Author Archive: Helena Tavares Kennedy

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Clean energy innovation report identifies breakthrough technologies

Clean energy innovation report identifies breakthrough technologies

February 10, 2019 |

In the United Kingdom, a new report on clean energy innovation headed by two of the world’s leading energy experts assesses the state of the clean energy innovation ecosystem in the U.S. and identifies clean energy technologies with the highest breakthrough potential. The report—led by former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Energy Futures Initiative founder, […]

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USGC gets nearly $14M for grains and ethanol market development work

USGC gets nearly $14M for grains and ethanol market development work

February 10, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., new funding to the U.S. Grains Council from the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program – part of a larger “trade aid” package offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the wake of new tariffs and global market uncertainty – will expand the organization’s global footprint and dramatically increase the promotion effort it […]

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Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership welcomes Imtex Membranes to the region

Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership welcomes Imtex Membranes to the region

February 10, 2019 |

In Canada, the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership announced that Imtex Membranes Corp. will be constructing a scaled demonstration site located within the Sarnia-Lambton Hybrid Chemistry Cluster. The demonstration site will showcase Imtex’s patented gas separation process called Permylene. Achieving a greater than 99.5% purification rate, Permylene helps extract chemicals such as ethylene, propylene, and butene from […]

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Covestro and UN call for Young Champions of the Earth competition participants

Covestro and UN call for Young Champions of the Earth competition participants

February 10, 2019 |

In Germany, Covestro and the United Nations are calling for nominations for Young Champions of the Earth, a prize for environmental entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 30 with a big idea for the world’s future. Each of seven winners in the 2019 program, the third year of the global competition, will receive $15,000 seed money […]

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Ethanol production down 4.4%

Ethanol production down 4.4%

February 10, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production fell to 967,000 barrels per day (b/d), or 40.6 million gallons per day, which was down 45,000 b/d (4.4%) from the previous week, according to government data released and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. This was the lowest weekly production level since October 2017. The four-week average ethanol production […]

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Argentina and the EU settle dispute over biodiesel imports

Argentina and the EU settle dispute over biodiesel imports

February 10, 2019 |

In Germany, according to the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops, European oilseed producers are the losers due to the decision of the representatives of the EU Member States in the Trade Defence Instruments Committee (TDI) of 30th January 2019. The association criticizes the Committee’s approval of the Argentine Government’s proposal for […]

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Fish model shows forest management can produce biofuels and restore salmonids

Fish model shows forest management can produce biofuels and restore salmonids

February 10, 2019 |

In Washington, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) have been modeling to understand the costs and benefits of thinning forests and the potential for improving habitat, yielding benefits not only for the environment, but also for the economy. Decision models linking process-based and […]

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MEGA MEG – Braskem and Haldor Topsoe’s monoethylene glycol from sugar is in operation

MEGA MEG – Braskem and Haldor Topsoe’s monoethylene glycol from sugar is in operation

February 10, 2019 |

It’s a big day for MEG. No, not Meg Ryan, though we are excited about her engagement with John Mellencamp. We are talking about monoethylene glycol which just got bigger with a new demo unit in operation. Brazil-based Braskem and Denmark-based Haldor Topsoe just commissioned their pioneering demonstration unit, located in Denmark, for the development of […]

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Ethanol production contracts 1.9%

Ethanol production contracts 1.9%

February 3, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production decreased 1.8% (down 19,000 barrels per day, or b/d) to an average of 1.012 million b/d—or 42.50 million gallons daily, according to government data released and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. The four-week average for ethanol production remained at 1.023 million b/d for an annualized rate of 15.68 billion […]

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Reduced rapeseed processing

Reduced rapeseed processing

February 3, 2019 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that small rapeseed crops in Germany and the EU-28, inadequate third-country supply, unsatisfactory margins and, on top of all that, low water levels in rivers. German oil mills have processed less rapeseed in the running marketing year than a year earlier. Already in the marketing year 2017/18, German oil mills cut […]

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