonnes). The 2020 findings were compiled from ePURE members and certified by auditing firm Copartner.

    ePURE's membership includes 19 producing companies with around 50 refineries across the EU and UK, accounting for about 85 pct of EU renewable ethanol production. (Source: ePURE, PR, Website, 23 June, 2021) Contact: ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General, www.epure.org

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


    Indian Ethanol Production on the Rise (Int'l. Report)
    Hindustan Petroleum
    Date: 2021-06-21
    n New Delhi, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) reports it will invest $53.9 million to construct a 127,000 gpd ethanol plant in Una district, India. Rice and corn feedstocks will be locally sourced. (Source: Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd., PR, Shimla, 19 June, 2021) Contact: Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd., www.hindustanpetroleum.com

    In other Indian ethanol news, Indian ethanol producer Dalmia Bharat Sugar & Industries Ltd. reports it plans to increase its ethanol production capacity from its currant 8 crore lpy to 15 crore lpy (39.626 million gpy) beginning in Jan., 2022. The increases are slated for the company's Jawaharpur, Nigohi and Kolhapur plants and a new distillery to be established at Ramgarh, and are in response to the government's recently announced decision to raise the country's ethanol blending rate from 8 pct to 20 pct by 2025 . (Source: Dalmia Bharat Sugar & Industries Limited, PR, 16 June, 2021) Contact: Dalmia Bharat Sugar & Industries Limited, 011-23465100, www.dalmiasugar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hindustan Petroleum ,  Ethanol,  


    LanzaTech Part of Ind. Decarbonisation Project (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-06-21
    Chicago-headquartered LanzaTech reports it is working with the UK government and several industrial partners to construct and commission the world's first commercial-scale, ethanol-based ATJ (Alcohol-to-Jet) fuel production facility in South Wales.

    The plant will use ethanol feedstock produced from steel mill waste gases and other wastes to produce a more sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), thus contributing to industrial decarbonisation. The proposed facility will yield roughly 100 million lpy of ATJ Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK) to build out the entire supply chain from feedstock to wing. Using a 30 pct blend target, the 100 million litres of ATJ-SPK will yield c.330 million lpy of blended SAF.

    The LanzaTech ATJ facility will be further developed within Phase 2 of the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC), a consortium involving 17 partners led by Costain. This phase of SWIC is supported by £20 million in grant funding from Innovate UK with a further £17.6 million provided by industry. The project also aims to reduce industrial emissions at sites throughout South Wales, supporting Welsh NetZero targets. Within SWIC, LanzaTech will select the final project site, perform site-specific engineering, and obtain facility permits, with support from Costain. The funding is being awarded through UKRI's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) decarbonisation of industrial clusters phase two: deployment competition. It is delivered by the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge.

    LanzaTech will build and operate this first UK deployment of the LanzaJet™ ATJ technology. Then, both LanzaTech and its spin-out company, LanzaJet™, will develop multiple follow-on projects in the UK and globally as the market for sustainable jet fuel develops, primarily via a licensing model in which customers build, own, and operate facilities that use the LanzaJet™ technology. (Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, 15 June, 2021) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaJet,  LanzaTech,  Ethanol,  SAF,  


    Biofuels 17 pct of US 2020 Renewables Consumption (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2021-06-18
    According to recent EIA data, consumption of renewable energy in the U.S. grew for the fifth consecutive year in 2020, reaching a record 11.6 quadrillion Btu -- 12 pct of total U.S. energy -- while fossil fuel and nuclear power consumption declined.

    EIA data shows that biofuels, including fuel ethanol, biodiesel and other renewable fuels, accounted for approximately 17 percent of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2020, despite an 11 percent drop in biofuel consumption caused by market factors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Wood and waste energy, wood pellets, and biomass waste from landfills accounted for about 22 pct of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2019. (Source: U.S. EIA, Monthly Energy Review, 16 June, 2021) Contact: IS EIA, www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=48396, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  US EIA,  


    Ethanol Producer Greenfield Global, Port of Montreal Cooperate on Green Hydrogen (Ind. Report)
    Greenfield Global
    Date: 2021-06-18
    In Quebec, the Montreal Port Authority is reporting a cooperation agreement with Ontario-based ethanol producer Greenfield Global to develop green hydrogen for an indirect shore supply of electrical power for the marine industry. The agreement is intended to identify and implement innovative green energy solutions, of which green hydrogen, ethanol and methanol are at the forefront.

    The agreement aims to address commercial shipping's greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) which account for roughly 3 pct of global GHG emissions.

    Greenfield is the largest ethanol producer in Canada and owns and operates five ethanol distilleries, four specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants and three next-generation biofuel and renewable energy R&D centers in the United States, Canada and Ireland. (Source: Port of Montreal, Website, PR, H2 View, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Montreal Port Authority, Martin Imbleau, Pres., CEO, 514 283-7011, www.port-montreal.com; Greenfield Global, Howard Field, CEO, (613) 698-0116, howard.field@greenfield.com, www.greenfield.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenfield Global,  Green Hydrogen,  Ethanol,  


    Canadian Hydrogen from Nuclear Study Underway (Ind. Report)
    Greenfield Global,Nuclear Innovation Institute
    Date: 2021-06-18
    In Ontario, Canada, the independent, not-for-profit Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) has launched a new study into the role of nuclear power in supporting a growing hydrogen economy. The study will be led by global consultancy Arcadis, supported by NII and project partners electric utility Bruce Power and Canada's largest ethanol producer, Greenfield Global.

