Monthly Archives: April 2016

Air NZ committed to aviation biofuel despite potential Virgin Australia divestment

In New Zealand, Air NZ is expected to continue its aviation biofuel collaboration with Virgin Australia despite the likelihood it will divest from the Australian airline. Currently Air NZ owns 25.9% of Virgin Australia. Last month the two airlines launched … Continue reading

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Blaze takes out biodiesel storage tanks at India’s Biomax Fuels Limited

In India, a fire began at Biomax Fuels Limited with 11 of its 15 storage tanks caught up in the blaze. Two fire engines with chemical foam were borrowed from Hindustan Petroleum and Eastern Naval Command while five standard fire … Continue reading

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Volkswagen teams with Shell to convince EU the way to decarbonize transport

In Belgium, Volkswagen has teamed with Shell on a new report by Roland Berger promoting a policy path forward towards a European transport market that achieves environmental and GHG goals set at the COP21 meeting in Paris through the use … Continue reading

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Australian researchers find freshwater algae good for aviation biofuel

In Australia, a native freshwater algae grown in northern Australia can be used to create a high-quality, renewable jet fuel, an international research team has found. The multi-disciplinary team including researchers from James Cook University, University of Sydney and Israel’s Ben … Continue reading

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US Bankruptcy Court decides Spain takes precedence over Abengoa case

In Delaware, a judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington ruled Abengoa’s bankruptcy proceedings in Spain are the main proceedings and must take the lead in how creditors in the US are treated. The judge granted protection under Chapter … Continue reading

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Physical Chicago Argo ethanol prices return to premium

In Illinois, physical prices for Chicago Argo ethanol are back at a premium over paper trade, even if only by a cent per gallon, for the first time since April 7 thanks to maintenance season pulling production offline and starting … Continue reading

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Australian researchers developing new tech using sugarcane waste for energy

In Australia, Queensland University of Technology researchers are leading the way in developing and testing new technologies as part of a A$5.7 million three-year project with the potential to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the sugar industry. Associate Professor … Continue reading

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Iowa extends biofuels incentives through 2024

In Iowa, the state’s senate has unanimously approved a bill to extend incentives for ethanol and biodiesel blending through 2024 rather than ending in 2017 as planned, with the house voting 88-6 in favor. The bill now goes to the … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index is flat at 55.48 despite an advanced bio drop

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, was flat at 55.48 despite an advanced bio drop. For the day, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) tumbled 3,73 percent to $4.91, while Aemetis (AMTX) gained 4.00 percent to $2.86. … Continue reading

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Scale-up from Pilot to Commercial: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Fermentation 2.0.1

As part of March Madness 2016, Genomatica’s Jeff Lievense presented this master class on Fermentation 2.0 — alongside Mark Warner’s super presentation which you can see here While you’re at it, you can access our 8-Slide Guide to Genomatica here. … Continue reading

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Ethanol from Conventional to Advanced: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries

Having established a global leadership in 1st Generation Ethanol technology, Praj has initiated a project in expanding its 2nd Generation Cellulosic Ethanol Program to Demo scale. The plant will utilize agri-residues like cane trash, corn cobs, corn stover and bagasse … Continue reading

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El Niño dryness sees Malaysian palm oil prices at two-week high

In Malaysia, continued concerns over dry, hot weather resulting from El Niño is helping to support palm oil futures prices to a two-week high following four days of a stronger pricing trend. Already prices have risen 11% this year thanks … Continue reading

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Indian cellulosic ethanol technology set for debut at demonstration scale in Uttarakhand 

In India, the first demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol plant will open this week at Indian Glycol Limited, Kashipur in Uttarakhand, with the Indian Minister of Science and Technology & Earth Sciences on hand for the ceremonies. The technology was developed by … Continue reading

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T2 ethanol at seven-week high despite Rotterdam storage overflowing with stock

In the Netherlands, European T2 ethanol prices have reached a seven-week high despite storage capacity being at maximum levels. Stock-building is due to increase demand resulting from summer driving season that will boost consumption during Q2 and Q3 but the … Continue reading

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Neste expands Pro Diesel into latvia

In Latvia, Neste Pro Diesel is now available from the most of the Neste stations in Latvia. Neste Pro Diesel supplements the range of high-quality Futura fuels launched previously in the Baltic region and Russia. Neste Pro Diesel is available … Continue reading

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Indonesia raises 30% of expected 2016 palm oil levy during Q1

In Indonesia, about 30% of the levy funds the government sought to raise during 2016 to fund its biodiesel blending mandate were secured during Q1, bringing in a total of $212 million. The subsidy level set for blenders during April … Continue reading

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Bankruptcy-protected Brazilian soy processor looks to restart biodiesel in 2017

In Brazil, soybean processor Camera—which is currently seeking to restructure debt with creditors—has seen revenues increase 60% during the first quarter, something which will help their argument to continue on the path to recovery since filing for bankruptcy protection in … Continue reading

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Peru accuses Argentina of dumping biodiesel

In Peru, the country’s biodiesel industry has alerted authorities that Argentina is dumping biodiesel on market through imports facilitated by Repsol and Petroperú to the tune of $500 million to $600 million of imported biodiesel. The fuel is arriving $200 … Continue reading

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Mexican researchers find ideal microalgae feedstocks for biodiesel

In Mexico, researchers at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in collaboration with the University of Newcastle have determined the country is idea for growing microalgae as biodiesel feedstock. Chlorella, scenedesmus and Desmodesmus are native to Texcoco Lake and can … Continue reading

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Republicans propose bill to scrap tax credits for animal fat biodiesel

In Washington, seven Republican US Representatives led by Randy Weber of Texas have submitted a bill to disallow certain biodiesel and alternative fuel tax credits for fuels derived from animal fats which has since been sent to the House Committee … Continue reading

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