Monthly Archives: July 2017

Strobel Energy designs and builds commercial scale ethanol-to-ethanol acetate facility in Nebraska

In Nebraska, Strobel Energy Group announced that it has executed an EPC agreement with Prairie Catalytic, LLC, a subsidiary of Greenyug, LLC, to design and construct its commercial scale Bio-Ethanol to Ethyl Acetate facility in Nebraska. Ethyl Acetate is a specialty … Continue reading

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EU agri commissioner says Mercosur must lower ethanol demands to reach trade deal

In Belgium, the European Commissioner for agriculture believes an agreement on a free trade agreement with Mercosur can realistically be achieved by the end of this year but only if the Latin American countries are more modest in their agricultural … Continue reading

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Environmentalists and auto manufacturers worried about E10 in Mexico

In Mexico, despite the opportunities to export more ethanol from the Midwest in response to the new 10% ethanol-blending mandate, local environmentalists are concerned that increased ethanol blending will boost the amount of ozone in the air along with other … Continue reading

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KiOR under fire for “bait and switch” scam detailed in emails

In Mississippi, a local newspaper is alleging that KiOR executives pulled off a “bait and switch” scam securing by an offtake for refined crude oil rather than to refine crude bio-oil as required by the state to secure a $75 … Continue reading

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Brazil lowers PIS/Cofins tax on ethanol after raising it July 20

In Brazil, the government decided to lower the PIS/Cofins on ethanol to make it more competitive against gasoline after a decision July 20 to raise the tax for gasoline, diesel and ethanol. The ethanol industry complained that the increase on ethanol … Continue reading

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Indian transport minister seeks lower GST for alternative fuels

In India, the transport minister has written to his finance counterpart to ask for a reduction of the 18% goods and services tax recently applied to biofuels in an effort to promote their use and reduce fossil fuel imports by … Continue reading

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Russian scientists determine composition of microalgae biofuel

In Russia, scientists have used high-resolution mass spectrometry to determine the composition of a biofuel obtained from the microalgae Spirulina platensis. The researchers studied two biofuel fractions obtained using a special algal mass treatment method. The researchers also proved that … Continue reading

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Malaysia to send six MPs to Europe to fight for palm oil

In Malaysia, the country is sending a delegation of six MPs to Europe in late September in an effort to try and stir up support for palm oil following trends in both the European Union and Norway to move away … Continue reading

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Strength through choice: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the US Navy’s military biofuels program

To explain the Navy’s marine and aviation biofuels program, Chris Tindal gave the following presentation at ABLC 2017 — focusing on efforts to internationalize the supply. As we described it earlier, “They’re here. $2.05 per gallon, at-scale, domestically produced advanced … Continue reading

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US Court of Appeals bodyslams EPA in Renewable Fuel Standard battle

As DuPont’s Jan Koninckx put it in his understated way, Friday was “a good day for biofuels.” But it was the biggest victory in the courts for biofuels, ever. Specifically, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia … Continue reading

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War on Recalcitrance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-SLide Guide to the BioEnergy Science Center

The BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) is a multi-institutional (18 partners), Department of Energy-funded research organization performing basic and applied science dedicated to improving yields of biofuels by focusing on the fundamental understanding and elimination of biomass recalcitrance. This multidisciplinary research … Continue reading

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Brazil raises taxes on gasoline and ethanol

In Brazil, the federal government raised gasoline, diesel and ethanol taxes to raise money to lower their deficit down to R$139 billion (about USD$44 billion) by the end of this year. The gasoline tax was increased from R$0.3816 (USD$.12) to … Continue reading

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Hawaii Electric Company new power plant to be running in 2018

In Hawaii, construction is moving forward on the Hawaii Electric Company power plant with six 159-ton generators being delivered to help power the 50-megawatt plant. The plant will run on biofuels and conventional fuels and be operated by Hawaii Electric … Continue reading

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Romania to double bioethanol blending mandate for 2018

In Romania, the European Renewable Energy Directive is expecting declines in bioethanol production for 2017 while increasing Romania’s bioethanol blending mandate from 4.5 percent to 8 percent in 2018. Romania’s blending mandate hasn’t changed since 2014 and they only have … Continue reading

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REG completes upgrades at German biorefinery

In Germany, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. completed upgrades at their biorefinery in Emden after having invested almost $3 million (€2.5 million) for a new thermal oil heater and a new biodiesel distillation column. Emden is one of their two German … Continue reading

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USDA predicts soybean output to decline over last year

In Germany, UFOP reports that despite its downward estimate of global production, the USDA continues to take an optimistic outlook on 2017/18 global soybean output. The agricultural department expects world production to decline by 7 million tons to 345 million … Continue reading

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Ethanol production up 19K barrels per day from last week, highest in nine weeks

In Washington, DC, according to EIA data as reported by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 1.026 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 43.09 million gallons daily. That is up 19,000 b/d from the week before and the largest volume … Continue reading

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Sugarlogix researchers go from fuel to food

In California, two cofounders of Sugarlogix went from engineering yeast for cellulose based fuel production and refining biofuel fermentation processes to cultivating prebiotic sugars that could be good for your gut. Their goal is to develop prebiotic sugars that feed … Continue reading

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No vote on E15 bill this week, ethanol industry disappointed

In Washington, DC, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee won’t be voting this week on the Consumer & Fuel Retailer Choice Act after all, leading many in the ethanol industry, like Growth Energy and Biotechnology Innovation Organization, to … Continue reading

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Arzeda Pumps It Up with Big Series A Funding

In Washington, Arzeda raised $12 million in a Series A round of funding, moving it forward on scaling up of their advanced protein design technology that is used for production of a range of chemicals and materials. The funding came … Continue reading

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