Author Archive: Helena Tavares Kennedy

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New strategy for efficiently producing fatty acids and biofuels from glucose

New strategy for efficiently producing fatty acids and biofuels from glucose

July 7, 2019 |

In South Korea, researchers from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) presented a new strategy for efficiently producing fatty acids and biofuels that can transform glucose and oleaginous microorganisms into microbial diesel fuel, with one-step direct fermentative production. The newly developed strain, created by Distinguished Professor Sang Yup Lee and his team, showed […]

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Latest resolution signed into RenovaBio to further boost Brazil’s ethanol sector

Latest resolution signed into RenovaBio to further boost Brazil’s ethanol sector

July 7, 2019 |

In Brazil, a new regulation, Resolution No. 791, recently signed by the Ministry of Mines and Energy into the country’s national biofuels policy, RenovaBio, is expected to boost the ethanol sector with the new decarbonization targets for fuel distributors. RenovaBio will come into full force in January 2020 and is estimated to include investments of […]

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Slight increase in ethanol production this week

Slight increase in ethanol production this week

July 7, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C. ethanol production averaged 1.081 million barrels per day (b/d), an increase of 8,000 b/d, or 0.7%, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. This is equivalent to 45.40 million gallons daily. The four-week average ethanol production rate rose 0.8% to 1.082 million b/d—the highest since December 2017. This is […]

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Global rapeseed production covers demand despite drought

Global rapeseed production covers demand despite drought

July 7, 2019 |

In Germany, according to UFOP, in its current global rapeseed supply outlook for 2019/20, the International Grain Council (IGC) anticipates a considerable decline in world production. At the same time, global stocks are expected to rise to a record high. In its recent forecast for the 2019/20 marketing year, the IGC projects global rapeseed production […]

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RSB to develop first-of-its-kind biofuels book and claim system for Maersk

RSB to develop first-of-its-kind biofuels book and claim system for Maersk

July 7, 2019 |

In Denmark, A.P. Moller – Maersk is rolling out a flagship project with Switzerland-based RSB to pass emissions savings from its use of alternative fuels on to its clients, with retail giant H&M among the first to benefit. RSB is developing a ‘book and claim’ system that will allow Maersk to reliably and credibly pass […]

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Novozymes opens new office in Kenya

Novozymes opens new office in Kenya

July 7, 2019 |

In Denmark, Novozymes is opening a new office in Nairobi, Kenya in order to expand their presence in East Africa and unlock emerging markets for their enzyme technologies. They hope to reach consumers with their biological enzyme solutions that allow detergent producers to develop better and affordable detergents, breweries to be more efficient at producing […]

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Neste to divest fuel retail business in Russia

Neste to divest fuel retail business in Russia

July 7, 2019 |

In Finland, Neste Corporation signed an agreement to sell its fuel retail business consisting of 75 fuel stations and a terminal in St. Petersburg region to Russia-based oil and gas company PJSC Tatneft. The move is to enable Neste to focus on their strategic priorities and Neste MY Renewable Diesel and services in Finland and […]

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Anellotech’s new biomass pre-treatment tech to remove minerals at 20MT/day scale

Anellotech’s new biomass pre-treatment tech to remove minerals at 20MT/day scale

July 7, 2019 |

In New York, Anellotech’s MinFree technology, a patent pending biomass pretreatment process has been demonstrated to significantly reduce the mineral (ash) content of loblolly pine at a 20 metric ton/day scale, according to Anellotech’s press release. Month-long trials converting this MinFree-treated, low-mineral pine into aromatics (BTX) at Anellotech’s Bio-TCat process TCat-8 pilot plant showed extended, […]

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EPA’s proposed RFS biofuel volumes for 2020 being slammed by biofuel industry

EPA’s proposed RFS biofuel volumes for 2020 being slammed by biofuel industry

July 7, 2019 |

Maybe it was too many fireworks, too many hot dogs, or the summer heat in D.C., but the EPA came back the day after the 4th of July holiday with a whopper for next year’s biofuel targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard that have the farming and biofuel sectors reeling in frustration and disappointment. Maybe […]

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Food security gets a boost: Calysta gets $30M from BP for protein-based animal feed from natural gas

Food security gets a boost: Calysta gets $30M from BP for protein-based animal feed from natural gas

June 30, 2019 |

From Menlo Park, California comes big news that alternative protein producer Calysta got a hefty $30 million investment from BP Ventures to support a worldwide rollout of Calysta’s FeedKind protein. Touted as a huge step forward in global food security, Calysta’s sustainable single-cell protein is produced through a proprietary, commercially-validated gas fermentation process using naturally […]

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