Monthly Archives: October 2016

Petrobras seeks to divest 45.9% Guarani stake by year’s end

In Brazil, Petrobras has hired Banco Itau BBA to sell its 45.9% stake in Guarani, the sugar and ethanol producer jointly owned by Tereos International that represents the oil company’s entire ethanol production capacity via seven mills. Tereos, which owns … Continue reading

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New York City mayor signs heating oil biodiesel blending bill into law

In New York state, the mayor of New York City has signed into law the bill that requires increasingly higher blends of biodiesel in heating oil over the next 18 years. Despite some environmental groups opposing the plan, the bill … Continue reading

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EPA sends 2017 RFS final volume to OMB in hopes of meeting November 30 deadline

In Washington, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget has received from the Environmental Protection Agency the final volume mandate for the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2017, following the agency’s draft volume mandate released in May, along with the … Continue reading

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Philippines boosts January monthly ethanol allocation to 75,835 cu m

In the Philippines, the local monthly allocation for ethanol blending in January 2017 was set at 75,835 cu m, well above that set for Q4 2016 at 62,400 cu m and just over Q1 2016 at 74,710 cu m. A … Continue reading

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Argentina eyes more biodiesel exports in light of low soy oil prices

In Argentina, biodiesel exports are expected to rise again thanks to falling soy oil prices and biodiesel processing facilities located at ports. Soy oil prices have fallen as China chooses to import raw soybeans for crushing domestically while India chooses … Continue reading

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Swedish researchers develop better method to detect cellulose

In Sweden, a Swedish research team involving researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the Karolinska Institute has developed an efficient, accurate and non-destructive way to detect the occurrence and purity of cellulose. The technique, which was … Continue reading

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Urban Air Initiative says EPA relied heavily on oil industry for test fuels in EPAct Study

In Washington, the Urban Air Initiative has discovered that the U.S. EPA relied heavily on the oil industry to help design test fuels used for the EPAct Study. This is a critical development because the data in the EPAct Study … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index gains 0.39 percent to 59.79, a 13 month high, as ethanol equities rebound

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, gained 0.39 percent to 59.79, a 13 month high, as ethanol equities rebounded. For the day, Metabolix (MBLX) jumped 9.16 percent to $0.48, while Biox (BX.T) was up … Continue reading

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Torrefied Biomass: Available, Efficient, CO2 Neutral and Economic – likely the best solid biomass on the market

By Michael Wild, International Biomass Torrefaction Council, and Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest Torrefaction is a thermal pre-treatment technology used to upgrade lignocellulosic biomass to a higher quality and more attractive biofuel. In the torrefaction process, biomass is heated … Continue reading

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New bioprocessing tech moves us from “Food vs Fuels” to “Food, then fuel”

The MyFitnessPal Dietician and lifestyle blogger Elle writes: When it comes down to it, cornstarch doesn’t add any sort of nutritional value to foods other than calories – which most of us get more than enough of anyway. I consider … Continue reading

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Think small, tough times: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys microchannel F/T technology

Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels. After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, Velocys technology is headed for scale. In one direction, … Continue reading

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Kenyan corruption authorities undercover illegal ethanol scam

In Kenya, the national corruption watchdog NACC jointly with the Kenya Revenue Authority have uncovered a fraud scheme following an undercover operation where officers followed trucks leaving Spectre International. The ethanol was destined for export to Uganda but instead was … Continue reading

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Ames Laboratory looking at makeup of plant cell walls to improve bioenergy production

In Iowa, a team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory will be developing new instrumentation aimed at determining the chemical and structural makeup of plant cell walls to better understand how to convert plant material into … Continue reading

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Liquidity in ethanol market evaporates as players wait to see which way prices will go

In Illinois, liquidity in the ethanol market has evaporated as traders wait on the sidelines to see where the mood goes, in what one trader described as the slowest day he’d ever seen. Prices rose following the Energy Information Agency’s … Continue reading

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Indonesia expects to collect 14% more levy funds in 2017 as exports increase

In Indonesia, the Indonesia Estate Crop Fund that collects export levies on palm oil to then offset the cost of higher blends of more expensive biodiesel expects fund collection to rise 14% in 2017 as up to 10% more exports … Continue reading

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Just six companies cashing in on most of the US’s biodiesel imports

In Minnesota, an advisor to the National Biodiesel Board says just six companies are responsible for most of the country’s biodiesel exports, which thanks to the $1 per gallon blenders tax credit could mean $800 million would go into the … Continue reading

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European Commission creating biofuel policies based on emotive arguments too

In Belgium, one of the European Commission’s top biofuels policymakers has said that the body doesn’t just take science into consideration when developing rules for biofuels but also takes into consideration more emotive rather than factual concerns of citizens. An … Continue reading

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Researchers find way to make algae better oil producers

In Missouri, researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and colleagues have discovered a way to make algae better oil producers without sacrificing growth. The findings were published September 6, in a paper titled, “Synergism between inositol polyphosphates and … Continue reading

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BIO sends letter to Congress calling on extension of biofuel tax credits

In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) sent a letter to Congressional Leadership, the Senate Finance Committee Chairs, and the House Ways and Means Committee Chairs calling for the extension of renewable energy tax credits slated to expire at the … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index gains 1.09 percent to 58.92, a 13 month high, as ethanol equities jump

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, gained 1.09 percent to 58.92, a 13 month high, as ethanol equities jumped. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) advanced 8.06 percent to $0.44, while Renewable Energy Group (REGI) … Continue reading

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