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Bio Revolution to Invest in Bahama Biodiesel Project (Ind. Report)
Bio Revolution Americas
Date: 2014-12-10
In the Bahamas, Bio Revolution Americas plans to invest $200 million in a pongamia biodiesel project based on an out-grower model that would spread across unused arable land on several islands. The company has already installed two oilseed crushing plants in the US and plans to install six more in the next two years. Each plant would produce about 50,000 gpy of oil and require an investment of $9 million. The Bahamas facility is likely to be sited near Freeport.

According to Bio Revolution Americas, the company "helps facilitate the advancement of new technologies in natural plant products from cooking oil, livestock feeds, natural medicinal plant products to patented new Bio Fuels for Diesel, Gas, and Jet fuel. We believe strongly in supporting the American farming families and communities by giving them opportunities to grow natural, non genetically manufactured plants from which all these products can be made. We are investing in and consulting with companies to create new markets for these products and grow the existing markets dramatically over the next decade." Much of the company's projects and activities are proprietary and covered by non disclosure agreements.(Source: Bio Revolution Americas, Other, Biofuels Digest, Contact: Bio Revolution Americas, http://www.biorevolutionamerica.com

Tags Biodiesel news,  Bio Revolution Americas news,  

Red River, Noble Mansfield Seal Ethanol Marketing Deal (Ind. Report)
Red River Energy, LLC
Date: 2014-09-19
Red River Energy, LLC reports the signing of an ethanol marketing agreement with Noble Mansfield Commodity Services. (NMCS) after an extended evaluation of various ethanol marketing groups. ICM subsidiary Energy Management Solutions will run the day-to-day operations and activities of the Red River 25 mgy plant in Rosholt, South Dakota.

Noble Mansfield is a joint entity of Noble Group and Mansfield Oil Company. Globally Noble delivers over 20 Million Metric Tons of grains and oilseeds and operates extensive grain supply chains in Asia and South America. In the energy and fuels industry Noble and Mansfield deliver over 20 billion gallons of fuel and ethanol annually.

Noble Mansfield provides refiners and blenders full service ethanol and biodiesel supply backed by a widespread network of production facilities. The company's supply chain management solutions provide lower cost transactions and easier regulatory compliance. (Source: Noble Mansfield, Red River Energy, 16 Sept., 2014) Contact: Noble Mansfield Commodity Services, Bill Covey, (678) 450-2119, http://www.noblemansfield.com

Tags Red River Energy news,  LLC news,  

CSU's Camelina R&D Scores Federal Funding (Funding)
Colorado State University,USDA
Date: 2014-08-25
Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins reports that the US DOE has awarded Bioagricultural Sciences Associate Professor John McKay nearly $1.5 million to develop Camelina sativa, an oilseed as a biofuels feedstock crop for the Great Plains and western United States.

Leveraging the newly available genome sequence of Camelina, this project will use forward and reverse genetics and natural variation to combine optimal qualities in Camelina as an oilseed feedstock The ideal biofuel feedstock crop, Camelina can grow on poor quality land and requires little cultivation. (Source: Colorado State University, PR, Denver Post, 23 Aug., 2014) Contact: Colorado State University, Associate Professor John McKay, (970) 491-5730, john.mckay@colostate.edu, www.mckaylab.colostate.edu

Tags Camelina news,  Biodiesel news,  State University news,  USDA news,  

DOE Awards $1.5Mn for Camelina Biofuel Feedstock R&D (Funding)
Colorado State University
Date: 2014-07-28
Colorado State University in Fort Collins reports that the US DOE has awarded Bioagricultural Sciences Associate Professor John McKay nearly $1.5 million to develop Camelina sativa, an oilseed as a biofuels feedstock crop for the Great Plains and western United States.

Leveraging the newly available genome sequence of Camelina, this project will use forward and reverse genetics and natural variation to combine optimal qualities in Camelina as an oilseed feedstock The ideal biofuel feedstock crop, Camelina can grow on poor quality land and requires little cultivation. (Source: Colorado State University, PR, 25 July, 2014) Contact: Colorado State University, Associate Professor John McKay, (970) 491-5730, john.mckay@colostate.edu, www.mckaylab.colostate.edu

Tags Camelina news,  Biofuels Feedstock news,  

Improving Energy from Oilseed Rape Straw (Ind. Report)
Institute of Food Research
Date: 2014-07-07
Researchers at the Institute of Food Research in the UK are looking at how to turn straw from oilseed rape into biofuel. Preliminary findings are pointing at ways the process could be made more efficient, as well as how the straw itself could be improved. Straw from crops such as wheat, barley, oats and oilseed rape is seen as a potential source of biomass for second generation biofuel production. Currently the UK produces around 12 million tonnes of straw and has a vast surplus.

Straw contains a mix of sugars that could be used as a source of biofuels that do not compete with food production but instead represent a sustainable way of utilising waste. However, the sugars are in a form that makes them inaccessible to the enzymes that release them for conversion into biofuels, so pre-treatments are needed. The pre-treatments make the complex carbohydrates more accessible to enzymes that convert them to glucose, in a process called saccharification. This is then fermented by yeast into ethanol.

