Author Archive: Helena Tavares Kennedy

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Gevo stocks go up with DOE contract rumors

Gevo stocks go up with DOE contract rumors

September 24, 2017 |

In Colorado, Gevo shares climbed over 30% with rumors that the U.S. Department of Energy chose them to collaborate with as part of DOE’s integrated biorefinery optimization projects. Last week, Energy Secretary Perry announced the DOE’s selection of eight projects for up to $15 million in DOE funding to optimize integrated biorefineries. While the eight […]

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Andritz successfully starts up Fibria’s new pulp mill in Brazil

Andritz successfully starts up Fibria’s new pulp mill in Brazil

September 24, 2017 |

In Brazil, Andritz completed start-up of key production technologies and equipment for Fibria’s new pulp mill in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Fibria’s new pulp mill has a production capacity of 1.95 million tons of eucalyptus pulp per year. Combined with the existing mill at Três Lagoas the total production capacity reaches 3.25 […]

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First harvest for Amazonas Florestal on 100-acre plantation

First harvest for Amazonas Florestal on 100-acre plantation

September 24, 2017 |

In Florida, Amazonas Florestal announced that they have harvested the first 100-acre plantation. Amazonas is a natural resources company dedicated to innovative, sustainable forest management, industrial CBD hemp and the certification and sales of carbon credits. The Amazonas Florestal management team assisted the Amazon Hemp operatives in Colorado throughout the harvesting process, which took place […]

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BIC helps establish Hybrid Chemistry Cluster for biochemicals and biofuels

BIC helps establish Hybrid Chemistry Cluster for biochemicals and biofuels

September 24, 2017 |

In Canada, a focus on building hybrid chemistry clusters and biorefineries to maximize the value of biomass is a goal of groups like the Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. BIC helped Sarnia-Lambton establish a new Hybrid Chemistry Cluster which is to become a hub for the biochemicals and biofuels industries. A.J. (Sandy) Marshall, BIC’s executive director, told […]

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Ethanol production at lowest output rate in 6 weeks

Ethanol production at lowest output rate in 6 weeks

September 24, 2017 |

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association reports that according to EIA data, ethanol production averaged 1.033 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 43.39 million gallons daily. That is down 14,000 b/d from the week before and the lowest output rate in six weeks. The four-week average for ethanol production decreased to 1.045 million b/d for […]

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Vegetable oil production will rise to a new record in 2017/18

Vegetable oil production will rise to a new record in 2017/18

September 24, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that the USDA expects global vegetable oil production to hit a new record at 195 million tons in 2017/18. Palm and soybean oil are anticipated to increase particularly strongly, but rapeseed oil production is also projected to surge. According to the USDA estimate, 2017/18 world vegetable oil production will probably rise […]

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Expert says Nigeria can produce biogas if government has political will

Expert says Nigeria can produce biogas if government has political will

September 24, 2017 |

In Nigeria, biogas expert Micheal Kottner told the News Agency of Nigeria that sustainable biogas production is possible if the federal government puts the legal framework in place to support it. Kottner said that even smaller countries than Nigeria are producing biogas at sustainable level because their governments give the support needed through legal frame. […]

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Study says corn stover and crop residues are billion-dollar opportunity for ag states

Study says corn stover and crop residues are billion-dollar opportunity for ag states

September 24, 2017 |

In Iowa, new economic reports show that producing biomass fuel pellets from crop residues like corn stalks can provide a billion-dollar development opportunity for agricultural states. Iowa-based Regional Strategic, Ltd. examined the economic impact of collecting, processing, and delivering corn stover byproducts of ethanol – the stalks, stems, and leaves of corn plants – to […]

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Singing a song in Singapore: GoodFuels Marine, BHP, and MPA collaborate on biofuels during closed-door roundtable

Singing a song in Singapore: GoodFuels Marine, BHP, and MPA collaborate on biofuels during closed-door roundtable

September 24, 2017 |

In Singapore, a closed-door biofuel roundtable organized by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, BHP and GoodFuels Marine, brought some excitement to the maritime biofuels world – almost as much excitement as when we first saw Monty Python’s the Knights of the Roundtable song and dance. While we didn’t hear about any dancing or […]

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Deere and Cargill say “Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto” –  Artificial intelligence infiltrating agriculture and farming

Deere and Cargill say “Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto” – Artificial intelligence infiltrating agriculture and farming

September 16, 2017 |

While the 1983 Styx song “Mr. Roboto” led us to imagine robots roaming the planet at some far-off time in the future, that time might be here. Artificial intelligence seems to be everywhere nowadays and not just in high tech labs, science centers, or nerdy dark basements. They are now in our agriculture industry and […]

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