    The study will be the first of its kind in Canada to evaluate the technical viability and business case for hydrogen use and production from emissions-free nuclear power in Ontario. This study will investigate the viability of a local pilot project to demonstrate the economics of the technology, in preparation for the rapid growth of the hydrogen economy.

    Greenfield Global owns and operates five ethanol distilleries, four specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants and three next-generation biofuel and renewable energy R&D centers in the United States, Canada and Ireland. (Source: Greenfield Global, Website PR, 11 June, 2021) Contact: Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) www.nuclearinnovationinstitute.ca/centre-for-next-generation-nuclear; Arcadis, www.arcadis.com; Bruce Power, www.brucepower.com; Greenfield, www.greenfield.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Greenfield Glonal,  Nuclear Innovation Institute,  Arcadis,  


    Indian Ethanol Producer Doubling Production by Jan 2022 (Int'l.)
    Dalmia Bharat Sugar & Industries
    Date: 2021-06-18
    In New Delhi, Indian ethanol producer Dalmia Bharat Sugar & Industries Ltd. reports it plans to increase its ethanol production capacity from its currant 8 crore lpy to 15 crore lpy (39.626 million gpy) beginning in Jan., 2022.

    The increases are slated for the company's Jawaharpur, Nigohi and Kolhapur plants and a new distillery to be established at Ramgarh, and are in response to the government's recently announced decision to raise the country's ethanol blending rate from 8 pct to 20 pct by 2025 . (Source: Dalmia Bharat Sugar & Industries Limited, PR, 16 June, 2021) Contact: Dalmia Bharat Sugar & Industries Limited, 011-23465100, www.dalmiasugar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Etanol,  India Ethanol,  Sugar Ethanol,  


    Chief Ethanol, Catahoula Announce CCS Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Chief Ethanol
    Date: 2021-06-14
    In the Cornhusker State, Grand Island-based Chief Industries, Inc. is reporting its Chief Ethanol division in Hastings and Houston-headquartered Catahoula Resources have agreed to jointly develop carbon capture and permanent sequestration (CCS) within Nebraska.

    The two firms are currently evaluating CCS infrastructure investments that will enhance the sustainability and improve the economics of ethanol production through low-cost carbon storage. Work has already begun to evaluate favorable storage geology through Catahoula's joint development arrangement with Battelle.

    Catahoula Resources is a portfolio company of private investment firm The Energy and Minerals Group, a major investor in midstream infrastructure in North America and a leader in identifying, developing and executing world-class design/build/operate capabilities for midstream assets, according to a company release. (Source: Chief Industries, Inc., Catahoula Resources, North Platte Telegraph12 June, 2021) Contact: Chief Industries, Inc., D.J. Eihusen, CEO, (308) 389-7200, www.chiefind.com ; Catahoula Resources, Jeff Rawls, CEO, 713.324.640o, info@catahoularesources.com, www.catahoularesources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chief Ethanol,  CCS,  


    Maritime Zero-Emissions Fuels Notable Quotes (Alt. Fuel)
    Ocean Conservancy
    Date: 2021-06-11
    "By 2030, we want ships capable of running on well-to-wake zero-emission fuels -- such as green hydrogen, green ammonia, green methanol, and advanced biofuels -- to make up at least 5 pct of the global deep-sea fleet measured by fuel consumption." -- US DOE

    "We're going to look to the ocean to continue to help reduce pollution." -- U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry, Apr., 2021

    "We can decarbonize the sector by using zero-carbon fuels like hydrogen and ammonia, instead of dirty fuel oil, to power transoceanic vessels, but the shipping industry has been slow to make to the switch." -- John Lewis, Clean Air Task Force

    In April, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry announced the U.S. will join an international effort to achieve zero emissions by 2050 in the global shipping industry -- which emits 1 billion metric tpy of CO2, according to the Ocean Conservancy. Roughly 90 pct of world trade is transported by sea and accounts for nearly 3 pct of the world's CO2 emissions. (Source: Ocean Conservancy, Various Media, June, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Maritime Fuel,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


    Eco-Energy Stockton Ethanol Terminal Work Underway (Ind. Report)
    Eco-Energy
    Date: 2021-06-11
    Eco-Energy reports construction is underway on its ethanol distribution facility in Stockton, California -- the company's 11th such facility.

    The Stockton site is expected to be completed and in operation in March, 2022 and will be equipped with 108 tank car offload spots, 6.7 million gallons of dedicated ethanol storage and high-speed truck loading capability. (Source: Eco-Energy, PR, 9 June, 2021) Contact: Eco-Energy, Josh Bailey, CEO, (615) 778-2898, Chad Conn, VP, (615) 786-0401, www.eco-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Eco-Energy,  


    Air Liquide, Samsung Plan Malaysian Methanol Plant (Alt. Fuel)
    Air Liquide
    Date: 2021-06-09
    French industrial gas giant Air Liquide Engineering & Construction reports it and Seoul, South Korea-headquartered Samsung Engineering are planning construction of a 5,000 tpd methanol production facility in Bintulu, Sarawak State, Eastern Malaysia.