Researchers, led by Professor Keith Waldron , have been looking at the steps needed to unlock the sugars tied up in the tough straw structure. In particular, they have looked at the pre-treatment stage, focusing on steam explosion, which involves "pressure-cooking" the biomass, to drive a number of chemical reactions. A rapid pressure-release then causes the material to be ripped open, to further improve accessibility. They varied the temperature and duration of steam explosion and then used a variety of physical and biochemical techniques to characterise what effects varying the pre-treatments had on the different types of sugars before and after saccharification. The amount of cellulose converted to glucose increased with the severity of the pretreatment. Saccharification efficiency is also associated with the loss of specific sugars, and subsequent formation of sugar breakdown products.

In a further study the scientists discovered the key factors that determine the efficiency of saccharification. One particular compound, uronic acid, limited the rate at which enzymes worked. The final sugar yield was closely related to the removal of xylan, a common component of plant cell walls. The abundance of lignin, a "woody" cell wall component, was positively related to the amount of available sugars. These findings will help improve the efficiency by which straw can be converted to biofuels. It may even be possible to improve the straw itself, for example to reduce the uronic acid content in the biomass, as suggested by these findings. (Source: the Institute of Food Research, AgriLand, 6 July, 2014) Contact: Institute of Food Research, Professor Keith Waldron, news.ifr.ac.uk/tag/keith-waldron

Tags Biofuel news,  Oilseed news,  Biomass news,  Woody Biomass news,  

Farm Credit Questions Ethanol's Long-Term Corn Support (Ind. Report)
Farm Credit Canada
Date: 2014-06-11
The Chief Economist at Farm Credit Canada, J-P Gervais, says ethanol production isn't likely to support a permanent expansion in the demand for corn. According to Gervais, what's happening in the ethanol market right now is a perfect illustration of how connected agricultural markets are. To illustrate his point, Gervais says that reduced sugarcane production in Brazil has that country importing U.S. ethanol which, in the short term, supports corn price in both the U.S. and Canada. But, he says, lower overall U.S. gas consumption is creating a blend wall for ethanol which is going to be tough to get past. In Gervais' view, the main long-term support in the grains and oilseeds markets remains foreign demand from emerging markets and that producers should look to those markets. (Source: Farm Credit Canada, Blackburn News, 11 June, 2014) Contact: Farm Credit Canada, www.fcc-fac.ca

Tags Farm Credit Canada news,  Corn Ethanol Ethanol news,  

TRT Plans Million Tonne Soybean, Canola Purchases (Ind. Report)
Twin Rivers Technologies,FELDA Global Ventures
Date: 2014-05-16
Becancour, Quebec-headquartered oilseed crushing and refining specialist Twin Rivers Technologies-ETGO (TRT-ETGO) reports that it is planning to purchase 450,000 metric tonnes of soybean from Quebec and Ontario sources and 500,000 metric tonnes of canola seed from Quebec and Western Canada.

TRT-ETGO is wholly owned and operated by FELDA Global Ventures Holdings -- a global agribusiness business with operations in ten countries across four continents. The plant, which is the only crushing and refining facility of its kind in Quebec, and one of the largest in Eastern Canada, has a daily crushing capacity of 3,000 metric tonnes and refining capacity 1,200 metric tonnes. The company plans to market its products to North American and European markets (Source: TRT-ETGO, Digest, 14 May, 2015) Contact: TRT-ETGO, (819) 294-1330, contact@trt-etgo.com, www.trt-etgo.com; FELDA Global Ventures , www.feldaglobal.com

Tags Soybean news,  Soy Oil news,  Canola news,  

USDA Investigating Canola as Biofuel Feedstock (R&D)
Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan
Date: 2014-04-02
Scientists at the USDA's Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan, North Dakota, are investigating canola and other oilseed crops -- mustard, rapeseed, camelina -- in an effort to find best varieties as biofuel feedstocks.

The non-food oilseed varieties are being judged on their economic and environmental impacts, fit into existing crop rotations, ability to improve soil quality, drought tolerance and adaptability to areas where traditional oilseeds do not do well.

Approximately 1 million acres of canola are grown in North Dakota annually from which about 1.8 million gpy of biodiesel is produced. Between 5 percent and 10 percent of the canola grown in North Dakota goes for biodiesel production. (Source: Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in MandanBismark Tribune, 30 Mar., 2014) Contact: Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory, Dave Archer, (701) 667 3010, www.ars.usda.gov/npa

Tags Canola news,  Oilseed news,  Biofuel Feedstocks news,  Biodiesel news,  

Imperium Renewables Inks Canola Oil Delivery Deal (Ind. Report)
Imperium Renewables
Date: 2014-01-17
Winnepeg-based Legumex Walker Inc. reports that its Pacific Coast Canola (PCC) subsidiary has finalized a six-month contract to deliver by truck a portion of its super degummed canola oil to Seattle-based biofuels producer Imperium Renewables. Imperium's Hoquaim facility, at 100 million gpy capacity, is the world's largest BQ-9000 certified biodiesel refinery.

