Helena Tavares Kennedy – Biofuels Digest http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest The world's most widely-read advanced bioeconomy daily Sun, 16 Jun 2019 03:47:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 Scientists better understand how proteins move out of cells http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/06/15/scientists-better-understand-how-proteins-move-out-of-cells/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 03:46:34 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=107376

In Missouri, Gavin King and a team of scientists at the University of Missouri used an atomic force microscope to study the movement of the E.coli proteins. Unlike previous studies where proteins were frozen, the atomic force microscope allowed researchers to observe the proteins moving in a fluid environment that closely resembles their natural environment.

These findings provide basic knowledge on how a cell sends and receives material and information. For instance, a drug can pass through membranes in order to affect a cell, and similarly, some information must pass through membrane channels to exit the cell. While other cells besides E.coli may not have E.coli’s exact protein transportation system, King said a similar system exists in all cells.

Senate bill focusing on small refiner exemptions from RFS introduced http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/06/15/senate-bill-focusing-on-small-refiner-exemptions-from-rfs-introduced/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 03:43:57 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=107374

In Washington, D.C., Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the RFS Integrity Act of 2019 on Friday. The bill sets a June 1 deadline for small refiners to submit petitions for exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), requires transparency in filing in place of the current confidential waiver process, requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to account for exempted gallons when determining annual renewable volume obligations (RVOs), and requires the EPA to report to lawmakers on the methodology used to determine granted waivers. The June 1 deadline would also give the EPA time to calculate the volumes waived and apply them to the next year’s blending mandates, the senators said in a statement according to Reuters.

Largest volume in 44 weeks for ethanol production http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/06/15/largest-volume-in-44-weeks-for-ethanol-production/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 03:42:25 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=107371

In Washington, D.C. ethanol production expanded by 52,000 barrels per day (b/d), a 5.0% increase, at an average of 1.096 million b/d—equivalent to 46.03 million gallons daily and the largest volume in 44 weeks, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association.

The four-week average ethanol production rate moved 2.5% higher to 1.067 million b/d, equivalent to an annualized rate of 16.36 billion gallons (bg). Ethanol stocks dropped 3.3% to 21.8 million barrels—the lowest volume in 46 weeks. Stocks declined across all five regions (PADDs). Imports of ethanol were 44,000 b/d, or 12.94 million gallons for the week. This was the first time in 30 weeks (and first of 2019) that import volumes were logged. (Weekly export data for ethanol is not reported simultaneously; the latest export data is as of April 2019.)

The volume of gasoline supplied rose 4.6% to 9.877 million b/d (414.8 million gallons per day, or 151.41 bg annualized). Refiner/blender net inputs of ethanol grew 2.4% to 953,000 b/d, equivalent to 14.61 bg annualized. Expressed as a percentage of daily gasoline demand, daily ethanol production increased to 11.10%.

German biodiesel exports rose substantially in Q1 2019 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/06/15/german-biodiesel-exports-rose-substantially-in-q1-2019/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 03:41:20 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=107368

In Germany, UFOP reports that German biodiesel exports increased sharply in the first quarter of 2019, with exports to Great Britain seeing the biggest growth. In the first three months of 2019, German exports of biodiesel surged around 33 per cent to 581,248 tonnes year-on-year. Around 87 per cent of these exports were shipped to EU-28 countries. This was up just over 37 per cent from the previous year.

The top purchaser of German biodiesel was the Netherlands, with imports soaring 47 per cent to 230,465 tonnes. However, Great Britain recorded the biggest increase, purchasing 40,000 tonnes of biodiesel from Germany, which was more than five times as much as in the year-earlier period. Belgium, the US and Austria also recorded large quantities and strong growths. Belgium purchased a total of 88,350 tonnes, which means that the country almost doubled its imports year-on-year. On the other hand, exports to the US, at 53,696 tonnes, were up 26 per cent from the reference period. Austria followed with total imports of 43,450 tonnes in the period under consideration. This was also up almost 26 per cent year-on-year. According to Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (mbH) Sweden and the Czech Republic also imported larger amounts of German biodiesel compared to the same period a year earlier. In contrast, shipments to Switzerland and, first and foremost, France declined.

Neste’s Zero Island project cuts emissions on Lidö by 78% http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/06/15/nestes-zero-island-project-cuts-emissions-on-lido-by-78/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 03:38:32 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=107366

In Sweden, Neste and its partners set to turn the island of Lidö in the Swedish archipelago into a climate neutral Zero Island in just 12 months. As a result of the project, the island’s emissions were brought down by an impressive 78 percent from their previous levels and included solutions like using Neste MY Renewable Diesel in vehicles as well as in Räfsnäs Sjöstranport ferry traffic to the island, and Fortum’s solar power solutions. Several solutions helped improve energy efficiency and reduce waste, and recycling was given extra thought. The island also switched to using fossil free green electricity.

Neste tapped into the expertise of cleantech and sustainability specialists from Solved and Aktea and worked closely with Skärgårdsstiftelsen to make sure none of the natural values were compromised.

