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Tasty Energy Treats You Can Make From Brownies

Tasty Energy Treats You Can Make From Brownies

June 27, 2017 |

Terpenes may be the most unloved class of energy molecule of all time, if you compare R&D spending to potential. Even ARPA-E, the home of high-risk, high-reward government research into energy, hasn’t delved into terpenes since 2012’s OPEN invite, where Allylix picked up a single $467,6905 award to develop a “Renewable Platform for Production of […]

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“Not worth reducing indirect land use emissions” using California’s approach: new study

“Not worth reducing indirect land use emissions” using California’s approach: new study

June 27, 2017 |

In Illinois, a team of researchers writing in Nature Communications concluded California’s indirect land use change factors in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, applied nationally, would imply that the cost of reducing a ton of carbon is 20 percent higher than the avoided damages from those emissions. Lead researcher Madhu Khanna found that “It penalizes […]

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Brazil sugar production soaring, up 104% in June

Brazil sugar production soaring, up 104% in June

June 27, 2017 |

In Brazil, a S&P Global Platts survey of analysts concludes that “sugar production in Brazil’s key Center-South region in the first half of June is expected to be nearly 2.45 million metric tons “, up 104% on the year and up 40% from the second half of May. The survey, which noted the drier weather […]

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Quebec’s escalates renewable fuel blending targets, unveils $1.5B clean energy action plan

Quebec’s escalates renewable fuel blending targets, unveils $1.5B clean energy action plan

June 27, 2017 |

In Canada, Quebec’s provincial government unveiled its said it will spend $1.5B between now and 2019 to spir clean energy and reduce oil dependency. As a part of the 2017-2020 Action Plan, Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Pierre Arcand has announced the jurisdiction’s first ever volumetric requirements on renewable fuels (such as ethanol […]

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Downstate New York to introduce biodiesel obligation for heating oil

Downstate New York to introduce biodiesel obligation for heating oil

June 27, 2017 |

In New York, downstate New York counties are set to join New York City as national leaders in providing cleaner air through increased use of biodiesel in home heating oil, a product called Bioheat fuel.   Legislation passed yesterday by Assemblyman Steve Englebright (A.6954-A) and Senator Phil Boyle (S.B5422-A) would expand the state’s commitment to […]

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Florida’s new high-speed intercity rail chooses biodiesel

Florida’s new high-speed intercity rail chooses biodiesel

June 27, 2017 |

In Florida, the new South Florida high-speed inter-city rail service Brightline will be utilizing biodiesel sourced from Florida Power & Light.  Brightline is expectedl reduce emissions by removing three million cars from Florida’s roadways annually. The train will tarvel at speeds of up to 125 miles per hour. Under a new agreement, FPL will supply […]

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Penn State research on aviation biofuels focuses on regional supply chains

Penn State research on aviation biofuels focuses on regional supply chains

June 27, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are evaluating regional supply chains that could be used for alternative jet fuel production, including feedstock production, transportation and fuel conversion. Researchers are examining fuel-production pathways, feedstock and infrastructure requirements, and commercial fuel demand to create scenarios for future production. “As oil prices plummet, it […]

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India’s GST tax plan may slow biodiesel, ethanol adoption

India’s GST tax plan may slow biodiesel, ethanol adoption

June 27, 2017 |

In India, the Times of India is reporting that a 18% GST tax that has been proposed for ethanol and biodiesel is expected to slow efforts to increae blending, according to experts and producers polled by the news outlet. G Chandrashekhar, commodity expert and Biodiesel Association of India honorary member told The Timnes, “Tax on […]

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Genetics roadmap to develop more resilient farmed fish

Genetics roadmap to develop more resilient farmed fish

June 27, 2017 |

In Scotland, researchers at WorldFish will embark on new research to create more resilient fish with characteristics such as disease resistance and more effective feed utilization, using advanced techniques such as genomic selection to introduce these characteristics into its improved tilapia strains. Use of genomic selection tools, which enable the selection of animals based on […]

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N-butanol and beyond: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics

N-butanol and beyond: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics

June 27, 2017 |

Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, sugar cane bagasse, forest materials and grasses). GBL works with feedstock partners to deliver capital efficient production models, and works with downstream partners to deliver […]

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