Monthly Archives: December 2015

POGO reaches record highs making discretionary blending difficult

In Singapore, the spread between palm oil futures and gasoil futures known as POGO has been hanging out at record highs thanks to higher soy oil prices supporting palm oil and gasoil prices hovering around 11-year lows. As such, discretionary … Continue reading

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As many as 200 investors seen signing up for South Dakota ethanol plant

In South Dakota, between 150 and 200 investors putting in a minimum of $50,000 each will provide the $74.5 million in capital required for the new 70 million gallon Ringneck Energy ethanol plant proposed for Onida. Most investors come from … Continue reading

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Biodiesel seen having a good 2016 while other fuels suffer

In Illinois, between a favorable blending mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard to reinstatement of the $1 per gallon blending credit, a Bloomberg analysis says that biodiesel’s star is on the rise in 2016 in comparison to other fuels from … Continue reading

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Top 10 Bioeconomy and Biofuels Predictions for 2016

A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we reach the end of 2015? Not the good ship Digest!  Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and peer into tomorrowland. As the sunset of 2015 gives way to the dawn of 2016, … Continue reading

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Small Argentine biodiesel producers want 47% price increase

In Argentina, small biodiesel producers are insisting on a 47% price increase for the fuel that is regulated monthly by the government. The significant price gap is a result of the higher soy feedstock prices that accounts for 38% of … Continue reading

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French agency finds no traces of antibiotics in DDGS coming from the US

In France, the government’s consumer and fraud watchdog has investigated the use of antibiotics in the production of ethanol for biofuels, a practice that promotes the development of antibiotic resistance in animals. No residues were found in the by-products used … Continue reading

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Colombia’s Bio D $30 million biodiesel plant commissioned

In Colombia, Bio D has commissioned its $30 million 200,000 metric ton per year biodiesel facility near Facatativá that will use palm oil as feedstock. About 66,000 hectares of oil palm is required to feed the facility and is expected … Continue reading

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Autodisplay Biotech leads $1.75 million R&D program to lower cellulase costs

In Germany, an international consortium led by Autodisplay Biotech GmbH started Pathway EFB, a $1.75 million collaborative research and development project to significantly lower cellulase cost in the production of biofuels and biobased chemicals. The project builds onto Autodisplay Biotech’s … Continue reading

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America’s Renewable Future hits hard at Cruz’s anti-RFS stance

In Iowa, America’s Renewable Future (ARF) newest radio ad highlights Sen. Ted Cruz’s hypocritical position on oil subsidies support at the expense of the unsubsidized Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The ad has drawn a plea from the Cruz campaign to … Continue reading

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Cambodian cassava farmers seeking help for low prices with an eye on ethanol

In Cambodia, cassava farmers are looking to the government to help support them as prices collapse. Prices are about half what they were last year but the government blames low prices on poor storage capacity that seriously impacts the quality … Continue reading

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India’s record palm oil exports to be tempered by soaring soy oil demand in 2016

In India, palm oil imports are expected to rise marginally by 100,000 metric tons through October 2016 from current record imports to 9.7 million tons. Concerns about impacts from El Niño on palm oil production has seen prices rise, limiting … Continue reading

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Uruguay’s first ever biofuel export sees 100,000 liters of UCO biodiesel off to the Netherlands

In Uruguay, Alcoholes del Uruguay has secured the country’s first biofuel export with 100,000 liters of used cooking oil-based biodiesel heading to the Netherlands. The fuel was to Argos sold at $750 per metric ton via the company’s Brazilian arm. … Continue reading

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Iowa’s ethanol production passes 4 billion gallons in 2015

In Iowa, thanks to federal investment in more blender pumps, the state produced a record 4 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol in 2015, up from last year’s 3.9 billion gallons thanks to increased efficiencies and new cellulosic ethanol production facilities … Continue reading

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PWC expects to sell NorAmera and Weyborn ethanol plant by the end of January

In Canada, PriceWaterhouseCoopers has been appointed by the Court of Queen’s Bench as receivers of NorAmera BioEnergy and NorAmera Technologies who own the NorAmera ethanol plant in Weyborn. The 25 million liter per year wheat-based ethanol facility was mothballed in … Continue reading

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Philippines ethanol production capacity to reach 80% of E10 in 2016

In the Philippines, the Sugar Regulatory Administrator expects more ethanol production in 2016 thanks to two new facilities coming online during the first quarter, the Absolut Distillery and Emperador Distillery, that will both use molasses as feedstock. The 40 million … Continue reading

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China New Energy seals first North America deal and gets investment boost

In the UK, China New Energy has signed its first North America deal worth C$3 million and has closed a funding round for GBP200,000 to an unnamed private investor. The shares were sold at a discount of more than 20% … Continue reading

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Six year Great Lakes study shows viability of different perennial cropping systems for bioenergy

In Wisconsin, a six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems such as switchgrass, giant miscanthus, poplar, native grasses, and prairie can yield as much biomass as … Continue reading

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Iowan voters no longer the ethanol lovers they once were

In Iowa, some believe that voters in the all-important state for presidential elections no longer care about ethanol due to fewer working in the corn industry and more Republicans appreciative of an end to subsidies, especially for ethanol, as touted … Continue reading

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LanzaTech takes the lead in Hot 50, two weeks before the close of voting;  Novozymes, Amyris, DuPont, DSM, REG, BASF, POET, and Genomatica in the hunt. 

In Florida, early voting rankings were released today for 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy, representing roughly 70% of the overall subscriber vote expected. Subscriber voting ends Friday January 15 at 5pm ET. The Hot 50 rankings will be announced … Continue reading

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REACHing towards cellulosic fuels: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Mercurius

Mercurius says it “has the technology and processes that will, for the first time, make the production of cellulosic biofuels profitable while meeting the needs of the diesel and jet fuel markets and satisfying government requirements.” Management estimates there to … Continue reading

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