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Gevo signs supply agreement for alcohol-to-jet fuel with Avfuel

Gevo signs supply agreement for alcohol-to-jet fuel with Avfuel

June 21, 2018 |

In Colorado, Gevo announced that it has entered into a long-term agreement to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corporation, effective July 1, 2018. Avfuel is a leading global supplier of aviation fuel and services to all industry consumer groups, servicing more than 3,000 locations worldwide. The Supply Agreement with Avfuel is Gevo’s […]

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Thailand adjusts tax structure to promote B20 over B7

Thailand adjusts tax structure to promote B20 over B7

June 21, 2018 |

In Thailand, the government is changing the fuel tax scheme in order to make B20 cheaper than B7 to promote its consumption. A small tax will be added to B7 while the government will pick up an additional per liter subsidy financed through the Oil Fund. Promoting B20 is meant to help relieve some of […]

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Local residents upset by plans to introduce biodiesel storage by United Riverhead Terminal

Local residents upset by plans to introduce biodiesel storage by United Riverhead Terminal

June 21, 2018 |

In New York state, local residents have come out against a proposal by United Riverhead Terminal to install biodiesel storage tanks that would allow it to blend 5% biodiesel with heating oil as required by state law as of July 1. The facility dates back to the 1950s and is currently zoned residential although it […]

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WSU Tri-Cities researcher awarded $500,000 grant to study lignin

WSU Tri-Cities researcher awarded $500,000 grant to study lignin

June 21, 2018 |

In Washington state, WSU Tri-Cities associate professor Xiao Zhang is targeting the use of lignin — a common material that makes the cell walls of plants rigid — to create affordable biofuels and bioproducts. Interested in the project, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has granted Zhang, an associate professor […]

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Indian Oil looking to invest $132.6 million in 2G ethanol plant in Uttar Pradesh

Indian Oil looking to invest $132.6 million in 2G ethanol plant in Uttar Pradesh

June 21, 2018 |

In India, the Business Standard newspaper reports that Indian Oil plans to invest $132.6 million in second-generation ethanol facility that will use crop waste, likely sugarcane, as feedstock in Uttar Pradesh. The project could end up being a joint venture between the oil company and the state’s sugar mills association. If the ethanol project doesn’t […]

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Forest Concepts awarded $1.8 million BETO grant to improve biomass processing

Forest Concepts awarded $1.8 million BETO grant to improve biomass processing

June 21, 2018 |

In Washington state, Forest Concepts LLC has been awarded a $1.8 million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office to address the critical issues of poor flowability, high friction, and highly variable physical properties that have plagued the biomass industry. Biomass materials have a wide range of moisture contents that are […]

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University of Michigan researchers find diverse algae species mix boosts oil yield and stability

University of Michigan researchers find diverse algae species mix boosts oil yield and stability

June 21, 2018 |

In Michigan, a diverse mix of species improves the stability and fuel-oil yield of algal biofuel systems, as well as their resistance to invasion by outsiders, according to the findings of a federally funded outdoor study by University of Michigan researchers. U-M scientists grew various combinations of freshwater algal species in 80 artificial ponds at […]

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EPA announcement reassigning waived RINs likely postponed after oil uproar

EPA announcement reassigning waived RINs likely postponed after oil uproar

June 21, 2018 |

In Washington, Friday’s planned announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency administrator and the Secretary of Agriculture at a farm in Missouri on Friday that RINs waived would be re-allotted to other refineries will likely be postponed after uproar by the petroleum industry. So now the last minute deal must be rejigged but it won’t likely […]

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ADM and DuPont team up to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes

ADM and DuPont team up to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes

June 20, 2018 |

In Illinois, Archer Daniels Midland Company and DuPont Industrial Biosciences announced a collaboration to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes for operators of grain-based ethanol plants. Cellulase enzymes assist in hydrolyzing the corn kernel fiber, which consists mostly of cellulose and hemicellulose carbohydrates. Once the fiber is broken down, more sugars can be liberated and […]

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ePure study shows European ethanol delivers 70% average GHG emissions savings

ePure study shows European ethanol delivers 70% average GHG emissions savings

June 20, 2018 |

In Belgium, European renewable ethanol delivered an average of more than 70% greenhouse-gas savings compared to fossil fuels in 2017, according to new certified data from European ethanol producers. The number represents the latest of a string of annual increases in the climate-change-fighting potential of European ethanol, which has shown improved performance every year since […]

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