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India launches new biofuel policy and plans for establishing 12 new biofuel refineries

India launches new biofuel policy and plans for establishing 12 new biofuel refineries

August 11, 2018 |

In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated World Biofuel Day 2018 on Friday with the announcement that India will achieve 10% ethanol blending in petrol by 2022 and double it to 20% by 2030 as part of its new National Biofuel Policy. Modi also said that 12 new biofuel refineries will be established across the […]

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Yeast can be protected from damage in biofuel production

Yeast can be protected from damage in biofuel production

August 11, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and several Department of Energy laboratories identified two changes to a single gene that can make yeast tolerate pretreatment chemicals during biofuel production. The toxicity involved in pretreatment chemicals is enough to make the yeast as much as 70 percent less efficient at turning sugar into biofuel, […]

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Ethanol production almost breaks industry record

Ethanol production almost breaks industry record

August 11, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production rebounded to an average of 1.100 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 46.20 million gallons daily, ballooning 35,000 b/d from the week before, according to government data released and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. This marks the second-highest weekly volume produced by the industry, coming in at just 8,000 b/d […]

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Brisk demand stimulates rapeseed oil price

Brisk demand stimulates rapeseed oil price

August 11, 2018 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that asking prices for rapeseed oil recovered considerably over the past few weeks. In contrast, palm oil fell to a multi-year low. German wholesale prices for vegetable oils developed very disparately in the second quarter of 2018. According to Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft mbH (AMI), recent asking prices for rapeseed oil amounted to […]

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Paper battery paves the way for energy storage in packaging

Paper battery paves the way for energy storage in packaging

August 11, 2018 |

In Sweden, BillerudKorsnäs and Uppsala University are making paper batteries a reality, paving the way for energy storage in packaging materials. They took basic research based on pure cellulose from algae and developed it to work with the same type of fiber that BillerudKorsnäs usually uses to manufacture packaging material. This development opens up for […]

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Impossible Foods highlights their impact and journey to 2035

Impossible Foods highlights their impact and journey to 2035

August 11, 2018 |

In California, Impossible Foods published their 2018 impact report highlighting their progress toward its founding goal of eliminating the need for animals as a food production technology by 2035. The company announced they are hiring a second shift of employees to double production at its first large-scale factory, in Oakland, California, and their flagship product, […]

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Biofuels boosts Colorado’s alternative energy economy

Biofuels boosts Colorado’s alternative energy economy

August 11, 2018 |

In Colorado, the state really stands out when it comes to biofuels with 5,900 workers involved in making fuels from corn and biomass, according to a new report from the business group Advanced Energy Economy. The alternative energy sector employs 3.2 million people in the United States, including 62,800 people in Colorado, with most of […]

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Andeavor to convert Dickinson Refinery to renewable diesel

Andeavor to convert Dickinson Refinery to renewable diesel

August 11, 2018 |

In Texas, Andeavor announced a project to convert the Dickinson Refinery to process 12,000 barrels per day of renewable feedstocks, including soybean oil and distillers corn oil, into renewable diesel fuel. The project is expected to be completed in late 2020 and is subject to permitting and regulatory approval. Andeavor continues to execute its strategy […]

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From food waste to biobased

From food waste to biobased

August 11, 2018 |

“Eat everything on your plate.” “You can’t leave the table until that plate is clean.” “You know, there are starving kids that would love to have that food on your plate.” Maybe you grew up hearing that many times. Maybe you snuck some of those yucky veggies to your dog. Maybe you even remember the […]

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EU offers farmers support after drought affects production

EU offers farmers support after drought affects production

August 5, 2018 |

In Belgium, the European Commission announced help for farmers dealing with European drought conditions that is affecting crop production and animal feed. First, “farmers will be able to receive up to 70% of their direct payment and 85% of payments under rural development as of mid-October,” instead of December in order to help farmers’ cash […]

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