August 8, 2016
Cornell University biological engineers have deciphered the cellular strategy to make bioethanol, using an anaerobic microbe feeding on carbon monoxide – a common industrial waste gas. “Instead of having the waste go to waste, you make it into something you want,” said Ludmilla Aristilde, assistant professor in biological and environmental engineering.... [Read More]

August 5, 2016
US lawmakers should recognise the potential of mid-level ethanol blends to contribute to the fight against greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from traffic, a US ethanol trade association says. Growth Energy is urging authorities to support high-octane mid-level ethanol blends in the wake of a recent report by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge, Argonne, and... [Read More]

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August 5, 2016
US ethanol producer Green Plains said revenue and profits rose in the second quarter as it produced record volumes of ethanol and saw growing demand in the US and overseas. The firm reported net income of $8.2 million (€7.35m), or 21 cents per diluted share, for the three months ending June 30, up 5.1 percent from $7.8 million, or 19 cents per diluted share, for... [Read More]

August 5, 2016
Global Green Chemicals, a Thai oleochemicals company, has announced plans to increase its biodiesel production capacity by setting up a second methyl-ester plant in Chon Buri province, located in the southeast of Bangkok GCC plans to increase biodiesel output, which uses oil palm as a raw material, to accommodate increasing demands for biofuel, including state-of-the-art... [Read More]

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August 5, 2016
Global agribusiness Cargill has announced that it will sell two of its European-based oilseed processing plants and businesses to Bunge. The plants are based in the Netherlands and France. In the Netherlands, the transaction includes the soybean and rapeseed crush and soybean oil refining facility in the Port of Amsterdam as well as part of the bulk port terminal... [Read More]

August 5, 2016
Car giant Nissan Motor Co. has revealed what it calls the world’s first Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered prototype vehicle that runs on bioethanol electric power. Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: “The e-Bio Fuel-Cell offers eco-friendly transportation and creates opportunities for regional energy production…all the while supporting the... [Read More]

August 5, 2016
Renewable Energy Group (REG), a US-based biofuels producer, reported second-quarter net income of $6.9 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Ames, Iowa-based company said it had net income of 16 cents per share, for the period ended 30 June, 2016. It posted a net loss of $2 million in Q2 2015. The biodiesel producer posted revenue... [Read More]

August 4, 2016
US policymakers should keep an eye on the renewable identification number (RIN) market to stop possible price manipulation, the Renewable Fuel Association (RFA) calls. In a letter sent to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the ethanol trade association encourages the agencies to “closely examine recent events... [Read More]

August 3, 2016
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), a US-based global food processing and commodities firm, has reiterated that it is conducting a strategic review of its ethanol dry mills in its second-quarter earnings report. The company unveiled its report on 2 August, 2016. It reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit, hurt by poor ethanol margins and lower earnings from its agricultural... [Read More]

August 3, 2016
UPS, a package delivery giant, has announced that it will invest more than $750 million (€670m) for its alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles by the end of 2016. It also announced that it has successfully completed one billion miles in its ‘rolling laboratory' fleet of electric, hybrid, natural gas, and biofuel-powered delivery vehicles. The company... [Read More]

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August 2, 2016
llinois Institute of Technology researchers have received a patent for a method to genetically engineer bacteria and yeast to increase bioethanol production, especially from cellulosic material in biomass like twigs, branches, plant stalks and husks, and woodchips. According to news channel Phys.org, Ben Stark, professor of biology, and former Ph.D. student Tony Sanny,... [Read More]

August 2, 2016
Land O’Lakes, a US agribusiness, has acquired California-based biotechnology firm Ceres. Ceres will become part of Land O'Lakes' forage business unit currently comprised of Forage Genetics International (FGI). Ceres develops and produces seeds of genetically modified crops used for biofuels production. The transaction brings new advanced plant breeding and biotechnology... [Read More]

August 1, 2016
Biodiesel producers will benefit from a green partnership between Ireland-based industrial enzyme firm Monaghan Biosciences and Australia-based biochemicals specialist Leaf Resources, as Leaf Resources continues to seek glycerol for its proprietary Glycell process, its CEO said. Leaf Resources is currently commercialising its trademarked Glycell process. The process is... [Read More]

August 1, 2016
India is aiming to promote the production of ethanol made from biomass like wheat, cotton and rice straw, according to media reports. The Times of India reported that India’s union minister for surface transport Nitin Gadkari will be making the move to promote ethanol production in the next couple of weeks. The development comes in the wake of the government announcing... [Read More]

August 1, 2016
New Energy Investors, a clean energy investment firm, is planning to develop a new cellulosic ethanol plant in North Dakota, US, according to media reports. The plant will produce 13 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year, the Bismarck Tribune reported. "What attracts us here is we believe North Dakota has good policy to support us," Thomas Corle, New Energy... [Read More]

July 29, 2016
Scientists from the US-based Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have discovered why the cyanobacteria called Synechococcus 7002 can produce high concentrations of biofuels. The organism, commonly called a blue-green algae, triples in size to accommodate a rapid expansion of the cellular machinery it uses to build proteins, the workhorses of cells, according... [Read More]