Monthly Archives: February 2014

25 02, 2014

Empyro has broken ground on its pyrolysis oil production plant in the Netherlands & Friesland Campina signed a long-term contract for the purchase of this oil

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Once construction is complete, expected for the end of this year, production capacity at the plant will be gradually ramped up to more than 20 million litres of pyrolysis oil per year. This oil is enough to replace 12 million m3 of natural gas, the equivalent annual consumption of 8,000 households. By opting for this fuel, Friesland Campina is scaling up the share of renewable energy and the carbon emission at the Borculo plant will be reduced by 15%. The use of renewable energy is part of the company’s sustainability goals as set out in route2020.

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25 02, 2014

SkyNRG to supply sustainable diesel to Dutch shipping major Boskalis

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Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has reached an agreement with SkyNRG for a delivery of 250,000 liters of sustainable diesel, which is sourced from used cooking oil and blended with 70% conventional diesel. The biodiesel will be used in a pilot in the Netherlands involving a number of Boskalis trucks.

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25 02, 2014

Butamax, Gevo patent infringement case returning to court

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Butamax appealed a March 2013 district court decision that concluded Gevo did not infringe on Butamax patents. Robinson, a federal U.S. Appeals Court judge, vacated the district court’s denial of Butamax’s motion for summary judgment on infringement of the patents and vacated the granting of Gevo’s motion for summary judgment of noninfringement.

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25 02, 2014

BNDES approves millions for Brazil cane ethanol innovation

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In Brazil, BNDES, the country’s national development bank, and the state research-financing agency FINEP are providing 1.48 billion reais ($618 million) to encourage agricultural innovation in its sugar-based ethanol industry.

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25 02, 2014

Air France – KLM Gets Back into Profit

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France-KLM reported a swing back to profit last year and said it was on course to meet its main debt reduction goal in 2015 after a prolonged crisis. Posting its first underlying profit in three years, Europe’s second-largest network carrier by revenues said it made an operating profit of EUR€130 million (USD$178 million) in 2013, compared with a EUR€336 million operating loss the year before.

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25 02, 2014

EU About to “Get Tough” on ETS Fines

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US airlines have stepped up the pressure on EU countries not to impose fines for alleged breaches of emissions rules in the latest twist to an international row over aircraft pollution.
The warning coincided with a deadline on Thursday for European Union nations to start enforcing rules covering 2012 emissions that could lead to fines of millions of euros against aircraft operators.

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25 02, 2014

UK sustainable aviation industry group plots roadmap towards a 30 cent uptake in aviation biofuels by 2050

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The UK cross-sector industry group Sustainable Aviation (SA) has started work on a roadmap to plot a path towards achieving a 30 per cent take-up of sustainable alternative aviation fuels by 2050. These fuels are expected to show lifecycle savings of 60 per cent compared to their fossil fuel equivalent and therefore contribute to an overall reduction of 18 per cent in UK aviation CO2 emissions.

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18 02, 2014

UC Davis develops new technique for drop-in biofuels

By |February 18th, 2014|Producer News|0 Comments|

Researchers at the University of California have developed a technique to make branched hydrocarbons in the gasoline range. The feedstock for this new process is levulinic acid which can be produced by chemical processing from cellulosic material like wheat straw. Since the process does not rely on fermentation there is no need to convert cellulose to sugars first.

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18 02, 2014

Iowa State upgrade fast pyrolysis pilot plant

By |February 18th, 2014|Producer News|0 Comments|

Researchers at Iowa State have been studying fast pyrolysis at pilot scale for more than 15 years and have now invested in machinery pgrades to develop an even better understanding. The technology has been licensed to Avello Bioenergy, established by Iowa State graduates.

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18 02, 2014

China grants Sinopec permission of commercial use of aviation biofuels

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In China, the Civil Aviation Administration of China has granted Sinopec Chinese Technical Standard Order Authorization (CTSOA) for aviation biofuels, certifying that the fuel has met all required industry standards. An April 2013 test flight using hydrotreated palm oil and recycled cooking oil on an Airbus 320 owned by China Eastern Airlines was the test case for the certification. Sinopec said it will now work on expanding the feedstocks it uses to produce aviation biofuel.

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Sustainable jet fuels are produced from sustainable feedstocks like waste streams and non-food energy crops.

These fuels offer the single largest opportunity to reduce emissions, while ensuring long term fuel security for the aviation sector.

Sustainable jet fuel blends can be referred to as ‘drop-in’ fuels, because they have the ability to be used without any changes made to the infrastructure, such as distribution and engine fuel systems.
What are Sustainable Jet Fuels?
The aviation industry is the world’s fasted growing transport sector and responsible for approximately 2,5 % of the global manmade CO2 emissions. Even with efficiency measures taken, this figure is expected to rise to 4 – 4.5 per cent by 2050, without any mitigation.

One of the biggest challenges in reducing this impact is to look for solutions that preserve the sectors social benefits, while maintaining its growth.

99% of an airline’s emissions comes from the combustion of jet fuel. Energy sources like solar, electric and hydrogen do not offer an alternative as aviation will be relying on high density liquid energy carriers for the coming decades. Therefore, sustainable jet fuels are viewed as the best opportunity to reduce carbon emissions.

For more information on Sustainable jet fuel, you can read SkyNRG’s White Paper on Sustainable Jet Fuel.
Rationale for Sustainable Jet fuel
In every decision that we make, we follow the vision on sustainable fuels, set by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in the Energy Vision 2050.:

Sustainable biofuels:
• Exhibit minimal impact on biodiversity
• Meet a sustainability standard with respect to land, water, and energy use
• Do not displace or compete with food crops
• Provide a positive socioeconomic impact.

To ensure the sustainability of our fuels, we have established various measures and important partnerships:

SkyNRG has installed an independent Sustainability Board, consisting of the Dutch wing of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-NL), Solidaridad and the Copernicus Institute of the University of Utrecht that advises us on all feedstock and technology decisions.

SkyNRG is a member of the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials.

We are in continuous dialogue with local and global NGOs to make sure we do not miss important issues in respect to the feedstock we w(want to) use and fuel we make

To learn more about SkyNRG’s approach to sustainability, visit our sustainability page.
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