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Pacific Ethanol to deploy corn oil extraction tech at Magic Valley

Pacific Ethanol to deploy corn oil extraction tech at Magic Valley

June 22, 2012 |

In California, Pacific Ethanol announced it will install corn oil separation technology at the Pacific Ethanol Magic Valley plant with the intention to implement corn oil separation to the other Pacific Ethanol Plants by the end of the first quarter of 2013. The Magic Valley plant is expected to produce 12 million pounds of corn […]

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Abolitz invests $150M in Gazasia waste biofuels project in the Philippines

Abolitz invests $150M in Gazasia waste biofuels project in the Philippines

June 8, 2012 |

In the UK, Gazasia has received a $150 million investment from Abolitz Equity Ventures, a Philippine power group, to develop and deploy plants in the Philippines to make liquid biomethane from landfill-based organic waste. The liquid biomethane will be used for transportation fuel. “The impact of higher vehicle fuel prices has been especially severe in […]

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Philippine coconut producers seek increased biodiesel blending

Philippine coconut producers seek increased biodiesel blending

June 8, 2012 |

In the Philippines, the Philippines Coconut Authority has requested that the National Biofuels Board to increase the proportion of coconut-based biodiesel blends from B2 blends to B5. The increase, according to the PCA, would result in an additional use of 21,000 tones of coconut for domestic biodiesel per year. The group said that their requests […]

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Project Gaia founder wins World Bioenergy Award for ethanol cookstove initiative

Project Gaia founder wins World Bioenergy Award for ethanol cookstove initiative

June 1, 2012 |

In Sweden, Harry Stokes was given the World Bioenergy Award 2012, in recognition of the founding of Project Gala, a global initiative to promote alcohol fuel and their technology for cooking and other household appliances. This vision is clean, affordable and safe for cooking in African homes, moving away from firewood, charcoal, dung and similar […]

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Indonesia palm oil exports surge, but unlikely to stem price declines

Indonesia palm oil exports surge, but unlikely to stem price declines

June 1, 2012 |

In Indonesia, palm oil exports are expected to increase 9% this month, but experts say that the advance is linked to the onset of the Ramadan fasting season, and in general, prices are continuing on a downward trend over concerns that demand in China and the EU will slow due to a global economic weakening. […]

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Wisconsin researchers land $750K DOE grant for bacteria R&D

Wisconsin researchers land $750K DOE grant for bacteria R&D

June 1, 2012 |

In Wisconsin, two researchers received a five year award of $750,000 from the U.S Department of Energy. Jennifer Reed works on the conversion of lake-based strains of cyanobacteria into biobutanol, while Garret Suen’s research aims to create cellulosic ethanol by using bacteria found in cow rumens.

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HECO renews with REG for biodiesel-based power for Hawaii

HECO renews with REG for biodiesel-based power for Hawaii

May 25, 2012 |

In Hawaii, the Hawaiian Electric Company has extended its contract with Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group, for 3 to 7 millions gallons of biodiesel, through 2015.  The biodiesel-burning Campbell plant is a linchpin in HECO’s strategy for generating 40 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. In related news, the Hawaiʻi Electric Light Company […]

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Coalition for Sustainable Rail announces biofuels-based, high-speed locomotive project

Coalition for Sustainable Rail announces biofuels-based, high-speed locomotive project

May 25, 2012 |

In Minnesota, the Coalition for Sustainable Rail announced plans to develop the world’s first carbon-neutral higher-speed locomotive. The goal of CSR Project 130 is to create the world’s cleanest, most powerful passenger locomotive, proving the viability of solid biofuel and modern steam locomotive technology, and will aim to break the world record for steam locomotive […]

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Evonik aims to double capacity in Asia-Pac by 2015

Evonik aims to double capacity in Asia-Pac by 2015

May 25, 2012 |

In Germany, Evonik Industries announced plans to expand in Asia-Pacific, with a goal of increasing production capacity in Asia-Pacific by nearly 100 percent. The expansion will be fully realized by 2015. The major facility in Asia is currently in Singapore, providing lubricant and biofuel additive products to customers throughout South Korea, Japan, Australia and india.

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GE to invest $245M in Brazilian R&D center: biodiesel, advanced biofuels, materials in focus

GE to invest $245M in Brazilian R&D center: biodiesel, advanced biofuels, materials in focus

May 25, 2012 |

In Brazil, General Electric announced that it will invest $245.5 million in a research and development center. The centre that will open in the second half of 2013 will focus in biofuels, alternative-energy systems, systems integration and particularly in logistics. GE said that Brazil is its third priority country, after the U.S and China. The […]

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