California Company Gets Early Start on Hand Sanitizer Production

When news of a potential pandemic arrived in January, the management team at Aemetis knew that the domestic capacity of high-grade alcohol for hand sanitizer would not suffice in meeting the needs of Americans. So, they prepared to perform a complete overhaul of operational standards that allowed them to produce ethyl alcohol for hand sanitizer. As U.S. COVID-19 cases began to rise in mid-March, Aemetis was ready to respond. The company shipped alcohol for hand sanitizer to its first customer on March 30.

“In late January, we made the decision to prepare for a health-related pandemic,” said Eric McAfee, CEO of Aemetis. “We knew that the current domestic production capacity of seventeen billion gallons per year of fuel-grade alcohol had only a small percentage of medical grade alcohol that would not be adequate to produce what just the United States’ population would require. Fortunately, we had the team and mechanisms in place to prepare for an upgrade of our ethanol production plant quickly. We were able to form relationships with hand sanitizer producers to begin shipping product almost immediately after the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and the FDA provided specific exemptions and guidance for fuel ethanol producers on March 27.”

– Renewable Fuels Association

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Embracing Alcohol-based Fuels as the Key to Decarbonizing Long-Haul Trucking

Automobile manufacturers such as Nissan, Chevy, Tesla, BYD, and others have successfully elevated battery-powered electric cars, vans, and even buses from being niche, expensive, and poor-performing transportation solutions to becoming mainstream and affordable with marked improvements in performance and range. But a BloombergNEF forecast shows that the 2040 market penetration of these EVs remains a relatively small proportion of the overall fleet, especially for heavy commercial vehicles. To meet our greenhouse gas mitigation goals and impending state and national emissions regulations, we need new solutions to road and other highly polluting segments of the transportation sector – air, ocean, and rail transport, for example – where economic and performance traction of clean fuels are critically lagging.

One sub-segment of the transportation sector that is especially difficult to decarbonize are those that rely on heavy-duty diesel engines. According to the 2014 ICCT State of Clean Transport Policy report, heavy-duty on-road vehicles emit 3 GtCO2e per year globally, accounting for 34 percent of transportation sector emissions and 8 percent of the 38 GtCO2e of global anthropogenic emissions. Diesel-fired long-haul trucks, which are used for cross-country and long-distance ground shipping, make up an overwhelming portion of these emissions.

– By Peter Sopher, Senior Associate at Clean Energy Ventures, Special to The Biofuels Digest

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Aemetis to Review 2020 First Quarter Financial Results on May 14, 2020

CUPERTINO, CA – Friday, May 8, 2020 – Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced that the company will host a conference call to review the release of its first quarter 2020 earnings report:

Date:   Thursday, May 14, 2020

Time:   11 am Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Live Participant Dial In (Toll Free): +1-844-407-9500

Live Participant Dial In (International): +1-862-298-0850

Webcast URL: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/2211/34586

Attendees may submit questions during the Q&A portion of the conference call.

After May 21st, the webcast will be available on the Company’s website (www.aemetis.com) under Investors/Conference Calls. The voice recording will also be available through August 14, 2020 by dialing (Toll Free) 877-481-4010 or (International) 919-882-2331 and entering conference ID number 34586.

 

 

About Aemetis

Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Aemetis is an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products by the conversion of ethanol and biodiesel plants into advanced biorefineries. Founded in 2006, Aemetis owns and operates a 60 million gallon per year ethanol production facility in California’s Central Valley, near Modesto. Aemetis also owns and operates a 50 million gallon per year renewable chemical and advanced fuel production facility on the East Coast of India producing high quality distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin for customers in India, the US and Europe. Aemetis is building a dairy digester, pipeline and gas conditioning system near its plant in California to produce below zero carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). Aemetis operates a research and development laboratory, and holds a portfolio of patents and related technology licenses for the production of renewable fuels and biochemicals. For additional information about Aemetis, please visit www.aemetis.com.

Aemetis Begins Deliveries of Carbon Dioxide under Supply Agreement with new Messer CO2 Plant

Ethanol Plant to Provide About 450 tons of CO2 Daily for use in Food, Beverage and Other Industries; Helps Meet Market Shortage Caused by COVID-19 Crisis

CUPERTINO, CA – May 1, 2020 – Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that it has commenced deliveries under a long-term agreement with Messer to supply carbon dioxide (CO2) to a newly-constructed, state-of-the-art CO2 plant located adjacent to the Aemetis ethanol plant.

This week, the Aemetis 65 million gallon per year ethanol plant began supplying CO2 to Messer for processing into liquid CO2 – a key product in the food freezing and chilling, carbonated beverage, and electronics sectors. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the supply of liquid CO2 has been significantly disrupted in California and throughout the United States as ethanol production plants have decreased production rates. The Messer plant will serve existing and new customers in Northern California and surrounding states via truck and rail.

For the past two years, Aemetis worked closely with Messer on the construction of a new CO2 facility which is connected via pipeline to the Aemetis ethanol production facility. Aemetis anticipates selling Messer approximately 450 tons of CO2 daily from the company’s ethanol fermentation process. Messer will then purify and convert the supplied CO2 into liquid form, which it sells to a variety of customers.

“Aemetis is pleased to be supplying Messer with CO2, especially in this time of critical need,” said Eric McAfee, Chairman and CEO of Aemetis. “It is essential that California’s supply of CO2 remain uninterrupted for the many industries that depend on this important product.”

