Meghan Sapp – Biofuels Digest The world's most widely-read advanced bioeconomy daily Sun, 09 Dec 2018 21:15:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Harvestone Group takes over marketing of ethanol from four producers Thu, 06 Dec 2018 23:38:23 +0000

In Tennessee, Harvestone Group LLC announced the commencement of its first four ethanol production facilities making the transition to its marketing, logistics and trading platform. Iroquois Bio-Energy, Siouxland Energy, Red River Energy and Quad County Corn Processors combine for over 210 million gallons of annualized ethanol production.

These facilities will be exclusively marketed through the Harvestone platform under five-year agreements and represent a significant milestone for the company. Harvestone continues building on a solid foundation and unique business model; paving the way for future growth with continued plant transitions and expansion throughout the supply chain.

Gevo and Renmatrix team on developing commercial renewable jet fuel Thu, 06 Dec 2018 23:35:50 +0000

In Colorado, Gevo and Renmatix announced a joint development agreement to evaluate the commercial feasibility of creating renewable jet fuel by integrating Renmatix’s Plantrose® Process with Gevo’s GIFTTM technology and alcohol to jet process. Renmatix’s Plantrose Process converts cellulosic feedstocks such as wood, agricultural residues, or other cellulosic raw materials to cellulosic-based sugars, the basic building blocks of sustainable fuels. Together, Renmatix and Gevo will explore project opportunities for renewable and low-emission fuel, isobutanol, jet fuel and isooctane in markets where there is a convergence of low-cost biomass and low-carbon fuel incentives.

This Agreement to evaluate the commercial feasibility of developing renewable, low-carbon fuels from cellulosic material also comes at a time when global refiners and airline carriers are working toward reducing their own greenhouse gas emissions by looking to enter into affordable and large-scale agreements for the supply of renewable jet fuel and gasoline.

Former INEOS Bio Energy 8± MMGY cellulosic ethanol and biomass plants up for auction Thu, 06 Dec 2018 23:34:52 +0000

In Florida, the former INEOS Bio Energy 8± MMGY Cellulosic Ethanol Plant and 6± MW Biomass Plant are going to Auction with Maas Companies. Maas Companies specializes in the sale of specialized and renewable assets for private companies, courts and lenders nationwide. The surplus land and equipment are being offered first via a sealed bid auction process ending on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. If the equipment is not sold as an entirety with the real estate, the equipment will then sell piecemeal via a timed online auction ending on January 15, 2019.

Built in 2011 at a cost of $230 million, the plant was a joint venture between Ineos Group LTD and New Planet Energy LLC. This first of its kind demonstration plant was designed to use an integreated biomass gasification and gas fermentation technology to convert cellulosic yard and vegetable waste into ethanol. The plant also has installed the capacity to generate 6 MW of on-site power., and has a grid interconnection in place with all the required equipment and controls necessary for the import and export 12 MW of power to/from the site to the grid.

The plant is adjacent to the Indian River County Solid Waste Disposal LandFill with an existing gas line in place enabling the use of the landfill waste gases on the site.    The plant’s main site has city water/sewage infrastructure, in addition to 5 water wells and the 4th largest injection well in the state of Florida. The plant also owns an additional 74.5 acre tract of land to the south of the main site, with liquid piping connections in place.

Frankens Energy purchased the property earlier this year and has begun deploying its plans to convert the site into an industrial eco-district, the first of its kind on the eastern seaboard. Once complete, the Indian River Eco-District ( will support and nurture an innovative eco-system of industrial businesses, while fostering sustainable competitive advantages, growth and success of each of its members. The Eco-District’s goal is: ‘harmoniously integrating a series of businesses, all focused on nurturing and supporting environmental sustainability, employment and education within the local community; every aspect of this project is rolled out with community stewardship in mind.’

The auction is selling surplus assets –land, equipment and infrastructure that do not contribute to the business plans of the Indian River Eco-District. The surplus land and equipment are being offered first via a sealed bid auction process ending on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. If the equipment is not sold as an entirety with the real estate, the equipment will then sell piecemeal via a timed online auction ending on January 15, 2019.

Bidders interested in the plant should contact the auction company to receive access to all the due diligence documents prior to submitting a sealed bid.

SAFCell completes eight-month field trial of remote power system fueled by methanol Thu, 06 Dec 2018 23:33:51 +0000

In California, SAFCell, Inc. has completed an eight-month field trial of their remote power system at a Shell Canada well site in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. SAFCell’s system, which runs on industrial methanol, powered a methane emissions sensor from late February until mid-October, thereby demonstrating operability in the field at both low and high ambient temperatures.

