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India’s UCO program launches with 64 companies at 101 different locations

India’s UCO program launches with 64 companies at 101 different locations

August 16, 2018 |

In India, as part of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s initiative to collect used cooking oil for biodiesel production, 64 companies at 101 different locations will participate in the program. By 2020, the program hopes to collect 2.2 billion liters of UCO that do not meet the recently published standards for UCO […]

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Water availability key challenge for proposed VNA biofuel project in Kansas

Water availability key challenge for proposed VNA biofuel project in Kansas

August 16, 2018 |

In Kansas, the availability of water is the key issue at hand for both local residents and VNA who is promoting the development of a biofuel plant in Sumner County. Meeting with the county’s planning commission at a public hearing, the company said it had no interest in the site if there was the 50 […]

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Community concerns about Indiana POET biorefinery seems to be easing

Community concerns about Indiana POET biorefinery seems to be easing

August 16, 2018 |

In Indiana, the turn out for the public hearing regarding the air quality permit for the proposed POET biorefinery in Shelbyville was just a tenth of those who opposed the facility at the recently planning meeting, perhaps indicating that community opposition to the project is shrinking. The public comment period for the air quality permit […]

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ADM picks up Brazil’s Algar Agro to boost oilseed processing capacity

ADM picks up Brazil’s Algar Agro to boost oilseed processing capacity

August 16, 2018 |

In Brazil, Archer Daniels Midland Co. has reached an agreement to purchase certain assets of Brazil-based Algar Agro, including oilseeds processing facilities in Uberlândia in the state of Minas Gerais, and Porto Franco in Maranhão. Under the terms of the deal, ADM will become owner of integrated crush and oil refining/bottling facilities in Uberlândia and […]

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European FAME 0 prices hit three-month low despite summer demand

European FAME 0 prices hit three-month low despite summer demand

August 16, 2018 |

In the Netherlands, Platts reports that even though summer demand for FAME 0 has been steady, prices have fallen to a three-month low of $874.25 per metric ton as imports continue to flow in to the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region but low levels on the Rhine keep those supplies from moving eastward. The situation isn’t likely to […]

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European bioeconomy seen strongly linked with SDGs

European bioeconomy seen strongly linked with SDGs

August 16, 2018 |

In Belgium, a new paper of Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) illustrates the strong link between the SDGs, the bioeconomy and the Bio-Based Industries with concrete examples. Thanks to BIC’s Partnership with the European Union since 2014, the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) has kick-started the European bioeconomy by supporting innovative bio-based demonstration and flagship […]

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European researchers say African expansion of palm oil could impact primates

European researchers say African expansion of palm oil could impact primates

August 16, 2018 |

In Italy, future expansion of the palm oil industry could have a dramatic impact on African primates, according to the findings of a new study led by the European Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. The study has been published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Scientists […]

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Iowa congressman says boosting ethanol blends better than farmer bailout

Iowa congressman says boosting ethanol blends better than farmer bailout

August 16, 2018 |

In Iowa, Congressman Steve King says that rather than a $12 billion bailout to farmers as a result of negative impacts from the trade war with China and other major importing countries, the White House should instead approve higher blends of ethanol year-round, not just E15 but also E30 while further promoting E85. Farmers want […]

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Metsä’s biorefinery achieves 100% production capacity on schedule

Metsä’s biorefinery achieves 100% production capacity on schedule

August 15, 2018 |

In Finland, Metsä’s biorefinery in Äänekoski achieved 100% production capacity by August 8 as planned, when it produced its millionth ton of pulp following commissioning August 15, 2017. The facility produces product gas from bark, sulphuric acid from the mill’s odorous gases and biogas from the sludge from its wastewater treatment plant in addition to […]

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Ethanol production falls slightly while stocks rise to highest since mid-March

Ethanol production falls slightly while stocks rise to highest since mid-March

August 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that Energy Information Administration Agency data shows ethanol production fell slightly last week to an average of 1.072 million b/d while stocks rose by of 94,000 barrels to their highest level since mid-March at 1.189 billion barrels. Even inventories in the East Coast region rose 48,000 barrels on the week as […]

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