Legumex Walker is a growth-oriented processor and merchandiser of special crops (sunflower seed, flax and canary seed), pulses (lentils, peas, beans and chickpeas) and canola products. The Company is one of the largest processors of special crops and pulses in Canada. The company has 15 processing facilities strategically located in key growing regions in the Canadian Prairie Provinces, the American Midwest, and China, global sales, logistics, and distribution platform and access to multimodal transportation capabilities. The Company also holds an 84 percent interest in Pacific Coast Canola, LLC, which operates the first and only commercial-scale canola oilseed processing facility west of the Rocky Mountains. (Source: Legumex Walker Inc. , 15 Jan., 2014) Contact: Legumex Walker, Marin Landis, Inestor Relations, marinl@legumexwalker.com, www.legumexwalker.com; Imperium Renewables, (202) 254-0203, info@imperiumrenewables.com, http://www.imperiumrenewables.com

Tags Biodiesel news,  Imperium Renewables news,  Canola news,  

PGF Biofuels Wins Oilseed Crop RSB Certification (Ind. Report)
PGF Biofuels,Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
Date: 2013-12-06
Patterson Global Foods' Winnipeg-based PGF Biofuels, in conjunction with Paterson Grain, has become the first Canadian organization to receive Swiss-based Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the oil seed crop Resonance Carinata.

Resonance carinata is well adapted to semi-arid regions and is ideally suited for conversion into renewable aviation and biodiesel fuel.

The airline industry is using the RSB certification as its standard to ensure that procured renewable aviation fuel is produced in an environmentally sustainable manner.

On May 5th of this year, we reported that PGF Biofuels and Ottawa, Ontario-headquartered Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. entered into a long-term Resonance carinata strategic marketing and distribution agreement. (Source: PGF Biofuels, Biofuels News, 4 Dec., 2013) Contact: PGF Biofuels, Andrew B. Paterson, CEO, Kevin Maloney, (204) 956-2090x253, kmaloney@pattersonglobalfoods.com, http://www.pgfbiofuels.com; Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, +41 22 796 4037, info@rsb.org, www.rsb.org

Tags PGF Biofuels news,  Oilseed news,  Aviation Biofuels news,  Renewable Fuel news,  

Transmessis Columbia Plateau Plans Canola Biodiesel Production in Washington (Ind. Report)
Transmessis Columbia Plateau
Date: 2013-11-27
Odessa, Washington-based Transmessis Columbia Plateau (TCP) has moved into the former Inland Empire Oilseeds biodiesel plant in Odessa where it plans to produce biodiesel from canola. Operations are expected to begin before the year end.

The company estimates that it will use more than 50,000 tonnes of "hopefully local" canola feedstock to produce 8 million gpy of biodiesel in 2014.

TCP is leasing the building from the Odessa Public Development Authority, with an option to purchase. (Source: Transmessis Columbia Plateau, Biofuels Int'l, 26 Nov., 2013) Contact: Transmessis Columbia Plateau, Damon Pistulka, CEO, https://www.facebook.com/TransMessisColumbiaPlateau

Tags Canola news,  Biodiesel news,  Biofuel news,  

Carinata Oil Seed Aviation Biofuels Prospects Investigated (R&D)
University of Florida in Quicy
Date: 2013-08-21
Brassica carinata (carinata), a leafy cousin of the canola plant, will soon grown in test trials at the University of Florida in Quicy. The Ethiopian native plant is a prolific producer of oil seeds that can be used to make an alternative biofuel which is virtually indistinguishable from petroleum counterparts.

Jet fuel produced from carinata can be formulated as a 100 percent biofuel, meeting petroleum standards using technology developed by Applied Research Associates in Panama City, Fla. Until now, biofuel flights have been restricted to a 50 percent blend with petroleum, as the technology for a pure biofuel product was largely unproven.

Carinata fuels need only a minimal amount of refining once the oilseeds are crushed and filtered. A million dollar grant from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will help refine production practices, post-harvest handling and oilseed delivery procedures. (Source: University of Florida, SE Farm Press, Aug. 17, 2013) Contact: University of Florida, North Florida Research & Education Center, (850) 875-7100, nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu

Tags Jet Fuel news,  University of Florida Quicy news,  Biofuel news,  Aviation Biofuel news,  

TSU Developes Mobile Biodiesel Lab (New Prod & Tech)
Tennessee State University
Date: 2013-07-22
Researchers at Tennessee State University have developed a mobile biodiesel lab that turns oilseed crops into biodiesel as part of the University's alternative fuels program. Tennessee State University assistant professor of agronomy and soil sciences Jason deKoff says a typical farm annually uses 2 to 6 gallons of diesel. But, deKoff says, if farmers in the Volunteer State devote a portion of an oilseed crop to biodiesel production they would not have to purchase diesel. deKoff will be taking the TSU technology to various parts of the state for on-the-spot demonstrations. (Source: TSU, Miami Herald 15 July, 2013) Contact: Tennessee State University, Jason deKoff, (615) 963-4929, http://www.tnstate.edu/faculty/jdekoff

Tags Oil Seed Crop news,  Tennessee State University news,  Biodiesel news,  

Inventure Closes $7.2Mn Financing Round (Funding, Ind. Report)
Inventure Renewables Inc.
Date: 2013-07-17
Inventure International (Pte) Limited, the Singapore-based holding company of renewable process technology leader Inventure Renewables Inc., recently closed a $7.2 million round of financing for the establishment of a plant for the conversion of biomass into mixed industrial sugars, using Inventure's patented Mixed Super Critical Fluid (MSCF) technology.

This round was raised from the existing investors who participated in the initial round, including Wilmar International Limited. Strategic partner Trebet will invest an additional $8.2 million toward the joint venture.

In partnership with strategic investor Trebet Assets Corporation (Trebet), Inventure will use a portion of the proceeds to establish Alchimia Inc., a joint venture to build and operate a demonstration plant built around MSCF technology. The Missouri-based plant will process 20 tpd of mixed biomass and/or lipid oilseed based feedstock into a variety of value-added products, including cellulosic sugars and methyl esters.

