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Catskill Mountain Railroad goes green

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By Catskill Mountain Railroad

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The New York-based Catskill Mountain Railroad on June 4 announced it has become the first tourist railroad in the U.S. to fuel its locomotives on 100% biodiesel. The CMRR is being supplied the biodiesel by NetZero Biofuels.

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Chevron Lummus Global’s ISOTERRA technology has been selected for a SAF project in China. CLG will provide the technology license, engineering services, and supply proprietary equipment and catalysts for this first-of-its-kind facility.

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Report: US industrial bioeconomy supports nearly 644,000 jobs

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By Association of Equipment Manufacturers

3 hours ago

Biomanufacturing advocates have released new report that shows the U.S. industrial bioeconomy supported nearly 644,000 domestic jobs, contributed $210 billion to the U.S. GDP, and drove $49 billion in wages last year.

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The U.S. EPA on May 22 announced it has approved a RFS pathway for BP’s Cherry Point refinery in Blaine, Washington, that will allow the facility to generate D5 advanced biofuel RINs for renewable diesel produced via the coprocessing of carinata oil.

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The SkyNRG Sustainable Aviation Fuel Market Outlook covers the current state and trends of the SAF market in the EU and U.K., the U.S. and rest of the world by assessing announcements of SAF projects and mapping out the capacity until 2050.

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Neste has supplied SAF to Emirates for flights departing from Singapore Changi Airport. With this, Emirates becomes the first international visiting carrier using SAF supplied at the airport from Neste’s Singapore refinery.

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A bipartisan group of 18 senators on June 11 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to boost RFS renewable volume requirements (RVOs) for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels in its upcoming 2026 rulemaking.

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The USDA maintained its forecast for 2024-’25 soybean oil use in biofuel production in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released June 12. The overall 2024-’25 outlook for soybeans includes higher beginning and ending stocks.

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Romania-based oil company OMV Petrom on June 11 announced it will move forward with plans to convert its Petrobrazi refinery in Brazi, Romina, to produce renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, on June 11 released an outline of the Senate Republicans’ version of the 2024 Farm Bill.

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Carbon Clean and AGRA Industries have signed an MOU to provide Carbon Clean’s semi-modular CaptureX technology to companies in agriculture-related sectors, including the production of biofuel, ethanol and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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Reps. Sharice Davids, D-Kan., and Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., on June 10 launched the Congressional Sustainable Aviation Caucus, which aims to keep lawmakers informed on initiatives to improve aviation sustainability, including those related to SAF.

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Nexus PMG, a global leader in low-carbon infrastructure, advisory, development and investment, has invested in Saola Energy, a provider of advanced technology and engineering solutions for manufacturers in the renewable fuels industry.

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The International Air Transport Association announced that its projections for a tripling of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) production in 2024 to 1.9 billion liters (1.5 million metric tons) are on track.

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The U.S. exported 60,273.9 metric tons of biodiesel and biodiesel blends of B30 and greater in April, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on June 6. Biodiesel imports were at 207,932.6 metric tons for the month.

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Results from the world's first in-flight study of the impact of using 100% SAF in both engines of a commercial aircraft show a reduction in soot particles and formation of contrail ice crystals compared to using conventional Jet A-1 fuel.

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Tackling the Biomass Challenge

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By Andy Miller and Pete Christensen

June 06, 2024

Loamist's Biomass Explorer provides real-time mapping and detailed data visualization, enabling efficient location and evaluation of biomass resources.

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The pretreatment unit is a critical addition to biofuel manufacturing plants because it ensures safe, stable and more economically viable operations.

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SPOTLIGHT | Choosing Pick Steam Injection

By Biodiesel Magazine

June 06, 2024

Having developed and patented a unique direct steam injection (DSI) system in 1945, Pick Heaters has more than 15,000 installations in the food, chemical, pulp and paper, power, oil and gas, biomass, biodiesel and other industries.

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Survey results indicate that overall job satisfaction is very high in the biodiesel industry, current growth is modest, and the workforce is diverse when it comes to age, gender and longevity in the industry.

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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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Pacific Pioneer

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By Keith Loria

June 05, 2024

Operating for nearly 30 years, Pacific Biodiesel’s commitment to sustainability extends far beyond biofuel production, and with new projects and future ambitions, the company is showing no signs of slowing down.

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Having recognized the potential in a shuttered petroleum refinery, the owners of the now Come by Chance renewable diesel plant haven't looked back.

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ISO recently announced the publication of ISO 8217:2024, an updated version of the specification for fuel use in marine applications. The new spec sets forth detailed requirements for marine fuels, including biodiesel blends up to B100.

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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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