    The methanol plant will utilise Air Liquide Engineering & Construction's proprietary process technology, Lurgu MegaMethanol, to convert natural gas into methanol. Air Liquide will license the technology required, as well as providing an Air Separation Unit (ASU) with a production capacity of 2,200 tpd of oxygen.(Source: Air Liquide Engineering & Construction, PR, Website, 5 June, 2021) Contact: Air Liquide Engineering & Construction, +33 1 49 83 55 55, www.airliquide.com/engineering-construction; Samsung Engineering, www.samsungengineering.com

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    India Advances 20 pct Ethanol-Petrol Blend Target (Int'l. Report)
    Idia Ethanol Blend
    Date: 2021-06-07
    In New Delhi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has advanced the country’s target of 20 pct ethanol blended petrol by five years to 2025 from the previous target date of 2030.

    As previously reported, India's National Biofuel Policy 2018 targeted 20 pct blending of ethanol in petrol and 5 pct blending of biodiesel in diesel by 2030. The blending percentage of ethanol with petrol has increased from 1.53 pct in 2013-14 to 8.5 pct in 2020-2.

    India's ethanol production capacity is 684 crore litre (1,806,936,800 gallons). (Source: Office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 5 June, 2021)

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    Iowa Farm, Biofuel Leaders Support E15 Legislation (Ind. Report)
    POET, Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-06-02
    Ethanol industry giant POET is reporting it and other biofuel and farm advocates are urging Hawkeye State lawmakers to approve H.F. 859, legislation to ensure all Iowans can benefit from access to E15 at the pump by 2028. The following joint statement was issued by Growth Energy, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Ethanol Producers Association, and POET: "Every Iowa driver should have the freedom to choose E15, which will provide fuel savings and is made from corn harvested on Iowa farms. We enthusiastically support the work of Governor Reynolds and the Legislature to get Iowa on the road to E15.

    "E15 is already popular with consumers, compatible with today's infrastructure and saves motorists an average of five cents per gallon in Iowa. Expanding E15 across the state will grow corn markets by 23 million bushels, inject $140 million into the state's economy, and save Iowa motorists an additional $72 million each year. Now is the time to act, and we're counting on Iowa lawmakers to lead the nation by ensuring access to E15 statewide."(Source: POET, Website PR, 28 May, 2021) Contact: POET, www.poet.com

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    POET Takes Flint Hills' Ethanol Business (M&A, Ind. Report)
    POET, Flint Hills
    Date: 2021-06-02
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota-headquartered ethanol pioneer POET, the country's largest biofuels producer, is reporting the acquisition of Flint Hills Resources' entire ethanol business, including 6 bioprocessing facilities in Iowa and Nebraska and two terminals in Texas and Georgia.

    The acquisition will bump POET's total ethanol production up by 40 pct to 3 billion gpy, dried distillers grain (DDG) production will rise to 7 million tpy and corn oil production will grow to 975 million pounds per year. With the acquisition, POET will operate 33 facilities across 8 states.

    Flint Hills, a refining, biofuels and petrochemical company, is based in Wichita, Kansas, and was the country's fifth-largest ethanol producer prior to the acquisition. (Source: POET, PR, 1 June, 2021) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com; Flint Hills Resources, 229-522-2822, www.fhr.com

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    ADM Building New North Dakota Soy Crushing Facility (Ind. Report)
    Archer Daniels Midland
    Date: 2021-05-28
    Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is reporting plans to build North Dakota's first dedicated soybean crushing plant and refinery in Spiritwood, a major soybean producing area, to meet fast-growing demand from biofuel and renewable diesel customers and others. The $350 million crush and refining complex will process 150,000 bushels per day of soybeans.

    ADM also plans to invest approximately $25 million to expand refining and storage capacity at its crush and refining facility in Quincy, Illinois. This project will fully align the location's refining capabilities with its crush capacity and allow for greater flexibility in meeting the needs of ADM's food, biofuel and industrial customers. The expanded capacity is expected to be online by Q1 2022, according to the release. (Source: ADM, PR, May, 2021) Contact: ADM, www.adm.com

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    Bulk of California's GHG Reductions from Biodiesel (Ind. Report)
    Diesel Technology Forum
    Date: 2021-05-26
    The not-for-profit Diesel Technology Forum is reporting newly released data from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) shows that low carbon transportation fuels powering internal combustion engines deliver the Golden State's biggest reduction in transportation-related sources of GHG emissions.

    Biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel are the biggest carbon cutting technologies from the transportation sector, edging out ethanol and beating the benefits of electrified cars, trucks and buses by 3:1.