Inventure Renewables Inc. develops patented and patent pending enabling process technology for the production of sugar from biomass which in turn enables the production of third generation green chemicals, synthetic jet fuel, biodiesel, and green gasoline from biomass. Feedstocks -- such as palm waste, corn stover and cobs, cane bagasse, wood fiber, etc.--are processed quickly and efficiently, using a chemical catalytic process, to generate cellulosic sugars and upgrade lipid and protein agri-business by-products. (Source: Inventure International (Pte) Limited , July 15, 2013) Contact: Inventure Renewables, Mark Tegen, CEO,www.inventurechem.com

Tags Biomass news,  

WSU taking Aviation Biofuels Expertise to Paris Air Show (Int'l)
Washington State University
Date: 2013-06-19
Washington State University (WSU) is sending a delegation to the 50th International Paris Air Show and will participate in the show's Alternative Aviation Fuels Pavilion. WCU associate VP for alternative energy, Ralph Cavalieri, will promote the university's aviation biofuels research along with colleagues Michael Wolcott, regent's professor of civil and environmental engineering, and James Petersen, director and professor of the Gene and Linda Voiland School of chemical engineering and bioengineering.

Funded by a $40 million grant from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, WSU's research is focused on developing economically viable wood-based jet fuel and petrochemical substitutes.

The WSU delegates hope to show aviation leaders that WSU's research is cutting edge and relevant. The university also hopes to find international collaborators, build international partnerships and to promote the state of Washington as a perfect place for researching and developing biofuel made from algae, perennial grasses, hybrid poplars, and oilseed crops like camelina. (Source: Washington State Univ., Moscow-Pullman Daily News, 17 June, 2013) Contact: WSU, Ralph Cavalieri, (509) 335-5581, cavalieri@wsu.edu, www.wsu.edu

Tags Aviation Biofuels news,  Biofuel news,  Woody Biomass news,  Washington State University news,  

European Biorefining R&D Receives €38.9Mn Funding (Int'l)
Date: 2013-05-22
The Genesys Biorefinery research program will benefit from a €39.8 million ($51.2 million) French Government grant to the Institut d'excellence Energies Decarbonnees (PIVERT IEED) which is working in the field of low carbon energy.

Genesys will use oilseed and lignocellulosic biomass to produce heat and power primarily, but also chemicals and food products. The project aims to file around 40 patents on oilseeds and lipids over the next 10 years. (Source: PIVERT IEED, Biofuels Int'l, 20 May, 2013) Contact: PIVERT IEED, www.utc.fr; GeneSys, Geoff Maclaren, GeneSys UK Limited, +44 151 342 7758, http://genesystuk.com

Tags Genesys news,  Biorefining news,  PIVERT IEED news,  

Agrisoma, PGF Biofuels Seal Marketing Deal (Ind. Report)
Agrisoma Biosciences,PGF Biofuels Inc
Date: 2013-04-05
Ottawa, Ontario-headquartered Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. and PGF Biofuels Inc. have entered into a long term strategic marketing and distribution agreement establishing PGF as Agrisoma's exclusive partner for Resonance carinata, a non-food oilseed crop, in North America and Australia, and establishes a framework through which PGF and Agrisoma will coordinate expansion into additional regions. Winnipeg, Manitoba-based PGF is a wholly owned subsidiary of Paterson GlobalFoods Inc., owner of Paterson Grain. Paterson is a private family-owned group of companies active in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Founded in 1908, Paterson operates approximately 40 grain handling sites across the Canadian prairies, including nine inland export terminals. (Source: Agrisoma, Ventures Inc. April, 2013) Contact: Agrisoma Biosciences, www.agrisoma.com

Tags Biofuel news,  

Inland Empire seeks Second Restructuring (Ind. Report)
Inland Empire Oilseeds
Date: 2013-03-04
Inland Empire Oilseeds LLC, one of Washington State's first producers of biodiesel from canola has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy court restructuring withmore than $3.8 million in debts. The company, which began producing biodiesel in 2009 in Odessa Wash., closed its doors in December and filed for Chapter 7 reorganization in the Eastern District of Washington bankruptcy court.

At one point, Inland Empire Oilseeds was crushing 80 tons of canola seed per day. The venture was funded in part with a $1 million Washington State Energy Freedom Loan managed by the Odessa Public Development Authority, which owns the production facility. The operation also received more than $2 million in loans from the USDA. The goal was to produce 8 million gpy of biodiesel. The company went through a restructuring in 2011 when the majority stake -- roughly 75 percent -- was taken by two new Inland Empire Oilseeds managers. (Source: Inland Empire, Spokesmans Review. 3 Mar., 2013) Contact: Inland Empire Oilseeds, (509) 982-2970, www.inlandempireoilseeds.com

Tags Canola news,  Biofuel news,  Inland Empire Oilseeds news,  Biodiesel news,  Canola news,  

ADM Profits Defy Drought, Low Water, Ethanol Squeeze (Ind. Report)
Date: 2013-02-11
Archer Daniels Midland Co. reported a big jump in fiscal second-quarter earnings Tuesday with the help of one-time items. But the grain-processing giant’s underlying profit growth was more modest.

In the quarter ended Dec. 31, Decatur-based ADM had net earnings of $510 million, or 77 cents per diluted share, up sixfold from $80 million, or 12 cents per diluted share, in the year-ago period. Sales rose 6.9 percent to $24.9 billion from $23.3 billion. Both quarters' earnings were skewed by special items, including a $339 million charge in 2011 and a $113 million gain in 2012.

