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Rio Tinto to use biomass in low-carbon ironmaking process

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By Erin Voegele

June 05, 2024

ThermalBusiness

Global mining group Rio Tinto on June 4 announced plans to develop a R&D facility in Western Australia that will use biomass and microwave energy to assess the effectiveness of its low-carbon ironmaking process, referred to as BioIron.

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The U.S. EPA is seeking nominations for a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee, including those with experience in the biofuels and agriculture industries.

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Finnish Valtra has reached a significant milestone by having used 5 million liters of Neste MY Renewable Diesel as a factory-fill fuel as well as in testing and in its factory forklift trucks at its Suolahti factory in Finland.

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The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office has released a Summary Report from a September 2023 Request for Information (RFI) on building supply chains to meet Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Grand Challenge goals.

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CPM, a leading solutions provider of process equipment and engineered technologies, has acquired Innovative Pelleting Solutions GmbH and its high-capacity, direct drive pellet mill technology invented by Graf Equipment GmbH.

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The International Air Transport Association announced that it will establish the SAF Registry to accelerate the uptake of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) by authoritatively accounting and reporting emissions reductions from SAF.

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U.S. biofuels operable production capacity expanded slightly in March, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on May 31. Feedstock consumption was up when compared to both the previous month and March 2023.

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Babcock & Wilcox been granted a limited notice to proceed (LNTP) by NorthStar Clean Energy to begin work on a bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) conversion of a former coal-fired power plant in Filer City, Michigan.

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BASF sells bioenergy enzymes business to Lallemand

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By Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits

June 03, 2024

BASF has sold its bioenergy enzymes business based in San Diego to Lallemand's subsidiaries, Danstar Ferment AG and Lallemand Specialties Inc. This includes the Spartec product portfolio and related technologies in development.

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Cemex and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. have announced a new fueling agreement to provide ultra-clean renewable natural gas (RNG) to power 39 of Cemex US’s ready-mix and cement bulk trucks in Southern California.

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Hydron Energy Inc., the cleaner fuel company that is commercializing the low-cost INTRUPTor system, a revolutionary gas upgrading solution, announced today their impressive performance results from their first field deployment.

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The USDA is seeking information from the public on protocols that may be considered for inclusion in a new Greenhouse Gas Technical Assistance Provider and Third-Party Verifier Program, the main program of the Growing Climate Solutions Act.

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CHAR Technologies Ltd. has announced the imminent commencement of a production run of 500 metric tons of pelletized biocarbon. The production run is an important milestone in the ongoing commercial upgrades at CHAR Tech’s Thorold facility.

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India-based GPS Renewables has partnered with Dubai-based SAF One to develop SAF projects in India. The two companies plan to develop a 20-30 million liter per year facility that will convert cellulosic waste feedstock into SAF.

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Neste, Marubeni Corp. and Resonac Corp. have entered into a cooperative agreement to enable the production of renewable olefins and derivatives. The cooperation involves Neste RE being used to manufacture products at a facility in Japan.

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Vietnam Airlines has operated its first flight using Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. A Vietnam Airlines Airbus A321 was refueled with blended SAF at Changi Airport in Singapore for its return flight to Hanoi, Vietnam on May 27.

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Ethanol Producer Magazine announced this week the six companies selected to pitch to a group of investors at Pitch Day at the 2024 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, taking place June 10-12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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The U.S. Department of Energy on May 28 awarded funding to seven biomass with carbon removal and storage projects that will use plants and algae to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere for permanent storage underground or in long-lived products.

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Avfuel Corp., one of business aviation’s leading suppliers of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), marks a new milestone in its SAF supply journey, expanding its supply globally to three French airports.

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Neste has further expanded its capability to supply sustainable aviation fuel to customers in Europe in cooperation with VTTI, a global leader in energy storage and developer of energy infrastructure.

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Verbio on May 23 celebrated the groundbreaking of a conversion project at its ethanol plant in South Bend, Indiana, that will allow the facility to produce both ethanol and renewable natural gas (RNG) using an innovative production approach.

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Embraer, a global leader in aerospace innovation, on May 23 announced a landmark agreement with Avfuel to increase its uptake of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at Melbourne Orlando International Airport (KMLB) to one load per week.

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Vestas has announced its technicians and jack-up vessel crew will use helicopters partly powered by SAF to transport themselves to and from the Baltic Eagle wind farm during the construction phase of 50 offshore wind turbines.

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Brown Gibbons Lang & Company has announced the recapitalization of Musser Biomass and Wood Products, a producer of wood fiber, biochar, wood pellets, and wood briquettes, by the Watermill Group.

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The U.S. DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office awarded $2.18 million in funding to four additional projects as part of the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) 2023 Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) call.

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Blue Biofuels Inc. is pleased to announce that it has received a Notice of Allowance in Canada for the primary patent on its CTS process, #3,121,695 “System to Convert Cellulosic Materials into Sugar and Method of Using the Same.”

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Hexagon Agility, a business of Hexagon Composites, signed a 3-year extension of its master services agreement with UPS in February 2024 to supply renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel systems for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

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Sustainability solutions provider Azzera has added an industry-first sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) management module to its CELESTE B2B Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform.

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The House Committee on Agriculture on May 17 released a discussion draft of its version of the 2024 Farm Bill, formally titled the “Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024.” The committee is scheduled begin markup of the bill on May 23.

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Stantec has been selected by the Onimiskiw Opitciwan Limited Partnership to design the future 4.8 MW biomass cogeneration plant for the Atikamekw community of Opitciwan in the Mauricie region of Quebec.

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