    According to Diesel Technology Forum Exec, Dir. Allen Schaeffer, "Cumulatively, over the period of 2011-2020, California's consumption of biodiesel and renewable diesel fuels accounted for 43 pct (over 32 million tons) of all greenhouse gas eliminated from the transportation sector, while battery-electric transportation options accounted for only 13 percent (10 million tons)." (Source: Diesel Technology Forum, 18 May, 2021) Contact: Diesel Technology Forum, dtf@dieselforum.org, www.dieselforum.org; CARB, Richard Perry, CEO, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    LanzaTech Lands $4.1Mn ARPA-E Funding (Funding)
    LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-05-26
    LanzaTech, with partners from the University of Michigan and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is reporting receipt of $4.1 million in funding from the U.S. DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA.E).

    The funding will be used to enhance existing technology to enable the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) to ethanol at 100 pct efficiency and usher in a new industrial era in which recycled CO2 will be the feedstock of "arbon refineries" to produce ethanol. The technology developed under this project can be integrated with multiple CO2 sources, such as corn grain ethanol refining and direct air capture.

    Download ARPA.E ECOSynBio Project details HERE. (Source: LanzaTech, PR, 24 May, 2021) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; ARPA.E, ARPA-E@hq.doe.gov, www.arpa-e.energy.gov

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    Aemetis Biogas Cleanup Unit Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-05-24
    Cupertino, California-based advanced renewable fuels and biochemical producer Aemetis Inc. subsidiary Aemetis Biogas LLC reports construction is underway at its $12 million Biogas Central Dairy Digester biogas cleanup and compression unit project at the company's advanced ethanol plant in Keyes, California.

    The plant will produce pipeline-quality RNG that will be directly connected to the PG&E natural gas pipeline, according to the release. (Source: Aemetis Biogas , PR 20 May, 2021) Contact: Aemetis Biogas, Andy Foster, Pres., Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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    Ethanol Producer ADM Completes Illinois CCS Project (Ind. Report)
    Archer Daniels Midland,ADM
    Date: 2021-05-24
    Chicago-based commodities trader and ethanol producer Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and the University of Illinois are reporting completion of the Illinois Basin -- Decatur Project (IBDP), a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project designed to test and evaluate the technology at commercial scale. IBDP is one of two CCS projects located adjacent to ADM's corn processing plant in Decatur, Illinois.

    The project was primarily funded through the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) by the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) with the goal of confirming the ability of the Mt. Simon Sandstone to accept and store one million metric tons of carbon dioxide over a period of three years -- equivalent to the annual emissions from about 1.2 million passenger cars, according to the EPA .

    Working together through the MGSC, the Illinois State Geological Survey at the University of Illinois designed, implemented, and monitored the project. ADM was the host and operator.

    ADM notes it also began injection operations at a second CCS project, the Illinois Industrial Sources Carbon Capture and Storage Project, in Decatur in April 2017. The project is currently permitted to operate through 2022 and has the potential to store up to 5.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

    Collectively, these two projects have successfully stored more than 3.4 million metric tons to date.

    The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Source: ADM, Corporate Release, Website, 19 May, 2021) Contact: ADM, Alison Taylor, Chief Sustainability Officer, Jackie Anderson , 312-634-8484, media@adm.com, www.adm.com; Illinois State Geological Survey, www.isgs.illinois.edu

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    Vivergo UK Biofuels Plant Slated for 2022 Reopening (Int'l. Report)
    Vivergo Fuels
    Date: 2021-05-21
    UK-based Vivergo Fuels reports it plans to reboot its shuttered 2012 vintage wheat bioethanol plant in Hull, North Yorkshire, following a Department for Transport announcement that E10 petrol will be introduced at pumps across the UK beginning in September, this year. The plant is expected to resume bioethanol production in early 2022.

    The 420 million lpy bioethanol plant, the largest producer in the UK and second largest in Europe -- can process 1.1 million tpy of wheat and supplies 500,000 tpy of animal feed to 800 farms. Vivergo Fuels was established as a JV between AB Sugar, BP and DuPont in 2007. (Source: Vivergo, Biofuels Int'l. 20 May, 2021)Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700850, www.vivergofuels.com

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    Three Rivers Energy Rebooting Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
    Three Rivers Energy,Lakeview Energy
    Date: 2021-05-21
    Chicago-based agribusiness, biofuels and wind energy investor Lakeview Energy IIC reports it will reboot operations at its shuttered Three Rivers Energy biorefinery in Coshocton, Ohio, later this summer.

    The facility, which launched in 2008, produced ethanol, distillers grains to feed livestock and corn oil.

    Lakeview Energy recently reported closing of a $50 million capital partnership with Orion Energy Partners to fund process upgrades at the Coshocton biorefinery. (Source: Lakeview Energy, Three Rivers Energy, PR 17 May, 2021) Contact: Lakeview Energy LLC, 312-386-5897, www.lakeviewenergy.com

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    ClearFlame Engine Technologies, Alto Ingredients Partner to Demonstrate Decarbonization of Diesel-Fueled Engines Using Ethanol Fuel (Ind. Report)
    ClearFlame Engine Technologies
    Date: 2021-05-19
    Geneva, Illinois-based ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a growing startup dedicated to the development of clean engine technology today announced a partnership with Alto Ingredients, Inc.-- fka Pacific Ethanol -- a leading producer of specialty alcohols and essential ingredients, to conduct pilot demonstrations of its proven solution for diesel engines using low-cost ethanol in Class VIII trucks.

