A letter was sent by a group of 19 advanced biofuel companies to President Donald Trump, thanking him for his support of the Renewable Fuel Standard and emphasizing the need to include strong advanced and cellulosic targets for 2018. "Growing the final 2018 RFS rule over 2017 levels and opening the transportation fuel marketplace to greater competition from biofuels will help generate more investment in our sector, leading to more construction and manufacturing jobs in rural communities, and increased U.S. energy security," the letter states.
Ethanol production in the US is predicted to average 1.03 million barrels per day in 2017, increasing to 1.04 million barrels per day in 2018, according to the November edition of the Energy Information Administration's Short-Term Energy Outlook. Meanwhile, production of ethanol averaged 1.057 million barrels per day for the week ending Nov. 3, up from 1.056 million barrels per day from the week before.
Spanish renewables and engineering firm Abengoa began the construction of Fulcrum BioEnergy's Sierra BioFuels plant in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center in Nevada. The plant is expected to process more than 200,000 tons of municipal solid waste into renewable syncrude that will then be used for the production of jet biofuel.
Valero Energy and Darling Ingredients will conduct an engineering and construction cost review for a planned expansion of its Diamond Green Diesel refinery in Norco, La., that would increase the facility's annual capacity to produce 550 million gallons of biodiesel from used cooking oil, recycled animal fats and feedstocks. A current expansion of the facility's production capacity from 160 million gallons per year to 275 million gallons is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2018.
Green Growers Technology Alliance and Titan Hemp will create Titan BioPlastics, a joint venture that will develop plant-based composites and products for various manufacturing applications, including bioplastics, biopolymers and packaging. The new company will use biodegradable materials from sustainable sources, such as industrial hemp.
A five-year collaboration between the Beijing Genomics Institute and the University of Manchester in England will focus on synthetic biology and metabolic engineering of natural products to help promote industrialization, academic research and education. "Researchers from both sides intend to start with the Sc2.0 synthetic yeast as a tool to establish the workflow for high efficient construction and characterization of biosynthesis pathways of natural products, and will gradually extended to industrial strains," said Kristi Heim, senior director of BGI's business development and communications division.
Modern Meadow, a pioneer in biofabrication, is among the 29 technology startups expected to receive more than $50 million in funding over the next two years or be bought by the Big Five -- Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon and Google. The startup uses synthetic biology to create leather from cells grown in a lab.
Call for Proposals Opening Soon for BIO World Congress 2018
1,000 leaders in renewable chemicals, biofuels, and biobased products will be in Philadelphia, PA July 16-19, 2018 for the 15th Annual BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. BIO will begin accepting submissions for panel sessions, speakers, GreenTech Investor Sessions and poster presentations on November 27th. Questions about submitting? Email us.
About half of the brands across a wide range of sectors surveyed by Sustainability Consult say they are working towards bio-based products. One-fourth of the respondents said that when choosing a supplier based on sustainability, having bio-based content was a driver in the decision.
Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes has secured a 20-year feedstock agreement for the first phase of its Riverbank cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in California. The biorefinery, which produce 10 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol annually, will receive of waste wood and nutshells from Central Valley almond, pistachio and walnut orchards.