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Green Plains sells three ethanol plants to Valero

Green Plains sells three ethanol plants to Valero

October 13, 2018 |

In Nebraska, Green Plains Inc. entered into an asset purchase agreement with Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC to sell three of its ethanol plants located in Lakota, Iowa, Bluffton, Ind., and Riga, Mich. for $300 million in cash, plus approximately $28 million of working capital also paid in cash. The transaction involves 280 million gallons […]

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Scania, Lucketts and Green Biofuels partner up to trial HVO biofuel for coaches

Scania, Lucketts and Green Biofuels partner up to trial HVO biofuel for coaches

October 13, 2018 |

In the United Kingdom, a partnership between Scania, Lucketts Travel and Green Biofuels has conducted what is believed to be the UK’s first trial of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as a sustainable biofuel for scheduled intercity coach operations. The trial, which ran for three months, has provided like-for-like comparison data of seven National Express vehicles […]

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EU launches new fuel labels at the pump

EU launches new fuel labels at the pump

October 13, 2018 |

In Belgium, the European Commission launched new common and harmonized set of fuel labels throughout all 28 European Union member states, the EEA countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway), the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey. This should help alleviate EU consumer confusion when traveling across borders that had different labeling systems. The […]

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Sugar beet yields in France hurt by black leaf spot disease

Sugar beet yields in France hurt by black leaf spot disease

October 13, 2018 |

In France, sugar beets are taking a hit due to stronger than usual black leaf spot disease that is hurting sugar beet yields and could further lower forecast estimates for the 2018-2019 production year. Europe’s sugar beet production forecast was already lowered by around 2 million metric tons (about 2.2 tons) after the summer’s hot […]

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Stora Enso’s Lignin Wins ‘Best Product Innovation’ at ICIS Innovation Awards

Stora Enso’s Lignin Wins ‘Best Product Innovation’ at ICIS Innovation Awards

October 13, 2018 |

In Finland, Lineo by Stora Enso won ‘Best Product Innovation’ at the ICIS Innovation Awards 2018. Lineo, which was launched earlier this year and is made from lignin, can be used in a range of applications for which fossil-based materials are currently used. It is a renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials, which are used […]

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Port Canaveral prepares for LNG cruise ships

Port Canaveral prepares for LNG cruise ships

October 13, 2018 |

In Florida, Port Canaveral is preparing for fueling and safety of liquefied natural gas-powered cruise ships in two years. Carnival Cruise Line’s largest ship will be their first LNG-powered ship, and first of any cruise line to be based in North America. It is scheduled to be put into service in 2020 and will be […]

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Red-hued yeasts hold clues to producing better biofuels

Red-hued yeasts hold clues to producing better biofuels

October 13, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, a team based at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center found clues in red-hued yeasts that could help harness the synthesis pathway for large-scale production of isobutanol as a biofuel. A red pigment called pulcherrimin, naturally produced by several strains of wild yeasts, is synthesized in part through […]

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Indian Air Force to start using ethanol blend in aircraft

Indian Air Force to start using ethanol blend in aircraft

October 13, 2018 |

In India, in an effort to meet the government’s call to increase the use of biofuels, the Indian Air Force will start using ethanol blended air turbine fuel in its aircraft. A government official told Sputnik, “We have discussed the plan to use ethanol blended air turbine fuel on the Indian Air Force jet at […]

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Covestro covers it all – From $1.7B investment in MDI and first thermoplastic polyurethane based on CO2 technology to biobased aniline…

Covestro covers it all – From $1.7B investment in MDI and first thermoplastic polyurethane based on CO2 technology to biobased aniline…

October 13, 2018 |

Covestro, which you may know as the former Bayer MaterialsScience (part of Bayer Group’s chemicals and plastics unit) prior to 2015, is leading several innovations in the biobased sector with a flurry of announcements over the past week that is sure to impact the bioeconomy. Not only are they financially successful, achieving the best financial […]

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Norway first country in the world to impose biofuel requirements on airlines

Norway first country in the world to impose biofuel requirements on airlines

October 6, 2018 |

In Norway, the Ministry of Climate and Environment said that any airline operating in Norway will now be required to use more environmentally friendly jet fuel mixed with biofuel. The measure, which requires a 0.5% advanced biofuel mix into jet fuel starting in 2020, is part of Norway’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions. “The […]

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