A public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 1 for the recently released rule setting 2018 renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard, as well as the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel. The proposal released July 5 calls for about 19.24 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be blended into the national fuel supply in the coming year and states that biodiesel RVO should be maintained at 2.1 billion gallons for 2019.
Data from the Energy Information Administration showed that average ethanol production in the US dropped by 7,000 barrels per day from the previous week to 1.007 million barrels per day, or equivalent to 42.29 million gallons per day. Meanwhile, ethanol production's four-week average increased to 1.007 million barrels per day for an annualized rate of 15.44 billion gallons.
Reps. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Ryan Costello, R-Pa., introduced the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2017, which establishes a production tax credit of 15 cents per pound of biobased content for biomass-derived renewable chemicals. "This new legislation will help U.S. companies capture their fair share of worldwide growth in renewable chemical production," said Brent Erickson, an executive vice president at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization.
The Energy Department has committed another $8 million in funding awards to three development projects aimed at making biofuel from algae. These projects include those undertaken by Global Algae Innovations, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lumen Bioscience.
The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to publish new chemical control rules within a month as it works to clear its backlog of pre-manufacture notices. The agency is also in the process of updating its ChemView system to display consent orders it has with chemical producers.
Clariant is in the process of creating "optimized, improved versions" of catalysts that can be used to produce olefins, methanol and ammonia, said Marvin Estenfelder, head of R&D for Clariant's catalysts unit. He said there are several programs in the works to develop new catalysts based on the availability of feedstocks including natural gas liquids, coal and biomass.
Researchers at the University of California at San Diego used synthetic biology to regulate gene expression by developing a method that involves engineering changes in dynamic DNA copy number, according to a study published in the journal Nature Genetics. "We engineered colony-wide DNA cycling in Escherichia coli in the form of plasmid copy number oscillations via a modular design that can be readily adapted for use with other gene circuitry," researchers said.
Emily Havens Greenhagen, director of fermentation engineering at Ginkgo Bioworks, is leading a team of scientists that will turn genetically engineered yeast cells into perfume. Greenhagen cites the role of automation in creating the yeast strain needed for the production of perfumes, saying that robots can be used to "genetically modify hundreds of yeast strains and test how they perform in just one week."
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Clearas Water Recovery, a biotechnology company in Montana, is building a large-scale processing facility expected to produce nearly 8,000 pounds of dry weight algae biomass daily that can then be used for the production of biofuels, animal feed and bioplastics. The company will use its advanced biological nutrient recovery system to clean almost 4 million gallons of wastewater daily and produce algae.
Asheville, N.C.-based Blue Ridge Biofuels will provide customers in western North Carolina clean-burning biodiesel made from used cooking oil collected from about 1,500 restaurants in Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina. "Right now, our biodiesel blends are the cheapest diesel in our area, so we're also saving consumers money at the pump," said CEO and general manager Woody Eaton.