Tag: feedstock

India pushing for UCO but policy needed to support more feedstock supplies

India pushing for UCO but policy needed to support more feedstock supplies

October 17, 2016 |

In India, oil marketing companies plan to buy a total of 20 million liters of UCO biodiesel to begin blending as first steps towards eventual 5% blending in 2020. To achieve a 5% blend would require 6.75 billion liters of biodiesel annually. Currently, as much as 20% of domestic biodiesel production is from UCO but […]

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Michigan power plant passing hydrogen-chloride due to railroad tie feedstock

Michigan power plant passing hydrogen-chloride due to railroad tie feedstock

September 8, 2016 |

In Michigan, the Warden Power Plant in L’Anse has come under fire for using railroad ties as feedstock for power production because of the apparent high levels of hydrogen-chloride that is emitted from the facility. A number of other compliance issues need to be sorted out including feedstock storage, but members of the public and […]

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Brazil to expand feedstocks eligible for biodiesel social seal program in 2017

Brazil to expand feedstocks eligible for biodiesel social seal program in 2017

August 11, 2016 |

In Brazil, the Special Secretariat for Family Agriculture and Agrarian Development is seeking to expand the National Program for Biodiesel Production and Use (PNPB) in 2017 to animal byproducts as feedstocks including beef tallow, fish oil and chicken fat beyond the current soybean oil allowing more families to participate in the program. More than 900,000 […]

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What’s DOE doing about feedstock costs? The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Feedstock programs

What’s DOE doing about feedstock costs? The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Feedstock programs

August 11, 2016 |

Is it just cost that bedevils industrial biotechnology in bringing fuels technologies to sacel. Not just, says BETO program director Jonathan Male, who adds that a DOE “Tiger Team” indetified many other factors: What about these? Use of equipment that was originally designed for different feedstock types. Insufficient piloting of feedstock handling or pretreatment equipment using the […]

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Working the calculator: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Choosing a Feedstock

Working the calculator: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Choosing a Feedstock

August 7, 2016 |

“What color is your parachute?” went the title of a best-selling book from the 80s on job hunting. The concept applies equally to biomass feedstock in the 2010s. There’s one out there for you that shines above the rest. But which one? The University of Illinois’ Madhu Khanna takes us through a biomass calculator in […]

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Biomass feed handling: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Lab’s Case for innovation

Biomass feed handling: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Lab’s Case for innovation

July 20, 2016 |

INL’s program aims to overcome key technical barriers facing the U.S. bioenergy industry by systematically researching, characterizing, modeling, demonstrating, and harnessing the physical and chemical characteristics of the nation’s diverse agricultural residues. By finding ways to produce biofuels and other value-added products more cost-effectively, the annual costs associated with producing 300 million tons of cellulosic […]

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What Price Feedstock?

What Price Feedstock?

May 2, 2016 |

Last week, Digest readers around the world rated feedstocks for the Advanced Bioeconomy. In a 200 million ton scenario, we wondered, which feedstocks are the best bets — and at what price? We say relatively novel because some of them exist in our everyday world — woody biomass for lignocellulosic conversion, or the residues (animal, […]

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IISD researcher looks at cattails as bio-power feedstock

IISD researcher looks at cattails as bio-power feedstock

March 5, 2015 |

In Canada, a senior researcher with International Institute for Sustainable Development is looking at cattails as a possible feedstock for biofuels, especially as a heat source. Providence University in Otterburne, Manitoba wants to move towards more sustainable energy sources and already heats 80% of its campus with biomass, so is looking to cattails as a […]

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Is there enough feedstock for cellulosic biofuels? Yes, says review, but new R&D focus will help

Is there enough feedstock for cellulosic biofuels? Yes, says review, but new R&D focus will help

October 6, 2014 |

In Maryland, Robert Kozak of Atlantic Biomass Conversions contributes a thoughtful approach to answering these questions posed in Biofuels Digest: “As the first wave of cellulosic biorefineries launch — is there really enough affordable feedstock for the next wave? Can growers make enough money to justify the switch…and risk?” Kozak’s answer, after outlining the current weaknesses in current […]

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A looming cellulosic feedstock shortage?

A looming cellulosic feedstock shortage?

September 15, 2014 |

As the first wave of cellulosic biorefineries launch — is there really enough affordable feedstock for the next wave? Can growers make enough money to justify the switch…and risk? For several years, the questions that have perplexed actors in the advanced bioeconomy have revolved around policy stability and the effectiveness of the new technology: can […]

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