    ClearFlame will provide Alto with a Class VIII truck retrofitted with a 500hp heavy-duty demonstration engine which can match diesel torque and efficiency by achieving true diesel-style combustion of any decarbonized fuel. In turn, Alto will provide fuel and fleet support enabling real-world on-road testing. ClearFlame anticipates its engine running on ethanol can reduce GHG vehicle emissions by more than 45 pct and offer an estimated 15-30 pct TCO savings when compared with a diesel-fueled solution.

    ClearFlame's technology enables low-carbon and carbon-negative fuels to be easily integrated into existing diesel engine platforms, offering a more sustainable and cost-effective solution than diesel fuel while utilizing existing liquid fuel infrastructure. It provides the same performance, efficiency, and rugged practicality associated with diesel engines, while eliminating the need for complex after treatment solutions. By replacing 100 pct of the petroleum fuel used with decarbonized fuels such as ethanol.

    ClearFlame's engine technology significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions, particulate matter and smog, helping to meet stringent emissions regulations while reducing overall engine cost. ClearFlame-enabled trucks will begin driving in late 2021, for fleet testing to begin in the first quarter of 2022. (Source: ClearFlame, PR, 17 May., 2021) Contact: ClearFlam Engine Technologies, www.clearflameengines.com; Alto Ingredients, Mike Kandriss, CEO, www.altoingredients.com.

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    ePure Warns Against EU's Dismissal of Crop-Based Biofuels (Int'l.)
    ePure
    Date: 2021-05-19
    EURACTIV reports the European Commission's (EC) draft proposal to revise the Renewable Energy Directive, which raises the target for the share of renewable energy in transport but keeps in place a cap on the use of crop-based biofuel "risks hampering efforts to decarbonise the transport sector." The updated renewable energy directive proposal, due to be presented on 14 July as part of a broader package of climate legislation, upholds a limit on the use of first-generation biofuels made from food crops.

    Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General of ePURE, commented "Unfortunately, the Commission has recently shown it still seems inclined to seek to minimise the contribution of crop-based biofuels from the road transport energy mix -- even though such biofuels have been the main contributor to displacing fossil fuel and are essential to meeting 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. Without liquid and gaseous biofuels, 99.7 pct of EU road transport energy would be fossil (fuel)", he noted. (Source: ePure, Website, 18 May, 2021) Contact: ePure, www.epure.org

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    ECOSynBio Commits $35Mn to Cutting Biofuel Production Carbon Footprint (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE ECOSynBio
    Date: 2021-05-17
    In Washington, the US DOE Energy Carbon Optimised Synthesis for the Bioeconomy (ECOSynBio) programme reports it is awarding $35 million to 15 research projects aimed at decarbonising biorefining processes across the transportation and agriculture sectors.

    Ethanol, biodiesel and other products derived from organic material are almost exclusively produced by fermentation processes that create carbon as a by-product, with some processes wasting more than a third of this carbon as CO2 emissions. Accordingly, new pathways is needed for biofuel conversion that reduces carbon waste, prevents the loss of CO2 emissions, and in turn, maximises the amount of renewable fuel a conversion process yields.

    The ECOSynBio award winners will work on the following methods to optimise biofuel production: carbon-optimised fermentation strains that avoid CO2 waste; engineered organisms that can use a mix of different sources of energy and carbon and avoid evolving CO2; biomass-derived sugar or carbon oxide gas fermentation with internal CO2 recycling; cell-free carbon-optimised biocatalytic biomass conversion and/or CO2 use; and cross-cutting carbon-optimided bioconversion methods that have the potential for high-impact emissions reductions, according to the release. (Source: US DOE, May, 2021) Contact: US DOE ECOSynBio, www.arpa-e.energy.gov/technologies/programs/ecosynbio

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    LanzaTech, BASF Tout Ind. Off-Gas n-Octanol Prod. (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech,BASF
    Date: 2021-05-14
    Transforming the carbon contained in industrial off-gases into valuable chemicals is the aim of a partnership between LanzaTech and BASF. Now the partners have achieved a key first success: With the help of special bacteria, they have been able to produce n-octanol at laboratory scale from carbon monoxide and hydrogen, the main components of emissions, e.g. from the steel industry.

    In this partnership, the two companies are working on a process using a biological capability developed by Dr. Ramon Gonzalez, currently a Professor at the University of South Florida, that will allow the carbon in the off-gas to be utilized as a raw material for the production of chemical products like n-octanol. This innovative carbon recycling approach thereby reduces CO2 emissions from the industrial site and keeps fossil resources in the ground. LanzaTech's technology is already deployed at commercial scale transforming exhaust gas from steel production into ethanol. The collaboration has now paved the way to produce high value chemicals, such as n octanol through gas fermentation.

