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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]

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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]

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]

June 17, 2016
Malaysia is preparing to roll out B10 biodiesel to its national fuel supply, but the decision is causing controversy between the country’s automotive industry and biodiesel producers. B10 biodiesel, containing 10% biofuel, will be implemented in the Southeast Asian county this June as part of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities’ biodiesel... [Read More]

June 17, 2016
The US Grains Council (USGC) and its domestic industry partners, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy, and the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA’s FAS), have engaged their South Korean counterparts to promote US ethanol exports. A workshop was hosted last week by the FAS in Seoul, South Korea, to give an outlook... [Read More]

June 16, 2016
In Brazil, 646.6 million litres of biodiesel have been contracted under the Brazilian Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas, and Biofuels’ (ANP) 49th biodiesel auction. ANP also reports that the entire volume carries the Social Fuel Stamp, a certificate part of Brazil’s National Programme of Biodiesel Production and Use, that provides tax incentives to biodiesel... [Read More]

June 16, 2016
Scientists from ten institutions worldwide are challenging the notion that growing bioenergy crops hinders food production, which they see as harmful to new projects Traditionally in the “food v. fuel” debate, bioenergy crops have been blamed for food shortages as the land used for growing them could have been instead harnessed for food production. But a... [Read More]

June 15, 2016
Greentech Biofuels, an Irish firm specialising in green energy solutions, has teamed up with Saint Etienne Metropole and Ondaine Agro in order to bring biofuel-powered floodlights to one of the stadiums hosting Euro 2016. The three organisations will join forces to produce large amounts of biodiesel, which will be used to keep the floodlights at Stade Geoffroy Guichard... [Read More]