Meghan Sapp – Biofuels Digest The world's most widely-read advanced bioeconomy daily Thu, 19 Sep 2019 16:49:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SAS passengers can now buy biofuel Wed, 18 Sep 2019 21:50:53 +0000

In Sweden, travelers flying with SAS can now voluntarily choose to buy biofuel and so help reduce climate-affecting CO2 emissions by up to 80 percent. The new non-profit service aims to pioneer a large-scale and competitive market for biofuel within aviation, in line with SAS’ sustainability strategy.

SAS is now launching a new ancillary product that gives travelers the option to reduce their climate impact. This means that travelers can purchase biofuel when booking a ticket, or at any time before departure.

TechnipFMC and BTG-BTL to build a wood residue-based bio-oil plant in Sweden Wed, 18 Sep 2019 21:50:04 +0000

In the Netherlands, thanks to a Dutch invention, cars in Sweden will soon be powered by a fuel made from wood residues such as sawdust. TechnipFMC and the Dutch company BTG-BTL based in Twente will design and build a production facility in Sweden where wood residues will be converted into bio-oil. It will be the first plant in the world where ‘green fuel’ will be produced and further processed in a refinery for motor vehicles.

The plant will convert roughly 35,000 – 40,000 tons of dry wood residues into oil each year using a special technology called pyrolysis. This oil is then processed in a refinery to produce advanced biofuels. With this produced pyrolysis petrol an equivalent of 15,000 family cars can be powered per year.

The biofuel is mixed with other types of fuel – biofuels as well as fossil fuels – resulting in a petrol and diesel that is partly composed of sustainable oil. This ensures that it will comply with the European RED II directive under which, starting in 2020, petrol must contain a certain fraction of renewable energy from sustainable sources such as wind, sun, and biomass.

Northeast heating oil industry pledges net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050 Wed, 18 Sep 2019 21:48:53 +0000

In Rhode Island, the Northeast’s heating oil industry has resolved to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. The industry’s resolution calls for a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2023, a 40% reduction by 2030, and net-zero-carbon emissions by 2050. The resolution also directs industry associations and other groups assembled at the meeting to work with each other to achieve these emissions reductions.

The Northeast heating oil industry delivers renewable liquid heating fuel to more than 5 million homes and businesses across the region — 80% of the national heating oil market. The average retail heating oil company is a multi-generation family-owned and -operated business with a median of 25 employees.

St1 licenses the UOP’s Ecofining™ technology for Swedish biofuel plant Wed, 18 Sep 2019 21:47:45 +0000

In Illinois, Honeywell announced that St1 Nordic Oy has licensed the UOP’s Ecofining™ renewable fuels technology to produce 4,000 barrels per day of diesel and jet fuel integrated with its refinery complex in Gothenburg, Sweden. Basic engineering design for the project has already been completed. The markets in which St1 operates have among the most ambitious targets in the world for renewable fuels. This is the primary driver of investment in renewable diesel production at St1.

Saudi oil attack could spur further Brazilian ethanol demand domestically Wed, 18 Sep 2019 21:46:20 +0000

In Brazil, Reuters reports that Petrobras is not yet clear how much of the oil price increase on international markets resulting from the attack on Saudi oil production over the weekend will be passed on to consumers. Any increase in price is likely to be good for ethanol demand. Sugar mills are already dedicating around three-quarters of sugarcane this season towards ethanol and sugar prices remain low and the ethanol market domestically continues to be strong.

Malaysia expects to ship certified palm oil biodiesel to EU in 2020 Wed, 18 Sep 2019 21:45:03 +0000

In Malaysia, the New Straits Times newspaper reports that despite the ongoing trade dispute in Europe with southeast Asian trading partners over the sustainability and therefore market reception of palm oil, Malaysia expects to export palm oil certified by its national sustainability certification scheme to Europe in 2020. The government is aiming for 100% of palm oil production to achieve the sustainability certification but no fixed date for compliance has been set. Last year, Felda say it aimed to achieve 100% certification for its production by the end of 2019.

New Zealand researcher awarded grant to study advanced biomass gasification Wed, 18 Sep 2019 21:43:53 +0000

In New Zealand, a researcher at the University of Canterbury has been awarded NZ$999,999 funded over three years by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise to study integrated chemical looping and oxygen uncoupling with advanced biomass gasification, for renewable hydrogen production and carbon dioxide capture.

This research will develop a new system that combines advanced technology of biomass steam gasification with the capability of Hot Lime Labs for developing new carbon dioxide sorbents and oxygen carrier materials. This research will develop a new process and materials to produce bio-hydrogen and capture carbon dioxide by using New Zealand wood biomass resources from log harvesting and wood processing. The bio-hydrogen produced could be used as transport fuel, a chemical feedstock for methanol, ammonia and oil refineries. At present 95 per cent of hydrogen used in these industries is produced from fossil fuels. Carbon dioxide captured from this process could be used in plant greenhouses, fertilizer manufacturing and methanol or ethanol production.

European blenders facing challenges to achieve EU 2020 mandate Wed, 18 Sep 2019 21:42:46 +0000

In Belgium, with just a few months to go before the end of the year, Platts reports that blenders are facing a hard time achieving the European Union’s 10% blending mandate for 2020 as well as requirements under the Fuel Quality Directive with even more challenges seen from next year due to EU member states choosing different ways to achieve carbon reduction targets for transport. Many EU countries are expected to miss the targets which should result in penalties and fines.

Waste to Energy investment fund launched seeking to raise $500 million Tue, 17 Sep 2019 23:03:54 +0000

In Washington state, the USWTE Green Industrial Fund has launched, seeking Ozone investors to establish Waste to Energy (WTE) projects with a view to having follow up funds to invest in WTE type industrial parks in the Qualified Opportunity Zones throughout the United States. These projects will have a vision to eliminate toxic waste with a focus on waste plastics and end of life tires from the United States and eventually the globe for the betterment of our planet, while producing high returns for investors. The Fund is authorized to raise $500 million for Opportunity Zone businesses in partnership with WTE Technologies.

China dialing back its E10 ambitions on lack of feedstock Tue, 17 Sep 2019 23:02:52 +0000

In China, Reuters reports that the country is looking to scale back its ethanol ambitions which had been aiming for a 10% ethanol blend on the back of reduced corn availability. With ethanol stocks falling to a more manageable 57 million metric tons from more than 200 million tons in 2017 mixed with the failure of its industry to ramp up ethanol production in time to reach the 2020 mandate, tripling its ethanol production isn’t feasible. A lack of corn has been the main inhibitor to boosting ethanol production.