Biofuels Digest The world's most widely-read advanced bioeconomy daily Fri, 30 Oct 2020 00:07:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cargill to attach large sails to vessels transporting biofuels to lower CO2 emissions Fri, 30 Oct 2020 00:07:28 +0000

In Minnesota, Cargill and BAR Technologies have embarked on a strategic project with naval architect Deltamarin to bring cutting edge wind propulsion technology to commercial shipping. The project will see BAR Technology’s WindWings – large, solid wing sails that measure up to 45 meters in height – fitted to the deck of bulk cargo ships to harness the power of the wind and reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 30 per cent. The number of wing sails can be tailored to the size of the vessel and the route it will take. Bloomberg reports the sails will first be added to vessels transporting biofuels and edible oils.

Green Plains teams with Japanese aquafeed company Fri, 30 Oct 2020 00:06:19 +0000

In Nebraska, Green Plains and its wholly owned subsidiary Optimal Aquafeed, announced the formation of an exclusive partnership with Hayashikane Sangyo of Japan, one of the oldest and most successful integrated aquafeed companies in the world. The companies have come together to deliver innovative solutions for fast-growing global aquaculture markets using technology developed and successfully deployed in Japanese production. These solutions are a perfect complement to Green Plains’ ultra-high protein ingredients produced at its biorefineries.

Worldwide, fish is the most consumed protein on a per capita basis and aquaculture is the fastest growing animal protein production market. Feed is an important input variable in aquaculture production and the partnership between Green Plains and Hayashikane is designed to meet the feed requirements in RAS systems and beyond. The initial phase of the partnership will focus on Optimal Aquafeed’s deployment of proprietary solutions, developed by Hayashikane, to North and Central American markets.

Solvay inaugurates second Brazilian bio-solvent facility Fri, 30 Oct 2020 00:05:10 +0000

In Brazil, Solvay has just inaugurated its second plant dedicated exclusively to the manufacturing of its sustainable solvent Augeo, bringing its production capacity for the bio-based solvent from 6,000 up to 20,000 tons a year.

Solvay’s sustainable solvent innovation derives from a renewable source (glycerin) and is used in fragrances, personal care, household, and institutional cleaning items, paints and varnishes; it is also widely used in the agribusiness and oil and gas segments.

The product line has been created by Solvay’s Brazilian researchers and responds to the company’s global objective from its Solvay One Planet roadmap, to generate 15% of its revenue from either bio-based or recycled-based materials by 2030.

Installed in the company’s industrial complex in Paulinia in the Province of São Paulo (Brazil), the new plant already operates at full capacity, serving customers on different continents. The USA is the primary market for the product manufactured in Paulinia, accounting for more than 30% of exports, followed by Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Growth Energy and RFA want district court to make EPA comply with FOIA request Fri, 30 Oct 2020 00:04:07 +0000

In Washington, upon the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to adequately respond to several Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the biofuels industry regarding the small refinery exemption (SRE) program and EPA’s radical escalation in granting SREs in recent years, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association filed a motion this week for partial summary judgment in the federal District Court of the District of Columbia.

Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association asked the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to order EPA to make public at least the most basic information pertaining to these exemptions.

Sunbird Energy supplies ethanol for Zambian E30 trial Fri, 30 Oct 2020 00:03:04 +0000

In Zambia, the national oil company teamed with Sunbird Bioenergy to successfully undergo a pilot project to trial 30% ethanol blending in five government-owned vehicles. Sunbird believes it will deliver the first ethanol for commercial blending during Q1 2021 when it starts production at its small-scale facility that is a first step towards its commercial factory. The company uses cassava as feedstock and is expected to produce 1 million liters per year with the first facility.

Brazilian hydrous ethanol returns improving Fri, 30 Oct 2020 00:02:14 +0000

In Brazil, Safras & Mercado report that the economic returns for hydrous ethanol compared to sugar production are improving, in part thanks to some appreciation of the Brazilian Real against the dollar as well as tightness in the physical market. Sugar’s advantage over hydrous shifted to 17%, the same as seen in July, compared to the more recent level of 22%. Tighter physical markets are expected to continue as sugar mills continue to focus on sugar production.

Researchers sequence full genome of miscanthus Fri, 30 Oct 2020 00:01:24 +0000

In Illinois, an international research team has sequenced the full genome of an ornamental variety of miscanthus, a wild perennial grass emerging as a prime candidate for sustainable bioenergy crops. The genome project—led by scientists at the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI), a Department of Energy (DOE) bioenergy research center—provides a road map for researchers exploring new avenues to maximize the plant’s productivity and decipher the genetic basis for its desirable traits.

India to increase sugarcane-based ethanol prices from December 1 Fri, 30 Oct 2020 00:00:28 +0000

In India, the ANI news agency reports the cabinet committee has agreed to boost the price paid by oil marketing companies for ethanol by a few rupees per liter. The price increase is only for ethanol from sugarcane juice, B-heavy molasses and C-heavy molasses feedstocks. The government is still looking at how to support grain-based ethanol production and may do so by including it in the soft loans program. The new higher prices will apply from the new ethanol marketing year starting December 1.

TerraSync Algae Micro Cover Crop: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Accelergy Thu, 29 Oct 2020 23:58:46 +0000

Keeping in line with our Halloween theme this fun Friday, algae is usually green, like witch’s brew, and while it may not cast a spell on you, it certainly is worth paying attention to for biofuels, CO2 consumption, improving crop yields, and more.

