Meghan Sapp – Biofuels Digest http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest The world's most widely-read advanced bioeconomy daily Sun, 14 Jul 2019 22:53:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 Netherlands on target for 10% biofuels for 2020 as consumption hits 8.9% in 2018 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/07/11/netherlands-on-target-for-10-biofuels-for-2020-as-consumption-hits-8-9-in-2018/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 22:29:36 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=108355

In the Netherlands, the country is on track to reach the European target for renewable energy for transport of 10% in 2020. This means that in 2018, the Netherlands will be well above the European average at 8.9%. This is apparent from the total report on the deployment and origin of renewable energy for transport, which the Dutch Emissions Authority (NEa) reports annually.

In the past year, the share of renewable energy for transport increased by 25% compared to 2017. Energy from renewable sources consists mainly of liquid biofuel, such as biodiesel and biobenzine, with used frying fat as the main raw material. The majority of biofuels come from abroad. The share of electricity is small, but it is increasing. The use of biogas also increased.

The use of so-called advanced fuels (including fuels from waste streams) is encouraged by stricter regulations. As a result, the use of these sustainable fuels has increased sixfold in 2018. In addition, more stringent requirements have been imposed on fuel suppliers to demonstrate that their fuels have actually entered the Dutch market. Recent research figures from Statistics Netherlands show that the majority of all fuels entered have indeed been demonstrably supplied to transport in the Netherlands and that these measures therefore have an effect.

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DMC raises $10.3 million Series A equity financing led by Sofinnova Partners http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/07/11/dmc-raises-10-3-million-series-a-equity-financing-led-by-sofinnova-partners/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 22:28:19 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=108353

In Colorado, DMC, an early-stage biotechnology company, announced that is has raised a $10.3 million Series A equity financing led by Sofinnova Partners. The company also announced the addition to its Board of Directors of Josko Bobanovic, Partner and Manager of the Sofinnova Industrial Biotech Fund. Current investors Capricorn Venture Partners and Breakthrough Energy Ventures also participated in the fundraise. This funding builds on the company’s successful non-dilutive awards to date which exceed $1.8M from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy, and the US Department of Agriculture.

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Higher European ethanol prices help CropEnergies boost operating results http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/07/11/higher-european-ethanol-prices-help-cropenergies-boost-operating-results/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 22:27:28 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=108351

In Germany, Suedzucker said a strong recovery in ethanol sales revenues from the prior year’s low level was a major contributor to increased revenues for CropEnergies during Q1 with revenues moderately higher than last year at EUR185 million compared to EUR176 million last year. Lower sales volumes were more than offset by higher sales revenues. The operating result improved substantially to EUR15 million compared to last year’s EUR5 million. The strong growth in ethanol sales revenues more than compensated lower volumes and higher raw material costs.

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Ethanol production slips but stocks continue to build in Gulf Coast and Midwest http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/07/11/ethanol-production-slips-but-stocks-continue-to-build-in-gulf-coast-and-midwest/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 22:26:30 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=108349

In Washington, Platts reports that ethanol slipped slightly from the week before to 1.047 million b/d, 35,000 b/d lower than the last full week of June by still 14,000 b/d higher than the year prior. Despite the slight slowdown in production, stocks still rose by 165,000 barrels to 23.009 million barrels with nearly half a million-barrel increase in the Gulf Coast region, indicating likelihood of stocks for export, as well as in the Midwest. Stocks in the other three regions fell.

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India’s Syngergy Green Diesel bringing UCO-based biodiesel straight to the consumer http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/07/11/indias-syngergy-green-diesel-bringing-uco-based-biodiesel-straight-to-the-consumer/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 22:25:11 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=108347

In India, local press reports that Synergy Green Diesel has established a delivery service for its UCO-based biodiesel in several regions around the center of the country to supply B100 to SMEs, hotels and other industrial users of fuel in an effort to expand the use of the fuel to consumers who would ordinarily just buy fossil fuels in jerry cans and other unsafe delivery mechanisms. The company is also supplying fossil fuels but is focusing on its biodiesel with the aim of setting up UCO biodiesel production in several sites around the country over the next five years.

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Trump believes year-round E15 should offset losses from hardship waivers http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/07/11/trump-believes-year-round-e15-should-offset-losses-from-hardship-waivers/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 22:24:01 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=108345

In Washington, Bloomberg reports that President Trump believes allowing year-round E15 should compensate for increased small refinery hardship waivers despite the two policies not being connected. The agriculture secretary is pushing for the Environmental Protection Agency to reissue the missing gallons from approved hardship waivers as part of the upcoming “reset” of the Renewable Fuels Standard while farm state Senators are pushing for more transparency in the waiver approval process and to limit the number issued.

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Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center researcher find way to produce Tylenol from lignin http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/07/11/great-lakes-bioenergy-research-center-researcher-find-way-to-produce-tylenol-from-lignin/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 22:22:51 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=108343

In Wisconsin, with a new method to synthesize a popular pain-relieving medication from plants rather than fossil fuels, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have found a way to relieve two headaches at once.

A team led by John Ralph, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has been awarded a patent for a method to synthesize acetaminophen—the active ingredient in Tylenol—from a natural compound derived from plant material. The approach offers a renewable alternative to the current manufacturing process, which uses chemicals derived from coal tar. It also creates a useful product from an abundant but difficult-to-manage component of plant cell walls called lignin.

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President Trump brings in Cabinet on hardship waiver issue keeping 40 applications on hold http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/07/11/president-trump-brings-in-cabinet-on-hardship-waiver-issue-keeping-40-applications-on-hold/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 22:21:36 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=108341

In Washington, Reuters reports that about 40 applications for small refinery hardship waivers are on hold while President Trump undergoes a review of the policies used to determine approvals for those exemptions. Three sources told Reuters that he has brought in the Cabinet to review the decision-making that has led to a four-fold increase in waiver approvals. The President may look to hold a meeting soon on the issue that continues to put corn states and against oil states.

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Bunge and BP may team up in mega sugar/ethanol JV to rival Raizen http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/07/10/bunge-and-bp-may-team-up-in-mega-sugar-ethanol-jv-to-rival-raizen/ Wed, 10 Jul 2019 21:00:13 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=108306

In Brazil, Bloomberg reports that BP is looking to team up with Bunge on a joint venture that would link up sugar and ethanol assets that would create a similar giant to Shell’s JV with Cosan, Raizen. Bunge has been looking to offload its sugar assets in Brazil for a number of years with no luck. Currently the two companies are valuing their assets to figure out the structure of the JV, with Bunge advised by Itau Unibanco.

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Thai government sues Rajburi Ethanol over week-long 2016 wastewater spill http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/07/10/thai-government-sues-rajburi-ethanol-over-week-long-2016-wastewater-spill/ Wed, 10 Jul 2019 20:59:19 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=108304

In Thailand, the Bangkok Post reports that the government wants Rajburi Ethanol to pay nearly $200,000 in damages following a wastewater leak that included molasses over the course of nearly a week in October 2016 that led to significant fish kill. The Pollution Control Department and Fisheries Department sued the company for damages related to the clean up on May 15 but earlier this month the court requested the two sides try to negotiate an out-of-court settlement instead of going to trial.

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