Excluding impairments, ADM's corn processing group operating profits fell to $3 million from $210 million in the year-ago period. The bulk of the company's profits this quarter came from oilseeds processing. Helped by strong global demand, operating profits at the group nearly doubled to $411 million from $209 million in 2011.

ADM's transportation division, which operates a fleet of Mississippi River barges, profits slipped $5 million to $48 million due to low river water levels.

In the first six months, ADM earned $692 million, a 28 percent increase from $540 million in the year-ago period. Sales rose 3.4 percent to $4.7 billion from $4.5 billion. (Source: ADM, Medill, 5 Feb., 2013) Contact: ADM, Patricia Woertz, CEO, (217) 451-7423, www.adm.com

Tags ADM news,  Archer Daniels Midland news,  Corn news,  Corn Ethanol news,  

Canola-Biodiesel Producer Files for Liquidation (Ind. Report)
Inland Empire Oilseeds
Date: 2013-01-28
Odessa, Washington-based canola processor and biodiesel producer Inland Empire Oilseeds is seeking to sell its assets under a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in response to a creditor's petition to to force the company into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which would allow it to operate while developing a restructuring and debt repayment plan. The company says it lacks the financial ability to reorganize and has asked a bankruptcy judge to convert the case to a Chapter 7 liquidation, according filings with bankruptcy court for Eastern District of Washington.

The company, which has defaulted on its rent and owes more than $2.6 million in back payments, has laid off two-thirds of its 30 employees because it was unable to make payroll. The Washington Department of Ecology is rescinding a permit needed to keep running the plant, and the facility has canceled EPA registration that allows it to generate renewable fuel credits.

Creditors have filed an objection against converting the case to a Chapter 7 liquidation, arguing that the company's managers have "not set forth sufficient cause" and have "not established that such a conversion is in the best interest of creditors."

The plant needed roughly 30,000 tpy of canola to operate at full capacity, but only one-third of that amount is produced in Washington state annually. (Source: Inland Empire, Capital Press, Jan. 27, 2013) Contact: Inland Empire Oilseeds, (509) 982-2970, www.inlandempireoilseeds.com

Tags Inland Empire Oilseeds news,  Biodiesel news,  Canola news,  

Bunge, Sofiproteol Reconsidering EU Biodiesel JV (Int'l)
Sofiproteol,Bunge,Diester Industrie
Date: 2013-01-23
French oilseed group Sofiproteol, owner of the EU's biggest biodiesel maker Diester Industrie International (DII) , and U.S. agribusiness giant Bunge are reviewing their European biodiesel JV with the view of cutting overcapacity production. The two companies have a 60-40 percent deal in DII.

DII, created in 2005, accounts for approximately one-third of Diester Industrie's overall capacity of 3 million tpy of biodiesel, and has seven plants in France. DII halted production a year ago in Livorno, Italy due to overcapacity.

Biodiesel is one of Sofiproteol's several activities of the group controlled by French oilseed growers, along with vegetable oil, animal feed and green chemicals. As part of the group's strategy to find alternatives to biodiesel for its rapeseed oil and sunflower oil output, Sofiproteol is seeking new markets, mainly in Maghreb countries and the Black Sea. The group is presently active in Morocco, Tunisia and Romania. (Source: Sofiproteol, Reuters, 22 Jan., 2013) Contact: Sofiproteol, www.sofiproteol.com; Bunge, (914) 684-2800, www.bunge.com; Diester Industrie International, www.sofiproteol.com/groupe/.../diester-industrie-international

Tags Bunge news,  Sofiproteol news,  Oilseed news,  Biodiesel news,  

$5.08Mn Grant to study Oilseed Camelina Biofuel Feedstock (R&D)
Kansas State University
Date: 2013-01-16
The USDA has awarded $5.08 million to a team of researchers, led by Kansas State University Distinguished Professor in Grain Science and Industry, Xiuzhi "Susan" Sun, to study the oilseed camelina crop's potential as cost-effective bioenergy and bio-based product feedstock. The funding is part of a $25 million effort by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to fund R&D development of next-generation energy and high-value biobased products from a variety of biomass (plant) sources.

According to Sun, although previous U.S. Navy and Air Force studies indicated camelina-based jet fuel reduces net carbon emissions by about 80 percent, compared with jet fuels currently in use, commercial scale production of camelina-based biofuels is not yet economically viable. Obstacles include the fact that camelina production is not sufficiently efficient per unit resource used and camelina oil processing generates about 65 percent solid meal by-product, mainly proteins and carbohydrates that is currently under-utilized. The technology has not been developed to produce high-value co-products from camelina bioenergy varieties. (Source: Kansas State Univ., 15 Jan. 2013) Contact: Kansas State University, Xiuzhi "Susan" Sun, (785) 532-4077, xss@k-state.edu, www.k-state.edu

Tags Camelina news,  Biofuels news,  

Renewable Fuels add £1Bn to UK Economy, says NFU (Int'l)
National Farmers Union
Date: 2012-12-07
According to the UK National Farmers Union (NFU), Biodiesel and bioethanol markets are both crucial to meeting the country's future energy needs and contribute an estimated £1 billion to the UK economy.

