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Letter from Thailand: Report on biomass and biofuels

Letter from Thailand: Report on biomass and biofuels

May 23, 2016 |

By John Diecker, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest Being a tropical country with a largely agricultural economy, Thailand is blessed with an abundance of biomass. The country ranks among the world leaders in production of palm oil, sugar and cassava which make it a natural location for the manufacture of biofuels. As […]

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European bioethanol offers 15% CO2 reductions in transport – blocking it is a form of climate crime

European bioethanol offers 15% CO2 reductions in transport – blocking it is a form of climate crime

May 22, 2016 |

By James Cogan, industry, technology and policy analyst with Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd.    Special to The Digest There should be no cap on the amount of sustainable European bioethanol energy counted towards the EU’s 2030 carbon emissions goals. The European Commission in Brussels is right now putting the finishing touches to a Communication on […]

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EPA Is Trying to Get Out of Its Own Way on the RFS

EPA Is Trying to Get Out of Its Own Way on the RFS

May 22, 2016 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice-President, Biotechnology Innovation Organization Special to The Digest In setting the 2014-2016 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cited “practical and legal constraints” on the oil industry’s ability to meet the volumes established by Congress. The agency’s methodology in that rule – which it has now proposed […]

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Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to TERRA

Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to TERRA

May 22, 2016 |

What’s up at ARPA-E’s TERRA program?  — Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture? ARPA-E has released these project overviews for its TERRA Program.

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Intrexon taps Germano as new president

Intrexon taps Germano as new president

May 22, 2016 |

In California, Intrexon Corporation has appointed Geno Germano to the new role of President of Intrexon effective June 1, 2016, reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Randal J. Kirk.  As President, Mr. Germano will help lead Intrexon’s management team and commercialization efforts utilizing the Company’s technology platform for biologically-based solutions across a broad range […]

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Lee Enterprises Consulting Adds 5 in Biogas, Hazardous Waste, Plastics, Microwave Energy, Catalytic Pyrolysis and Anaerobic Digestion

Lee Enterprises Consulting Adds 5 in Biogas, Hazardous Waste, Plastics, Microwave Energy, Catalytic Pyrolysis and Anaerobic Digestion

May 22, 2016 |

In Arkansas, Lee Enterprises Consulting has added Dr. Lorenz Bauer, Dr. Elham Khaghani, John Forcier, P.E., and John Diecker, P.E., to its team of experts.  The consulting group has over 75 experts in its biodiesel, ethanol, emerging technologies, biomass power, and business & finance sections. Bauer had 26 years’ experience at UOP, the premier licensor […]

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US ethanol production dips to 14.41 billion gallon annual rate

US ethanol production dips to 14.41 billion gallon annual rate

May 22, 2016 |

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, US ethanol production averaged 948,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 39.82 million gallons daily. That is down 14,000 b/d from the week before. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 940,000 b/d for an annualized rate of 14.41 billion gallons. Stocks of […]

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ICM’s Fiber Separation Technology expands to four commercial plants in North America

ICM’s Fiber Separation Technology expands to four commercial plants in North America

May 22, 2016 |

In Kansas, ICM said that its Fiber Separation Technology is now being operated at four major commercial plants in North America.  FST is part of  ICM’s EPA-approved pathway to cellulosic ethanol and is a value-added platform technology that removes fiber from the Generation 1.0 ethanol process.  FST increases ethanol and corn oil throughput and creates […]

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Clariant, Scania cut CO2 emissions 90% via sunliquid cellulosic ethanol 

Clariant, Scania cut CO2 emissions 90% via sunliquid cellulosic ethanol 

May 22, 2016 |

In Brazil, Clariant reports that its partnership with Scania for the ethanol-powered trucks used at the Clariant Suzano plant has reduced CO2 emissions by approximately 90%. The ethanol fuel used is manufactured with the Master Batch ED 95 additive produced by Clariant in Brazil. The ethanol fuel used by the Scania trucks contains the Master […]

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Amyris & CJ CheilJedang Corporation partner to expand farnese to Asia

Amyris & CJ CheilJedang Corporation partner to expand farnese to Asia

May 22, 2016 |

In California, Amyris and CJ CheilJedang Corporation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support large-scale manufacturing of Amyris’s farnesene in existing CJ facilities. CJ is a leading producer of fermentation-based products such as feed amino acids, MSG, and nucleotides. The arrangement described in the MOU would enable Amyris to utilize CJ’s state of the […]

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