Mark P. Allen, Vice President of Integrated Carbon Solutions at Accelergy, shared this illuminating slide guide on how Accelergy’s TerraSync is cost competitive, has soil health benefits, gobbles up CO2 better than any other green goblin, and more.

On the Move –USGC ethanol manager, Neste’s Board of European Chemical Industry Council, Calyxt VP of BD, BASF and Stora Enso leadership Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:59:36 +0000

As we wrap up the month of October, we have lots of moves going on in the bioeconomy with a farewell to U.S. Grains Council’s Manager of Ethanol Trade Policy and Economics, a new Vice President of Business Development at Calyxt, and not one but two moves going on at BASF and another two moves at Stora Enso’s leadership.

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USGC Bids Farewell To Manager Of Ethanol Trade Policy And Economics Candice Wilson

Candice Wilson, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) manager of ethanol trade policy and economics, departed the Council on Oct. 21 to pursue educational opportunities.

Wilson joined the Council in September 2017 as the graduate fellow in economics and ethanol. In this role, Wilson worked on a variety of projects ranging from ethanol research to analysis of global supply and demand for coarse grains and co-products.

In August 2018, the Council promoted Wilson to manager of ethanol trade policy. In that role, she managed trade policy issues related to ethanol and continued work on global economic analysis.

Calyxt Appoints Sarah Reiter as Vice President of Business Development

Calyxt, Inc., a plant-based technology company, announced that it appointed Sarah Reiter as Vice President, Business Development. In this role, Ms. Reiter will drive new business opportunities at Calyxt to support the company’s recently announced go-to-market strategies.

Ms. Reiter is a plant-based technology and agribusiness leader focused on establishing world-class partnerships and value chains that lead to the successful commercialization of emerging technologies for start-up, early-stage and Fortune 500 companies. With more than 25 years of expertise in agribusiness, Ms. Reiter most recently served as the chief commercial officer of Arcadia Biosciences where she led the company’s commercial and product portfolio strategies and sales to consumer-packaged goods companies globally.

Neste’s Mercedes Alonso joins the Board of European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic)

Mercedes Alonso, Neste’s Executive Vice President of Renewable Polymers and Chemicals business, has been appointed to the Board of European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic). Cefic is a nonprofit organisation which represents the leading chemical companies, in total almost 30 members, across Europe. The Board will serve a two-year term.

“At Neste, we are strongly committed to supporting the chemical and polymers industry to develop towards a renewable and circular industry. With Cefic we share the vision of a thriving chemical industry that is innovating toward circular models, leading on sustainability and being at the forefront of new technologies. I am very happy to join the Board and actively contribute to this important cause, so critical to our industry now,” says Mercedes Alonso, Executive Vice President, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals at Neste.

BASF has Two People on the Move

Marko Grozdanovic appointed to head of Personal Care Europe business unit at BASF

BASF has appointed Dr. Marko Grozdanovic as head of the Personal Care Europe regional business unit and as the new Managing Director of BASF Personal Care and Nutrition GmbH, effective October 1, 2020. He succeeds Xavier Susterac who held these positions since 2017 and is leaving the company at his own request.

Liming Chen appointed to Supervisory Board of BASF SE

At the request of BASF SE, the Ludwigshafen local court (Amtsgericht) appointed Mr. Liming Chen (60), Chairman of IBM Greater China Group, to the Supervisory Board of BASF SE by way of a resolution dated October 8, 2020. The appointment became necessary after Dr. Alexander C. Karp, CEO Palantir Technologies Inc., resigned from the Supervisory Board at the end of July 2020 for professional reasons.

Stora Enso appoints two new members to its Group Leadership Team

Stora Enso appointed Tobias Bäärnman, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, as a member of the Group Leadership Team. He joined Stora Enso in 2017, first as SVP Controlling, Strategy and IT for Consumer Board division. Since December 2019, he has worked as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer. Before joining Stora Enso, he worked as Finance Director at Iggesund Paperboard and has earlier held various positions at Statoil and Procter and Gamble. He has a master’s degree in finance.

Stora Enso also appointed Teemu Salmi, CIO and Head of IT & Digitalisation, as a member of the Group Leadership Team. He joined Stora Enso in 2017. Previously, he worked at Ericsson in various executive positions, most recently as SVP and Head of business unit IT & Cloud in Middle East & Africa. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

ThoughtTrace Announces Kristina Peterson to Join as Senior Vice President of Power and Renewables

ThoughtTrace, Inc., a Document Intelligence and Contract Analytics software company, announced the addition of Kristina Peterson as Senior Vice President, Power and Renewables.  In this new role, Ms. Peterson will provide senior leadership in sales and business development, and provide strategic guidance to ThoughtTrace customers in the power and renewables sectors.

Ms. Peterson joins ThoughtTrace from Brookfield Renewable Partners (NYSE:BEP), where she led its initial investment in the solar sector, acquiring TerraForm Power and TerraForm Global for $1.4 billion in equity investments in 2017.  She has specialized in growing and scaling organizations in the power generation and renewables sectors throughout her career, and has held CEO, CFO and other senior leadership roles at EDF Renewables, Greenwood Energy, and Suntech Power.  Her experience in M&A, asset management, finance and operations has reinforced her interest in utilizing AI and machine-based learning as productivity tools to better address the needs of the growing power and renewables industries.  Ms. Peterson shifted to the solar industry from a successful career in investment banking at Citibank and ABN AMRO Bank in power project finance in the U.S. and Middle East.