Monthly Archives: November 2015

Rush to deliver ethanol to China before Christmas ahead of new levies

In China, the massive surge in ethanol imports has slowed down significantly in the wake of concerns about a potential hike in duties for denatured ethanol. With buyers swiftly pulling back from the market, the fall in demand has in … Continue reading

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UAE’s McDiesel fuels more than 5 million kilometers

In the UAE, McDiesel produced from waste cooking oil at the McDonald’s 135 restaurants throughout the country will hit a landmark later this month when the number of kilometers driven on the fuel passes 5 million kilometers. The fuel is … Continue reading

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Abengoa says all OK at ethanol plants but European market doesn’t buy it

In Spain, despite Abengoa’s assurances that its ethanol plants are operating as normal, the market is concerned about the company’s ability to meet spot demand in addition to term contracts. This concern has helped to pushed up European ethanol prices … Continue reading

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Report shows growing demand for biofuel enzymes through 2020

In California, a new report from Hexa Research says global biofuel enzymes are expected to witness significant growth through 2020 on account of increasing applications in corn based ethanol, lignocellulosic ethanol, biodiesel and others. Increasing environmental concerns and government guidelines … Continue reading

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UK’s DEFRA says non-biofuel industries can choose own sustainability definition

In the UK, the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has decided that industries other than biofuels can create their own definition of sustainability for palm oil and aren’t required to follow those approved by the European Union’s … Continue reading

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Argentina launches small-scale UCO biodiesel production

In Argentina, the government has launched a used cooking oil biodiesel production facility in conjunction with the CENT 35 technical university that will produce 600 liters of fuel per day. The facility will serve as a training tool for students … Continue reading

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University of Washington researchers sequence genes of haptophytes

In Washington state, University of Washington scientists have sequenced the complete genetic makeup of a haptophyte, an ancient group of algae that evolved in the world’s oceans before our backboned ancestors crawled onto land. They are so numerous that their … Continue reading

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Australian biofuels industry calling for stable policies and subsidies

In Australia, the national biofuels industry is calling for the state and federal governments to establish policy support and subsidies in order to promote the fledgling industry. Tasmania especially has no specific policy supporting bioenergy. The industry says that stable … Continue reading

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EPA bumps up US Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2015-2016, in final ruling

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced final volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard program today for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and final volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2014 to 2017. This rule finalizes higher … Continue reading

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Funded and scaling: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Verdezyne

Verdezyne is a privately held industrial biotechnology company that is developing and commercializing novel genetically engineered microorganisms for use as “factories” to manufacture renewable chemicals. Verdezyne’s unique microorganisms permit greener, cleaner and more cost effective production of chemicals compared with … Continue reading

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Protecting bioeconomy capital from overseas political risk: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to OPIC

OPIC mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets, catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth … Continue reading

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Abengoa seeks insolvency protection, takes a voyage to the bottom of the bond markets

In New York, NASDAQ shares in Abengoa SA plunged 49% in Wednesday trading after the embattled renewable energy developer said it would seek bankruptcy protection as it seeks to reorganize nearly $9.4 billion in debt. The protective filing was announced … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index edges up 0.32 percent to 53.71 despite an Abengoa bankruptcy protection filing plunge

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, edged up 0.32 percent to 53.71 despite an Abengoa bankruptcy protection filing plunge. For the day, Abengoa (ABGB) plummeted 49.89 percent to $2.33, while Renewable Energy Group (REGI) … Continue reading

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API investing significantly to double biodiesel production capacity at Iowa plant

In Iowa, Ag Processing Inc. is investing “significantly” to double the production capacity at its 30 million gallon per year soybean-based biodiesel facility in Sergeant Bluff that opened in 1997. As part of the expansion to the integrated soybean processing … Continue reading

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EPA grants Ensyn Title 40 CFR approval for RFGasoline

In New York, Ensyn has been granted a key regulatory approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its renewable gasoline product, RFGasoline. This approval, pursuant to Title 40 CFR Part 79 promulgated under the Clean Air Act, is … Continue reading

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South Australia releases report identifying bioenergy hotspots

In Australia, the South Australia State Government released the first stage of a new report which highlights “hotspot” areas to further develop South Australia’s bioenergy industry. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis released A Bioenergy Roadmap for South Australia while … Continue reading

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EPA says October RIN production up nearly 4% over September

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency said October RIN production grew nearly 4% on the month to 1.265 billion RINs, with D5 advanced biofuel RINs increasing the most at more than 50% growth to 12.26 million RINs generated during the … Continue reading

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CEO of biofuel group pleas guilty of RIN fraud in exchange for deal

In Washington state, the CEO of Pasco-based Gen-X Energy Group has accepted a plea deal in exchange for admitting to scamming $9.5 million out of the IRS by generating millions of false RINs. The defendant, who is not in custody … Continue reading

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Abengoa begins pre-insolvency procedures

In Spain, Abengoa has begun a pre-insolvency proceeding in an attempt to restructure its $21.4 billion of debt during the next four month before having to enter bankruptcy proceedings. Shares of the company dove 54% after a major investor refused … Continue reading

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Alaska Airlines teams with tribes on producing aviation biofuel for 2016 demo

In Washington state, Alaska Airlines will conduct a demonstration flight in 2016 using 1,000 gallons of jet fuel made from forest scraps. The aviation biofuel was derived from twigs and small branches that would otherwise have been burned in slash … Continue reading

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