Monthly Archives: November 2015

Rubio wouldn’t mess with the RFS, until 2022

In Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio says don’t mess with the RFS, at least until 2022. He says that he wouldn’t have supported the legislation had he been a sitting Senator back when the law was approved in 2007, … Continue reading

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol demand remains high despite higher prices

In Brazil, hydrous ethanol demand continues to soar despite higher prices brought on by said demand increase. October consumption rose to 1.75 billion liters, up 45% on the year and 7% higher than in September. Hydrous ethanol prices were about … Continue reading

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Redfield Energy invests $10 million in ICM fiber separation technology upgrade

In South Dakota, Redfield Energy has invested $10 million to install ICM’s patent-pending fiber separation technology that will extract extra fiber from corn and lead to 8% more ethanol production—about 1.2 million extra gallons per year—and 20% more corn oil … Continue reading

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Indian sugar mills sign contracts for 1.04 billion liters of ethanol

In India, sugar mills have so far signed contracts with oil marketing companies to supply 1.04 billion liters of ethanol during 2015/16, compared to just 780 million liters signed for last year. To achieve the planned E10 mandate for 2016, … Continue reading

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Ethanol cargos flowing into the European market at last

In France, about 5,800 cubic meters of ethanol from Brazil’s Santos port is expected to arrive in Dunkirk on Dec. 7, one of a number of cargos expected to land in Europe during December to help ease the tight supply … Continue reading

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Canada opens C$3 million Agri-Based Industrial Bioproducts Research and Development Challenge

In Canada, the Agri-Based Industrial Bioproducts Research and Development Challenge will fund C$3 million for about 10 bioproduct development projects. Ontario has identified the development of bioproducts as having potential significant economic, environmental and health benefits. Bioproducts include bioenergy – … Continue reading

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Chinese ethanol imports fall from September record but remain high

In China, October ethanol imports slumped from the all time high achieved in September to 68,961 cubic meters, down 43% from September. As during the previous month, October exports were supplied predominantly by the US while Brazil’s volume fell by … Continue reading

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B3C Fuel Solutions awarded two US patents for its FUEL LIFE technology

In South Carolina, B3C Fuel Solutions was awarded two patents for its FUEL LIFE technology, including patents for fuel preservation technology (Patent no. 9,149,788) and fuel drying technology (Patent no. 8,828,104). The FUEL LIFE fuel preservation technology is a proprietary … Continue reading

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EPA says compliance with 2016 RFS could cost p to $590 million

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Fall 2015 Statement of Regulatory Priorities estimates that compliance with the RFS to be announced by month’s end will cost between $118 million and $595 million in 2016, based on the previously announced 17.4 … Continue reading

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American Process nabs foundational nanocellulose patent: is the wonder-material finally, affordably here?

From Georgia, we received the news that U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a 25th patent to American Process — this one is a doozy. It covers API’s process for producing a nanocellulose material, as well as many downstream applications … Continue reading

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Bioproducts from waste streams: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to TerraVerdae BioWorks

TerraVerdae BioWorks’ novel bioprocess converts waste-derived methanol and/or methane into bioplastics and industrial metabolites. Bioconversion through this route allows “waste” to be used as an alternative starting material to petroleum. These biomaterials are then processed and tuned to specific performance requirements … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index gains 0.89 percent to 53.54 as ethanol equities rise

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, gained 0.89 percent to 53.54 as ethanol equities rose. For the day, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) jumped 5.22 percent to $4.03, while Green Plains (GPRE) soared 8.23 percent to … Continue reading

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11 top low-carbon fuel players, WCSBD publish COP 21 guide to slashing transport-based greenhouse gas emissions 

In Switzerland, 11 leading low carbon fuel companies present a comprehensive guide that identifies a variety of available and accessible low carbon fuel solutions. The guide can be downloaded here. Today, only 3% of transportation fuels are low carbon. According … Continue reading

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Indonesia’s B20 blend could boost biodiesel demand five-fold

In Indonesia, 2016 biodiesel consumption is seen hitting 7.9 million kiloliters if the government goes through with boosting the mandated blend to 20% from the current 15%, jumping more than five-fold from the 1.2 million kiloliters expected for 2015. Increasing … Continue reading

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Alliance BioEnergy Plus completes new cellulosic ethanol front-end process

In Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus announced that with the completion of Front End Loading 2 (FEL 2) engineering. The stark difference between the CTS process and all other fuel technologies is becoming more apparent from a capital building expense as well … Continue reading

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DEINOVE produces cellulosic ethanol with higher performance

In France, DEINOVE announced that it has produced 2G ethanol with an exceptional performance level in a 300-liter fermenter. The trials were conducted at VTT, DEINOVE’s long-term partner, which has the necessary infrastructure to implement and evaluate this type of … Continue reading

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Biodico Westside Facility to go online the first week of December

In California, Biodico announced its Biodico Westside Facility, the world’s first biofuel production facility that operates entirely on renewable heat and power generated on-site, will go online the first week of December. The facility produces up to 20 million gallons … Continue reading

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Genomatica and Braskem have being producing butadiene at lab scale since June

In Brazil, Genomatica and Braskem announced they have been successfully producing butadiene at lab scale since June 2015, using their direct, bio-based process. The companies are jointly developing a commercial process for the on-purpose production of butadiene made from renewable … Continue reading

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Pertamina expects to source 5.14 million kiloliters of biodiesel in 2016

In Indonesia, Pertamina expects a demand of 5.14 million kiloliters of palm oil biodiesel in 2016 to achieve the 20% blending mandate, of the total 26 million kiloliters the country will consume that year. That’s a five-fold increase over the … Continue reading

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Taiwanese researchers use nanoparticles to produce algae biodiesel

In Taiwan, researchers at the National Taiwan University have developed a synthetic magnetic nanoparticle that helps to harvest oil from microalgae. The nanoparticles are produced from iron oxide and silicon dioxide, then using an alkaline-based catalyst can produce the biodiesel … Continue reading

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