    The two companies have also designed an innovative process concept to allow continuous product generation and purification. As a next step, the teams will focus on optimizing the biology and technology design to deliver an efficient production process, according to the LanzaTech release. (Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, 11 May, 2021) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; BASF Dr. Detlef Kratz, Pres. Process Research & Chemical Engineering, +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com

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    Raizen Energia Brazilian Biogas Plant Now Online (Int'l Report)
    Raízen Energia
    Date: 2021-05-10
    In Brazil, Raizen Energia is reporting its $28 million, 21-MW biogas from agricultural waste power plant in the state of Sao Paulo -- one of the largest biogas power plants in the world -- is now in full operation.

    The plant utilizes Vinasse -- slop leftover from distillation and filter cake residue from sugarcane juice purification -- by-products from sugar cane and ethanol processing at an adjacent sugar cane plant that crushes over 5 million tpy of sugar cane. (Source: Raizen Energia, PR, 7 May, 2021) Contact: Raizen Energia, www.raizen.com.br/en

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    ADM Building New North Dakota Soy Crushing Facility (Ind. Report)
    ADM
    Date: 2021-05-10
    Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is reporting plans to build North Dakota] first dedicated soybean crushing plant and refinery in Spiritwood, North Dakota, to meet fast-growing demand from biofuel and renewable diesel customers and others.

    The $350 million crush and refining complex will feature state-of-the-art automation technology and process 150,000 bushels per day of soybeans.

    Strategically located in a major soybean producing area, ADM's global logistics network will enable the facility to access both domestic and global markets for soybean oil and meal.

    ADM also plans to invest approximately $25 million to expand refining and storage capacity at its crush and refining facility in Quincy, Illinois. This project will fully align the location's refining capabilities with its crush capacity and allow for greater flexibility in meeting the needs of ADM's food, biofuel and industrial customers. The expanded capacity is expected to be online by Q1 2022, according to the release. (Source: ADM, PR, 10 May, 2021) Contact: ADM, www.adm.com

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    GEVO, Cray Valley to Scale Up Renewable Isoamylene (Ind. Report)
    GEVO, Cray Valley
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Exton, Pennsylvania-headquartered Total Cray Valley and Englewood, Colorado-based GEVO Inc. are reporting completion of Phase 1 of their Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to upgrade fusel oils into renewable isoamylene. Phase 2 will scale up GEVO's technology at a demonstration scale.

    Fusel oils, made during the production of ethanol, equate to approximately 1 million tons of bio-based feedstock. The JDA, signed in 2020, is based on GEVO's chemical-based catalytic processes that selectively convert low-value fusel oils, a mixture of alcohols that are byproducts from fermentation processes such as ethanol or isobutanol production, into higher-value renewable chemicals such as isoprene, ketones, aldehydes, or olefins, in this case isoamylene, which has various industrial applications.

    Total Cray Valley is a global supplier of specialty chemical additives, hydrocarbon specialty chemicals, and liquid and powder "tackifying" resins used as ingredients in adhesives, rubbers, polymers, coatings and other materials. The company pioneered the development of these advanced technologies, introducing hundreds of products that enhance the performance of products in energy, printing, packaging, construction, tire manufacture, electronics, and other demanding applications. (Source: GEVO, Website PR, 3 May, 2021) Contact: TOTAL, Valerie Goff, Snr. VP Polymers, Investor Relations, +44 (0)207 719 7962, ir@total.com, www.total.com; GEVO,, Dr. Paul Bloom, CTO, www.gevo.com; Total Cray Valley, www.crayvalley.com

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    Opportunities and Limits of CO2 Recycling in a Circular Carbon Economy: Techno-economics, Critical Infrastructure Needs, and Policy Priorities (Report Attached)
    Columbia Universitys Center on Global Policy
    Date: 2021-05-07
    The attached report, part of the Carbon Management Research Initiative at Columbia University's Center on Global Policy, examines 19 CO2 recycling pathways to understand the opportunities, technical and economic limits of CO2 recycling products gaining market entry and reaching global scale.

    The pathways studied consume renewable (low-carbon) electricity and use chemical feedstocks derived from electrochemical pathways powered by renewable energy. Across these CO2 recycling pathways, the authors evaluated current globally representative production costs, sensitivities to cost drivers, carbon abatement potential, critical infrastructure and feedstock needs, and the effect of subsidies. Based on this analysis, the paper concludes with targeted policy recommendations to support CO2 recycling innovation and deployment. Key findings of the analysis include :

  • CO2 recycling pathways could deliver deep emissions reductions. -- When supplied by low-carbon electricity and chemical feedstocks, CO2 recycling pathways have the combined potential to abate 6.8 gigatonnes of CO2 per year (GtCO2/yr) when displacing conventional production methods.

  • Some CO2 recycling pathways have reached market parity today, while the costs of remaining pathways are high. -- Electrochemical carbon monoxide (CO) production, ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass, concrete carbonation curing, and the CarbonCure concrete process all have an estimated cost of production (ECOP) lower than the product selling price. These pathways have a combined carbon abatement potential of 1.6 GtCO2/yr. Most remaining pathways have an ECOP of 2.5 to 7.5 times greater than the product selling price. In particular locations and contexts, ECOP may be substantially lower, but these costs are representative of CO2 recycling at global scale.

