Monthly Archives: February 2018

Argo ethanol highest in four months thanks to slowing production

In Illinois, Platts reports that ethanol production has finally begun to slow down while export demand remains steady for the moment, lending a bullish tone to the market that has led the Argo ethanol price to a four-month high of … Continue reading

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Two die in explosion at French biodiesel facility

In France, Reuters reports that an explosion at the country’s largest biodiesel producer’s Dieppe facility led to the death of two workers. Another worker was injured while seven were in a state of shock. The Saipol facility produces biodiesel and … Continue reading

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January RIN production down as non-corn ethanol production slips

In Washington, Platts reports that Environmental Protection Agency data showed a slight increase in ethanol RIN production in January to 1.283 billion, 5.57 million more than in December, but RIN production was down more than 9% overall to 1.52 billion … Continue reading

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Royal Vopak expands its Jakarta terminal to boost biofuels storage and blending

In the Netherlands, Royal Vopak announces the expansion with 100.000 cbm for the storage of gasoline and biofuels of the PT Jakarta Tank Terminal (JTT), a joint venture company in Indonesia between Royal Vopak and PT AKR Corporindo Tbk (AKR). … Continue reading

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Shanghai to boost biodiesel fueling stations 10-fold by year’s end

In China, Shanghai is pushing forward its biodiesel program by expanding the availability of the fuel to drivers via 200 fueling stations by year’s end. Currently, 21 biodiesel fueling stations operating in the city. The program seeks to eliminate the … Continue reading

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Shree Renuka negotiating with Castlelake LP to sell Revati mill

In Brazil, Reuters reports that Shree Renuka is getting closer to offloading its Revati sugarcane mill, potentially to US-based private equity firm Castlelake LP with whom it’s currently in negotiations. The firm is already in discussions with potential cane suppliers … Continue reading

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Researchers discover enzyme found in fungi that break down wood

In the UK, an international team of researchers, including scientists from the University of York, has discovered a set of enzymes found in fungi that are capable of breaking down one of the main components of wood. The enzymes could … Continue reading

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Texas Senator to propose new type of RINs to weigh down current RIN prices

In Washington, Texas Senator John Cornyn is set to soon release details of his proposed legislation that he’s been working on for the past two years in an attempt to unify the oil and biofuels industries on a path forward … Continue reading

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Second Front in the Yeast Wars: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to engineering cellulosic tolerance in yeast

We’ve been covering some important movements in the design and performance of yeast in recent weeks, including the arrival of Novozymes’ Innova drive strains. Most of the activity has been focused on 1G ethanol fermentation. But it’s been known for … Continue reading

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Hot Spots Around the World: Who’s Adding What, Where in Biofuels

South America In Brazil, ICM has completed startup and commissioning of the FS Bioenergia dry-mill corn ethanol plant. The plant is  a joint venture between U.S. – based Summit Agricultural Group and Fiagril Ltda of Brazil — and is Brazil’s … Continue reading

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Hotties: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to engineering thermophiles for syngas-to-fuels

The US Department of Energy is supporting a Kiverdi-led project to develop microbial biocatalysts to convert syngas into monoterpenes. Syngas feedstocks are relatively inexpensive and diverse, and thermophiles have several unique advantages; Meanwhile, end products have value as fuel and … Continue reading

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Construction underway for USA’s largest on-farm dairy RNG project

In California, Renewable Dairy Fuels (RDF), a business unit of AMP Americas, said that construction is underway on the country’s largest on-farm anaerobic digester-to-vehicle fuel operation. Located in Fair Oaks, Indiana, the dairy project will be the company’s second biogas … Continue reading

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Unilever and PTPN to accelerate production of sustainable palm oil in Indonesia

In Switzerland, Unilever and Indonesian government-owned palm oil plantation company PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together in Indonesia to support local mills and smallholder farmers to produce palm oil according to the standards … Continue reading

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Advanced Biofuels USA Proposes Quicker, Cheaper Way to Achieve CO2 GHG Reduction Goals

In Washington, DC, Advanced Biofuels USA’s Bob Kozak builds on the recent U.S. Department of Energy studies on the superior fuel economy and emission reductions that can come from ethanol-based high octane fuels with optimized internal combustion engines and proposes … Continue reading

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NREL looking for help with biorefineries survey

In Washington, DC, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is asking for help in gathering information to better understand the existing and next generation biofuel industry and its contributions to the local, state and national economy. If you are in … Continue reading

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China’s rapeseed consumption on a sharp increase

In Germany, UFOP reports that world rapeseed stocks are likely to dwindle more strongly than previously expected in the 2017/18 marketing year, yet China’s figures have been unexpectedly adjusted. In its February forecast of the global rapeseed market, the USDA … Continue reading

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Ethanol production hits 5 week low

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production averaged 1.016 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 42.67 million gallons daily, which is down 41,000 b/d from the week before and a five-week low, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. The … Continue reading

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DOE releases two studies on co-optimization of engines and fuels

In Washington, DC, the U.S. Energy Department released two studies from the Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels initiative. The study, Fuel Blendstocks with the Potential to Optimize Future Gasoline Engine Performance, identifies eight representative high-octane blendstocks across five chemical groups … Continue reading

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Study says fixing RFS is getting easier and easier

In Illinois, a new study from the University of Illinois analyzes why the gap between the ethanol blend wall and the conventional ethanol mandate is so important to understanding the movement of ethanol RINs prices, how the gap is rapidly … Continue reading

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Trash to Treasure – From Canada to Europe, Enerkem turns trash to cash

In Canada, more big news is coming out of Enerkem with the latest waste-to-chemistry project in Rotterdam to be the first of its kind in Europe to provide a sustainable alternative solution for non-recyclable wastes, converting waste plastics and other … Continue reading

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