Meghan Sapp – Biofuels Digest The world's most widely-read advanced bioeconomy daily Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:37:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 India’s UCO program launches with 64 companies at 101 different locations Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:37:10 +0000

In India, as part of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s initiative to collect used cooking oil for biodiesel production, 64 companies at 101 different locations will participate in the program. By 2020, the program hopes to collect 2.2 billion liters of UCO that do not meet the recently published standards for UCO allowable for use in food for human consumption. The Biodiesel Association of India as well as the food industry have teamed with the agency to publicize and implement the program.

Water availability key challenge for proposed VNA biofuel project in Kansas Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:33:48 +0000

In Kansas, the availability of water is the key issue at hand for both local residents and VNA who is promoting the development of a biofuel plant in Sumner County. Meeting with the county’s planning commission at a public hearing, the company said it had no interest in the site if there was the 50 million gallons of water required available. Tests are currently underway to determine what water resources are available. The project will be next discussed at next month’s planning commission meeting where a vote is expected.

Community concerns about Indiana POET biorefinery seems to be easing Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:31:08 +0000

In Indiana, the turn out for the public hearing regarding the air quality permit for the proposed POET biorefinery in Shelbyville was just a tenth of those who opposed the facility at the recently planning meeting, perhaps indicating that community opposition to the project is shrinking. The public comment period for the air quality permit was extended to August 20 by the state’s department of environmental management due to concerns raised in comments already received by the agency. Should the permit be approved, it will be issued around mid-September.

ADM picks up Brazil’s Algar Agro to boost oilseed processing capacity Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:30:03 +0000

In Brazil, Archer Daniels Midland Co. has reached an agreement to purchase certain assets of Brazil-based Algar Agro, including oilseeds processing facilities in Uberlândia in the state of Minas Gerais, and Porto Franco in Maranhão.

Under the terms of the deal, ADM will become owner of integrated crush and oil refining/bottling facilities in Uberlândia and Porto Franco. ADM will also gain access to an extensive network of origination and storage silos throughout northeastern and southeastern Brazil.

ADM’s current oilseeds operations in Brazil include soy processing plants in Rondonópolis, Campo Grande, Ipameri, Joaçaba and Uberlândia; a sunflower plant in Campo Novo dos Parecis; biodiesel refineries in Rondonópolis and Joaçaba; and a network of storage facilities with a total capacity of 2.2 million metric tons. The company produces and sells the Concórdia, Corcovado and Vitaliv brands of cooking oils.

European FAME 0 prices hit three-month low despite summer demand Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:29:04 +0000

In the Netherlands, Platts reports that even though summer demand for FAME 0 has been steady, prices have fallen to a three-month low of $874.25 per metric ton as imports continue to flow in to the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region but low levels on the Rhine keep those supplies from moving eastward. The situation isn’t likely to get any better with cooler weather on the way that will eat away at demand for FAME 0 and switch towards rapeseed-based biodiesel that functions better in winter.

European bioeconomy seen strongly linked with SDGs Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:27:48 +0000

In Belgium, a new paper of Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) illustrates the strong link between the SDGs, the bioeconomy and the Bio-Based Industries with concrete examples.

Thanks to BIC’s Partnership with the European Union since 2014, the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) has kick-started the European bioeconomy by supporting innovative bio-based demonstration and flagship projects.

In their view BBI JU projects currently contribute through breakthrough innovation of sustainable bio-based products and processes to SDGs 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. The BBI JU itself is an example of SDG 17 “Partnerships for the Goals”, where industry works alongside the public sector to develop more integrated solutions to global challenges.

European researchers say African expansion of palm oil could impact primates Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:26:39 +0000

In Italy, future expansion of the palm oil industry could have a dramatic impact on African primates, according to the findings of a new study led by the European Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. The study has been published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Scientists found only a few small ‘areas of compromise’ in Africa with a high suitability for oil palm cultivation and a low potential impact on the primate species living there.

These areas totaled 0.13 million hectares (Mha), which is less than 0.005 % of the total land mass of the African continent.

Even when taking into account all areas with at least minimum suitability to grow the plants from which palm oil is extracted, just 3.3 Mha of land is available to produce the oil without endangering primate populations. This amounts to only 6.2% of the 53Mha that would be required to cope with rising palm oil demand by 2050.

Iowa congressman says boosting ethanol blends better than farmer bailout Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:25:30 +0000

In Iowa, Congressman Steve King says that rather than a $12 billion bailout to farmers as a result of negative impacts from the trade war with China and other major importing countries, the White House should instead approve higher blends of ethanol year-round, not just E15 but also E30 while further promoting E85. Farmers want to earn and trade, he said, not receive bailouts, a message that has been echoing across the farm community since the policy was announced, and that if the trade issues aren’t resolved by soybean harvest in September, “things will get pretty tense” in Iowa, he told local radio.

Metsä’s biorefinery achieves 100% production capacity on schedule Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:53:44 +0000

In Finland, Metsä’s biorefinery in Äänekoski achieved 100% production capacity by August 8 as planned, when it produced its millionth ton of pulp following commissioning August 15, 2017. The facility produces product gas from bark, sulphuric acid from the mill’s odorous gases and biogas from the sludge from its wastewater treatment plant in addition to 1.3 million metric tons per year of pulp, tall oil, turpentine and bioenergy while it also is working to develop pulp-based lignin products and textile fibers.

Ethanol production falls slightly while stocks rise to highest since mid-March Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:52:38 +0000

In Washington, Platts reports that Energy Information Administration Agency data shows ethanol production fell slightly last week to an average of 1.072 million b/d while stocks rose by of 94,000 barrels to their highest level since mid-March at 1.189 billion barrels. Even inventories in the East Coast region rose 48,000 barrels on the week as delayed trains made their way to the region to offset the deficit suffered for much of the summer. The Gulf Coast also rose to a record high at 5.152 million barrels following last week’s record high.