Monthly Archives: March 2016

USDA adjusts 2014/15 corn consumption lower by 9 million bushels

In Washington, the USDA’s estimate for 2014/15 corn consumption to produce ethanol fell by 9 million bushels, according to the latest monthly Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production 2015 Summary report published March 1. Its overall estimates for corn production during … Continue reading

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El Niño may cut Malaysian palm oil production by 3 million tons

In Malaysia, El Niño’s impact on palm oil production may be even more drastic than previously expected with 2015/16 production volumes potentially falling by as much as 3 million metric tons, in turn pushing prices above $730 per ton for … Continue reading

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BP ethanol production rises in 2015 by 47%

In the UK, despite having divested from Vivergo and other aspects of the biofuel business over the past few years, BP says it remains committed to the fuel as a necessary part of the road fuel mix. Its Brazilian units … Continue reading

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Glacial Lakes Energy promotes E30 challenges

In South Dakota, Glacial Lakes Energy is trying to launch a revolution by launching the E30 Challenge that encourages drivers to fill up on E30 no matter what their warranty says to demonstrate that higher blends are just fine for … Continue reading

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T2 ethanol prices hold steady as buyers wait on the sidelines

In the Netherlands, T2 ethanol prices are holding steady due to buyers waiting on the sidelines until it the markets decide in which direction prices will go. Slightly higher oil prices have led to a slightly lower ethanol premium over … Continue reading

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices fall 11%

In Brazil, rising hydrous ethanol prices have finally impacted consumption, with February consumption falling more than 11% on the year to 1.06 billion liters while anhydrous ethanol consumption rose to 831.64 million, up 22% on the year. Total hydrous and … Continue reading

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Penn State harvests willow shrubs for biomaterials research

In Pennsylvania, the first harvest of 34 acres of fast-growing shrub willow from a Penn State demonstration field this winter is a milestone in developing a sustainable biomass supply for renewable energy and bio-based economic development, according to researchers in … Continue reading

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Institute for Energy Research says ethanol not responsible for cutting oil imports

In Washington, the Institute for Energy Research says ethanol has done little to reduce oil imports. Since 2008, net oil imports have declined by 58 percent (6.4 million barrels per day), while domestic oil production has increased by 88 percent … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index gains 0.32 percent to 50.19 as enzymes rally

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, gained 0.32 percent to 50.19 as enzymes rallied. For the day, Abengoa (ABGB) dropped 9.95 percent to $1.72 , while Gevo (GEVO) tumbled 5.02 percent to $0.38. Among … Continue reading

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One if by land, two if by sea, three if by air: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP renewable fuels technology

Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating power, transportation fuel and heating oil from biomass using pyrolysis.

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Alliance BioEnergy Plus processes show major benefits to ethanol plants’ bottom line

In Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. announced after additional testing at a 55 million gallon a year (mmgy) ethanol plant in Illinois, the Harvesting Technology CoProMax process when combined with the ALLM CTS process, offers an opportunity to add more … Continue reading

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Blending demand helps to support prices

In the Netherlands, T2 ethanol demand may at last get some support from blenders as the premium over gasoline falls to a seven-month low at $237.64/mt on Friday. The premium reached at high of $392.87/mt on November 19, 2015 and … Continue reading

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RFA analysis shows improved efficiency gains at dry mill biorefineries

In Washington, an analysis conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association and released March 7 finds the net energy balance of corn-based ethanol at U.S. dry mill biorefineries averages 2.6–2.8, an improvement over previous estimates, reflecting efficiency gains. The figures build on USDA’s … Continue reading

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Biodico expands California internship program

In California, to train students for the next-generation of green collar jobs, sustainable biofuel and bioenergy company Biodico announced the expansion of its internship program in Fresno and Ventura Counties. Biodico is seeking up to 10 interns for the summer … Continue reading

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Texas entrepreneur gets 10 years and $87 million judgment over RIN fraud

In Texas, an entrepreneur who only produced a few vats of biofuel was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and $87 million in restitution for 68 counts of false statements to the EPA and mail fraud RIN fraud. He … Continue reading

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Thailand phases out E10 in exchange for E20 and E85

In Thailand, the government is phasing out lower 10% ethanol blend fuels by 2018 and 2027, instead bringing in E20 and E85. Doing so will triple ethanol demand to more than 25 million liters per day. To boost demand for … Continue reading

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University of Virginia researcher says biofuel creating land competition for food

In Virginia, a researcher at the University of Virginia has said that as strategies for energy security, investment opportunities and energy policies prompt ever-growing production and consumption of biofuels like bioethanol and biodiesel, land and water that could otherwise be … Continue reading

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Indonesia 2016 biodiesel output to miss target

In Indonesia, the widening price spread between palm oil biodiesel and fossil diesel may mean the country only reaches about a third of its planned B20 policy this year, about 2.5 million metric tons. With Malaysian palm oil futures at … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index loses 1.82 percent to 50.03 as an oil price rally fizzles

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, lost 1.82 percent to 50.03 as an oil price rally fizzled. For the day, Abengoa (ABGB) rocketed up another 29.93 percent to $1.91 on good news in the … Continue reading

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The PLA Story: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to polylactic acid markets

As we look this week at markets for cellulosic sugars, this classic powerpoint that outlined the case and markets for biobased polylactic acid came to mind. We’ll not debate whether PLA is really polyacid or a polyester. Bottom line, PLA … Continue reading

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