Biofuels Digest http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest The world's most widely-read advanced bioeconomy daily Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:32:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Chemicals Axioms and Provocations http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/23/the-digests-2018-multi-slide-guide-to-renewable-chemicals-axioms-and-provocations/ Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:32:42 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90709 ABLC featured  a well-received session on renewable chemicals moderated by longtime Digesterati David Dodds. His initial overview on issues and opportunities in renewable chemicals is well worth some intense focus in its own right. Dodds also joined the ABLC Wolfpack this year, but this illuminating introduction focused on his longstanding championing an expertise in green chemistry. Enjoy his axioms and provocations.

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Next generation forest company: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Conifex http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/23/next-generation-forest-company-the-digests-2018-multi-slide-guide-to-conifex/ Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:21:53 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90698 Conifex’s business is the harvesting of timber and the manufacture and sale of lumber, primarily for North American and Asian markets. Its sawmills process high-quality SPF logs into higher-grade and commodity-grade lumber, wood chips that are sold externally and used for pulp production, and other residual products for sale to wood pellet manufacturers, finger joint lumber plants, biomass power plants.

Conifex SVP Sandy Ferguson gave this illuminating overview on the company’s progress and prospects at ABLC 2018 in Washington DC.

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Thai biodiesel industry wants B10 to start in 2018 to soak up excess palm oil http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/23/thai-biodiesel-industry-wants-b10-to-start-in-2018-to-soak-up-excess-palm-oil/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:33:48 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90696 In Thailand, the biodiesel producers association wants the government to boost biodiesel blending to 10% in an effort to sop up excess palm oil supplies. B10 is anticipated for 2019, up from the current 7% blending mandate, but industry wants the government to move that timetable forward in order to absorb another 500,000 metric tons of palm oil. This year’s surplus is seen at around 540,000 tons compared to typical years where the surplus is between 320,000 and 350,000 tons.

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California rail ethanol prices jump on short supplies driven by export demand http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/23/california-rail-ethanol-prices-jump-on-short-supplies-driven-by-export-demand/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:32:49 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90694 In California, Platts reports a spike in ethanol prices last week with rail cars with sub-71 carbon intensity (CI) trading at $1.77/gal Friday while rail cars with 93.55 CI at $1.4875/gal Friday. Plant maintenance as well as lack of supply has been responsible for driving up prices lately thanks to increased demand for exports from the Gulf Coast and New York Harbor, a trend seen across the country in markets dependent on ethanol by rail car.

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EPA announces biomass from managed forests will be considered carbon neutral http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/23/epa-announces-biomass-from-managed-forests-will-be-considered-carbon-neutral/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:31:47 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90692 In Georgia, in a meeting with members of the forestry community, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency announced the Agency issued a statement of policy making clear, that future regulatory actions on biomass from managed forests will be treated as carbon neutral when used for energy production at stationary sources. The Agency will also be assessing options for incorporating non-forest biomass as carbon neutral into future actions.

“Policy uncertainty means uncertain investment in the future of our forests. When policy limits markets, it puts economic pressure on forest owners. That not only threatens jobs, but it also puts our forests at risk, jeopardizing our water, our air and our wildlife,” said CEO of National Alliance of Forest Owners Dave Tenny. “Recognizing that forest biomass in the U.S. provides a carbon neutral source of renewable energy will encourage landowners to replant trees to keep our forests healthy and intact and provide good paying jobs well into the future.”

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Braskem launches R&D center in Boston focused on biotech and material science http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/23/braskem-launches-rd-center-in-boston-focused-on-biotech-and-material-science/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:30:47 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90690 In Massachusetts, Braskem announced its expanded focus on the research, development and commercialization of chemicals and materials sourced from renewable feedstocks. Braskem started a new operation in Boston focused on leveraging groundbreaking developments in biotechnology and advanced materials. The activities will include biotechnology and material science R&D, business and market development as well as technology scouting for key strategic partnerships.

Gustavo Sergi, Braskem Renewable Chemicals Business Director, stated, “Renewable chemistry will lead the next wave of development in chemicals and polymers. Our announcement today reinforces Braskem’s position at the forefront of this movement. As we look forward, by developing and leading the next wave of renewable chemicals and polymers, we are bringing our customers new and innovative choices.”

“The operation in Boston will complement the metabolic engineering capabilities that we have in our Renewable Chemistry Research Center in Campinas (Brazil) as well as our material science competencies present in our R&D centers in Triunfo (Brazil) and Pittsburgh (USA). In addition, this location positions Braskem in a strategic ecosystem that will enable us to leverage key partnerships for research and market development,” explains Mateus Schreiner Garcez Lopes, Braskem Head of Innovation in Renewable Technologies.

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San Francisco Bay Area sightseeing cruise company switches to 100% Neste renewable diesel http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/23/san-francisco-bay-area-sightseeing-cruise-company-switches-to-100-neste-renewable-diesel/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:29:21 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90688 In California, sightseeing cruise company Red and White Fleet operating in the San Francisco Bay Area, California switched its entire fleet of vessels from operating on conventional diesel to using 100% Neste MY Renewable Diesel™.

The City of San Francisco and a number of public transit agencies supported Red and White Fleet’s research and transition to renewable diesel during which the company found absolutely no disruption to any aspects of their operation, from fueling procedures and maintenance intervals to vessel performance and costs. In addition, they observed clean stack emissions and longer fuel filter life.

Western States Oil, based in San Jose, California, is the exclusive distributor of Neste MY Renewable Diesel to Red and White Fleet.

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PBF Logistics invests in ethanol loading infrastructure at Delaware City refinery http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/23/pbf-logistics-invests-in-ethanol-loading-infrastructure-at-delaware-city-refinery/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:28:16 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90686 In New Jersey, PBF Logistics announced it would invest in ethanol loading infrastructure at the Delaware City refinery marine terminal in a demonstration of good faith that the project would eventually get the go ahead after suffering from an ongoing legal battle with local community groups as to whether the facility should be allowed in the protected coastal area or not. PBF Energy is the lead investor on the proposed $7 million hub-and-spoke transportation expansion project.

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North Carolina State University researchers develop model that mimics wood formation http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/23/north-carolina-state-university-researchers-develop-model-that-mimics-wood-formation/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:27:14 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90683 In North Carolina, new systems biology model that mimics the process of wood formation allows scientists to predict the effects of switching on and off 21 pathway genes involved in producing lignin, a primary component of wood. The model, built on more than three decades of research led by Vincent Chiang of the Forest Biotechnology Group at North Carolina State University, will speed the process of engineering trees for specific needs in timber, biofuel, pulp, paper and green chemistry applications.

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Ireland announces 10% biofuel blending from January 1, 2019 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2018/04/23/ireland-announces-10-biofuel-blending-from-january-1-2019/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:26:07 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=90681 In Ireland, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, T.D., has published a draft order increasing the biofuel obligation rate to 10% (by volume) from 1 January 2019.

The Minister also published a Policy Statement outlining the proposed future development of the Biofuels Obligation Scheme. The Policy Statement is intended to provide certainty to industry and stakeholders thus facilitating the longer term planning necessary to increase the use of biofuels.

In 2017, circa 225 million liters of biofuel was placed on the Irish market.

A public consultation on the proposed phased increases to the Biofuel Obligation Rate was held between December 2017 and January 2018.

The draft Order and Policy Statement are available on the Department’s website. Members of the public and interested stakeholders can submit their comments to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment on the draft Order up to 18 May 2018.

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