Monthly Archives: June 2016

Jamaica Broilers sells ethanol dehydration plant to West Indies Petroleum

In Jamaica, a ship bunkering company based in Kingston, West Indies Petroleum has agreed to buy JB Group’s terminal at Port Esquivel including a 120 million-gallon ethanol plant along with share in a St. Lucia-based services company that is the … Continue reading

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Siouxland Ethanol to invest $8 million to boost ethanol production capacity 15%

In Nebraska, Siouxland Ethanol will invest $8 million to boost the ethanol production capacity of its facility by another 15% following upgrades earlier this year that boosted production to about 65 million gallons per year. Work on the expansion should … Continue reading

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Nigeria taking another look at jatropha for biodiesel

In Nigeria, the agriculture minister is taking another look at biodiesel following a spike in fossil diesel prices. Farmers continue to face obstacles affording fossil diesel but the hope is that biodiesel produced on farm could help to boost agricultural … Continue reading

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Thai fuel fraudsters making a mess of ethanol and biodiesel sales

In Thailand, fraudsters are making a fortune by selling illegal fuel blends throughout the northern and southern parts of the country, typically at non-brand fueling stations. Instead of E10, some are selling E20 because ethanol is cheaper than gasoline and … Continue reading

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Alliance BioEnergy Plus to sub-license technology to Colombia

In Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus announced it has received an LOI from Smart Business International Trading, S.A.S (Smart Business) of Bogata, Columbia for the purchase of an initial sub-license to install and use ALLM’s patented CTS cellulose conversion technology. A … Continue reading

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Svebio says Brexit could provide more policy freedom for biofuels

In Sweden, Svebio says that Brexit may be a way for European countries to obtain more independence for their own policymaking, allowing them to go a bit more out on their own. In this case, the biofuels association is referring … Continue reading

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Algae biofuel technology transferred to Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe, technical capacity for biodiesel production from algae has been successfully transferred to Harare Polytecnic and the fuel has passed B100 quality standards. The university is using photoreactors to grow the algae for later processing. Algae is being promoted … Continue reading

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Finnish economy minister says advanced biofuels key to achieving climate goals

In Finland, the country’s economic affairs minister and former European Commissioner Olli Rehn says that liquid biofuels for transport and especially second-generation biofuels are vital in order to achieve the country’s energy and environmental goals for 2030. They are seen … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index soars 2.83 percent to 55.23 as advanced bio rockets up

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, soared 2.83 percent to 55.23 as advanced bio rocketed up. For the day, TerraVia (TVIA) rallied 12.93 percent to $2.62, while Amyris (AMRS) climbed 10.12 percent to $0.45. … Continue reading

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Feedstock for the Advanced Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana

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Turn and Face the Strange: The new Algae makes a Bowiesque pivot into new markets

What are our tiny green friends doing to earn their living, now? 2009 – that was the Summer of Algae. It seemed like every venture forming had algae somewhere in its sights. The ventures were bold in their vision — … Continue reading

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Nidera exits biofuel trading after rogue trader loses $188 million net

In the Netherlands, a rogue trader lost around $188 million net in biofuels trades over five years for COFCO-owned Nidera. The “severe” irregularities led to the first time in five years the company declared a loss. The trades resulting in … Continue reading

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RIN prices jump after Goldman Sachs predicts tight RIN market through 2017

In New York state, Goldman Sachs has warned that next year’s higher biofuels blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard could lead to tightness in the markets, which in turn saw RIN prices jump several cents. Goldman said in its … Continue reading

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Former CEO of Michigan Biodiesel indicted over tax fraud scheme

In Michigan, the former CEO of Michigan Biodiesel LLC was indicted with 14 counts tax fraud, bankruptcy fraud, false claims, false documents and other charges amounting as part of a scheme to defraud the federal government of $2 million in … Continue reading

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KPMG sees major opportunity for crop waste as ethanol feedstock in SE Asia

In Singapore, KPMG says crop waste from rice, sugarcane and palm oil could prove to be good feedstocks for boosting ethanol production in the Southeast Asian region. On the palm side, both palm kernel cake from pressing oil from the … Continue reading

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DOE grants $23 million in funding for small business developing clean energy tech

In Washington, the Energy Department announced $23 million in funding for 23 new projects led by small businesses to further develop clean energy technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. These Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) … Continue reading

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Nordic bus giant boosts renewable fuel fleet to 55% with 179 new biodiesel buses

In Sweden, during the summer, Nobina will take delivery of 179 new buses; this is a consequence of the traffic contracts that are starting in 2016. In 2015/2016, Nobina’s fleet consisted of 3,703 buses, of which 50 per cent were … Continue reading

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Brazilian researchers determine soy biodiesel doesn’t damage lungs

In Brazil, researchers led by the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro have determined that soy-based biodiesel is less toxic to lung cells, provoking no damage unlike fossil-based diesel. The tests exposed particles from combustion of fossil diesel, soy … Continue reading

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City of Austin investigating possible “boondoggle” over biomass power plant

In Texas, the City of Austin is looking into the waste wood-burning plant at Nacogdoches Operating Facility in East Texas operated by Austin Energy and Southern Power that is costing the utility’s customers $54 million per year but has produced … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index rebounds 1.90 percent to 53.71 as advanced bio jumps

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, rebounded 1.90 percent to 53.71 as advanced bio jumped. For the day, TerraVia (TVIA) rallied 7.41 percent to $2.32, while Amyris (AMRS) soared 9.18 percent to $0.40. Among … Continue reading

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