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DOE issues notice of intent to fund mixed algae and wet waste feedstocks R&D for biofuels, bioproducts

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By U.S. Department of Energy

February 22, 2024

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The U.S. Department of Energy has announced its intent to issue funding to support research and development (R&D) projects for converting algae and other wet waste feedstocks to low-carbon fuels, chemicals and agricultural products.

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A Pennsylvania refinery operated by a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines Inc. is evaluating the possibility of producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and other renewable fuels, according to information contained in the company’s annual report.

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Neste Corp. released 2023 financial results on Feb. 8, reporting that renewable diesel production was up more than 15% when compared to 2022, with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production up nearly 59%.

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Clean Fuels Alliance America welcomed nearly 850 attendees from over 20 countries to connect with key players from the biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel industries at the Clean Fuels Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) released a summary report following its Deploying Purpose-Grown Energy Crops for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) workshop held June 6-7, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Proposed Louisiana Green Fuels project pivots to SAF

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By Sumitomo Corporation of Americas

February 07, 2024

Strategic Biofuels and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corp., have entered into a joint development agreement for the proposed Louisiana Green Fuels project in Louisiana, which has now shifted its focus to SAF production.

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Loamist, a climatetech startup, has announced its pre-seed financing and emergence from stealth mode, marking the public release of its Biomass Explorer product, a tool that addresses the critical challenge of accessing biomass.

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Clean Fuels Alliance America recognized ASTM International, Darling Ingredients Executive Vice President – Chief Strategy Officer John Bullock, and PepsiCo Inc. with Clean Fuels Awards at the Clean Fuels Conference.

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Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development on Jan. 25 approved $11.72 million in tax abatements for a 120 MMgy renewable diesel and SAF project under development by Edgewood Renewables LLC.

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Total U.S. biofuel operatable production capacity was up slightly in November, with gains for ethanol, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Jan. 31. Total feedstock consumption was down slightly from October.

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Valero Energy Corp. released Q4 financial results on Jan. 25, reporting an increase in renewable diesel production volumes despite lower margins. The SAF project under development in Texas remains on schedule for completion next year.

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Honeywell announced that Acelen Renewables has selected its Ecofining technology to help support the efficient production of a targeted 20,000 barrels per day SAF and renewable diesel at its facility in Bahia, Brazil.

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Biomass Magazine has announced the general session speakers for the 17th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place March 4-6, 2024 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.

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Topsoe on Jan. 23 announced it has signed a licensing and engineering agreement with Preem to provide its HydroFlex technology for renewable diesel and SAF production to Preem’s refinery conversion project in Lysekil, Sweden.

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The U.S. EPA’s 2023 RFS data shows that U.S. production of biomass-based diesel – including biodiesel, renewable diesel, SAF, and heating oil – reached 4 billion gallons in 2023, according to Clean Fuels Alliance America.

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The International Energy Agency released a new report on Jan. 11, Renewables 2023, predicting that global biofuel demand will expand by 38 billion liters (10.4 billion gallons) between 2023 and 2028.

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Ethanol Producer Magazine and BBI International announced that they are now accepting speaker presentation proposals for the 2024 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. The event will be held June 10-12, 2024, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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The USDA recently awarded two Delaware State University researchers a three-year just under $300,000 grant for a project that could leverage the properties of microalgae toward energy and cancer treatment purposes.

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In research supported by the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, a team of scientists examined the unique properties of phosphorus uptake in the algal strains living in the Revolving Algal Biofilm (RAB) systems.

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Neste has completed the strategic study launched in September 2022, and begins a gradual transformation of its crude oil refinery in Porvoo, Finland into a leading renewable and circular solutions refining hub.

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The government of British Columbia on Dec. 11 released regulations for its revamped low carbon fuels program, becoming the first jurisdiction in North America to require the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

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Biomass Magazine on Dec. 6 released the agenda for the 17th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place March 4-6, 2024 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.

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Swedish fuel company Preem on Nov. 27 announced it will invest SEK 5.5 billion ($532.82 million) to convert its refinery in Lysekil, Sweden, to produce renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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Santa Maria Renewable Resources has selected Topsoe as its technology provider and will implement the company’s Hydroflex and H2bridge technologies at its planned biorefinery in Texas. Chemex Global will provide FEED for the plant.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Nov. 30. The meeting is open to the public, but registration is required.

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Reps. Nikki Budzinski, D-Ill., and Zach, Nunn, R-Iowa, on Nov. 15 announced the introduction of a bill that aims to update the USDA’s Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Products Assistance loan guarantee program.

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Gevo Inc. released Q3 financial results on Nov. 13, reporting that company has completed a planned capacity expansion of its RNG operations and is in the formal due diligence stage with the U.S. DOE regarding a loan guarantee for its SAF project.

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Aemetis expects to secure the authority to construct air permit for its proposed SAF/RD project in early 2024, according statements made during a Q3 earnings call. Company officials also discussed ongoing biogas, ethanol, biodiesel and CCS projects.

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Emerson, a leader in industrial software and technology, has been chosen by DG Fuels to provide comprehensive automation and project engineering to help transportation sector decarbonization efforts through production of advanced biofuels.

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Honeywell has announced that CVR Renewables CVL LLC will utilize its Ecofining technology in its evaluation of a potential project that would produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel and other products.

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