SAFCell is working with the U.S. Army, oil and gas companies, and power system manufacturers to commercialize Solid Acid Fuel Cell systems. These quiet, clean systems operate on existing commercially available fuels, including (bio) methanol, ethanol, propane, (bio) diesel and natural gas. SAFCell power systems are more fuel-efficient, more-scalable, and have a lower total cost of ownership than incumbent, low-efficiency thermoelectric generators and competing high cost fuel cell products. SAFCell’s systems are built using an innovative solid acid cell design which allows fuel flexibility and reduced costs.

Gujarat chief minister launches UCO collection app Thu, 06 Dec 2018 23:32:50 +0000

In India, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijaybhai Rupani expressed determination to reduce the country’s crude oil bill by generating cheaper biodiesel from used cooking oil. Rupani stated that the RUCO (Reused of Cooking Oil Software Biodiesel Association of India) is collecting the used cooking oil from the traders to generate biodiesel from it. At the initial stage, the used cooking oil will be collected by a mobile van.

On the occasion, RUCO and FDCA had signed a MoU in the presence of Rupani. The Chief Minister had also launched an application of RUCO, which on very first day had attracted requests to collect 47,146 liters of used cooking oil from the oil traders.

Brazilian ethanol prices seen rising in December Thu, 06 Dec 2018 23:31:54 +0000

In Brazil, Reuters reports that ethanol prices are likely to jump in December as demand for the fuel increases while stronger ICE Brent Crude futures and NYMEX RBOB futures further support them. Already ethanol prices have increased more than 4% during the first week of December and prices will likely go higher as the holiday period later in the month complicates buying and logistics. With Petrobras seeking to keep domestic fuel prices in line with international levels, even with higher ethanol prices, demand will continue as fossil fuel prices are adjusted higher looking forward.

Chinese researchers develop novel catalytic method to processfeedstock for biofuels Thu, 06 Dec 2018 23:30:29 +0000

In China, researchers from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and colleagues from Peking University recently reported an efficient and novel catalytic method for the conversion of aqueous biomass fermentation broth to a water-immiscible product. Their finding was published in Nature Communications.

They developed a strategy capable of transforming ~70 percent of carbon in an aqueous ABE fermentation mixture to 4-heptanone (4-HPO), catalyzed by tin-doped ceria (Sn-ceria) with a selectivity as high as 86 percent. While Sn-ceria is a versatile catalyst for dehydrogenation, the Guerbet alcohol reaction, condensation, and esterification reactions, all these reactions, involving acid-base catalysis and redox ones, relay and generate 4-HPO with high selectivity. 4-HPO is a value-added intermediate and can be used to produce jet fuel and fine chemicals.

Furthermore, water, which is detrimental to the reported catalysts for ABE conversion, was beneficial for producing 4-HPO. The excellent catalytic performance of tin-doped ceria is due to the highly dispersed tin species and oxygen vacancies of ceria.

Bloomberg heads to Iowa to promote biofuels ahead of potential presidential bid Thu, 06 Dec 2018 23:28:24 +0000

In Iowa, the New York Post reports that the former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was touring the state as part of a potential plan to launch a presidential bid as a Democrat. Bloomberg had previously criticized the use of corn for ethanol as bad energy policy but has since changed his tune, saying that there is a role for both biodiesel and corn-based ethanol, the latter of which he said was carbon neutral. He emphasized the need for policy to be science-driven rather than reject science as has been the trend in the current White House.

Stora Enso and Sulapac introduce demo of biocomposite straw Wed, 05 Dec 2018 23:41:28 +0000

In Finland, Stora Enso and Sulapac continue to combat the global problem of plastic waste by introducing a demo of a sustainable straw at Slush 2018, a global leading startup event gathering of 20,000 tech enthusiasts. The demo, targeting industrial scale production, is designed to replace traditional plastic straws with renewable ones. The straws are based on Sulapac’s biocomposite material – made of wood and natural binders – designed to be recycled via industrial composting and biodegrade in marine environment.

Stora Enso signed a joint development agreement with Sulapac in May 2018 to license its materials and technology. The development of the demo straw is a joint collaboration between Stora Enso and Sulapac – a cooperation which complements Stora Enso’s extensive biocomposite portfolio. Sulapac’s material works in existing extrusion lines and the target is to have the straws commercially available in Q2 2019.

Celtic Renewables signs MOU to clean up Ganges River with biobutanol technology Wed, 05 Dec 2018 23:40:26 +0000

In India, Celtic Renewables has signed an MOU with Dross Energy to produce biobutanol from brewery and distillery waste in an effort to clean up the Ganges River. Those industrial waste streams are currently discharged into the holy river that is a source of drinking water for 400 million people. The details of the project weren’t announced, the MOU was claimed as a victory by the Indian transportation minister as well as Scottish Development International who facilitated the introduction. Celtic Renewables’ biobutanol from Scottish whiskey waste was used to power a vehicle during the Indian Water Summit where the agreement was signed.