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By Erin Voegele

February 22, 2024

Advanced BiofuelsBusiness

Braya Renewable Fuels on Feb. 22 announced that its project to convert an oil refinery in Come By Chance, Newfoundland and Labrador, to renewable fuels is now complete and that commercial operations have commenced.

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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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On Feb. 5, at the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association’s annual conference, Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry announced a $100 million bond allocation for the expansion project at Chevron’s Geismar renewable diesel plant.

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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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The U.S. Energy Information Administration currently expects renewable diesel production to increase by approximately 30% annually in both 2024 and 2025, according to the agency’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Feb. 6.

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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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Enerkem announced on Jan. 30 that it will be retiring its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels plant in Edmonton. The company said the facility has achieved its main objective of completing the scale-up of Enerkem’s industry-leading technology.

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Vertex Energy Inc. on Jan. 23 released an operational update, reporting that the renewable diesel production unit at its refinery in Mobile, Alabama, produced approximately 3,900 barrels per day during the fourth quarter of 2023.

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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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Approved Oil Co. has announced the successful performance of its renewable diesel in NYC’s recent frigid temperatures. The performance of the fuel shows it is more than capable of meeting the demands of the most extreme climates.

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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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NYC took a monumental step towards clean air and a sustainable future on Jan. 11 with the grand opening of the city's first retail fuel station dispensing renewable diesel. The project is a collaboration between Sprague and Sonomax.

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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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El Barbary Hassan, department professor and scientist in the Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center, has received a $610,000 NIFA grant to take foundational steps toward producing viable fuels from agricultural waste.

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TransLink is introducing renewable diesel into its bus fleet as a cleaner fuel option, in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Renewable diesel comes from organic waste, such as used cooking oil or waste animal fats, or vegetable oils.

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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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