Monthly Archives: May 2018

French farmers to block oil refineries in protest of palm oil imports

In France, much in the same way Brazilian truckers brought its economy to a halt by blocking ports in protest of high oil prices, Reuters reports that French farmers have called for a protest to block oil refineries as of … Continue reading

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Norwegian dairy looking at biogas spin off for transportation and power

In Norway, dairy giant TINE is looking to spin off his biogas production into a separate business that would provide transportation energy for its delivery fleet along with powering its dairies following a report from Turnbøll that showed likely economic … Continue reading

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Thailand sees B20 as way to mitigate rising diesel prices

In Thailand, the government is calling on consumers to look towards using B20 as a way to combat higher fossil diesel prices that have increased significantly over the past few months, reflecting higher global oil prices. B20 is offered at … Continue reading

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UK project receives funding to reduce waste CO2 production from industrial biotech manufacturing

In the UK, Ingenza announced a collaboration with the University of Dundee and Drochaid Research Services on a highly innovative project that aims to reduce the waste carbon dioxide generated by industrial biotech manufacturing applications. Funded by Zero Waste Scotland, … Continue reading

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European imports of Indonesia palm oil slide following anti campaigns

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that palm oil exports to the European Union fell drastically by 13% during the first four months of 2018 on the back of anti-palm oil campaigns as well as higher canola stocks. Seasonal exports to India … Continue reading

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Ethanol production picks back up but stocks continue to fall

In Washington, Platts reports that Energy Information Administration data showed a 13,000 bpd jump on ethanol production over the previous week to 1.041 million bpd. Yet despite the return to higher production volumes, stocks still fell in four out of … Continue reading

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Berkeley Lab researchers use machine learning to speed up microbe design for biofuel production

In California, Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a way to use machine learning to dramatically accelerate the design of microbes that produce biofuel. Their computer algorithm starts with abundant data about … Continue reading

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EPA grants free RINs to oil refiners denied hardship waivers in 2014 and 2015

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has awarded HollyFrontier nearly $34 million worth of RINs to make up for a hardship waiver application denied in 2015 and an undisclosed amount of RINs for Sinclair to compensate for … Continue reading

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The Always & Forever Department: Immortality bioscience aims at dogs now, humans later

It may surprise some, who have been planning on funding their retirements for a couple of decades, to learn that there is a science of immortality at all. It will shock most to discover that work is progressing on specific … Continue reading

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The west’s pure-play ethanol kings: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Pacific Ethanol

Pacific Ethanol was founded in 2003 as the first pure-play ethanol company and today is a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels with 9 strategically located bio-refineries in the U.S., production capacity of 605M gallons/yr., a current run rate of … Continue reading

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Industrial Enzyme Frontiers: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen

MetGen’s MetZyme enzymatic solutions cover the entire bio-based value chain from feedstock to high-value chemicals and enable the use of cellulosic feedstocks as well as the creation of entirely new bio-based materials. Alex Michine and the MetGen team developed this illuminating, … Continue reading

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Banking on the bacterium bad guy: Sandia tailors E. coli to convert plants into renewable chemicals

In California, Sandia National Laboratories scientists have demonstrated a new technology based on bioengineered bacteria that could make it economically feasible to produce things like jet fuel, pantyhose, and plastic bottles from renewable plant sources. Economically and efficiently converting tough … Continue reading

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Algae is on a roll in Congress

In Washington, Scoville PR said that supporters of algae are putting their imprint on policy with several big moves in the first few months of 2018. The February spending deal came together as one of the winners with the algae … Continue reading

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Renewable fuel credits changed little in April

In Washington, D.C., the Environmental Protection Agency said that the U.S. generated similar numbers of renewable fuel blending credits in April compared with March. Some 1.24 billion ethanol (D6) blending credits were generated in April, little changed from March, and … Continue reading

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Researchers find a way to increase biofuel from algae by 30%

In India, a team of 14 scientists from Korea, Spain, and India found a way to increase biofuel from algae by 30% by unearthing a “gatekeeper” that regulates biofuel yields in algae. “This metabolic gatekeeper in algae is akin to … Continue reading

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2018/19 global rapeseed consumption could rise to record levels

In Germany, UFOP reports that the current USDA report on global rapeseed supply projects hardly any changes for the running season. However, production and consumption are predicted to reach new record levels in 2018/19. In its May forecast, the USDA … Continue reading

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Ethanol production tops 12-week high

In Washington, DC, the Renewable Fuels Association said that ethanol production averaged 1.058 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 44.44 million gallons daily, according to data they analyzed from the EIA. The 18,000 b/d gain elevated output to a 12-week high, … Continue reading

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Austrocel enters biofuels production and increases dissolving pulp capacity

In Austria, a dissolving pulp manufacturer, Austrocel, is investing about €60 million ($70 million) to expand and diversify production at its Hallein plant in Austria. Austrocel will install equipment for bioethanol production from wood sugars. The biofuel facility is reportedly … Continue reading

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Suedzucker steps up sugar exports after prices fall in Europe

In Germany, Suedzucker, Europe’s largest sugar refiner, said it is suffering from the steep fall in sugar prices in recent months and plans to step up exports to try and compensate. According to Reuters, white sugar prices have fallen by … Continue reading

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Kraig Biocraft preps spider silkworm eggs for production

In Michigan, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc., a developer of spider silk based fibers, provided an update on progress towards the commercialization of spider silk technology following last week’s announcement of the formation of its Vietnamese subsidiary, Prodigy Textiles Co,. Ltd., … Continue reading

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