Biofuels Digest The world's most widely-read advanced bioeconomy daily Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:22:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fargo Biodiesel Terminal opens Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:22:35 +0000

In North Dakota, Targray announced the opening of its Fargo Biodiesel Terminal, a 24/7 fuel distribution center serving wholesale fuel buyers throughout the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. Centrally located in West Fargo, North Dakota, the new terminal will provide local fuel retailers, distributors and fleet managers with greater access to biodiesel, a bio-based renewable fuel that produces 80% fewer CO2 emissions than petroleum diesel.

On May 1st, 2018, Minnesota began requiring that all diesel fuel sold in the state contain at least twenty percent Biodiesel (B20). The minimum content for the remainder of the year is five percent (B5). The state’s move to increase the use of biodiesel, a cleaner-burning alternative to petroleum-based diesel, has received strong support from local clean air advocates, including the American Lung Association’s Upper Midwest Chapter.

Indian Oil Company gets 50 acres from UP government for 2G ethanol plant Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:21:29 +0000

In India, the Times of India reports that the Uttar Pradesh cabinet has given the green light to the Indian Oil Company to supply it with 50 acres where it can locate its proposed waste-based ethanol plant. The 30-year lease for the facility was one of the final steps required before the company could move forward with the project. The property provided for the ethanol plant is the Ghuriapar Farmer Cooperative Sugar Mill in Gorakhpur that has been mothballed for several years.

The Andersons buys out the rest of Lansing Trade Group Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:20:22 +0000

In Ohio, The Andersons, Inc. announced that it has entered into a merger agreement with Lansing Trade Group, LLC, its long-time affiliate, to acquire the 67.5% of Lansing equity that it does not already own for cash and stock currently valued at a total of approximately $305 million.

In addition to paying approximately $175 million in cash, the Company will issue unregistered shares to current Lansing equity holders presently valued at approximately $130 million, subject to certain closing adjustments and changes in the share price of Andersons stock, respectively.  The transaction will also result in the consolidation of Thompsons Limited of Ontario, Canada and related entities as they have been jointly owned by Lansing and the Company.  The Company will assume approximately $166 million of long-term debt, consisting of up to $130 million from Lansing and about $36 million from Thompsons. The implied purchase price is less than 9 times EBITDA for the twelve months ended August 31, 2018.

D3MAX has started construction of its facility at Ace Ethanol’s plant Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:19:20 +0000

In Wisconsin, D3MAX LLC and Ace Ethanol LLC announced they have started construction of the first D3MAX facility at Ace Ethanol’s plant in Stanley, Wisconsin. Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol producer to integrate the patented D3MAX technology with its existing corn dry mill. Earlier this year, Ace Ethanol received approval from its board of directors and members to proceed with the design and construction of the corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol plant.

The integrated facility will also employ membrane-based ethanol recovery technology supplied by Whitefox Technologies, resulting in significant energy savings. Fagen Inc. is the chosen contractor to build the new D3MAX facility.

EPA to adopt final E15 rules by May Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:18:00 +0000

In Washington, Platts reports that the Environmental Protection Agency will adopt final rules for year-round E15 blending by May as well as for fuel economy standards by March, a move that will freeze Obama-era clean fuel standards and create an additional demand for fossil fuels of 500,000 barrels per day. The EPA proposal for E15 is expected by February. The timelines were published in the agency’s fall regulatory agenda this week that also show the EPA is on schedule to approve final blending volumes for 2019 and the biodiesel volumes for 2020 by the November 30 deadline.

More soft loans sought to fund additional 168 Indian ethanol plants Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:16:29 +0000

In India, the food ministry has gone back to cabinet to seek another $951 million in soft loans in order to facilitate implementation of 168 ethanol projects. Already 114 ethanol projects have been approved. The funding is in the form of five-year’s worth of interest subsidy, lowering interest rates to 6% or dropping bank rates by half, depending on which is lower, to jumpstart projects. The funding intended for use towards sugarcane or molasses-based ethanol production.

EU BIOWAYS project collects data regarding public perception of bio-based production Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:15:29 +0000

In Belgium, EU-funded BIOWAYS conducted an EU-wide online survey alongside analysis of relevant studies which helped them to collect qualitative and quantitate data regarding the public perception on bio-based products.

The online questionnaire was translated in seven languages and evaluated public perception and engagement with bio-based products, the benefits of utilizing them and reasons that prevent their greater use. Results from over 450 respondents from various EU countries showed that although the majority could identify bio-based products, less than 40 % of the people had sufficient knowledge about them.

Nearly half of the respondents indicated a lack of information regarding the benefits of bio-based products while the majority agreed that better labelling and incentives should be offered to consumers. This clearly showed that public awareness needs to be increased through well-targeted and innovative training tools and materials.

