Author Archive: Helena Tavares Kennedy

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Proteins shape and structure research will help maximize biofuel production

Proteins shape and structure research will help maximize biofuel production

September 7, 2019 |

In Missouri, researchers at the University of Missouri College of Engineering, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are looking at how the shape and structure of proteins determine their function which will help produce the types of algae and other plants that will have the properties best suited for […]

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Trump’s latest plan could up 2020 biofuel quotas by 1 billion gallons

Trump’s latest plan could up 2020 biofuel quotas by 1 billion gallons

September 7, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., Bloomberg reports that White House administration officials are working on a plan to give a 5% increase to biofuel blending quotas in 2020 as President Trump looks to gain favor with the agriculture sector after losing it recently due to the small refinery waivers. While Trump hasn’t approved the plan yet, and […]

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German biodiesel exports rose sharply to 1.14 million tons

German biodiesel exports rose sharply to 1.14 million tons

September 7, 2019 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that German biodiesel exports rose sharply in the first half of 2019 compared to 2018. The majority of exports went to other EU countries and Great Britain saw the largest relative increase. The Netherlands is the primary country of destination and by far the most important trading platform in Europe. In […]

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Ethanol production falls 2.4% from previous week, down 6.8% compared to same week last year

Ethanol production falls 2.4% from previous week, down 6.8% compared to same week last year

September 7, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production averaged 1.013 million barrels per day (b/d)— equivalent to 42.55 million gallons daily, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. Output fell by 25,000 b/d, or 2.4%, from the previous week and was 6.8% below the same week last year. The four-week average ethanol production rate declined […]

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Topsoe selected as licensor for 54,000 tons per day methanol plant

Topsoe selected as licensor for 54,000 tons per day methanol plant

September 7, 2019 |

In Denmark, Nakhodka Mineral Fertilizer Plant has chosen Haldor Topsoe technology for a 5,400 tons-per-day methanol plant near Vladivostok in the Eastern part of Russia. Topsoe will provide license, basic engineering, catalysts, and proprietary hardware for the methanol plant which will be based on Topsoe’s two-step reforming technology. Nakhodka Mineral Fertilizer Plant is developing the […]

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Palm oil biofuel safe for cars and has lower emissions according to Indonesian road test

Palm oil biofuel safe for cars and has lower emissions according to Indonesian road test

September 7, 2019 |

In Indonesia, Bloomberg reports that the government conducted the world’s longest road test using diesel blended with 30% palm oil, and the results showed that the biofuel is safe for cars. The test also showed that the SUVs fueled by 30% palm biofuel and 70% gasoil are more efficient and have lower emissions compared with […]

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Climeworks and Antecy fully merge teams and combine technologies for CO2 removal

Climeworks and Antecy fully merge teams and combine technologies for CO2 removal

September 7, 2019 |

In Switzerland, Climeworks AG, Switzerland and Antecy B.V., the Netherlands share the same goal of removing climate-relevant amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere and are joining forces. Antecy’s relevant assets have been acquired by Climeworks and the business activities of both Antecy and Climeworks will be conducted through Climeworks AG, Switzerland. According to their press […]

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Avantium awarded $6.6M EU grant to accelerate its technologies

Avantium awarded $6.6M EU grant to accelerate its technologies

September 7, 2019 |

In the Netherlands, Avantium N.V. is awarded €6 million (about $6.6 million) as part of a SPIRE grant to accelerate its Dawn (new biorefinery process) and Mekong (novel catalytic process for plant-based MEG) technologies in addition to utilizing its expertise in Catalysis. SPIRE, part of Horizon2020, is the European subsidy programme to facilitate the region’s […]

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UCI scientists awarded $2.7 million for soil nutrient microbiome research

UCI scientists awarded $2.7 million for soil nutrient microbiome research

August 31, 2019 |

In California, a group of University of California, Irvine scientists from UCI’s School of Biological Sciences and Department of Earth System Science won $2.7 million in federal funding to dig deeper into how soil microbes respond to drought. Their work is part of the national Genomic Science Program, a U.S. Department of Energy initiative examining […]

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RFA submits comments to EPA on 2020 volume obligations

RFA submits comments to EPA on 2020 volume obligations

August 31, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., in formal comments submitted on Friday in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed 2020 renewable volume obligations, the Renewable Fuels Association called on the EPA to follow the law and make up for the lost blending volumes resulting from the numerous secretive refinery waivers granted by the agency. “There is […]

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