Monthly Archives: July 2017

Brazilian ethanol prices higher on rumors of increased gasoline taxes

In Brazil, the government may increase the CIDE or PIS/Cofins taxes on gasoline, a move which has supported ethanol prices in response. The former would take 90 days to be implemented but the latter could come into place immediately, however … Continue reading

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New York Green Bank could be model for federal green bank

In Washington, Rep. Paul Tonko, NY, has proposed a bill that would funnel federal funds for investment in renewable energy including biofuels through state green banks following the success of the New York Green Bank that is already profitable a … Continue reading

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Poor UK wheat harvest may see next imports for second year running

In the UK, this year’s wheat harvest looks to be similar to last year’s of around 14.4 million metric tons that not only was the lowest in three years but also prompted wheat imports despite being the EU’s third-largest grower. … Continue reading

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DDGS exports to SE Asia up 16% on year

In Washington, U.S. exports of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to Southeast Asia have increased 16 percent so far this marketing year, according to data from the USDA and analysis by the U.S. Grains Council. The Southeast Asian region—which … Continue reading

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Think tank slams EU’s impact assessments of REDII proposal

In Belgium, Institute for Impact Assessment and Scientific Evaluation of Policy and Legislation has scrutinized in detail the Impact Assessments accompanying the European Commission legislative proposal for a directive on the use of energy from renewable sources.  The lack of … Continue reading

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June RIN generation falls slightly on month

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency said June RIN production fell to 1.26 billion from 1.27 billion the month prior. Biomass-based diesel increased over the previous month to 262,875,064 from 231,107,617 while cellulosic diesel generated the first RINs for the … Continue reading

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Gen3Bio commercializing algae-to-biochemicals technology

In Indiana, Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into bio-based chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill waste. The company is scaling up and … Continue reading

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Year-round E15 bill may get Senate committee vote on Wednesday

In Washington, a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee vote on the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act that seeks to allow sales of E15 year-round could be held as soon as Wednesday. The fight over the bill has brought … Continue reading

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Scalable, reliable, sustainable: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to NexSteppe

NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, NexSteppe is developing Malibu sweet sorghum, Metano Alto, Carbo Alto … Continue reading

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IPO market re-opens, sort of, as Calyxt raises $56M in NASDAQ offering

In Minnesota, Calyxt, the gene editing agriculture company, raised $56M and priced its NASDAQ initial public offering of 7 million shares at $8.00. The number of shares in the offering was sweetened to 7 million this week, from the original … Continue reading

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Fires causing problems in abandoned Bionet Europa biodiesel facility

In Spain, two fires in as many weeks have erupted at the former Bionet Europa biodiesel factory near Reus after solidified old fuel left behind on site caught fire. This week’s fires took place in some old storage tanks that … Continue reading

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Indonesia gives Greenbelt’s ECOsystem technology the green seal of approval

In California, the Indonesian government’s Technical Committee on Verification of Environmentally Friendly Technology has officially recommended that be awarded “Eco Friendly Technology” registration for Greenbelt Resources’ proprietary waste-to-energy systems process “ECOsystem” technology. When awarded, the registration will designate Greenbelt’s technology … Continue reading

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Report says high aviation biofuel costs and regulation over airport spending obstacles for fuel uptake

In Washington state, the two biggest challenges facing broader adoption of sustainable aviation fuel at Sea-Tac are the higher cost compared with petroleum jet fuel, and the constraints imposed by state and federal regulations on use of airport funds. A … Continue reading

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European feed and grain associations say pro-soy policy contradicts biofuels cap

In Belgium, COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC say the foreseen strategy of enhancing soy and protein production in the EU policy coherence: in this sense, over 11 million tons of protein-rich meals, mainly from rapeseed, are directly related to the production … Continue reading

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US ethanol exports ease thanks to higher prices at home

In Texas, ethanol exports are beginning to ease in light of stronger domestic prices that are keeping the fuel at home, especially for the case of Brazil and India where much of the exports earlier this year were destined. Corn … Continue reading

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Boating Magazine reader survey shows more concerns about ethanol

In Minnesota, a reader survey done in May by Boating Magazine shows that 92% of respondents seen ethanol-induced damage impacting their businesses, up from 87% in 2016 and 73% the year prior, however results have held steady for the past … Continue reading

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MIT researchers better understand how plants protect themselves from too much energy production

In Massachusetts, photosynthesis, which allows energy from the sun to be converted into life-sustaining sugars, can also be hazardous to green plants. If they absorb too much sunlight, the extra energy destroys their tissue. To combat this, green plants have … Continue reading

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EU to cut anti-dumping duties on Argentine and Indonesia biodiesel by almost half

In Belgium, following rulings by the World Trade Organization, the European Commission will lower anti-dumping tariffs against Argentine biodiesel imports by up to 10.6% and up to 6.9% for imports from Indonesia, roughly half of the levels that had been … Continue reading

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The Greenest Skies You’ve Ever Seen are in Seattle: Sea-Tac Airport leads on financing strategy for sustainable aviation fuels

In Washington state, Carbon War Room and SkyNRG have joined with the Port of Seattle to announce recommendations for long-term funding mechanisms that could supply all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) with sustainable aviation biofuels. The report, titled Innovative … Continue reading

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Ready for take-off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP and aviation biofuels

Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating power, transportation fuel and heating oil from biomass using pyrolysis. UOP … Continue reading

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