Biofuels Digest The world's most widely-read advanced bioeconomy daily Wed, 15 Aug 2018 01:24:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fly Green: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to SkyNRG Wed, 15 Aug 2018 01:24:33 +0000

SkyNRG is the global market leader for sustainable jet fuel, supplying more than 20 carriers across 5 continents in the world. SkyNRG’s sustainable jet fuel can offer CO2 emission reductions up to 80% compared to fossil jet fuel.

SkyNRG’s Oskar Meijerink gave this illuminating overview of the company’s promise and progress at ABLC 2018 in Washington DC.

Gevo to install Shockwave’s Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process at Luverne facility Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:29:02 +0000

In Colorado, Gevo, Inc. announced that it has entered into two separate operating leases and service agreements with Shockwave LLC to install Shockwave’s Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process as well as related technology and equipment at Gevo’s production facility in Luverne, MN whereby Shockwave is financing its equipment required for this multi-million dollar project and is providing certain performance guarantees for the Shockwave Process. The Shockwave Process is expected to improve profitability of Gevo’s Luverne Facility by lowering the cost of ethanol and isobutanol production, increasing the number and value of feed and protein products, producing corn oil for food use, and helping to lower the overall carbon footprint for the facility.

The Shockwave Process is expected to be operational during the first quarter of 2019.  Gevo’s deployment of this process is an important step of its previously announced strategy to deploy capital at its Luverne Facility, and to make certain changes and improvements to produce low-carbon ethanol side-by-side with low-carbon isobutanol.  In addition to the Shockwave Process, Gevo also plans to debottleneck production and optimize the Luverne Facility’s energy and equipment infrastructure to use lower amounts of fossil-based energy sources to fully implement its strategy to produce low-carbon intensity ethanol.

Brazilian company to launch patented vinasse transportation tank Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:28:04 +0000

In Brazil, Engcom will launch its patented vinasse transportation tank at a sugar industry trade fair in Sao Paulo state next week, demonstrating faster, safer and more efficient transportation of vinasse at the mills. Compared to other products in the market for transportation of vinasse, the use of composite materials makes the tank 500kg lighter than the competition while its center of gravity also sits lower, reducing the chances of tipping over, and can hold denser vinasse as well.

South Korean ethanol imports fall 41% from June to July Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:26:52 +0000

In South Korea, Platts reports that July ethanol imports fell more than 41% from June at 22,668 metric tons. Nearly 70% of the 10,335 tons of undenatured ethanol imported in July came from Pakistan, followed by Brazil, pushing out Australia who has been the top origin so far this year. Nearly all of the denatured ethanol came from the US, but the 12,312 tons it imported was still more than 43% lower than in June.

Scania closes up ethanol bus service in India Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:25:55 +0000

In India, Scania notified the Nagpur Municipal Corporation that it would no longer be operating its green ethanol bus fleet as of August 13 after first indicating in June that the project would come to an end. The company began winding up operations for its alternative buses earlier this year, with its Karnataka bus manufacturing facility already closed as of early June while the project to demonstrate ethanol and biogas buses in Goa was cut short as well.

European waste-based biodiesel squeezed due to high stocks and falling euro Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:25:02 +0000

In the Netherlands, Platts reports that growing stocks of biodiesel made from both UCO and tallow, considered second generation fuels in Europe because they are produced from waste feedstock, prices have fallen and the market expects UCOME and TME to remain bearish throughout the rest of the year. With waste feedstocks primarily imported in dollars but biodiesel sold in euros, currency shifts have more of an impact on waste-based biodiesel than conventional, and with the euro the weakest in a year against the dollar, the economics are looking tight for the market.

RFA launches ad campaign targeting EPA administrator while in Iowa Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:23:56 +0000

In Washington, coinciding with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s visit to Iowa this week, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is launching a week-long ad campaign in the state, urging the agency to follow the direction of President Trump by maintaining a strong Renewable Fuel Standard and approving year-round access to 15% ethanol (E15) blends. These actions would significantly benefit consumers and farmers in Iowa and throughout the country.

The ads are set to run on two top Des Moines radio stations this week, WHO-AM and KIOA-FM.

For the RFS-related ad, listeners are reminded that as presidential candidate, Donald Trump said EPA should ensure biofuel blend levels under the RFS match the statutory levels set by Congress. ”Iowans agree…but Trump’s EPA has fallen short,” the ad states. “The EPA let oil refiners blend 2 billion fewer gallons of ethanol. That’s not fair,” the ad notes. “…[T]ell President Trump it’s time for the EPA to support Iowa farmers,” the ad concludes.

The E15-related ad highlights that presidential candidate Donald Trump supported removing regulatory barriers that are keeping higher ethanol blends like E15 out of the market. A few weeks ago in Iowa, the president said his administration was “very close” to approving year-round E15. “The EPA is dragging its feet. Tell Administrator Wheeler: It’s time to deliver on E15,” the ad concludes.

DOE researchers using new methods to identify genes in biofuel and biomaterial feedstocks Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:23:08 +0000

In Washington, to improve biofuel production, scientists must understand the fundamental interactions that lead to the expression of key traits in plants and microbes. To understand these interactions, Department of Energy scientists are using different layers of information (about the relationships between genes, and between genes and phenotypes) combined with new computational approaches to integrate vast amounts of data in a modeling framework. Researchers can now identify genes controlling important traits to target biofuel and bioproduct production. The algorithm used in this work has been used to break the supercomputing exascale barrier for the first time anywhere in the world.

Vancouver (Canada!) to transition all diesel vehicles to 100% biodiesel Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:22:08 +0000

In Canada, the City of Vancouver has taken a significant step towards achieving its goal of using 100 percent renewable energy sources by entering into a new fuel contract with Suncor. With this new contract, all of the City’s diesel vehicles will transition to 100 percent renewable diesel, reducing emissions to 50 percent below 2007 levels by the end of next year.

Shifting diesel to a 100 percent renewable energy source also enables the City to achieve ambitious goals from the Renewable City Strategy and Greenest City Action Plan.

The Renewable City Strategy encourages the City to elevate its purchasing power to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy and recognizes that, due to its large fleet, a shift in fuel provider will result in a significant emissions reduction.

The Greenest City Action Plan sets a 2030 target of a 50 per cent reduction in emission from City operations over 2007 levels. With the planned implementation of 100 per cent renewable fuel in the diesel fleet, this target will be achieved next year.

Strategic Advance: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM’s Q2 Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:52:00 +0000

Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences, DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials.

DSM is a frontrunner in creating bio-based and environmentally sound solutions within its Bio-based unit as well as through DSM Nutrition. The company focuses on enabling technology in biofuels and bio-based chemicals and materials made from renewable biomass, and demonstrating the commercial viability of these technologies in collaboration with strategic partners along the value chain.

DSM gave this illuminating update as a part of its Q2 earnings report on the company’s progress, technologies, investments and direction.