Monthly Archives: April 2015

Physical premium over paper trade for European ethanol hits one-month low

In the Netherlands, stronger physical ethanol prices continue to rise with the May swap supporting prices further, yet the cash premium over the front-month contract has taken a tumble to a one-month low. The premium reached on a seven-month high … Continue reading

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Indonesian biodiesel consumption between Q2 and year’s end seen at 4 billion liters

In Indonesia, biodiesel consumption is expected to reach 4 billion liters between the second quarter of this year and the end of 2015. About half will be taken by private firms while the rest will go to state-owned firms and … Continue reading

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Ag secretary announces launch of two rural business investment companies

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the launch of two new private funds, known as rural business investment companies (RBICs), which make equity investments in rural businesses, helping them grow and create jobs. This announcement is part of … Continue reading

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UNICA says hydrous ethanol sales soared during H1 April on tax changes

In Brazil, UNICA says hydrous ethanol sales soared during the first half of April at 693.7 million liters, up from 453.86 million liters during the same period last year. Higher gasoline taxes nationwide since February have helped improve demand while … Continue reading

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Biodiesel fraudster forfeits $100 million in art and more to feds

In Indiana, one of the defendants in a major biodiesel fraud case has forfeited more than $100 million in art, motorcycles, watches, jewelry and other goods to the federal government after pleading guilty earlier this month. Among the list of … Continue reading

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CropEnergies loses CEO and Sudzucker drops senior exec over ethanol bust

In Germany, two top executives from Suedzucker and CropEnergies respectively have stepped down following disastrous results in the ethanol business. Among those on the chopping block was CropEnergies’ CEO. The company’s UK ethanol business Ensus has been mothballed since February … Continue reading

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Texas A&M’s TTI says alternative fuel vehicles to hit gas taxes hard

In Texas, Alternative Fuel Technology adoption could affect long-term state fuel tax revenues with Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs) accounting for 13 percent of the domestic passenger fleet and 11 percent of the commercial fleet by 2040, according to a new … Continue reading

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UK farmers union wants transport dept. to push for more biofuels

In the UK, in light of recent EU legislation changes affecting biofuel production, the NFU is urging the Department for Transport to raise the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation to restore confidence in markets for farmers and processors and meet the … Continue reading

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4 minutes with… Harry Cullinan, Director of Technology Deployment, Auburn University

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. We conduct R&D in the areas of biofuels and bioproducts and facilitate deployment of resulting technologies in the pulp and paper industry. Tell us about your role and … Continue reading

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The DOE’s 12 Top Biobased Molecules – what became of them?

With the news that Cargill has acquired OPX Bio’s fermentation-based technology, which featured a hot route to biobased paints, adhesives, diapers, and detergents — we take a look back at a DOE paper that sparked so much interest in these … Continue reading

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Altranex: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Altranex process technology biofuels have key features that enable them to meet the growing demand for renewable fuel: As drop-in replacements for existing petroleum-based fuels, Altranex fuels work with existing fueling infrastructure and don’t require any change to engines. Altranex … Continue reading

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Biofuels Digest Index falls to 68.06 as chemicals tumble

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, fell 0.84 percent to 68.06 as chemicals tumbled. For the day, Syngenta (SYT) lost 3.36 percent to $67.04, while Codexis (CDXS) was down 4.78 percent to $4.38. Among other … Continue reading

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Green Plains expects US to trump Brazilian ethanol exports into 2016

In Nebraska, Green Plains says it expects US ethanol to retain its export advantage over Brazil through 2015 and well into 2016 despite a stronger dollar and slowing exports. The company has already seen strong interest in its Q1 ethanol … Continue reading

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Alberta canola growers want government to support more biodiesel use

In Canada, the Alberta Canola Growers Association wants the new provincial government to boost the biodiesel blend to 5% by 2020, up from 2%, extend the bioenergy producer credit beyond its expected expiry in March 2016 while also boosting its … Continue reading

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EPA seeking comments on GHG analysis of Brassica carinata oil

In Washington, the EPA is seeking public comments on its GHG assessment of the production and transport of Brassica carinata oil for advanced biofuels. Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. requested the agency undertake the analysis. Comments are due May 26 and can be … Continue reading

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Brazilian mills estimated to have used nearly 69% of cane for ethanol in H1 April

In Brazil, Platts expects sugar mills to have directed 68.57 percent of the sugarcane harvested during the first half of April towards ethanol production, reaching a total of 637,000 liters, including 450,000 liters of hydrous and 187,000 liter of anhydrous … Continue reading

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Croda to invest $170 million in ethanol-based bio-surfactants

In Delaware, Croda International is investing $170 million through 2017 to create the first North American plant that will lead to 100-percent sustainable non-ionic surfactants, active emulsifying agents that help keep oil and water together, which are used in a … Continue reading

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Praj expects India to reach 20% ethanol blend

In India, Praj’s CEO expects the government to boost the ethanol blending mandate to 20% at some point in the future. About 4 billion liters of ethanol would be required to achieve that mandate. In an attempt to help boost … Continue reading

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Singaporean researchers develop greener techniques for biodiesel production

In Singapore, a team of National University of Singapore researchers from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has developed a set of environment-friendly techniques to produce biodiesel entirely from waste grease more cheaply and efficiently. Traditionally, the high free … Continue reading

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European Parliament approves environment committee ILUC compromise

In France, the European Parliament approved the reform of the Renewable Energy Directive approved earlier this month by the Parliament’s environmental committee. Crop-based biofuels will be limited to 7% of overall fuel consumption compared to the 10% mandate all EU … Continue reading

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