IRENA report shows cost of electricity from bioenergy down 14% http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/06/15/irena-report-shows-cost-of-electricity-from-bioenergy-down-14/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 03:35:01 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=107363

In the United Arab Emirates, a new International Renewable Energy Agency report said that the global weighted-average cost of electricity from concentrating solar power (CSP) declined by 26%, bioenergy by 14%, solar photovoltaics (PV) and onshore wind by 13%, hydropower by 12% and geothermal and offshore wind by 1%, respectively.

The report, titled “Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2018”, said that costs for renewable power reaffirms renewables as a low-cost solution to boost global climate action. The IRENA report also said that costs for renewable energy technologies decreased to a record low last year. Cost reductions, particularly for solar and wind power technologies, are set to continue into the next decade, the new report finds.

Stora Enso to convert Oulu paper mill into packaging board mill http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/06/15/stora-enso-to-convert-oulu-paper-mill-into-packaging-board-mill/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 03:33:51 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=107361

In Finland, Stora Enso is investing approximately EUR 350 million (about $390 million) to convert the Oulu paper mill into packaging production. The typical end uses for kraftliner are in packaging segments that require high strength, quality and purity, such as food, fruit and vegetables as well as heavy duty packaging. Production will target global export markets.

Oulu Mill’s current capacity is 1 080 000 tonnes of woodfree coated papers annually. Typical end-uses for woodfree coated papers are e.g. high-quality advertising and magazines. Paper production is expected to continue until the end of September 2020.

The converted Oulu Mill will directly employ approximately 180 people. Wood consumption at the mill will increase by 0.5 million m3 to 2.4 million m3 annually. Wood will be purchased mainly from private forest owners in Northern Finland. Production on the converted machine is estimated to start by the end of 2020.

Cielo Waste Solutions’ opens Aldersyde renewable fuels refinery http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/06/15/cielo-waste-solutions-opens-aldersyde-renewable-fuels-refinery/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 03:32:06 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=107358

In Canada, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. is holding the “Grand Opening” of its renewable fuels refinery in Aldersyde, Alberta on July 11th. Cielo has been working diligently since its temporary shut-down of the Refinery, as announced on May 7, 2019, in order to facilitate the installation of its new heater equipment and waste recovery process. Tours will be offered to interested parties.

Cielo’s contractors have assured Cielo’s management that the equipment installation will be completed and continuous-flow of the Refinery’s production will be achieved in advance of July 11th, 2019.  Cielo continues to make progress with respect to implementing a cost-effective desulfurization solution of its renewable diesel.

Novozymes says selected markets are creating headwinds for 2019 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/06/09/novozymes-says-selected-markets-are-creating-headwinds-for-2019/ Sun, 09 Jun 2019 22:22:00 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=107136

In Finland, Novozymes has experienced a decline of 2% in organic sales in the first five months of 2019. Although this is an improvement compared with the 4% decline reported for the first quarter, the softness in sales, particularly in May, reflects market headwinds. Severe weather in the US Midwest are impacting grain-processing volumes and challenging the planting season, according to their press release.

“The recovery of our US Bioenergy business has not progressed as expected, and demand in some emerging markets is soft. While these factors have reduced our growth expectations, we anticipate that good pickup in demand for new innovation will accelerate growth in the second half of the year. Our full-year organic sales growth outlook for 2019 is now 1-3%.”

Peder Holk Nielsen, President & CEO said, “While we still expect a solid pickup in sales for the remainder of the year, driven by new innovation, this cannot overcome the weakness in some of our businesses, especially in agriculture- and energy-related activities. We’re focused on delivering to our full potential and will give an update on this at our upcoming Capital Market Day on June 17.”

Finland to join Nordic forefront in reducing aviation emissions http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/06/09/finland-to-join-nordic-forefront-in-reducing-aviation-emissions/ Sun, 09 Jun 2019 22:20:53 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=107134

In Finland, Neste said that Finland’s incoming government has introduced its Government Programme which includes ambitious climate targets and a goal for carbon neutral Finland in 2035. As part of reducing transport-related emissions, the share of biofuels in aviation is targeted at 30% through a blending obligation.

“This is a significant goal, enabling Finland to join the forerunners in reducing emissions in aviation. Air traffic is predicted to double during the next 15 years. The aviation industry has committed to carbon neutral growth starting from 2020 all while reducing net carbon emissions by 50% by 2050. Currently, renewable jet fuel offers the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering aircrafts”, says Ilkka Räsänen, Director, Public Affairs at Neste.

The Norwegian government’s target is to increase the share of renewable fuels in aviation to 30% by 2030. As a first step, a law was passed this spring obligating aviation fuel suppliers to blend at least 0.5% of biofuel into their products starting from 2020.

Similarly in Sweden, a report was published at the beginning of March earlier this year. It aims to concretize the target in the government agreement to increase the share of biofuels in aviation. The report proposes an obligation for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. The reduction level would be 0.8% in 2021, and gradually increase to 27% in 2030.