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June 29, 2016
US agricultural specialist Monsanto Company and German biotechnology specialist Nomad Bioscience have announced a licensing agreement whereby Monsanto has obtained rights to apply Nomad’s proprietary technology to its genome-editing projects aimed at enhancement of agricultural crops. Nomad’s biomaterial pipeline consists of several selected product candidates,... [Read More]

June 29, 2016
US-based scientists have altered the lignin in aspen trees in a way that increases access to biofuel building blocks without inhibiting plant growth. The scientists based at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators have been able to do this by engineering a novel enzyme involved in lignin synthesis. Lignin is a natural component... [Read More]

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June 28, 2016
Germany increased its production of bioethanol by 1.8% to 739,821 tonnes in 2015 compared to the year before, according to new statistics from Germany’s bioethanol trade association (BDBe). The report from the BDBe showed that 264,665 tonnes of bioethanol were produced from industrial beet in 2005, an increase of 9% from the previous year. Production of bioethanol... [Read More]

June 27, 2016
The pile of letters sent to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about the planned Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for 2017 keeps on growing. This time around, 39 US Senators are urging EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to ensure the final 2017 ruling “promotes growth in the US biofuel sector and capture economic opportunity rather than drive investment... [Read More]

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June 27, 2016
US ethanol plant owners are seeking to diversify their operations to boost growth, according to Novozyme’s global marketing manager Jack Rogers. Speaking to Biofuels International at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) Conference in Milwaukee, US, about the US ethanol market, Rogers said: “Corn and ethanol prices have gone down in recent years but there has been... [Read More]

June 27, 2016
US biofuel heavyweights have urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that biofuel blend volume requirements match the statutory levels set by Congress under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The US RFS was created in 2005 by Congress in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the nation’s renewable fuels sector while reducing... [Read More]

June 24, 2016
In the US, biofuel producer Siouxland Ethanol is proceeding with its planned $8 million (€7.2m) expansion of its Nebraska ethanol plant. Expansion of the facility, located in Nebraska’s Dakota County near Sioux City, is projected to increase its production capacity by 15%, according to Sioux City Journal. "We’re really looking forward to increased production... [Read More]

June 23, 2016
In Thailand, the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency has signed a memorandum of understanding with Bangchak Petroleum and three logistics operators to use B20 biodiesel in their heavy vehicles. According to Energy Minister Anantaporn Kanjanarat, this pilot project will spend 115 million baht (€2.8m) from the Energy Conservation Promotion Fund... [Read More]

June 23, 2016
In the US, disputes over the current state and the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) continue as the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) VP of federal affairs Anne Steckel testified to the US Congress about the benefits of biodiesel. Biodiesel is delivering the vast majority of advanced biofuel under the RFS and is poised for continued growth with strong policy,... [Read More]

June 22, 2016
The US Environmental Protection Agency’s new methodology for setting annual Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) continues to chill investment in advanced biofuels, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) finds. Based on a new study, BIO says investment patterns demonstrate that EPA is sending a sustained market signal that disincentivises advanced biofuels, causing... [Read More]

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June 22, 2016
Members of the US House of Representatives have sent an open letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) questioning how it intends to protect small engine consumers from high ethanol blends. In the letter, 45 Representatives from both parties ask EPA administrator Gina McCarthy how the EPA plans to prevent consumers from accidently misfuelling with E15 and higher... [Read More]

June 22, 2016
Biox Corp., a Canadian renewable energy company, has acquired a 50 million litre nameplate capacity biodiesel facility in Ontario, Canada, from Methes Energies Canada. The 21-acre facility in the village of Sombra, near Sarnia, with good logistics including on site rail, changed hands at a price of US$4.5 million (€3.9m). Originally constructed in 2009, the facility... [Read More]

June 21, 2016
DuPont Industrial Biosciences has launched a new fermentation system to help ethanol producers improve their yields and decrease sugar levels in their product. The DuPont Synerxia system, introduced at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, increases yields by up to 2%, while lowering total sugar levels at drop by up to 25%. The system includes Synerxia... [Read More]

June 21, 2016
Privately held US technology company Greenyug intends to build an industrial scale ethyl acetate manufacturing facility and has formed a subsidiary, Prairie Catalytic, that will own and operate the plant. The chemical plant is to be located adjacent to Archer Daniels Midland Co.'s (ADM) wet mill corn processing facilities in Columbus, Nebraska. Prairie Catalytic has... [Read More]

June 20, 2016
US ethanol producer Green Plains and Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners, a subsidiary of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors, have formed a joint venture to construct and operate a fuels terminal. To be located at Jefferson's existing Beaumont, Texas, terminal, the 50/50 JV is expected to invest approximately $55 million (€48.5m) in its Phase I... [Read More]

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