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Researcher converts CO2, glycerol into valuable chemicals

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By University of Alberta

October 13, 2023

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A University of Alberta researcher has developed better ways to convert carbon dioxide, a harmful greenhouse gas, and glycerol, a leftover of biodiesel production, into value-added materials with wide-ranging uses including liquid hydrogen storage.

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A group of some of the largest shrimp producers in Ecuador recently attended the Distillers Grains Technology Council's Distillers Symposium in Iowa with the USGC. The event provided an overview of the U.S. distillers’ industry.

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European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) members produced produced 5.9 million metric tons of food and feed coproducts and 4.5 million metric tons of ethanol in 2022, according to an audit released Sept. 6.

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USGC’s Southeast Asia and Oceania office recently held a Philippine DDGS Opportunity Tour, in which experts from around the world discussed ways to optimize Philippine animal feed rations, including DDGS.

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Sugar Valley Energy, a subsidiary of California Ethanol & Power LLC, and STARS Technology Corp. are collaborating to delploy hydrogen production technology at SVE’s planned, fully permitted biorefinery in California.

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Fluid Quip Technologies has announced that its patented Distillers Corn Oil (DCO) Technology is achieving record distillers corn oil yields for Ace Ethanol in Stanley, Wisconsin, with increases of over 20 percent above historical rates.

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Braskem and SCG Chemicals are forming a joint venture that aims to produce bio-ethylene from bio-ethanol dehydration and to commercialize I’m green biobased polyethylene (PE), using the EtE EverGreen technology.

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In late July, the U.S. Grains Council’s Mexico office sponsored a pet food seminar where industry representatives in the country learned more about the use of sorghum and DDGS as ingredients for pet food.

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Fluid Quip Technologies announced on Aug. 9 that it will provide the world’s first wheat-based Maximized Stillage Co-products (MSC) system, to Ensus U.K. Limited’s ethanol facility in Teesside, a subsidiary of CropEnergies AG.

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Aemetis Inc. has close its second $25 million, 20-year term loan guaranteed by the USDA for a total of $50 million of Aemetis Biogas project financing arranged by Greater Commercial Lending in the past nine months.

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In June, Braskem concluded a 30 percent increase in the production capacity of its biobased ethylene plant, located in the Petrochemical Complex of Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The company’s biobased ethylene is made from sugarcane ethanol.

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The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production Report for July, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production in May was down when compared to the same month of last year.

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HYCO1 Inc. has entered into a carbon dioxide supply agreement with Kansas Ethanol for the planned construction of a biogenic carbon dioxide utilization facility that will initially proudce synthetic bas lubricating oils and low-carbon jet fuel.

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Green Plains Inc. has announced a technology collaboration with Equilon Enterprises LLC (Shell) under which Fluid Quip Technologies’ precision separation and processing technology (MSC) can be used with Shell Fiber Conversion Technology.

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The U.S. exported 113.19 million gallons of ethanol and 958,386 metric tons of distillers grains in May, according to data released by the USDA FAS on July 6. Ethanol exports were down, while distillers grains exports were up.

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Summit Carbon Solutions has reached a major milestone in voluntary easements, signing 70 percent of the route in South Dakota and project wide, while continuing to partner with more landowners every day.

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The U.S. Grains Council's Southeast Asia and Oceania office is working to increase the market penetration of coarse grains and co-products, such as DDGS, in the growing shrimp and talapia feed segments.

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Aemetis Inc. has announced that its Aemetis Biogas subsidiary is operating the Central Dairy Project production facilities 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and exceeded the RNG production plan by approximately 20 percent during Q2 2023.

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To provide timely U.S. grains information to Chinese end users, the U.S. Grains Council’s Beijing office joined the U.S. pavilion at the 2022/23 China Animal Husbandry Expo to promote U.S. corn, sorghum and DDGS.

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The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for June, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production in April was down when compared to both the previous month and the same month of last year.

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The U.S.Grains Council is engaging Mexico's aquacutlure industry through a series of face-to-face meetings, workshops and trade team visits, resuling in the purchase of HighPro DDGS in both 2022 and 2023.

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The ethanol industry has a role to play in the emerging SAF indsutry through both ethanol-to-jet technologies and the supply of distillers corn oil feedstock.

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A new technology developed by Proteum Energy could use ethanol as a feedstock for producing hydrogen, a very real contender in the hard-to-electrify sector.

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ICM is leveraging whole stillage separation to improve DCO gains while bringing energy usage down through a more dry cake.

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In today’s volatile commodity market, ethanol producers are diversifying corn oil production to increase profits by upgrading their commodity DCO to a cleaner oil, TruDCO—a low-impurity, low-moisture, and low carbon corn oil.

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Production and use of renewable ethanol from ePURE members reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by an average of 78.4 percent when compared to fossil fuels in 2022, according to newly certified data.

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The International Trade Administration has announced it will host a roundtable discussion on June 29 focused on challenges and opportunities for strengthening the supply chain and export competitiveness of the U.S. hydrogen industry.

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The U.S. exported 125.69 million gallons of ethanol and 777,617 metric tons of distillers grains in April, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on June 7. Exports of both products were down.

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Adkins Energy and CapCO2 Solutions are building the first facility to convert ethanol plant waste CO2 to Green Methanol. This will add a significant new revenue source and a significant step forward in decarbonizing the ethanol industry.

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The DOE has released its U.S. National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap, which addresses both the potential to produce hydrogen from biomass and biogas and the growing need for hydrogen feedstock in advanced biofuels production, particularly SAF.

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