Monthly Archives: May 2016

Clariant, Scania cut CO2 emissions 90% via sunliquid cellulosic ethanol 

In Brazil, Clariant reports that its partnership with Scania for the ethanol-powered trucks used at the Clariant Suzano plant has reduced CO2 emissions by approximately 90%. The ethanol fuel used is manufactured with the Master Batch ED 95 additive produced … Continue reading

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Amyris & CJ CheilJedang Corporation partner to expand farnese to Asia

In California, Amyris and CJ CheilJedang Corporation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support large-scale manufacturing of Amyris’s farnesene in existing CJ facilities. CJ is a leading producer of fermentation-based products such as feed amino acids, MSG, and nucleotides. … Continue reading

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US Energy Information Administration releases Annual Energy Outlook 2016

In Washington, the U.S. Energy Information Administration posted a summary of two cases of energy projections covering 2015 to 2040 from the forthcoming Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016). EIA also posted the full results of these cases in spreadsheet files … Continue reading

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Brazilian ethanol prices continue to fall in the face of record production

In Brazil, ethanol prices continue to fall pressured by increased ethanol production. Despite sugar prices having up to a 400-point premium over ethanol, mills continue to produce large quantities of ethanol in order to secure cash for payroll. Ethanol production … Continue reading

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Ringneck Energy fails to reach investment fundraising goals

In South Dakota, Ringneck Energy has raised only $55 million of the $75 million needed to move forward with its planned $140 million ethanol plant. Earthmoving for the planned 70 million gallon facility began late last year but construction that … Continue reading

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Renewable Fuels Foundation teams with MathPro for ethanol octane webinar series

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Foundation, the education and research arm of the Renewable Fuels Association, has teamed up with fuel refining experts at MathPro Inc. to sponsor a five-part webinar series on ethanol’s unique octane properties and its potential … Continue reading

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Biodiesel prices rise on the back of higher crude and heating oil futures

In New York state, heating oil futures have reversed their weak trend during the last several days and are instead following crude oil prices higher in part due to a wildfire raging near Canadian oil sand areas. Those higher prices … Continue reading

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Clariant to scale up Gevo’s technology

In Colorado, Gevo Inc. had announced that it has entered into an agreement with Clariant Corp., one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies, to develop catalysts to enable Gevo’s ethanol-to-olefins (ETO) technology. As previously disclosed, Gevo’s ETO technology, which … Continue reading

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Bangchak to invest up to $28 million for ethanol plant

In Thailand, Bangchak will pay up to $28 million for an ethanol plant with up to 300,000 liters per day production capacity in order to help supply national blending policies. Currently the company has 700,000 liters per day of blending … Continue reading

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Benson Hill Biosystems announces cloud biology system for plant genomics

In Missouri, Benson Hill Biosystems announced that is has commercially launched CropOS™, a cognitive engine using cloud biology to empower a new era of plant genomics innovation. CropOS uses powerful data analytics and biological knowledge to identify the most promising … Continue reading

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RIN prices soar ahead of 2017 RFS announcement but then fall back after initial rush

In Texas, ahead of the EPA’s 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard draft blending mandate on Wednesday, RIN prices soared 10 cents to 84 cents for D6 ethanol RINs. Previous to the price jump, inter-day movement had averaged around 75 points, but … Continue reading

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Renewable jet fuel, competitive cost, at scale: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to AltAir

In March, United Airlines made history by becoming the first U.S. airline to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights with the departure of United Flight 708 from Los Angeles International Airport. It’s AltAir fuel — and United … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index is flat at 51.75 despite an ethanol jump

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, was flat at 51.75 despite an ethanol jump. For the day, Green Plains (GPRE) soared 6.31 percent to $16.69, while The Andersons (ANDE) jumped 3.94 percent to $33.34 … Continue reading

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Good news, kemosabe: Reverdia and Wageningen UR launch development of new Bio-PBS compounds

In the Netherlands, Reverdia and Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research have launched a joint development programme on bio-based PBS (polybutylene succinate) compounds for injection moulding. The new bio-PBS compounds will be durable and based on Reverdia’s Biosuccinium. PBS? It’s … Continue reading

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EPA proposes 18.8 billion gallons for US biofuels for 2017

In Washington, the EPA released its draft Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2017. The agency proposed a total renewable fuel volumes of 18.8 billion gallons: The volumes The highlights Total renewable fuel volumes would grow by nearly 700 … Continue reading

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The Andersons rejects $1 billion buyout offer for failure to provide value

In Ohio, The Andersons has rejected a more than $1 billion buyout offer from hedge fund manager HC2 Holdings because it says the offer for the grains and ethanol firm undervalues the company. The offer is based on $37 per … Continue reading

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Philippines ethanol prices hit 10-week high following US market higher

In the Philippines, CIF ethanol prices have hit a 10-week high to $537.33/cu m thanks to higher ethanol futures prices in the US and higher freight rates out of the US Gulf and Far East. Freight is expected to remain … Continue reading

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Oil refiners suffering from higher ethanol and RIN prices

In Texas, oil refiners are getting squeezed by requirements to blend ethanol at ever higher prices while margins shrink due to low oil prices. HollyFrontiner Corp., for example, had to pay $36 million in ethanol premiums during Q1 due to … Continue reading

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USDA announces $21 million for bioenergy and biobased products

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $21 million to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products, as well as education and training for the next generation of scientists that … Continue reading

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EU T2 ethanol prices high four-month highs

In the Netherlands, T2 ethanol prices have risen to four-month highs on the back of reduced production thanks to Abengoa’s ethanol plant in Rotterdam shutting down until it works through remaining feedstocks and Ensus in the UK remaining offline, though … Continue reading

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