  • Catalyst performance and input prices are the main cost drivers. -- The largest component of ECOP is electricity and chemical feedstock costs, and the main cost drivers are those who influence these two cost components. For electrochemical pathways, ECOP is most sensitive to catalyst product selectivity (the ability of the catalyst to avoid unwanted side reactions), catalyst energy efficiency, and electricity price. For thermochemical pathways, the largest cost drivers are product selectivity, chemical feedstock price, and the price of the electricity used to make the feedstocks.

  • CO2 recycling at the scale of current global markets would require enormous new capacity of critical infrastructure. -- Each pathway at global scale would consume thousands of tWh of electricity, 30--100 million metric tpy of hydrogen, and up to 2,000 Mt of CO2 annually. This would require trillions of dollars of infrastructure per pathway to generate and deliver these inputs, including a combined 8,400 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity and 8,000 GW of electrolyzer capacity across all pathways.

    Based on these findings, the authors recommend the following policy actions:

  • Ensure CO2 recycling pathways are fed by low-carbon inputs. -- Without low-carbon electricity and feedstocks, CO2 recycling could potentially be more carbon-intensive than conventional production.

  • Prioritize certain pathways strategically. -- CO2 recycling methane and ethane production are extremely uneconomic and should be deprioritized. All other pathways are more economically promising and could be the focus of a targeted innovation agenda to reduce costs. In addition, the following pathways that have an ECOP less than 5 times the selling price could be prioritized for early market growth: electrochemical CO production, green hydrogen, ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass, concrete carbonation curing pathways, CO2 recycling urea production, and CO2 hydrogenation to light olefins, methanol, or jet fuel.

  • Target research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to catalyst innovation to bring down ECOP and reduce input demand. -- Policy makers can promote RD&D to improve the selectivity and energy efficiency of CO2 recycling catalysts. By decreasing a pathway's consumption of electricity and feedstocks, these innovations would both decrease ECOP and alleviate the sizable critical infrastructure needs.

  • Create demand pull for early market CO2 recycling products. -- Governments can use demand pull policies such as public procurement standards to bolster early markets for the most mature CO2 recycling pathways.

  • Promote build-out of critical infrastructure. -- To provide for the substantial infrastructure needs of CO2 recycling, policy makers can seek to remove barriers to and catalyze investment in building renewables installations, transmission lines, electrolyzers, and CO2 transport pipelines.

    Download the report HERE. (Source: Columbia University/ SIPA, Center for Global Energy Policy, 4 May., 2021) Contact: Columbia University, www.energypolicy.columbia.edu

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  • REGI Announces Proposed $500Mn Green Bond Offering (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2021-05-05
    In the Hawkeye State, Ames-headquartered Renewable Energy Group, Inc. reports it intends to offer, subject to market conditions and other factors, $500 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes due 2028 in a private placement.

    REGI estimates the offering will net approximately $489 million, which will be used to finance or refinance, in part or in full, new and/or existing eligible green projects, including the expansion of its Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery.

    Renewable Energy Group, Inc. is leading the energy industry's transition to sustainability by transforming renewable resources into high-quality, cleaner fuels. REG is an international producer of cleaner fuels and one of North America's largest producers of advanced biodiesel. REG solutions are alternatives for petroleum diesel and produce significantly lower carbon emissions. The company utilizes an integrated procurement, distribution and logistics network to operate 12 biorefineries in the U.S. and Europe. In 2020, REGI produced 519 million gallons of cleaner fuel delivering 4.2 million metric tons of carbon reduction, according to the release. (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc. Website PR, 4 May, 2021) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Todd Robinson Deputy CFO, (515) 239-8048, todd.robinson@regi.com, www.regi.com

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    American Coalition for Ethanol Comments on Biden's GHG Reduction Plan (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2021-05-05
    "Renewable fuels like ethanol are a significant part of the solution to climate change and should be part of US commitments to contribute to global emissions reductions under the Paris Agreement. In fac, ethanol is the only transportation energy source that can reach net-negative carbon intensity through carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and continued advancements within ethanol facilities and on-farm practices in how biofuel crops are grown.

    "Other countries have initiated national ethanol policies as part of their countries' global initiatives to decarbonize transportation fuels, and US biofuel producers are ready to play a larger role in meeting these targets here and around the world." -- Brian Jennings, CEO, American Coalition for Ethanol Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, (605) 334-3381, www.ethanol.org

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    CABBI Investigates RFS Biofuel Mandates, Incentives (Ind. Report)
    CABBI
    Date: 2021-05-03
    New studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) have found the need to adopt more targeted policies that value the environmental and ecosystem benefits of perennial bioenergy crops over cheaper options -- and provide financial incentives for farmers to grow them.

    In particular, the study calculated the net economic and environmental costs of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandates and found that maintaining the corn ethanol mandate would lead to a cumulative net cost to society of nearly $200 billion from 2016 to 2030 compared to having no RFS. The social cost of nitrogen damage from corn ethanol production substantially offsets the social benefits from GHG savings, the report notes.On the otherhand, the additional cellulosic mandate could provide substantial economic and environmental benefits with technological innovations that lower the costs of converting biomass to cellulosic ethanol and policies that place a high monetized value for GHG mitigation benefits. The study notes that maintaining the corn ethanol mandate pushes more land into corn production which increases the market price of other agricultural commodities. While producers might benefit from higher market prices.