The NFU believes that the transportation and farm industries must co-exist in order to drive improvements in yields, the environment and on-farm efficiencies, and are vital for a sustainable, thriving local market for both wheat and animal feed. This goes hand-in-hand with the biodiesel industry, which, already worth an estimated £600 million at the farm gate, has seen an increase in production of oilseed rape yields of around 25 per cent over the last 11 years, and is a growing market.

According to the NFU, the future of the two industries are linked together in a way that means government must take them seriously. The NFU also stressed that all feedstocks used in EU biofuel production must be certified sustainable. "What we need to see from government is a solid commitment to biofuel production in the UK. Currently, the UK imports 80 per cent of the high protein animal feed used in livestock, pig and poultry production each year. The biofuel industry can become one of the most important markets for British agriculture. It has the potential for us to become more self-sufficient in high protein animal feed and import less from outside the UK, while providing an important floor in the market for our arable farmers," a NFU spokesman said. (Source: NFU, ThePigSite News Desk, 5 Dec., 2012) Contact: NFU, www.nfuonline.com

Tags Biofuel news,  Renewable Fuel news,  

EU Biofuels Policy Changes Could Hobble Industry (Int'l)
European Biofuel
Date: 2012-09-24
The European Commission is making a major shift in its biofuel policy with its announced plan to limit food crop-based biofuels to 5 percent of transport fuel. Biofuels made from food crops such as grains, sugar and vegetable oils, often called first generation biofuels, had been expected to provide the bulk of a target that 10 percent of all transport fuel should come from renewable sources by 2020. The balance will now be processed from come from waste products, grasses, the inedible parts of plants or a range of other non-food feedstocks including algae.

EU data for 2011 showed that biofuels made from food crops provide about 4.5 percent of EU transport fuel. Most of this is produced within the EU but there are also imports from South and North America as well as South-East Asia.

The Commission's new plan will have to be jointly approved by governments and the European Parliament before becoming law, which could see up to two years of lobbying by industry and campaign groups to influence the final outcome. According to a spokesman for German oilseeds industry association UFOP, "The proposals will push an entire industry towards ruin."

The European biofuels industry was handed another setback when Austria suspended the launch of a higher blend of bioethanol in petrol on Monday, just weeks before it was set to take effect on October 1. (Source: Sofiproteol, News Day, Sept. 23, 2012)

Tags Biofuel news,  

Soybean Assoc. Lauds RFS Biodiesel Standard (Ind. Report)
American Soybean Association
Date: 2012-09-20
The U.S. EPA has announced an increase in the biodiesel volume requirement under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) from 1 billion gallons in 2012 to 1.28 billion gallons in 2013, a move welcomed by the American Soybean Association (ASA).

"More than half of all biodiesel produced in the U.S. comes from soybean oil, which expands a growing market for soybean farmers," said ASA President Steve Wellman. "We congratulate the EPA on today's announcement as well as the USDA and (Agriculture) Secretary Vilsack for their continued strong support for the U.S. biodiesel industry. We look forward to helping the U.S. biodiesel industry hit the 1.28 billion gallon mark in 2013. By achieving the new requirement, we'll help to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and help increase soybean meal supplies to our valued partners in the livestock industry for use as feed."

Wellman highlighted several benefits from biodiesel production that help U.S. livestock producers. "Soybean-based biodiesel actually has a positive impact on U.S. soybean meal supplies," he said. "Processing biodiesel from soybeans uses only the oil portion of the soybean, which is about 18 to 20 percent of the soybean, leaving the remaining 80 to 82 percent of the soybean available as protein to nourish both livestock and humans. By increasing the market for soybean oil in the U.S. and domestic oilseed processing, we increase the availability of protein-rich meal for human and livestock consumption. The increased meal supply results in a more cost-effective food and feed source." (Source: American Soybean Assoc., 19 Sept., 2012) Contact: American Soybean Association, Steve Wellman, First Vice President, (402) 269-7024, wellmanfarms@sbllcweb.com, www.soygrowers.com

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USDA Touts Sorghum's Bioenergy Crop Potential (Ind. Report)
Date: 2012-09-18
A new USDA study says sorghum is the potential breakthrough candidate for biofuel expansion. The study claims sorghum's adaptability to a range os growing conditions, sturdiness and resistance to drought make it ideal for the production of bioenergy. According to USDA researchers, it also has a high biomass content (plant material). The soluble sugar that it produces can be converted into biofuel, and then the residual fibers leftover from the juice extraction can be burned to generate electricity.

This USDA study is part of a larger effort to meet the government mandate to produce 36 billion gallons of biofuel by 2022. It is estimated that 15 billion of those gallons will be from grain ethanol, and the remaining 21 billion will be from other sources including sorghum, sugarcane, switchgrass, and other grasses. Other options include oilseed crops like rapeseed and soybean. The USDA research on Sorghum's potential as a biofuel has been published in the journal, Agricultural Research (Source: ENN, Sept. 17, 2012) Contact: USDA,

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Consortium to Fly Jet Aircraft on 100% Aviation Biofuel (Ind. Report)
Aviation Biofuel,Agrisoma
Date: 2012-09-13
Applied Research Associates (ARA) and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) are partnering with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., a Canadian firm with a growing presence in the biofuel feedstock market, to evaluate CLG and ARA's 100% drop-in ReadiJet™ Fuel.

