Biofuel news roundup

So many biofuel news that came out last week…

Novozymes’ seaweed-to-biofuel R&D

Novozymes is collaborating with India-based Sea6 Energy to develop a process for the production of biofuels from seaweed. The research alliance will use enzymes to convert seaweed-based carbohydrates to sugar, which can then be fermented to produce ethanol, fine chemicals, proteins and fertilizers. Novozymes will research, develop, and manufacture enzymes for the conversion process, while Sea6 Energy contributes its offshore seaweed cultivation technology.

Enerkem, GreenField Ethanol JV

Enerkem and GreenField Ethanol has formed a joint venture partnership to build and operate a 38m liters/year waste-to-biofuels plant in Varennes, Quebec. The plant will use non-recyclable waste from institutional, commercial and industrial sectors, and from construction and demolition debris. The Government of Quebec is investing $27m in the partnership.

Dynamic Fuels, Mansfield Oil partnership

Dynamic Fuels LLC has entered a marketing alliance, commercial off-take and supply chain management agreements with Mansfield Oil Company to distribute synthetic renewable diesel to the commercial fleet vehicle market. Dynamic Fuels is a 50-50 venture of Tyson Foods and Syntroleum that produces synthetic biofuel from animal fats and greases. Mansfield markets and distributes over 2.5bn gal/year of fueling products to thousands of commercial customers across US and Canada.

Aventine resumes ethanol project

Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings is resuming work on its ethanol plant located in Canton, Illinois. The Company delayed in starting-up the plant due to uncertainty surrounding its ability to secure critical third-party technical and engineering support. Aventine anticipates

production at the plant will commence in summer 2012.

Enviva, E.ON biomass supply contract

Enviva and E.ON have agreed on a multi-year 240,000 metric ton per year wood pellet supply agreement. The contract begins in early 2013. Enviva will supply the wood pellets from its facilities in the Southeastern U.S.

OriginOil, Aquaviridis commercial deal

Aquaviridis signed a commercial agreement with OriginOil to help develop the multi-phase algae production rollout at its Mexicali, Mexico site, a potential model for algae sites throughout the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) region, with a focus on desert areas of the American Southwest and Mexico. OriginOil will provide its expertise to help develop growth and harvesting solutions and implement appropriate OriginOil technologies. Commercial scale production capacity is expected by the second quarter of 2013. The facility will also serve as a test bed for OriginOil innovations.

BASF starts biodiesel catalyst plant

BASF inaugurated its new world-scale production plant for sodium methylate in Guaratinguet√°, Brazil, its largest site in South America. The plant has a capacity of 60,000 metric tons per year and is supplying the regional market. Production started at the end of 2011. Sodium methylate is used as catalyst for the production of biodiesel.

On ICIS News (requires subscription):

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) confirmed that it would permanently close its 30m gal/year (114m litres/year) ethanol plant in Walhalla, North Dakota, because of poor returns and difficulty competing in the marketplace because of its geographic location.

US-based acetyls producer Celanese expects to become the low-cost industrial ethanol producer in Asia with its TCX technology, the company said.

Germany’s bioethanol production fell 4.4% in 2011 to 576,828 tonnes on high sugar prices, German bioethanol trade group BDB said.


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