 

About Aemetis

Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Aemetis is an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products by the conversion of ethanol and biodiesel plants into advanced biorefineries. Founded in 2006, Aemetis owns and operates a 60 million gallon per year ethanol production facility in California’s Central Valley, near Modesto. Aemetis also owns and operates a 50 million gallon per year renewable chemical and advanced fuel production facility on the East Coast of India producing high quality distilled biodiesel and refined pharma-grade glycerin for customers in India, the US and Europe. Aemetis is building a dairy digester, pipeline and gas conditioning system near its plant in California to produce below zero carbon content Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). Aemetis operates a research and development laboratory, and holds a portfolio of patents and related technology licenses for the production of renewable fuels and biochemicals. For additional information about Aemetis, please visit www.aemetis.com.

 

About Messer

Messer is the largest privately held industrial gas business in the world, and a leading industrial and medical gas company in North and South America. Messer offers over 120 years of expertise in industrial, medical, specialty, and electronic gases and safely delivers quality gases, related services and technology via an extensive production and distribution network. Messer Americas is part of Messer Group, representing a USD 3.5 billion enterprise with presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit: www.messeramericas.com.

Media Contact: Amy Ficon
Corporate Communications
201-741-1656, Fax 908-771-1460 amy.ficon@messer-us.com

 

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Aemetis Begins Shipping High Purity Alcohol for Hand Sanitizer

Advanced Biofuel Company Helping Meet Sanitizer Demand Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

CUPERTINO, CA – March 20, 2020 – Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today its 65 million gallon per year ethanol plant near Modesto, California has begun shipments of 200 proof alcohol for use in the production of hand sanitizer.

In response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) created exemptions allowing certain alcohol fuel permit holders to sell ethanol (alcohol) for use in the production of hand sanitizers.  With this federal government waiver, Aemetis is now supplying hand sanitizer producers with alcohol to address the significant shortage created by the worldwide spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

“Aemetis is moving quickly to help address the significant demand for hand sanitizer products in light of the COVID-19 pandemic during this time of national emergency,” said Andy Foster, President of Aemetis Advanced Fuels Keyes, Inc.  “As the WHO and CDC strongly recommend the use of hand sanitizer products to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, Aemetis is utilizing our ethanol production capability to address the current shortage of hand sanitizer by increasing the supply of high-proof alcohol used in the manufacturing of  sanitizer products,” said Foster.

 

 

About Aemetis

Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Aemetis is an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products by the conversion of ethanol and biodiesel plants into advanced biorefineries.  Founded in 2006, Aemetis owns and operates a 60 million gallon per year ethanol production facility in California’s Central Valley, near Modesto.  Aemetis also owns and operates a 50 million gallon per year renewable chemical and advanced fuel production facility on the East Coast of India producing high quality distilled biodiesel and refined pharma-grade glycerin for customers in India, the US and Europe.  Aemetis operates a research and development laboratory, and holds a portfolio of patents and related technology licenses for the production of renewable fuels and biochemicals.  For additional information about Aemetis, please visit www.aemetis.com.

 

 

 

 

Aemetis to Review Fourth Quarter and 2019 Year-End Financial Results on March 12, 2020

CUPERTINO, CA – March 6, 2020 – Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced that the company will host a conference call to review the release of its fourth quarter and year-end 2019 earnings report:

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time: 11 am Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Live Participant Dial In (Toll Free): +1-844-602-0380
Live Participant Dial In (International): +1-862-298-0970
Webcast URL: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/2211/33520

Attendees may submit questions during the Q&A portion of the conference call.

After March 12th, the webcast will be available on the Company’s website (www.aemetis.com) under Investors/Conference Calls. The voice recording will also be available through March 19, 2020 by dialing (Toll Free) 877-481-4010 or (International) 919-882-2331 and entering conference ID number 33520.

 

About Aemetis

Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Aemetis is an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products by the conversion of ethanol and biodiesel plants into advanced biorefineries. Founded in 2006, Aemetis owns and operates a 60 million gallon per year ethanol production facility in California’s Central Valley, near Modesto. Aemetis also owns and operates a 50 million gallon per year renewable chemical and advanced fuel production facility on the East Coast of India producing high quality distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin for customers in India, the US and Europe. Aemetis is building a dairy digester, pipeline and gas conditioning system near its plant in California to produce below zero carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). Aemetis operates a research and development laboratory, and holds a portfolio of patents and related technology licenses for the production of renewable fuels and biochemicals. For additional information about Aemetis, please visit www.aemetis.com.

Aemetis awarded $4.1 million for biogas upgrading facility

US biotech company Aemetis has been awarded a $4.1 million (€3.7 million) grant to construct a biogas upgrading facility. Aemetis’ subsidiary company, Aemetis Biogas, received the grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC).

The new facility will convert dairy biogas to renewable natural gas (RNG) as a final processing step after biogas is delivered via pipeline from anaerobic digesters that Aemetis is building in California. The company is building more than a dozen anaerobic digesters at local dairies in Stanislaus and Merced Counties, with plans to expand in the future.

– Bioenergy Insight

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The Versatile Ethanol Molecule

FROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Ethylene, with a similar molecular structure to that of ethanol, has enormous market opportunity around the world.

Knock a water molecule off ethanol and you’ll get ethylene, C2H4—the most widely produced organic chemical globally that is the basis for scores of other chemicals and hundreds (maybe thousands) of products, from antifreeze and surfactants to synthetic fibers, plastics and packaging. Global ethylene production in 2016 was greater than 150 million metric tons, with more than half going to produce polyethylene.

The biggest problem for ethanol producers is that virtually all of that ethylene currently is produced from either crude oil-based naptha or natural gas-based ethane, with shale gas promising to be the lowest-cost feedstock for years to come in the U.S.

– Susanne Retka Schill, Ethanol Producer Magazine

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