Author Archive: Helena Tavares Kennedy

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Eni and Hera partner on UCO to biofuel conversion for waste collection vehicles

Eni and Hera partner on UCO to biofuel conversion for waste collection vehicles

November 25, 2018 |

In Italy, Eni and Hera signed a partnership agreement with the aim of converting used vegetable oil into biofuel for Hera’s waste collection vehicles. The partnership will allow the oil collected by Hera (800 tons in 2017) to be converted into Eni Green Diesel at Eni’s Venice bio-refinery. The agreement revolves around household waste vegetable […]

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Perstorp announces sale of its BioProducts business

Perstorp announces sale of its BioProducts business

November 25, 2018 |

In Sweden, Perstorp, a global leader in specialty chemicals, sold Perstorp BioProducts, a leading producer of biodiesel and glycerine in Scandinavia, to a Swedish investor together with a member of the subsidiary’s management team. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The sale includes the production site in Fredrikstad, Norway, while the production site […]

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Danish company to help Uganda turn trash to treasure

Danish company to help Uganda turn trash to treasure

November 25, 2018 |

In Uganda, Iganga municipal leaders invited Danish bio-engineering firm Transform, working through its subsidiary firm, Biofertiliser Africa, to help convert their overflowing trash into biofertilizers. The bustling town has about 54,000 people with quite a bit of waste generation that needs to be dealt with. Iganga deputy mayor Enock Ngazula told The Observer that they […]

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Covestro produces first sports flooring using CO2

Covestro produces first sports flooring using CO2

November 25, 2018 |

In Germany, the world’s first synthetic sports subfloor was produced with carbon dioxide by Covestro using their groundbreaking process for CO2 utilization to market maturity. The CO2 for the subfloor is contained in a binder – or more precisely, in one of its components, a polyol. So far, the new CO2-based material called cardyon has […]

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Significantly less GM-free rapeseed meal without biodiesel production

Significantly less GM-free rapeseed meal without biodiesel production

November 25, 2018 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that the feed market is one of the main beneficiaries of biodiesel production, because rapeseed meal is generated as a by-product of rapeseed oil production. Throughout Europe, rapeseed meal is the primary domestic GM-free source of protein for livestock feeding, concludes the UFOP. German rapeseed processing in 2017 amounted to 9.2 […]

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Malaysia moves B7 to B10 mandate up to Dec. 1

Malaysia moves B7 to B10 mandate up to Dec. 1

November 25, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the government moved up the start date for the new biodiesel fuel mandate to December 1st instead of the expected February start date because the cabinet has approved the use of B10, allowing the date to be moved up earlier than expected. With lowered demand from Europe for palm oil, the move is […]

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Proton pathway reproduced to understand how algae enzymes produce hydrogen

Proton pathway reproduced to understand how algae enzymes produce hydrogen

November 25, 2018 |

In Germany, scientists from Ruhr-Universität Bochum succeeded for the first time in understanding how certain algae enzymes produce hydrogen by reproducing the pathway of the protons to the active center of these [FeFe] hydrogenases. This could allow such efficient but vulnerable biocatalysts to be chemically more stable. The hydrogenases produce two protons and two electrons […]

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Algae ‘blooms’ in automotive industry

Algae ‘blooms’ in automotive industry

November 25, 2018 |

Mazda is investing in it. Honda is using it for R&D and potential byproducts. Algenol, AlgaEnergy and others grow and develop it. Euglena began producing it for biojet fuel at its new biofuel refinery plant in Japan. The U.S. government has a whole R&D department that is looking at this stuff. The list goes on. […]

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DuPont to repay $10.5M in state incentives to Iowa

DuPont to repay $10.5M in state incentives to Iowa

November 18, 2018 |

In Iowa, economic development leaders for the state approved a settlement that requires DuPont to repay $10.5 million in state incentives that it received back in 2011 for its ethanol plant that they closed last year. The settlement is waiving $3.7 million of the incentives. Last week, the Digest reported that VERBIO North America was […]

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Latest models say almost all of Australia needed for bioenergy crops

Latest models say almost all of Australia needed for bioenergy crops

November 18, 2018 |

In Germany, models foresee a 10 to 30-fold rise in agricultural land devoted to bioenergy according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Platform on Climate Change that was referred to by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Most IPCC scenarios foresee a major increase in land area for cultivating bioenergy crops […]

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