Meghan Sapp – Biofuels Digest http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest The world's most widely-read advanced bioeconomy daily Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:51:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 DNV releases white paper assessing a range of alternative fuels and technologies http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/19/dnv-releases-white-paper-assessing-a-range-of-alternative-fuels-and-technologies/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:51:00 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90549 In Norway, classification society DNV GL has issued a new white paper which assesses a range of alternative fuels and technologies. The white paper “Alternative fuels and technologies for greener shipping” examines the price, availability, regulatory challenges and environmental benefits of alternative fuels and technologies, including LNG, LPG, hydrogen, fuel cells, and hybrid and battery technologies, and comparing them to the use of conventional fuel with scrubbers and new low sulphur alternatives. Through the new white paper DNV GL intends to offer the shipping industry insights that will help them in their preparations for the upcoming Global Sulphur Cap, which is due to come into effect on 1 January 2020.

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Air Canada to fly 22 domestic flights on biojet to celebrate Earth Day http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/19/air-canada-to-fly-22-domestic-flights-on-biojet-to-celebrate-earth-day/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:50:03 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90547 In Canada, Air Canada will save 160 tons of carbon on 22 domestic flights this Earth Day through an innovative biofuel demonstration project at Toronto-Pearson Airport. Under the project, coordinated by Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI), Air Canada is a leading partner, introducing 230,000 liters of sustainable biofuel blended into the airport’s multi-user fuel supply system to show the feasibility of biofuel use in shared fueling systems Canadian airports.

Although biojet has been consumed in Canada in the past, all previous projects have required dedicated tanker trucks directly fueling aircraft.  This project at Toronto Pearson is the first to blend biojet into the existing multi-user, co-mingled airport fuel supply system, thereby highlighting its feasibility and improving process efficiency. Carbon savings from the biofuel blended into the Toronto Pearson system will be accredited to Air Canada domestic flights from Toronto on Earth Day, effectively making those flights less carbon intensive. These unique fuel operations are part of CBSCI, a three-year collaborative project between 14 stakeholder organizations working to enable a biojet supply chain in Canada. Primary funding for the project, apart from the fuel purchase by Air Canada, comes from the Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN), a non-profit organization funded by the Canadian aerospace industry and Canada’s federal Network of Centres of Excellence.

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Oregon State Police and EPA execute criminal search warrant against Oregon Oils http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/19/oregon-state-police-and-epa-execute-criminal-search-warrant-against-oregon-oils/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:49:06 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90545 In Oregon, the Oregon State Police (OSP), with assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services executed a criminal search warrant at the business of Oregon Oils, Inc. located at 2515 NW 28th Ave, Portland, Oregon. The joint OSP and EPA investigation began in early February of 2018 after investigators learned about possible violations of the State and Federal laws pertaining to wastewater treatment and discharges. The City of Portland administers an industrial wastewater discharge permit for the facility and is assisting with the effort.

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Walyak Energy’s $45 million biodiesel plant up for city council vote next week http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/19/walyak-energys-45-million-biodiesel-plant-up-for-city-council-vote-next-week/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:48:12 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90543 In North Carolina, Stanley City Council will decide next week if Walyak Energy’s proposed $45 million multi-feedstock biodiesel facility to grant permission or not for the siting of the facility. The council is excited about the job creation opportunities but the site chosen borders a residential area that has neighbors concerned about noise, safety and lowered property values. The town’s planning commission did not give a recommendation in at an early meeting, choosing instead to pass it on straight to the council.

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ENOC to trial B5 in Dubai municipal truck fleet http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/19/enoc-to-trial-b5-in-dubai-municipal-truck-fleet/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:46:39 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90541 In the UAE, national oil company ENOC has teamed with the City of Dubai to trial B5 in the city’s truck fleet in an effort to develop projects aligned with the UAE Energy Plan for 2050 and the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy as well as demonstrate ENOC’s capacity to supply tailor-made solutions for customers. Dubai’s energy strategy seeks to produce 75% of its energy consumption from clean sources by 2050. The source of the biodiesel for the trial was not indicated.

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China Beidahuang Industry Group to invest $153.04 million in Inner Mongolia ethanol plant http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/19/china-beidahuang-industry-group-to-invest-153-04-million-in-inner-mongolia-ethanol-plant/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:44:19 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90539 In China, China Beidahuang Industry Group announced it would invest $153.04 million in an ethanol plant in Inner Mongolia that would use 924,000 metric tons of corn and around 350,000 tons of straw and sweet sorghum each year in an effort to achieve the 10% ethanol-blending mandate recently set for 2020. The facility is set to produce 350,000 tons of ethanol annually. China Beidahuang Industry Group is a grain trader and processor. China is suffering under the weight of significant stocks of old corn that is not suitable for human consumption.

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Brazilian and Colombian researchers say sugarcane energy could provide $35 billion to Latin America over 10 years http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/19/brazilian-and-colombian-researchers-say-sugarcane-energy-could-provide-35-billion-to-latin-america-over-10-years/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:42:42 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90537 In Brazil, Brazilian and Colombian researchers have determined that expanding sugarcane ethanol production throughout Latin America could not only reduce fossil fuel imports but also provide green electricity through co-generation from bagasse providing economic benefits and savings of $35 billion over 10 years. With current molasses supplies, the researchers say Guatemala, Nicaragua and Cuba could already achieve an E10 mandate while Bolivia could achieve E20 and have enough supplies for exports if 1% of its pastureland was converted to sugarcane.

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US ethanol not likely to enter Japan until 2019/20 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/19/us-ethanol-not-likely-to-enter-japan-until-2019-20/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:41:45 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90535 In Japan, Platts reports that the new policy shift allowing US ethanol into the market for blending into MTBE won’t have an immediate impact because new-season ethanol from Brazil had already been booked before the policy was approved. As a result, US ethanol won’t likely be imported into Japan until 2019/20 but when the market opens up that season, as much as 328,000 cubic meters of US ethanol could be required. Earlier this month, the country revised its regulations to have up to 44% of its demand filled by US ethanol.

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NNFCC publishes fifth annual ‘Anaerobic Digestion Deployment in the UK’ report http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/18/nnfcc-publishes-fifth-annual-anaerobic-digestion-deployment-in-the-uk-report/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:32:20 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90508 In the UK, NNFCC published the fifth edition of its annual ‘Anaerobic Digestion Deployment in the UK’ report. The publication provides a detailed breakdown of the UK AD sector on both a national and regional basis, using primary data to offer an accurate reflection of industry output capacities and feedstock consumption.

Constant delays in the implementation of tariff reinstatements under the RHI has brought developments in the biomethane sector to a halt, with developers unwilling to commit to projects until the amended legislation is adopted. However, with the new regulations laid in Parliament in February and the hope they will be passed following the Easter recess, the light is very much at the end of the tunnel.

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Red Rock Biofuels sets groundbreaking for summer but Velocys still waiting for order http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/18/red-rock-biofuels-sets-groundbreaking-for-summer-but-velocys-still-waiting-for-order/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:31:09 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90506 In Oregon, Red Rock Biofuels announced it was ready to start construction on its biorefinery in Lakeview but Velocys said it has yet to receive a notice to proceed for the manufacture of its Fischer-Tropsch reactors and catalyst for the plant, and will make a further announcement in due course. Red Rock’s CFO told local press that a groundbreaking ceremony was expected over the summer and the facility could be commissioned in 2020 after 18 months of construction.

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