ARA and NRC will test the renewable jet fuel against ASTM and military specifications and evaluate the fuel in ground-based engine tests. The tests will be concluded with a test flight with the NRC Falcon-20 twin engine jet. This flight will be the first time in the world a jet aircraft is powered by 100%, un-blended, renewable jet fuel that meets petroleum jet fuel specifications.

The biofuel, ReadiJet™, was produced by ARA, under contract to AFRL, from Agrisoma's Resonance™ feedstock crop using CLG's and ARA's breakthrough Biofuel ISOCONVERSION process. During the test flight, a second aircraft will fly behind the Falcon 20 to measure the emissions of the engine operating on both the ReadiJet biofuel and on conventional petroleum-based aviation fuel. Systems on-board the Falcon 20 will allow NRC's flight research team to switch back and forth between the two fuel types throughout the flight. These data will be the first of its kind to evaluate biojet fuel emissions of an aircraft engine operating on 100% biofuel.

NRC's unique expertise will support Agrisoma Biosciences and CLG/ARA efforts to validate the Resonance-based ReadiJet biofuel as a viable and sustainable option for the aviation industry. Resonance™ is a member of the mustard oilseed crop family, and was introduced into commercial production in Canada in 2012. Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., a long-time NRC partner, commercialized the oilseed to provide the industry with a sustainable energy feedstock crop: a non-food, industrial oilseed that is well-suited for production in semi-arid areas, making it ideal for producers who can grow the crops on marginal land. (Source: ARA, 12 Sept., 2012) Contact: Chevron Lummus Global Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA), Alisa Kinsaul, (510) 242- 3177, LDAM@chevron.com, akinsaul@ara.com, www.ara.com; National Resource Council Canada, www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca; Agrisoma, Patrick Crampton, VP, Business and Product Development, (613) 834-5265, www.agrisoma.com

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Biofuel Feedstock Commodity Prices Likely to Remain High (Ind. Report)
Date: 2012-07-16
According to the latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2012-2021, the expanding biofuels sector is set to absorb an increasingly larger share of crop production. The global production of bio-ethanol and biodiesel will be heavily concentrated in Brazil, the US and the European Union and is projected to almost double by 2021. The OECD-FAO forecasts a diversion of cane, corn and wheat as feedstock for bio-ethanol and oil crops (palm, soya, rape etc.) as feedstock for biodiesel. The report projects consumption of a growing share of the global production of sugarcane (34 per cent), vegetable oils (16 per cent) and grains (14 per cent) for biofuels by 2021.

Mandate-driven ethanol trade flows between the US and Brazil are expected to increase. The US is anticipated to import sugarcane-based ethanol mainly from Brazil (world's largest cane producer) to help meet domestic demand created by its mandate for advanced biofuels, while Brazil would import low priced corn (maize) based ethanol principally from the US to satisfy the demand for its large fleet of flex-fuel vehicles.

The reports says oilseeds production and exports will continue to be dominated by the traditional players, but emerging exporters such as Ukraine and Paraguay are expected to increasingly contribute to global export growth. China, the dominant importer, will account for more than half of total world imports. Brazil's oilseeds production growth is expected to slow from 4.9 per cent to less than 2.0 per cent over the next ten years. A key sugar market driver will be how Brazil's cane crop is allocated between sugar and ethanol. (Source: Hindu Business Line, July 16, 2012)

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NRC Advances Aviation Biofuels with Agrisoma Bioscience "Resonance" Tests (Ind. Report)
Canada National Research Council,Agrisoma Bioscience
Date: 2012-07-10
Canada's National Research Council (NRC) has for the first time conducted biofuel test flights using chase aircraft to measure the emissions. The biofuel test flights were completed in May and June 2012 using a Canadian-gown feedstock based on brassica carinata. NRC's flight research laboratory employed its Dassault Falcon 20 to test the fuel and a Lockheed T-33 vintage jet trainer to trail the business aircraft and measure its emissions in real time.

Stewart Baillie, director of the institute's flight research laboratory, says the Falcon crew was able to switch back and forth between standard Jet A1 and the biofuel blend with Jet A1. This showed that the biofuel emissions comprised "significantly less" particulate matter, such as black carbon and sulphate, than Jet A1, he says. The results are preliminary and a full assessment is underway before NRC publishes its final report.

The Canadian institute was the first to use biofuel beyond a 50:50 blend ratio, which is currently the maximum-certified limit by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). While NRC conducted some flights with a standard 50:50 mixture, it also employed a 60:40 blend. No difference was detected by the pilots when they changed between conventional Jet A1 and biofuel. Bailey says that the crew reported that the aircraft's performance was "indistinguishable" during a range of ground and flight operations, including engine restarts at altitude.

The biofuel -- named "Resonance" -- is newly developed by Canada-based Agrisoma Bioscience. The biotechnology company adds that brassica carinata is ideally suited as a non-food industrial oilseed, because it grows it in semi-arid areas unsuitable for food production with "reduced overall crop input requirements". (Source: NRC, Flight, July 9, 2012) Contact: National Resource Council Canada, www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca; Agrisoma, Patrick Crampton, VP, Business and Product Development, (613) 834-5265, www.agrisoma.com

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Cattle Feed Supplement Tests have Brief Effect on Methane Emissions (R&D)
Cow Methane
Date: 2012-07-09
Dr Jude Capper, a livestock sustainability consultant and scientist studying livestock [methane) emissions says adding supplements to cattle feed will only have a short term effect. Capper, who did her greenhouse gas research at Cornell University, says a cow's stomach will adjust to changes in diet and soon return to producing the same amount of methane as before a dietary change. Capper's says her tests in Australia using waste from wine grapes (grape marc) and oilseed in cattle feed showed they work only for a few weeks.

