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75 MW biomass power plant in Japan begins operations

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By Erin Voegele

June 21, 2024

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Toyota Tsusho Corp. on June 17 announced that the 75-MW Yatsushiro Biomass Power Plant has begun commercial operations. The facility, located in Yatsushiro City, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, can be fueled with both wood chips and wood pellets.

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Topsoe has announced Braya Renewable Fuels’ biorefinery in Newfoundland is now producing renewable diesel at design capacity. The facility, which utilizes Topose’s HydroFlex technology, is also expected to produce SAF in the future.

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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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WM on May 22 announced the opening of a new renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in Lewisville, Texas, outside of Dallas. The nearly $55 million WM DFW RNG facility is expected to generate approximately 1.2 million MMBtu per year of RNG.

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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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Bioenergy Devco on May 16 announced that the Maryland Bioenergy Center in Jessup, Maryland, is operating at full capacity. The facility processes 120,000 tons of food waste annually into renewable natural gas (RNG) and nutrient-rich soil amendments.

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More than 2.06 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in April, up from 1.84 billion generated during the same month of last year, according to data released by the U.S. EPA on May 16.

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Germany-based EnviTec Biogas has successfully completed two more biogas projects in the U.S. in Cassville, New York and Ellington, Connecticut. The two plants were planned, designed, and constructed by its subsidiary, EnviTec Biogas USA Inc.

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Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. on May 10 reported that operations at its Montana Renewables biorefinery improved sequentially through Q1 and was operating at planned production levels in April, producing both renewable diesel and SAF.

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Aemetis Inc. released Q1 results on May 9, reporting increased revenues. Company officials confirmed the company’s biodiesel, RNG and ethanol segments performed well during the quarter and provided an update of proposed SAF and CCS projects.

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Tidewater Renewables Ltd. on May 9 reported that its renewable diesel facility in Prince George, British Columbia operated well during the first quarter. The company also made significant progress on FEED for its proposed SAF project.

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LanzaTech Global Inc. on May 9 announced that that LanzaJet’s 10 MMgy ethanol-to-sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plant in Soperton, Georgia, in on track to begin producing fuel during the second quarter.

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Vertex Energy Inc. on May 9 announced it will cease renewable diesel production at its refinery in Mobile, Alabama, and return the previously converted hydrocracker unit to fossil fuel production later this year.

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PBF Energy Inc. on May 2 announced that its St. Bernard Renewables facility operated well during the first quarter of this year, producing an average of 18,000 barrels per day of renewable diesel during the quarter.

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CVR Energy Inc. on April 30 confirmed that the feedstock pretreatment unit at the Wynnewood biorefinery in Oklahoma has begun operations. The company also continues to evaluate the development of two proposed SAF projects.

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Marathon Petroleum Co. on April 30 confirmed the Martinez Renewable Fuels biorefinery in California is currently operating at 50% capacity, but said the facility is expected to ramp up to 100% capacity by the end of the year.

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bp’s Archaea Energy on April 30 announced the official startup of its largest original Archaea Modular Design (AMD) renewable natural gas (RNG) plant to date in Shawnee, Kansas, just outside of Kansas City.

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Phillips 66 on April 26 announced its Rodeo biorefinery in San Francisco is expected to be producing 50,000 barrels per day of renewable fuels by the end of Q2. The facility is scheduled to have the capability to produce SAF components by Q3.

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Aemetis Inc. has announced it is implementing the Microsoft Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) system worldwide for all Aemetis operations in the U.S. and India to support current operations and expansion projects.

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Valero Energy Corp. on April 25 announced that its SAF project in Texas is progressing ahead of schedule and expected to be operational this year. The company also reported its ethanol and renewable diesel operations were profitable during Q1.

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Clean Energy Fuels Corp. on April 23 announced its latest renewable natural gas (RNG) facility at Victory Farms Dairy in Revillo, South Dakota, has successfully completed construction and is injecting pipeline quality RNG into the interstate natural gas infrastructure.

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Vertex Energy Inc. on April 18 announced the renewable diesel production unit at its refinery in Mobile, Alabama, operated at approximately 50% of nameplate capacity during the first quarter of 2024, in line with the company’s previous forecasts.

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Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. on April 16 released a Q1 operational update, reporting that its Montana Renewables biorefinery operated well throughout the three-month period, with production volumes sequentially improved each month.

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Origin Materials on April 3 announced the successful conversion of wood residue feedstock, such as wood chips, shavings and sawdust, into sustainable intermediates at Origin 1, its first commercial-scale plant.

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A biorefinery in Sweden developed as a joint venture between Nordic energy group St1 and Swedish forest products company SCA on April 10 commenced commercial operations to produce SAF, renewable diesel, and biobased naphtha and LPG.

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Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC on April 10 announced the opening of its Eloy Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) center in Arizona. The facility will produce RNG from dairy manure using anaerobic digestion technology.

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New Rise Renewables on April 9 announced work is underway to convert its existing renewable diesel plant located near Reno, Nevada, to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). SAF production is currently expected to commence this summer.

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Village Farms International Inc. on April 3 announced that operations have started at the Delta renewable natural gas (RNG) production facility in British Columbia. The project was developed in partnership with Atlanta-based Terreva Renewables.

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Phillips 66 on April 1 announced that its Rodeo refinery in San Francisco has commenced commercial production of renewable diesel. The facility is expected to begin producing SAF components during the second quarter of this year.

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U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 880,000 tons of densified biomass fuels in December, according to the March edition of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Monthly Densified Biomass Fuels Report.

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