    The study notes the cellulosic ethanol mandate could provide an overall benefit with the right policies. Supporting research and development to lower the cost of converting biomass to cellulosic ethanol would substantially reduce production costs and increase social benefits, and a high monetized value for GHG mitigation could offset all other costs.

    CABBI researchers hope performance-based policies -- including the low carbon fuel standard, carbon and nitrogen leakage taxes, or limits on crop-residue harvest -- can be implemented to supplement the RFS mandates after 2022.

    CABBI aims to integrate recent advances in agronomics, genomics, and synthetic and computational biology to increase the value of energy crops -- using a "plants as factories" approach to grow fuels and chemicals in plant stems, an automated foundry to convert biomass into valuable chemicals, and ensuring that its products are ecologically and economically sustainable. This holistic approach will help reduce fossil fuels dependence, according to the CABBI website. (Source: CABBI, PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: CABBI, Evan DeLuc1a, (217)244-1586, cabbi-bio@illinois.edu, www.cabbi.bio

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    Trinseo, ETB to Collaborate on Bio-Based 1,3 Butadiene (Ind. Report)
    Trinseo, ETB
    Date: 2021-04-30
    Berwyn, Pennsylvania-based Trinseo and Netherlands-headquartered ETB are reporting a letter of intent to collaborate on the development of purified bio-based 1,3-butadiene -- a first component in the value chain for enabling the replacement of fossil-based raw materials with renewable sources -- and to undertake a feasibility study for new pilot plant in Europe.

    The companies will jointly explore opportunities to scale up ETB's unique single-stage process to produce bio-based 1,3-butadiene from ethanol using polyfunctional catalyst technology. The collaboration will initially focus on demonstrating the viability of sustainable ethanol-based synthetic rubber in support of green tire production.

    Trinseo is a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber with a focus on delivering innovative, sustainable, and value-creating products.

    ETB Global B.V. is developing unique catalysts for new sustainable & bio-based processes, drawing on over 100 years of experience and knowledge in the fossil-based petrochemical industry and catalysis. ETB aims to change the environmental footprint of the rubber and plastic products. (Source: Trinseo, PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: Trinseo, Marjolein Groeneweg, +49 6196 969 3124, mgroeneweg@trinseo.com, www.trinseo.com; ETB , Vladimir Trembovolsky , CEO, +31 657 881232, www.vladimir@etbcat.com, www.etbcat.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Butadiene,  


    Aemetis Carbon Zero Renewable Fuels Plant Permitted (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-04-30
    Cupertino, California-based renewable natural gas and renewable fuels specialist Aemetis, Inc. is reporting receipt of nineteen construction permits from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District related to its Carbon Zero renewable fuels biorefinery at the Riverbank Industrial Complex in Riverbank, California. Each permit states a specific set of equipment and the conditions for operation of each unit.

    The Carbon Zero biorefinery is supported by $17 million of grant funding from the California Energy Commission and the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) and is slated to begin operations in 2023, then double production capacity by year 2025. (Source: Aemetis, Inc. , PR, 29 Apr., 2021)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Aemetis,  Ethanol,  California Air Resources Board,  


    E15 Pump Labeling Vetoed in Indiana Ind. Report, (Reg. & Leg.)
    POET
    Date: 2021-04-28
    In Indianapolis, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) yesterday vetoed legislation that would have sabotaged sales of E15, a renewable motor fuel blended with 15 pct bioethanol.

    The law would have mandated restrictive warning labels on E15 fuel dispensers that would cause unnecessary confusion at the pump, deprive Hoosiers access to significant fuel savings, and destroy future demand for Indiana corn, according to the POET release. (Source: POET, PR, 27 Apr., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  E15,  Ethanol Blend,  


    RINs Hit Highs as High Court Deliberates RFS Waivers (Ind. Report)
    RFS, Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2021-04-28
    Reuters is reporting U.S. renewable fuel standard credits (RINs) jumped Tuesday to record highs as costs for soybean oil pushed up both renewable fuel and biomass-based credits.

    Renewable fuel (D6) credits for 2021 traded up from $1.44 to $1.50 each and biomass-based (D4) credits traded at $1.58 each, up from $1.52 previously -- highest since Reuters began reporting data for renewable fuel credits in 2013 and biomass-based credits in 2014.

    The credits, known as RINs, rose at the same time that the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday was hearing oral arguments for a case involving the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires refiners to blend biofuels into their fuel mix each year or buy RINs from those that do. The Supreme Court's decision around the case will likely heavily influence the future of the RFS.

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied.Under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, the nation's oil refineries are required to blend billions of gallons of biofuels such as ethanol into the fuel or buy credits from those that do. But the EPA can waive their obligations if they prove compliance would cause them financial distress. (Source: Various Media, Reuters, 27 Apr., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Standard,  

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