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Institute of Chemical Technology teams with L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering to EPC its 2G ethanol tech

Institute of Chemical Technology teams with L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering to EPC its 2G ethanol tech

May 29, 2017 |

In India, L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering will design and build second-generation ethanol plants based on technology developed by the Institute of Chemical Technology following an MOU signed last week. Together they will provide complete EPC services to potential clients who are looking to invest in facilities in order to achieve the government’s policy goals of 22.5% […]

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Main Street Energy Alliance releases new video about shifting point of obligation

Main Street Energy Alliance releases new video about shifting point of obligation

May 29, 2017 |

In Washington, the Main Street Energy Alliance (MSEA) released the following statement highlighting a new video about the negative impact of shifting the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) point of obligation: “It’s important for Americans to understand that shifting the point of obligation in the Renewable Fuel Standard will disadvantage small business owners and decrease the […]

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DOE seeking candidates for Biomass research advisory committee

DOE seeking candidates for Biomass research advisory committee

May 29, 2017 |

In Washington, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nomination for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (Committee). Deadline for Technical Advisory Committee member nominations is June 30, 2017. Appointments will be made for three-year terms as dictated by the […]

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices will have to fall further after Petrobras cuts gas prices again

Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices will have to fall further after Petrobras cuts gas prices again

May 29, 2017 |

In Brazil, ethanol prices may be forced to fall even further in line with Petrobras’ cuts to gasoline prices. On Thursday the oil major announced a 5.4% price cut effective immediately, meaning a 2.4% price drop at the pump. The latest figures from the energy agency ANP show that hydrous ethanol prices had fallen below […]

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Indian biofuel industry worried GST will hit demand

Indian biofuel industry worried GST will hit demand

May 29, 2017 |

In India, the biofuels industry worries that the government’s new Goods and Services Tax of 18% on both biodiesel and ethanol with stymie the government’s parallel policy of bolstering biofuel consumption in order to reduce fossil fuel imports. Biodiesel has been exempt of excise tax for the past decade and even VAT exempt in some […]

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German biofuel consumption recovers in March

German biofuel consumption recovers in March

May 29, 2017 |

In Germany, biodiesel consumption soared more than 53% in March over the previous month at 134,436 metric tons, though the on-year increase was more modest at just over 6%. Biodiesel blending hit 5.78% on a volumetric basis, more than 100 points higher than February but still down from March 2016’s 6.06%. Ethanol consumption also recovered […]

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University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers develop new process for three-in-one productions from biomass

University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers develop new process for three-in-one productions from biomass

May 29, 2017 |

In Wisconsin, by developing a new process for obtaining not one, but three high-value products from biomass in one fell swoop, University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers and their collaborators have now made that leap towards economic viability. The researchers, led by James Dumesic, professor of chemical and biological engineering, published their results May 19 in the […]

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Zimbabwe returns to E10 as ethanol supplies increase

Zimbabwe returns to E10 as ethanol supplies increase

May 29, 2017 |

In Zimbabwe, the government has returned the ethanol-blending mandate to 10% following the restart of the sugarcane crush in May after lack of supply availability forced it to cut blending down to 5%. Both Green Fuel and Triangle are allowed to supply ethanol to the domestic market. E10 is retailing for between $1.35 and $1.39 […]

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GreenField Specialty Alcohols rebrands to Greenfield Global

GreenField Specialty Alcohols rebrands to Greenfield Global

May 25, 2017 |

In Canada, GreenField Specialty Alcohols, Inc., Canada’s largest ethanol producer and a world leader in high-purity specialty alcohols, announced it has changed its name to Greenfield Global. The name change reflects the company’s broader product categories and its expertise in driving innovations to demonstrate and commercialize new biochemicals and biofuels. As part of its rebranding, […]

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Aemetis agrees three-year biodiesel deal with BP Singapore

Aemetis agrees three-year biodiesel deal with BP Singapore

May 25, 2017 |

In California, Aemetis, Inc. announced that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary in India has signed a three-year biofuels supply agreement with BP Singapore Pte Limited (BPS), the regional trading arm of BP Plc, which has an expanding biofuels portfolio. The Aemetis plant in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh has a capacity of 50 million gallons per year and […]

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