Monthly Archives: March 2017

Indian Oil seeking Haryana land to build 2G ethanol plant

In India, the Indian Oil Company is seeking 50 acres from the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation to build its planned second-generation ethanol plant near to its oil refinery currently located in Panipat. The facility is one of … Continue reading

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Prairie Catalytic co-locating renewable ethyl acetate facility at ADM Columbus ethanol plant

In Ohio, Prairie Catalytic, a subsidiary of California-based Greenyug, is building equipment for a planned ethyl acetate facility co-located at ADM’s Columbus ethanol plant that should be ready for installation by the end of the year. Groundbreaking is expected for … Continue reading

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Spectro Scientific awarded US and Australian patents for fuel measurement method

In Massachusetts, Spectro Scientific has been awarded U.S. patent 9,448,112 B2 for a method to measure two key vehicle fluids. The patent for “Multifunctional fluid meter and method for measuring coolant, biodiesel, gas-ethanol and DEF” has also been granted in … Continue reading

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Proposed Welsh gasification plant under fire

In the UK, public hearings for Egnedol’s proposed wood chip-based pyrolysis and gasification unit at the former RNAD and Gulf oil refinery sites near Blackbridge have identified concerns from the community as well as environmental activists. Some claim the facility’s … Continue reading

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CEC awards $23 million for biomass-based power projects

In California, the state’s energy commission has awarded up to $23 million in grants for the following categories: Group 1: AR&D: Efficient, Sustainable and Lower -Cost Bioenergy: Innovations to Improve Woody Biomass-to-Electricity Systems ($5,000,000) • Group 2: TD&D: Demonstrate and … Continue reading

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US Forest Service working to expand renewable wood energy markets

In Washington, the U.S. Forest Service is working to expand renewable wood energy markets by providing technical assistance and grants to public and private sector partners through its Woody Biomass Utilization program. By supporting efforts to reuse the excess wood from forest … Continue reading

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WSU Tri-Cities and PNNL researchers make cellulose breakthrough that could cost biofuel production costs

In Washington state, researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a new way to define the molecular structure of cellulose, which could lead to cheaper and more efficient ways to make a variety of … Continue reading

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Indonesian trade team appealing EU anti-dumping case at WTO

In Switzerland, a team from Indonesia’s trade ministry is filing an appeal with the World Trade Organization, arguing that the European Union’s methodology for calculating the normal price of biodiesel in Indonesia is flawed and therefore anti-dumping duties against its … Continue reading

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Biofuels: ethanol’s growth is spelled I-N-D-I-A

When USDA forecasts of corn ethanol exports to China dropped below 80 million gallons from 225 million last year — and Green Plains CEO Todd Becker issued a “zero exports expected” addendum to his 2017 outlook for the ethanol giant … Continue reading

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Make art out of Waste: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Whitefox membrane technology

With a decade of industrial experience Whitefox provides engineering solutions based on its membrane technology. From existing plants looking to expand capacity and remove bottlenecks, to new plants seeking to be energy and water efficient, the company says that it “provides an optimal … Continue reading

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol parity falls to 71.1%

In Brazil, the hydrous ethanol parity price in Sao Paulo continues to edge closer to the technical 70% point where ethanol becomes more economical compared to gasoline at 71.7% last week, compared to 72.5% the week prior. Ethanol prices have … Continue reading

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China New Energy scores $12.5 million in contracts to build cassava ethanol plant in Ghana

In the UK, China New Energy announced it has won a number of contracts with Supercare Group Limited of Ghana and CNBM General Machinery Co., Ltd in China to construct a new ethanol plant in Ghana. The contracts are in … Continue reading

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Colombia’s Bioenergy ethanol plant achieves continuous operations

In Colombia, the country’s only dedicated ethanol producer, owned by Ecopetrol, Bioenergy achieved continuous production on March 18 at its 504,000 liters per day of ethanol its facility in El Alcaraván. The national energy regulator signed off on January 31, … Continue reading

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RFA releases updated mythbusting handbook

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association has launched its annual handbook, a key tool for mythbusting about ethanol. Included in the handbook are the following statistics: • 200 operating ethanol biorefineries in 28 states produced a record 15.25 billion gallons … Continue reading

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Aemetis sees California orchard waste as major feedstock opportunity for its technology

In California, Aemetis believes its biomass-based biofuel technology is key to helping the state’s biomass power industry reinvent itself after more than 70% of plants shut down to their lack of ability to compete economically with solar and wind power … Continue reading

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Entrade commissions small-scale CHP plant in Japan

In Japan, six years after the natural disaster and the reactor catastrophe in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture, Gov. Masao Uchibori inaugurated a small-scale biomass power plant at health resort Nishigo, the first of a series of plants that Entrade said it … Continue reading

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Malaysian palm oil industry says its R&D paved the way for higher blends

In Malaysia, the palm oil board lashed back at the economist who said the country and industry hadn’t invested sufficiently in biodiesel research, leaving the country behind other major players. The board’s head of R&D said the industry had been … Continue reading

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Louisiana state senator seeks to eliminate subsidies for alternative fuel vehicles

In Louisiana, a state senator has proposed a bill that would eliminate the current 36% tax break on alternative fuel cars including those for ethanol and biodiesel, claiming the state can’t afford to continue to subsidize cleaner fuels. The program … Continue reading

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The Hydrogen Spring that became the Year without a Summer

In Massachusetts, Lux Research in a new report asks “Hyundai, Toyota Lead in Hydrogen Innovation – But Is Anyone Following?” in going pessimistic on the development of the hydrogen economy. “A few automakers led by Toyota are putting their money … Continue reading

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Carbon-negative, low-cost hydrogen power: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Proton Power

As Proton Power CEO Sam Weaver explains: “This process is carbon-negative, producing hydrogen gas or liquid fuels, plus a high temp biochar that is very stable in the ground. It’s a high PH (10-11) biochar with a surface area like … Continue reading

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