May 20, 2016
US-based ethanol technology specialist ICM has said its partnership with Canadian equipment manufacturer Fournier Industries has been a success.  In a press statement, ICM said it continues to create advancements with its patent-pending Fiber Separation Technology (FST) now being operated at four major commercial plants in North America.   FST is part... [Read More]

May 20, 2016
A $140 million ethanol plant planned just outside of Onida, South Dakota, US, is having trouble getting off the ground due to legal, financial and regulatory hurdles, according to reports in the Associated Press. The news agency said according to its president and CEO, Walt Wendland,  Ringneck Energy had hoped to start construction this spring and have the plant... [Read More]

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May 20, 2016
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a slight increase in the amount of corn-based ethanol and biofuels blends that will be mixed into gasoline and diesel sold at fuel pumps in 2017. The EPA wants to see 18.8bn gallons blended into the US’ fuel supply in 2017, up 4% from the 18.11bn gallons set for this year. That volume includes 14.8bn for... [Read More]

May 19, 2016
Bunge, a global agribusiness, has announced that its chief financial officer (CFO), Drew Burke, is retiring at the end of the year. The company plans to name a successor before the end of the year, and is conducting a search that will consider both internal and external candidates. "For the past 14 years and in several roles, Drew has made great contributions to Bunge's growth... [Read More]

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May 18, 2016
Clariant, a specialty chemicals giant, and Scania, a top heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer, are celebrating the results and the opportunities generated by the partnership established last year, which involved an investment in sustainable technologies for cargo transportation. In mid-2015, Clariant acquired three Scania P 270 model 4x2 trucks, which run on ethanol... [Read More]

May 18, 2016
Dutch chemicals giant AkzoNobel and agro-industrial cooperative Royal Cosun have formed a new partnership to develop novel products from cellulose side streams resulting from sugar beet processing.  The partnership will combine Royal Cosun's specialist knowledge in separating and purifying agricultural process side streams with AkzoNobel's expertise in the chemical... [Read More]

May 18, 2016
Scientists at the Ontario-based University of Guelph have said they are behind a discovery that could boost the production of biofuels. The researchers were hoping to learn something about starch production when they inserted genetic material from corn into a small flowering plant, called Arabidopsis, often used in lab experiments because of its ease of use and its similarity... [Read More]

May 18, 2016
Germany-headquarted bioethanol producer CropEnergies has announced that it will restart operations at its bioethanol plant in Wilton, UK, by July at the latest. The Ensus facility, based in the north east of England, has been mothballed since February 2015. Work was halted after bioethanol prices dropped amid sluggish European markets and low oil prices. Since this pause... [Read More]

May 17, 2016
Alkol Biotech, a UK-based biofuels research specialist, has announced that it has sold 500 kilos of EUnergyCane’s sugarcane bagasse for scientific cellulosic ethanol technology testing. The EUnergyCane consortium is a group of companies, universities, and government entities directly involved in the improvement of cold-resistant sugarcane, which is also called EUnergyCane. Although... [Read More]

May 17, 2016
A joint venture (JV) project between Chempolis Ltd and Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL), which should cost around €110 million, moves on after getting approval from NRL’s board. The project has preceded several preparation stages including signing MoUs with neighbouring states of Assam for the sustainable supply of bamboo. The parties will jointly build a... [Read More]

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May 16, 2016
US Water, a US-based provider of integrated solutions for water treatment, will give three technical presentations during the upcoming Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW), June 20 – 23, 2016 at the Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During the FEW program, US Water’s applications engineer, Jared Galligan, will provide an industry update on water re-use and reduction. Michael... [Read More]

May 16, 2016
US federal workplace safety officials are investigating a fatal fire at a South Dakota ethanol plant, according a report in the Argus Leader. One person was killed and another person was injured in the fire which occurred on 6 May, 2016, at a Poet biorefining plant based in the US Midwestern state. According to the media report, the cause of the fire has not been determined,... [Read More]

May 16, 2016
Denmark has announced plans to set a 0.9% advanced biofuels blending mandate by 2020 for use in transportation as part of its aim to promote “green power”. The announcement was made by the Danish Minister for Business and Growth for Energy, Utilities and Climate and is part of a broader proposal covering a range of energy issues. In a statement, the Danish... [Read More]

May 13, 2016
Aemetis, a US-based advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company, has confirmed that it expects to finalise its acquisition of Edeniq, a US cellulosic ethanol technology company, in June. On 5 May, 2016, Aemetis entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Edeniq.  Edeniq has developed patented innovations that unlock cellulosic and starch sugars through a combination... [Read More]

May 13, 2016
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing comprehensive steps to address methane emissions from both new and existing sources in the oil and gas sector.   In a statement, the EPA said this news was “a further step in the Obama Administration’s commitment to take action on climate change and protect public health”. For new, modified... [Read More]