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Epitome Energy’s biodiesel plan set back a year after city’s loan deal falls through

Epitome Energy’s biodiesel plan set back a year after city’s loan deal falls through

June 25, 2019 |

In Minnesota, Epitome Energy’s hopes for a speedy build to its proposed soybean crushing and biodiesel production facility in Crookston has seen a setback following legal scrutiny on a $1.25 million interest-free loan agreed to by the city council. The loan would breech statutory limits on business subsidies for the community that has just $3 […]

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Analysts see Brazilian mills boosting use of cane towards even more ethanol in H1 June

Analysts see Brazilian mills boosting use of cane towards even more ethanol in H1 June

June 25, 2019 |

In Brazil, a Platts survey reports that a survey of analysts estimates mills shifted their cane crush even more towards ethanol during the first half of June, an increase of 1.4 percentage points to 64.1% of the total 42.9 million metric tons of cane they expect were crushed during the period. A total of 2.11 […]

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Irish agriculture minister cautious about biogas plans due to seasonality of feedstock

Irish agriculture minister cautious about biogas plans due to seasonality of feedstock

June 25, 2019 |

In Ireland, Agriland reports that the country’s agriculture minister is taking a wait-and-see attitude towards the development of a biogas industry to fuel public transport in major cities like Dublin, saying that the level of subsidy required to get production off the ground and to commercial scale might not be the best use of funds. […]

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Brazilian mega-giant Odebrecht granted bankruptcy protection

Brazilian mega-giant Odebrecht granted bankruptcy protection

June 25, 2019 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that corporate giant Odebrecht filed for bankruptcy protection last week which was approved the next day by a judge so it could start restructuring $13 billion in debt, one of the largest in-court bankruptcies in all of Latin America. The company won’t be letting go of its stakes in ethanol producer […]

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Indian car manufacturers look at E10, E20 and M3 but later than government wants it

Indian car manufacturers look at E10, E20 and M3 but later than government wants it

June 25, 2019 |

In India, the Press Trust of India reports that the country’s automobile manufacturers association is calling for E10 and 3% methanol blending (M3) by 2025 not only for passenger vehicles but also for two-wheeled vehicles. In a white paper it released recently, the Society for Indian Automobile Manufacturers said that it could work to develop […]

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POET settles with former employee who took its technology to another company

POET settles with former employee who took its technology to another company

June 25, 2019 |

In South Dakota, the Argus Leader newspaper reports that POET settled its two-year lawsuit with a former employee who joined an engineering firm and then allegedly helped that company develop Hydrolysis Utilization technology it claims is very similar to the Delayed Dilution Technology he had developed for Poet. In the end, the suit was dropped […]

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DOE looking for nominations for Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

DOE looking for nominations for Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

June 25, 2019 |

In Washington, the Department of Energy has called for nominations to its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee, applications for which are due on June 30. Nominations this year are needed for the following categories in order to address the Committee’s needs: (D) 2 prominent engineers or scientists from government (non-federal) or academia that […]

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Senators call on EPA to update outdated environmental analysis on ethanol

Senators call on EPA to update outdated environmental analysis on ethanol

June 25, 2019 |

In Washington, U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), both members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, led a bipartisan group of senators urging the EPA to update an outdated environmental analysis on ethanol in order to improve foreign sales opportunities. ‘During the past five years, ethanol has been the […]

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Vietnamese ethanol producing testing out US corn as feedstock

Vietnamese ethanol producing testing out US corn as feedstock

June 24, 2019 |

In Vietnam, the country’s sole ethanol producer is preparing to test U.S. corn as a feedstock with a hammer mill purchased during a mission to the United States in June. The mission is one part of the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) efforts to support Vietnamese government and industry members as they work to increase ethanol […]

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KnipBio reaches major development milestone in fermentation research

KnipBio reaches major development milestone in fermentation research

June 24, 2019 |

In Massachusetts, KnipBio, Inc. announced a major development in its fermentation research that enables the company to produce its single cell protein aquafeed ingredient, KnipBio Meal (KBM), from condensed distillers’ solubles (CDS). This promises a dramatic reduction in cost and further demonstrates the versatility of KnipBio’s biotech platform and fermentation technology. KnipBio began the development […]

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