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USDA fighting back against Brazil’s 20% ethanol tariff

USDA fighting back against Brazil’s 20% ethanol tariff

February 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service plans to fight back hard against Brazil’s 20% tariff on ethanol imports above 600 million liters per year or 150 million liters per quarter, aimed at stemming US ethanol imports, especially during its inter-harvest season. Saying no stone will be left unturned, it’s all hands […]

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Brazil opens public consultation on biodiesel auction guidelines

Brazil opens public consultation on biodiesel auction guidelines

February 15, 2018 |

In Brazil, the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) opened a 45-day public consultation to discuss the improvement of specific guidelines for biodiesel auctions on February 14, published in MME Ordinance No. 476, August 15, 2012. The notice of the consultation is published in the Official Gazette (DOU). The details for sending the contributions can […]

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PTT teams with academia and private sector to improve biofuel catalysts

PTT teams with academia and private sector to improve biofuel catalysts

February 15, 2018 |

In Thailand, PTT has teamed with the Thai Research Fund, Chulalongkorn University, SCG Chemicals, IRPC, Global Green Chemical, and TPK Ethanol in a project that seeks to improve production efficiency, extend lifespan, and reduce costs for importing catalysts and absorbents in biodiesel and ethanol industries. The CAT-REAC Industrial Project is set to cost $2.1 million […]

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Bridgestone and Versalis to jointly develop bio-based materials for tires from guayule

Bridgestone and Versalis to jointly develop bio-based materials for tires from guayule

February 15, 2018 |

In Tennessee, Bridgestone Americas and Versalis are forming a strategic partnership to develop and deploy a comprehensive technology package to commercialize guayule in the agricultural, sustainable-rubber and renewable-chemical sectors. The partnership combines Bridgestone’s leadership position in guayule agriculture and production technologies with Versalis’ core strengths in commercial-scale process engineering and market development for renewables. This […]

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RSB and Boeing to host African Aviation Biofuel Summit in Ethiopia

RSB and Boeing to host African Aviation Biofuel Summit in Ethiopia

February 15, 2018 |

In Ethiopia, in a first for the continent, Addis Ababa will play host to an RSB Aviation Biofuel Summit in March. Generously sponsored by the Boeing Company, this summit will bring together local, regional and international leaders from the aviation industry and government who are driving the development of a sustainable aviation biofuels in the […]

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Petrobras demonstrating microalgae-based biodiesel technology

Petrobras demonstrating microalgae-based biodiesel technology

February 15, 2018 |

In Brazil, Agencia Brasil reports that Petrobras has been working to develop a microalgae-based biodiesel technology despite its financial troubles and its exit from ethanol. Preliminary results from lab tests by the ANP agency done on the fuel have been positive. A demonstration scale facility in Extremoz, Rio Grande do Norte state has storage tanks […]

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Swedish researchers develop quick method to map carbs in plant matter

Swedish researchers develop quick method to map carbs in plant matter

February 15, 2018 |

In Sweden, researchers from Karolinska Institutet have developed a quick and non-destructive method to map the carbohydrates of plant matter. By making composition analysis more easy and accessible, this method will help to understand where inefficiencies lie in many processes from paper recycling to the production of biofuel and will eventually lead to less waste […]

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Growth Energy says EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2018 sees bright future for biofuels

Growth Energy says EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2018 sees bright future for biofuels

February 15, 2018 |

In Washington, federal forecasts in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) demonstrate a clear and growing need for U.S. biofuels says Chris Bliley, vice president of regulatory affairs at Growth Energy. The EIA “reference” case, which contains projections through 2050 based on current trends and regulations, predicts an […]

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Sylvatex teams with Valicor to bring the MicroX technology to market

Sylvatex teams with Valicor to bring the MicroX technology to market

February 14, 2018 |

In California, Biofuels International reports that Sylvatex has teamed up with Valicor—known for its recycling and recovering technologies including corn oil extraction from ethanol production—to jointly develop, build out and commercialize Sylvatex’s MicroX technology. MicroX creates renewable nanoscale emulsion systems using distillers corn oil and other bio-based oils as feedstock. The systems have applications in […]

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Seasonal boost in glycerin prices from deicing demand to begin cooling off

Seasonal boost in glycerin prices from deicing demand to begin cooling off

February 14, 2018 |

In Texas, ICIS reports that the boost biodiesel producers have benefited from over the cold winter months thanks to demand for crude glycerin used to de-ice roads will now begin to wane as spring approaches. The bump in demand typically slows down by mid-March and buyers see no reason why this year should be any […]

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