Author Archive: Helena Tavares Kennedy

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Is It the End or Just the Beginning for Jatropha?

Is It the End or Just the Beginning for Jatropha?

July 16, 2017 |

After winning a small victory over the Germans during World War II, Winston Churchill said “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Today, Biofuels Digest asks is this the end of jatropha? Or is it just the beginning? […]

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TechAccel Invests in Solving Global Food Crisis

TechAccel Invests in Solving Global Food Crisis

July 15, 2017 |

In Missouri, tech and venture development company TechAccel now has five equity investments and engaged science advancement projects in the works at 20 affiliated research universities in the U.S. and internationally that are focused on finding solutions to the world’s growing food needs. The projects focus on agriculture and animal health issues including RNA interference […]

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UK Report Says Use Waste, Not Crops, for Biofuels

UK Report Says Use Waste, Not Crops, for Biofuels

July 15, 2017 |

In the UK, a new report from the UK government encourages biofuel production from waste and not crops or plants in order to reduce carbon emissions. The report brings up the age old question of which biofuels produce lower emissions than fossil fuels and which ones are actually worse. It focuses on ensuring use of […]

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CountryMark Invests Nearly $500,000 in Soybean Based Biodiesel

CountryMark Invests Nearly $500,000 in Soybean Based Biodiesel

July 15, 2017 |

In Indiana, agricultural, farmer-owned cooperative, CountryMark invested nearly half a million dollars for its new biodiesel rack injection system. CEO Charlie Smith said the new system benefits consumers because of the more efficient and better biodiesel blend, and benefits soy farmers in their co-op because of increased demand of the soybean oil used for their […]

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KnipBio Looks to Partner with Biofuels Leaders for Fish Feed

KnipBio Looks to Partner with Biofuels Leaders for Fish Feed

July 15, 2017 |

In Massachusetts, biotech company KnipBio completed the last phase in producing its new aquaculture feed, KnipBio Feed and is now looking to partner with biofuel industry leaders to get to commercial scale fermentation. As reported in Biofuels Digest before, KnipBio developed a series of naturally occurring microbes that convert low-cost feedstock into premium, nutritious, single-cell […]

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Suck It Up – Better Method and Materials for Removing Water From Ethanol

Suck It Up – Better Method and Materials for Removing Water From Ethanol

July 15, 2017 |

In Canada, University of Saskatchewan researchers have found a new and cheaper way to separate water from ethanol which could decrease costs for producing biofuel. With traditional distillation methods, some water remains, but researchers solved this problem by using non-toxic modified starch-based materials, like corn and potatoes, that act like selective sponges and don’t require […]

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Yield Increases Offset Production Area Decline for EU Sunflowers

Yield Increases Offset Production Area Decline for EU Sunflowers

July 15, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that the EU Commission expects sunflower seed output to grow due to yield increases, even though there is a slight reduction in EU sunflower area. Especially Romania and Bulgaria are expected to see higher yields. According to figures just published by the EU Commission, the 2017 sunflower area in the EU-28 […]

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US Ethanol Production Down 7,000 Barrels Per Day

US Ethanol Production Down 7,000 Barrels Per Day

July 15, 2017 |

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, US ethanol production averaged 1.007 million barrels per day (b/d)―or 42.29 million gallons daily. That is down 7,000 b/d from the week before. The four-week average for ethanol production increased to 1.007 million b/d for an annualized rate of 15.44 billion gallons. […]

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Trump Nominates Soybean CEO Censky as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

Trump Nominates Soybean CEO Censky as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

July 15, 2017 |

In Washington, DC, President Trump nominated American Soybean Association CEO Steve Censky to serve as deputy secretary of agriculture to manage day-to-day operations at the USDA. Censky has been CEO of the American Soybean Association for 21 years, making this a big change for him. He grew up on a soybean, corn, and diversified livestock […]

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Whisky in the Jar, Whisky in Your Car – First Ever Test Drive on Whisky Biofuel

Whisky in the Jar, Whisky in Your Car – First Ever Test Drive on Whisky Biofuel

July 8, 2017 |

In the UK, the traditional Irish song “Whiskey in the Jar” comes to mind as we celebrate and raise our glasses for the world’s first test drive running on Scotch whisky. Don’t grab your whisky bottle and pour it into your gas tank just yet – we are talking about Celtic Renewables’ biobutanol made from […]

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