Monthly Archives: May 2017

DEINOVE extends R&D deal with Flint Hills Resources with an eye to commercialization

In France, DEINOVE, a biotech company that discovers, develops and produces high-value compounds from rare bacteria, notably from the Deinococcus genus, announces the start of the second phase of the animal nutrition R&D project initiated with Flint Hills Resources in … Continue reading

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CropEnergies sees record profit thanks to Wilton ethanol plant

In Germany, CropEnergies’ Wilton, UK-based ethanol facility came back online in June last year, a move which helped to boost overall revenues by 11% and reach a record profit of $109.9 million during 2016/17. While the facility was mothballed for … Continue reading

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Indian OMCs seen taking on $14.7 million in GST for blending ethanol

In India, as a result of the new goods and services tax on ethanol, the country’s three oil marketing companies will have to fork out an addition $14.7 million this year in order to supply the mandated 5% ethanol blend. … Continue reading

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Air Liquide to supply oxygen to UK’s first bio-SNG plant

In the UK, Air Liquide will supply high purity oxygen to the country’s first advanced biofuel facility that will convert 10,000 metric tons of MSW into 22GWh of bio-substitute natural gas over the next five years. The $25 million facility’s … Continue reading

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NE Asia hydrous ethanol prices fall to 11-month low on Brazilian weakness

In Singapore, import prices for hydrous ethanol from Brazil into the Northeast Asian region are the lowest seen since last June at $540-560/cubic meter, basis cost and freight, due to falling prices brought on by weakened demand and rainy weather … Continue reading

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China New Energy scores $16.8 million in new EPC contracts for Chinese corn ethanol plants

In the UK, China New Energy has been awarded $16.8 million worth of new EPC contracts to build seven corn-based ethanol plants in northern and western China that will add additional production capacity of 529,000 metric tons per year, all … Continue reading

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UC Santa Barbara researchers lead the way on identifying fungi that can boost cellulosic ethanol efficiency

In California, bioenergy researchers are looking to nature and the estimated 1.5 million species of fungi that, collectively, can break down almost any substance on earth, including plant biomass. As reported May 26, 2017 in Nature Microbiology, a team led … Continue reading

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Romanian biofuels industry worries about jump to 8% blending next year

In Romania, as the country looks to boost its biofuel blending to 8% come January 1 after a freeze at 4.5% between 2014 and 2018, its sole ethanol producer is concerned that oil companies may choose to import the required … Continue reading

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Transforming eco-product performance and accessibility: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont and biomaterials

DuPont has developed a multi-part strategy to deliver new technologies to the growing biofuels and chemicals markets market. The strategy includes: (1) improving existing ethanol production through differentiated agriculture seed products and crop protection solutions as well as through improved bioprocessing … Continue reading

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Burn better, cook faster, save $$: the quest for an efficient African cookstove

By 2050, Africa will need 2.9 billion tons of wood per year to provide cooking fuel for its population, and according to the FAO it will require 771 million hectares of woody biomass cultivation to support that demand, and Africa … Continue reading

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Scania ethanol bus roll out held up by bureaucracy to approve ethanol filling stations    

In India, the Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organization has yet to approve the ethanol filling stations that will allow Nagpur Municipal Corporation to begin operating the 55 ethanol-powered Scania buses as part of an extended trial to demonstrate the viability … Continue reading

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BoatUS slams RFA for misleading boat owners about ethanol

In Virginia, BoatUS has come out swinging at the Renewable Fuels Association over its ad campaign trying to convince the public that ethanol does not damage boat engines, saying the association is spreading mistruths, from the RFA’s claims about E10 … Continue reading

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SkyNRG delivers AltAir fuel via AEG to Bombardier’s demo fleet

In Switzerland, SkyNRG and AEG Fuels completed the delivery of sustainable aviation biofuels for the Bombardier Business Aircraft demonstration fleet flying from KLM Jet Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands to the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva. This … Continue reading

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REG reports solid Q1 thanks to selling nearly 25% more biodiesel

In Iowa, earlier this month, Renewable Energy Group Inc. reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2017 ended March 31. Revenues for the quarter were $418.9 million on 122.1 million gallons of fuel sold. Compared to the first quarter of 2016, … Continue reading

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Chinese ethanol exports soar by 1,000% as ethanol policy shifts market

In China, ethanol exports soared by more than 1,000% in April at more than 13,540 cubic meters while imports slowed to a trickle in demonstration of the government’s dramatic shift towards domestic production as it works its way through more … Continue reading

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Dutch duo develop and test algae-fuel wood-frame motorcycle

In the Netherlands, two men in search of a more sustainable world have created a wood-framed motorcycle that runs on algae oil. One of the two recently published a book called “The Thick Algae” that aims to better understand the … Continue reading

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Los Alamos researchers map 3D structure of protein that could boost cellulosic biofuel yields

In New Mexico, using neutron crystallography, a Los Alamos research team has mapped the three-dimensional structure of a protein that breaks down polysaccharides, such as the fibrous cellulose of grasses and woody plants, a finding that could help bring down … Continue reading

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Arizona governor signs bill allowing stations to sell isobutanol blends

In Arizona, Gevo Inc. recently announced that a bill signed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will let gas stations sell isobutanol-blended gasoline for on-road vehicles, enabling higher performing finished fuels with renewable content for drivers in the state. Bill HB … Continue reading

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Supplying the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE feedstocks R&D programs

More than 1 billion tons of biomass could be domestically converted into biofuels and products, say DOE. Biomass could displace 25% of U.S. petroleum use annually by 2030, keeping $260 billion in the United States, adding 1.1 million direct jobs, and reducing annual CO2 emissions by … Continue reading

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Renewables nuked; nukes renewed: Bioenergy slashed 69% as US DOE budget gets detail; The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide to the DOE Budget

Want to understand what DOE is targeting, cutting, growing or eliminating — but don’t have the time to wade through all 2300+ pages of the budget request? Try our 7-Minute Guide. In Washington, the US Department of Energy submitted a request … Continue reading

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