Author Archive: Helena Tavares Kennedy

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Bamboo for bioenergy a viable option in Indonesia

Bamboo for bioenergy a viable option in Indonesia

December 2, 2018 |

In Indonesia, bamboo is being looked at as a sustainable alternative bioenergy source, especially considering the country’s palm oil for biofuel being attached for deforestation and other impacts. Researchers from Australia’s RMIT University and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) consider bamboo a viable alternative since it grows fast, has a long root system, […]

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Trade Associations Ask Trump to Ensure Rigorous Review of Argentine Biodiesel Import Duties

Trade Associations Ask Trump to Ensure Rigorous Review of Argentine Biodiesel Import Duties

December 2, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., three trade groups wrote President Donald Trump to express concern that the U.S. Department of Commerce has initiated “changed circumstances” reviews of U.S. trade duties on Argentine biodiesel companies. The National Biodiesel Board, the American Soybean Association, and the National Renderers Association urged the president to ensure that Commerce undertake a rigorous, […]

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Rapeseed market goes calmly into winter

Rapeseed market goes calmly into winter

December 2, 2018 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that rapeseed prices have moved up slightly in very small steps since rising sharply in the summer due to the smaller rapeseed harvest. Consequently, the gap over soybean prices, which were in decline, widened, although rapeseed failed to reach previous years’ levels. The recently reported price of EUR 359 per tonne […]

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Bioenergy recognized as a key contributor to achieve a climate neutral Europe by 2050

Bioenergy recognized as a key contributor to achieve a climate neutral Europe by 2050

December 2, 2018 |

In Belgium, the European Commission published its long-term strategy for emissions reduction looking at different options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% with more ambitious scenarios achieving a balance between greenhouse gas emissions and removals by 2050. Bioenergy Europe released a statement that said it “is glad to see that bioenergy is […]

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Stora Enso signs agreement to acquire forest assets in Bergvik Skog

Stora Enso signs agreement to acquire forest assets in Bergvik Skog

December 2, 2018 |

In Sweden, the shareholders of Bergvik Skog AB, a Swedish forest holding company, signed a binding agreement regarding the intent to restructure its ownership. With this agreement, the parties aim to complete the transaction during the first half of 2019. Stora Enso’s forest holdings in Sweden will increase to 1.4 million hectares, of which 1.15 […]

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Global Bioenergies gets 13 letters of intent for purchases covering the capacity of its first plant project

Global Bioenergies gets 13 letters of intent for purchases covering the capacity of its first plant project

December 2, 2018 |

In France, Global Bioenergies received thirteen letters of intent from French and international industrial leaders for purchases totaling 49,000 to 64,000 tons of isobutene and derivatives annually. This covers the total production capacity of the planned IBN-One plant. The letters of intent come from the cosmetics, specialty fuels, road fuels and air transport industries. Over […]

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Enogen corn from Syngenta worked well with ICM technologies in ethanol production trial

Enogen corn from Syngenta worked well with ICM technologies in ethanol production trial

December 2, 2018 |

In Minnesota, a recent trial evaluating the use of Enogen corn enzyme technology with ICM’s Selective Milling Technology and Fiber Separation Technology successfully demonstrated that the technologies work well together, providing synergies that can bring higher ethanol yield and more robust starch-fiber separations. The technologies were tested at Corn Plus, a Minnesota-based dry grind ethanol […]

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Belgium’s first biomethane produced in Bright Biomethane system

Belgium’s first biomethane produced in Bright Biomethane system

December 2, 2018 |

In Belgium, the country’s first biomethane-to-grid is now reality. The Bright Biomethane installation at Energy Conversion Facility ‘IOK Afvalbeheer’ in Beerse, Belgium successfully produced Belgium’s first sustainable biomethane and injected into the natural gas grid of net operator Eandis. A double first for Bright Biomethane: the first project in Belgium and the first biomethane plant […]

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EPA RVO – Details on the digits and reactions ‘round the country

EPA RVO – Details on the digits and reactions ‘round the country

December 2, 2018 |

What a whirlwind weekend after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced their final renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard program for 2019. “It’s just numbers,” some say, but oh no, not in the biofuels world. It’s never just numbers. This time it’s about waivers, fixing the damage done, and ensuring a bright future […]

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$2.5M private investment boosts Terravesta and booming miscanthus

$2.5M private investment boosts Terravesta and booming miscanthus

November 25, 2018 |

In the United Kingdom, former IG Group chief executive and current Scotgold chairman Nat le Roux bought a personal stake in renewable biomass business Terravesta. Le Roux invested £2 million, or about $2.5 million, in the business, reflecting the growing importance of clean energy, and the positive prospects for the rapidly-developing miscanthus bio-economy. The investment […]

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