As for how much methane a cow will emit, in the US, with high quality dairy feed, a cow will emit 1.35 kg of carbon per kilo of milk. But in Africa that carbon emission is ten times as high per litre of milk, because the quality of forage feed is so much lower. (Source: Australian Broadcasting Corp., 9 July, 2012)

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Pumped on Pennycress for Biodiesel Diversity (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Date: 2012-06-04
Pennycress has been on the fast track to becoming a sustainable biodiesel resource since 2008. A member of the mustard family, pennycress grows wild in the Midwest, and its seed packets contain oilseeds that yield 36 percent oil when crushed. An acre of pennycress would yield the equivalent of about 80 gallons of oil priced similarly to soybean oil.

One of the advantages of penneycress is that it can be grown during the winter on farm land that would normally sit dormant. It has no impact on existing crops, conservation grounds, or critical wildlife habitat and, as a winter crop, provides sustainable ground cover that helps prevent erosion and nutrient runoff. It also takes very little energy and no inputs to grow in Midwestern states. Although often considered a weed, pennycress dies off in the spring and does not compete with corn or soybeans. It can planted in-between the corn and soybean crops on land that would otherwise sit empty. It is also easy to get rid of with routine herbicides if necessary.

For more information on pennycress, visit www.growpennycress.com(Source: USDA) Contact: Terry Isbell, Research Leader, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, (309) 681-6528, Terry.Isbell@ars.usda.gov, www.ars.usda.gov

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Honeywell Aviation Biofuel Tests Launched (Ind. Report)
Date: 2012-05-01
Honeywell has announced a comprehensive aviation biofuel test program which it claims will be the first of its kind and will be carried out by Honeywell subsidiary UOP, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and Agrisoma Biosciences, and will test blends of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel at higher ratios than previous demonstration flights, which to date have not exceeded a 50/50 blend of biofuel and petroleum-based jet fuel.

According to Honeywell, the biofuel that it is using for the tests is produced from what it calls "Resonance Energy Feedstock," a new nonfood, industrial oilseed crop produced by Ottawa-based agribusiness Agrisoma. The feedstock is derived from Saskatchewan-grown Brassica carinata, belonging to the family of flowering plants known as Brassicaceae, which also includes cabbages and turnips. The crop can be produced in semiarid areas usually unsuitable for food oilseed production. (Source: Honeywell, Earth Techling, 30 April, 2012) Contact: Agrisoma, Patrick Crampton, VP, Business and Product Development, (613) 834-5265, www.agrisoma.com

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Argentine YPF Developements to Boost EU Rapeseed Oil Sales (Int'l)
Rapeseed Oil
Date: 2012-04-26
Spanish import restrictions on Argentine biodiesel could trigger more demand for European rapeseed oil to produce replacement supplies of the green fuel in Europe, Hamburg-based oilseeds analysts Oil World said on Tuesday. On Friday, Spain retaliated against Argentina for seizing control of Spanish-owned energy company YPF with a measure to curtail multimillion-dollar imports of biodiesel from Argentina. Spain imported about 886,000 tonnes of biodiesel from Argentina in 2011 or about 53 percent of Argentina's biodiesel exports, Oil World estimates. Argentine biodiesel sales to Spain have surged in recent years although Spanish green fuels association APPA estimates Spanish biodiesel plants are running at just 14 percent of capacity. Imports account for 74 percent of the biodiesel used in Spain. (Source: Pakistan Business Recorder, April 25, 2012)

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Is Pennycress the Next Big Thing in Biofuels? (Ind. Report)
Date: 2012-04-25
The USDA is investigating the use of pennycress seeds in biofuel production and this year promises to be a breakout year , with farmers in the Midwest getting to rake in a bumper crop.

At first glance, pennycress seeds do not seem ideal for biofuel; they are tiny and can be measured in less than a couple of millimeters. However, field pennycress is part of the same oilseed family that includes camelina, another weedy plant that has been proving itself an ideal biofuel feedstock. Researhers have been considering Pennycress for industrial oil-based products since the 1940's. In 2007, the USDA's Agricultural Research Service got interested in pennycress as a biofuel source, and by 2010, USDA researchers were reporting that pennycress had the "right stuff" for biofuel production using conventional growing, harvesting and processing methods. Its oil content is about double that of soybeans, and it far outperforms corn in terms of its net energy output. It also create added-value for farmers.

Pennycress as a biofuel crop is a non-food crop that can be grown in the winter as a ground cover, and harvested in time to prep the soil for growing another crop over the summer. That provides farmers with an additional cash crop over and above what they would normally produce during the year, with the added bonus of providing a winter ground cover to prevent soil erosion while fixing nutrients in the soil.

The USDA has partnered with Western Illinois University, the Pennycress Energy Company and a new federally funded regional economic development group called EBI Network in an effort that could make Galesburg, Illinois the go-to place for pennycress production. The goal is to recruit farmers to put about 200,000 acres under cultivation, providing enough feedstock to make a commercial scale seed oil pressing operation viable. (Source: USDA, Clean Technica, April, 2012) Contact: Terry Isbell, Research Leader, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, (309) 681-6528, Terry.Isbell@ars.usda.gov, www.ars.usda.gov

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