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2024 International Biomass Conference & Expo opens call for abstracts

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By BBI International

November 28, 2023

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The call for presentation abstracts for the 17th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, produced by Biomass Magazine, is now open. The event will take place March 4-6, 2024, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.

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Louis Dreyfus Co. is constructing a soybean processing plant in Ohio, with crushing, vegetable oil refining and lecithin production and packaging capabilities. The plant also provides an option to participate in the biofuel feedstock market.

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Yield10 Bioscience Inc. on Oct. 11 announced recent advancements toward enabling weed control for Camelina cultivation and supporting grower adoption of the crop for production of low-carbon intensity feedstock oil for the biofuel market.

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The USDA increased its forecast for 2023-’24 soybean oil use in biofuel production in its latest WASDE report, released Oct. 12. The estimate for 2022-’23 soybean oil use in biofuel production was also revised up.

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The USDA on Oct. 12 released its latest Crop Production report, predicting that U.S. soybean production will reach 4.1 billion bushels, down 1 percent from last month’s forecast and down 4 percent when compared to 2022.

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Honeywell and GranBio Technologies on Oct. 10 announced that they will combine Honeywell’s ethanol to jet (ETJ) technology with GranBio’s cellulosic ethanol AVAP technology to produce carbon-neutral SAF from biomass residues.

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Wet waste—including food waste, manure, sewage, and inedible fats, oils, and greases—is a large source of methane emissions. NREL scientists have created a biorefining process that can convert that material into SAF.

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The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced $16.7 million in funding for five projects to advance the production of affordable biofuels and biochemicals that will significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc. on Oct. 4 announced that its subsidiaries Sustainable Oils Inc. and Camelina Company worked with growers to contract a record 65,000 acres of camelina crop during the 2023 growing season.

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Yield10 Bioscience Inc. announced that the harvest of a majority of the winter and spring camelina grain produced under grower contracts in 2022/2023 has been completed and the company is generating revenue from feedstock delivery.

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Operable biofuels production capacity in the U.S. expanded slightly in July, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 29. Feedstock consumption was up when compared to both the previous month and July 2022.

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The USDA’s National Agricultuiral Statistics Service released its latest quarterly Grain Stocks report on Sept. 29, reporting that old crop soybeans stored in all positions on Sept. 1 were down 2 percent when compared to the same time last year.

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ADM and Syngenta Group have signed an MOU to collaborate in scaling research and commercialization of low carbon-intensity next-generation oilseeds and improved varieties to help meet skyrocketing demand for biofuels and sustainably sourced products.

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Portugal-based energy company Galp SGPS S.A. and Japan-based Mitsui & Co. Ltd. on Sept. 25 announced plans to form a joint venture that will develop renewable diesel and SAF capacity at Galp’s existing refinery in Sines, Portugal.

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The U.S. DOE has released a RFI to better understand the challenges facing critical elements within SAF supply chains. The agency is specifically seeking input from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and stakeholders.

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The USDA maintained its forecast for 2023-’24 soybean oil use in biofuel production in its latest WASDE report, released Sept. 12. The estimate for 2022-’23 soybean oil use in biofuel production was revised up.

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Gevo Inc. has finalized and executed a notice of grant and agreement award with the USDA for a Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities grant of up to $30 million for Gevo's Climate-Smart Farm-to-Flight Program.

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ADM and Marathon Petroleum Corp. on Nov. 14 celebrated the opening of their joint venture soybean processing complex, Green Bison Soy Processing, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The facility is located in Spiritwood, North Dakota.

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The North Dakota-based soybean processing plant developed by a joint venture (JV) of Archer Daniels Midland Co. and Marathon Petroleum Corp. is currently undergoing commissioning and expected to reach full production in November.

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Montana Renewables LLC, a subsidiary of Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP, on Sept. 18 hosted an event to celebrate the first receipts of camelina oil into its biorefinery in Great Falls, Montana. The facility produces renewable diesel and SAF.

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The U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office awarded $18.6 million in funding to eight university and industry projects to develop biomass feedstocks to produce affordable biofuels and bioproducts that reduce GHG emissions.

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Neste is disputing a report filed with the USDA that suggests the company may have received fraudulent used cooking oil (UCO) volumes at its renewable products refinery in Singapore, specifically virgin palm oil from Indonesia.

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Global used cooking oil (UCO) supplies are anticipated to rise from 3.7 billion gallons in 2022 to between 5 billion and 10 billion gallons by 2030, according to a report released by Clean Fuels Alliance America on Sept. 13.

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The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service predicts soybean production for 2023 will fall to 4.15 billion bushels, down 3 percent from last year, according to the agency’s latest Crop Production report, released Sept. 12.

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Gevo Inc. has finalized and executed a notice of grant and agreement award with the USDA for a Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities grant of up to $30 million for Gevo’s Climate-Smart Farm-to-Flight Program.

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U.S. operable biofuels capacity was up in June, with gains for both ethanol and renewable diesel and associated fuels, according to data released by the U.S. EIA on Aug. 31. Feedstock consumption was also up during the month.

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Sugarcane processing in the south-central region of Brazil was up significantly during the first half of August, according to data released by UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association. Ethanol production and sales were also up.

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Caramuru, a Brazilian agribusiness company, on Aug. 16 announced it has begun selling soybean-based ethanol produced at its processing complex in Sorriso, Mato Grosso, a city located in the west-central region of the country.

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, announced that mills in the south-central region of the country processed a record volume of sugarcane during the second half of July. Ethanol production and ethanol sales were also up.

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The USDA maintained its forecast for 2023-’24 corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agricultural and Demand Estimates report, released Aug. 11. Corn production for 2023-’24 is currently expected to be the second highest on record.

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