Author Archive: Helena Tavares Kennedy

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Farm to flight – Carinata crop commercialization takes off

Farm to flight – Carinata crop commercialization takes off

November 19, 2017 |

In Australia, Qantas will operate the world’s first biofuel flight between the United States and Australia early in the new year in collaboration with World Fuel Services and Altair Fuels. Qantas’ new Dreamliner is being powered by Brassica Carinata (carinata), a non-food, industrial type of mustard seed that has been around for years but is […]

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DEUTZ approves engines for the use of alternative fuels

DEUTZ approves engines for the use of alternative fuels

November 19, 2017 |

In Germany, DEUTZ approved the latest generation of its entire TCD engine range for operation with alternative fuels including paraffinic diesel fuels and biodiesel or biodiesel blends. This will make a further significant reduction to the carbon footprint of combustion engines and even raises the prospect of running such engines on a carbon-neutral basis. For […]

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Brazil flex mills running both cane and corn for year-round production

Brazil flex mills running both cane and corn for year-round production

November 19, 2017 |

In Brazil, ethanol producers in the central cane belt region are using corn to fill in the production gap when cane is not in harvest for biofuel. Most Brazilian ethanol producers in the area have an idle period for three months when there is no cane harvesting, but six plants are currently operating during those […]

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Chris Tindal Joins Advanced Biofuels USA’s Board of Directors

Chris Tindal Joins Advanced Biofuels USA’s Board of Directors

November 19, 2017 |

In Maryland, former Director for Operational Energy working for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Chris Tindal, joined the Advanced Biofuels USA board of directors. Tindal’s extensive understanding of military use of biofuels, especially of the Navy’s Great Green Fleet program which he presented at ABLC earlier this year, will come in […]

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European biocomposite production reached 410,000 tonnes in 2017

European biocomposite production reached 410,000 tonnes in 2017

November 19, 2017 |

In Germany, European biocomposite production reached 410,000 tonnes in 2017, according to nova-Institute. The overall annual growth rate of the European biocomposite production is about 3% which is roughly in line with the average growth of the plastics market. But much higher growth rates of up to 30% have been identified in various innovative application […]

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Vegetable oil prices see increases – rapeseed up 15%, palm up 14%, soybean up 6%

Vegetable oil prices see increases – rapeseed up 15%, palm up 14%, soybean up 6%

November 19, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that vegetable oil prices recently showed a firmer trend and that rising demand and a weaker euro led to a rise in asking prices. Following the weakness in crude oil prices in the first half year of 2017, OPEC’s cap on production and political crises in the Middle East had their […]

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U.S. ethanol production looking up with 7th highest rate of output ever recorded

U.S. ethanol production looking up with 7th highest rate of output ever recorded

November 19, 2017 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production averaged 1.054 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 44.27 million gallons daily, according to government data released and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. That is down 3,000 b/d from the week before and tied for the seventh-highest rate of output ever recorded. The four-week average for ethanol production increased 0.9% […]

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U.N. COP23 closes with 19-country announcement for biofuel targets

U.N. COP23 closes with 19-country announcement for biofuel targets

November 19, 2017 |

In Germany, the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) wrapped up on Friday in Bonn, with 19 Member countries of the ‘Biofuture Platform,’ including Brazil, China, Egypt, France, India, Morocco, Mozambique, announcing a formal agreement on the development of targets for biofuels and to construct an action plan to achieve them. The U.S. is no longer […]

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Russian scientists discover method to convert food waste into biofuels

Russian scientists discover method to convert food waste into biofuels

November 19, 2017 |

In Russia, scientists from Skoltech and the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Joint Institute for High Temperatures proposed a new way to convert food waste into biofuel via hydrothermal liquefaction – a thermal depolymerization process used to turn wet biomass into oil. Other researchers use carbohydrates fermentation or fat transesterification for biofuel production but since only […]

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Breaking the Bottleneck – POET-DSM achieves cellulosic biofuel breakthrough

Breaking the Bottleneck – POET-DSM achieves cellulosic biofuel breakthrough

November 3, 2017 |

It’s hard to believe the Digest was reporting on POET’s grand opening of its Project LIBERTY facility back in 2014, then its reaching of production goals earlier this year in April with yields of about 70 gallons of cellulosic per ton of corn stover, near its goal of 72 gallons, and now here we are […]

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