Author Archive: Helena Tavares Kennedy

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Indonesia’s biodiesel exports expected to be 300K tons higher than last year

Indonesia’s biodiesel exports expected to be 300K tons higher than last year

September 2, 2018 |

In Indonesia, the Indonesia Biofuels Producer Association, known as APROBI, said that Indonesia’s exports of unblended biodiesel this year will be around 1 million tons, up from around 300,000 tons last year, according to Reuters. APROBI members have exported 716,599 tons of biodiesel up until July, with an unblended biodiesel production estimated at 5 million […]

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Biologist gets $800K grant to improve biofuel production

Biologist gets $800K grant to improve biofuel production

September 2, 2018 |

In Arkansas, University of Arkansas biologist Ruben Michael Ceballos is developing methods that could make the production of biofuel more efficient and environmentally sound using a protein derived from microorganisms that live in acidic geothermal pools and springs to enhance the process of turning organic material into fuel. Ceballos, an assistant professor in the Department […]

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High feedstock prices hardly reached consumers

High feedstock prices hardly reached consumers

September 2, 2018 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that the scarcity of supply of agricultural feedstock due to drought-related declines in yield had little impact on consumer prices. The main factors driving prices up were labor or energy costs. In the 2018 crop report for Germany, the German Minister of Agriculture, Ms Julia Klöckner, put the rapeseed harvest at […]

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Ethanol scales back by 3,000 b/d

Ethanol scales back by 3,000 b/d

September 2, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production scaled back by 3,000 b/d for an average of 1.070 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 44.94 million gallons daily, according to government data released and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. However, the four-week average for ethanol production increased to a 35-week high of 1.079 million b/d for an annualized […]

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Redesigned organelles turn into cell factories for biofuels and vaccines

Redesigned organelles turn into cell factories for biofuels and vaccines

September 2, 2018 |

In the United Kingdom, University of Kent researchers in the School of Biosciences teamed up with other university researchers in England to develop a new method that manipulates organelles to create cell factories for biofuels and vaccine production. “To create the reproductive cell factories, the researchers improved on systems within cells that enable the synthesis […]

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Minister threatens sanctions for B20 regulation violators

Minister threatens sanctions for B20 regulation violators

September 2, 2018 |

In Indonesia, threats of sanctions and fines are coming from the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan for any company that doesn’t adhere to the B20 regulations. “If the BU do not carry out the mandatory, they will be subject to sanctions in the form of payment of a fine of IDR6,000 per […]

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Hard labor for Labor Day – Biofuel fraud criminals behind bars

Hard labor for Labor Day – Biofuel fraud criminals behind bars

September 2, 2018 |

While Labor Day in the U.S. started in the late 19th century to honor the American labor movement, today we are dealing with biofuel fraud cases that might lead to hard labor in prison. Biofuel fraud is making it to mainstream media with Friday night’s CBS News airing a segment featuring biofuels fraud whistleblower, Alex […]

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India’s first biofuel flight takes wings

India’s first biofuel flight takes wings

August 26, 2018 |

In India, SpiceJet is planning to operate a turboprop, Q-400, from Dehradun to Delhi using biofuel for the first time in India today. India has been promoting biofuels lately to reduce its dependence on fossil fuel and fuel imports. The Prime Minister recently release the national biofuels policy on “World Biofuel Day 2018,” as reported […]

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MotionEco launches one of China’s first waste oils to biofuels effort

MotionEco launches one of China’s first waste oils to biofuels effort

August 26, 2018 |

In China, MotionEco launched one of the country’s first commercial efforts to collect and process used cooking oil and gutter oil for conversion to biodiesel. Gutter oil has been a big issue for China and MotionEco hopes this will help solve the problem by converting it into biofuel that can be used for road, marine […]

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Leaf completes oversubscribed $5 million placement to progress

Leaf completes oversubscribed $5 million placement to progress

August 26, 2018 |

In Australia, Leaf Resources Limited received commitments to raise $5 million via a private placement to new and existing domestic and international institutional and sophisticated investors. The Placement will involve the issue of approximately 66.7 million new fully paid ordinary shares in the Company (“Shares”), at an issue price of $0.075 per share. The proceeds […]

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