Democratic congressmen send letter to EPA over widespread issuance of hardship waivers Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:12:27 +0000

In Washington, Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Danny Davis (D-IL) led a letter signed by 17 of their colleagues to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing concern over the Trump Administration’s widespread issuance of waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

With transportation emissions representing the bulk of U.S. greenhouse emissions, the decision to flout RFS standards could have a devastating impact on our climate and public health outcomes and result in higher prices for consumers at the gas pump.

“With the technology for cleaner, safer, and more economical fuels available, there is simply no reason not to continue our progress and commitment to renewable fuels,” said Rep. Gallego. “The Trump administration’s decision to abandon RFS goals has already set back our progress by 5 years. We are urging the EPA to reverse this harmful decision.”

New and improved routes to Low Carbon Fuels, Chemicals and Materials: Re-Thinking the Global Bioeconomy Wed, 17 Oct 2018 20:35:55 +0000

By Tammy Klein, Douglas Faulkner and Gerard J. Ostheimer, Ph.D.

Special to The Digest

The development of the global bioeconomy has made great leaps and strides over the past 10 years, but it has also had its fair share of stops and starts. Despite numerous technological advances, a witch’s brew of policy issues emerged (and re-emerged), including worries over “food vs. fuels”, indirect land use change and whether the bioeconomy really contributes to climate goals. All of these body-blows created an atmosphere of resignation among the industry players, and a discernible “biofuels fatigue” became the norm among global policymakers and thought-leaders.

But we’ve noticed that a revival of sorts is happening.

After the Paris Agreement in 2015 the urgent challenge of mitigating climate change forced numerous people across the advocacy-to-action spectrum to look for practical options to de-carbonizing the entire economy. People who five years ago couldn’t be bothered to think about biofuels were suddenly realizing that the production of biofuels had matured with a genuine effort on sustainability and an eagerness to drive down carbon intensity scores. And the other arguments for a thriving bioeconomy, like reducing dependence on fossil fuels and juicing rural development, are as valid as ever.

Last week, Fatih Barol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, and Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing of Finland wrote an op-edarguing that modern bioenergy is critical to meeting climate change goals. They noted that while frequently controversial and often overlooked, bioenergy is the only renewable energy today that can supply all sectors. They wrote:

“The role of modern bioenergy in decarbonising the global energy system is not widely recognised, which is a major blind spot in the global energy debate. The fact is that modern bioenergy is a sustainable solution to address the global climate challenge while contributing to energy diversification and security. But in order to achieve these targets, its deployment must accelerate.”

Whether at the California Global Climate Action Summit or the NYC Climate Week, new voices are calling for the expansion of bioenergy across sectors, including transport. The International Renewable Energy Agency, Sustainable Energy for All, the Biofutures Platform, and corporate groups such as below50, are but a few. For them the evolving global bioeconomy is creating new opportunities to meet climate change and sustainable development goals in both developed and emerging economies.

Advances in agriculture, biotechnology and bioprocessing have made it possible to meet a considerable fraction of the global demand for chemicals and fuels from renewable carbon derived from bioenergy. And countries as far-flung as Australia, Brazil, China and India are working overtime to bring their biomass resources online to realize the potential economic and environmental win-win. What remains to be seen is how fast we can bring the benefits of the emerging bioeconomy to the next tier of developing countries across sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.

Join the webinar

We’ll be discussing these issues and more at the next Future Fuels Outlook web conference, “Re-Thinking the Global Bioeconomy: New and Improved Routes to Low Carbon Fuels, Chemicals and Materials that Are an Economic and Environmental Win-Win.” to be held 10 am ET on Tuesday, October 23. The webinar will feature presentations and a moderated Q&A with two key experts working in this space:

  • Gerard Ostheimer, Ph.D., Global Lead for Bioenergy, Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, below50
  • Douglas Faulkner, Leatherstocking, LLC, Co-Chair of the U.S. governments’s Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

Space is limited so reserve your spot now! Please RSVP to host and moderator Tammy Klein at to receive the connection details. Please do forward the invite to your colleagues.

Can’t attend? No problem! This web conference will be recorded and posted, along with the presentation.


The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 26 advantaged biobased chemical platforms Wed, 17 Oct 2018 20:24:15 +0000

The problem: The vast number of potential chemicals and products that could be made from biomass makes prioritization of research difficult for optimizing market viability, cost competitiveness, environmental benefits, and supply chain development.

The project: This CEMAC/DOE initiative studied 160 potential chemicals, and the list was pared to 26 candidates for further evaluation.

The goal: To understand manufacturing costs and value-added along the supply chain, U.S.-specific competitive advantages, and potential market impacts of lignocellulosic-derived chemicals.