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Gevo ops for Royal DSM’s new eBOOST™

In Colorado, Gevo announced that it has adopted Royal DSM’s new eBOOST yeast at its production facility in Luverne, MN for the enhanced production of ethanol.  eBOOST offers improved yields and enhanced profitability. “We were pleased to have worked with Royal DSM … Continue reading

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Milwaukee County Zoo powers steam locomotives with torrefied biomass fuel

In Wisconsin, two steam locomotives at the Milwaukee County Zoo were fueled with a renewable wood-based solid fuel last week to reduce fossil coal emissions, and the test runs were a success. The Coalition for Sustainable Rail and the Natural … Continue reading

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Agron Bioenergy sells Watsonville biodiesel plant to Western Iowa Energy

In California, Agron Bioenergy LLC closed the sale of its biodiesel plant located in Watsonville, California, to Western Iowa Energy LLC. Ocean Park acted as exclusive advisor to the seller. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The assets … Continue reading

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IGE Solutions to invest $26.3 million in UK plastics-to-fuel plant

In the UK, Integrated Green Energy Solutions Ltd will invest $26.3 million in a facility that will produce 69 million liters of diesel, gasoline and LPG from non-recyclable plastics. The plant will use proprietary technology the company says reduces greenhouse … Continue reading

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Hawaiian Electric Company and Pacific Biodiesel Technologies agree biodiesel supply deal for three power plants

In Hawaii, Hawaiian Electric Company and Pacific Biodiesel Technologies have reached a new agreement for the Maui-based biofuel company to supply biodiesel processed from recycled waste cooking oil and other local feedstocks for the 50-megawatt Schofield Generating Station, eight-megawatt Honolulu … Continue reading

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Ohio residents fear safety and environmental hazards of proposed rail spur

In Ohio, residents of south Bibb County near Macon are protesting Epic Midstream’s proposed rail spur that would connect a nearby ethanol transfer station, saying it would pose safety and potential environmental risks in case of a spill. A county … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Energy Solutions sold 40 million RINs to raise cash

In Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Energy Solutions sold 40 million RINs in batches of 5 million each over the past several weeks in an effort to make millions that would help it pull itself out of bad financial straits. The company holds … Continue reading

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Brazilian researcher given award for improving GHG emissions of sugarcane production

In Brazil, the director of the Center for Research and Development of Soils and Environmental Resources at the Agronomic Institute of Campinas has been awarded the Norman Borlaug Award on World Fertilizer Day by the International Fertilizers Association for developing … Continue reading

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European Parliament split on future of REDII

In Belgium, the legislative process towards the new Renewable Energy Directive post-2020 took a step backwards last week when not only center right and rightwing members of the European Parliament’s transportation committee voted against the proposal that would phase out … Continue reading

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Stevia Wonder: Cargill, Evolva head for EverSweet’s commercial-scale in 2018

In Switzerland, Cargill and Evolva inked a major collaboration pact for the production and commercialisation of EverSweet, the next-generation stevia sweetener. This product is on track for a 2018 launch, securing its first-mover advantage. Over the next three years, principally … Continue reading

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March Madness 2017: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Woody Biomass and its prospects and markets

When they write the story of the advanced bioeconomy one day, they might just title it “Put Another Log on the Fire” because consistently you tell us that the near-term feedstock opportunities are in waste residues and in woody biomass. … Continue reading

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Defense attorney says client charged with biofuel tax fraud got bad legal advice

In New Jersey, the defense attorney for a man charged with participating in a $50 million biofuel tax credit scam says charges should be dropped because his client was given bad legal advice by his previous attorney, claiming conflict of … Continue reading

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Delaware ethanol distribution hub to go ahead following rejection of appeal

In Delaware, Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board voted against the appeal brought forward by the Audubon Society and League of Women Voters against a planned ethanol distribution hub before the appeal hearing even began. The board voted 5-1 against the … Continue reading

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Minnesota Soybean Processors to invest $240 million in North Dakota soy plant

In North Dakota, Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP) and its subsidiary North Dakota Soybean Processors (NDSP) announced that MnSP is taking steps toward construction of a $240 million soybean processing plant – the first of its kind in North Dakota – … Continue reading

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Iowa biodiesel production capacity set to jump 20%

In Iowa, the Iowa Biodiesel Board announced the state’s capacity to produce biodiesel is on the rise by nearly 20 percent, from 334 MMgy to almost 400 MMgy. Expansion projects currently underway or recently completed led to the boost. Biodiesel … Continue reading

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SYNLawn producing biobased PE synthetic turf

In Georgia, SYNLawn is paving the way for the future by introducing a new biobased and environmentally renewable polyethylene (PE) product made from Brazilian sugar cane that is sustainably grown under some of the strictest environmental, social, and industrial practices … Continue reading

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Indian biodiesel industry worried as expiry of excise tax exemption nears

In India, while the biodiesel industry waits for the renewable energy ministry to develop a policy that would promote biodiesel rather than the 2009 law that doesn’t provide sufficient price support, it must instead return every year to the finance … Continue reading

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Japanese researchers make breakthrough in understanding how microalgae makes oil

In Japan, scientists from Tokyo Institute of Technology lead by Professor Hiroyuki Ohta have made breakthroughs in understanding the mechanisms underlying microalgae’s oleaginous trait by investigating lipid metabolism in Nannochloropsis oceanica. TAGs are synthesized in the extraplastidic Kennedy pathway through … Continue reading

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Trump to force point of obligation shift via Executive Order…or not

In Washington, a representative of the Trump Administration told the head of the Renewable Fuels Association that a non-negotiable executive order shifting the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuels Standard was in the works, so the RFA responded that … Continue reading

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Ethanol battle escalates amid rumors of RFA-Icahn deal

In Washington, as the advanced bioeconomy’s leadership headed into town for the annual Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, rumors of a deal surfaced between the Renewable Fuels Association and Carl Icahn, shifting renewable fuel obligations away from oil refiners, in return for Icahn’s … Continue reading

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