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Neste takes the plunge and decides to invest EUR1.4 billion in tripling renewable production in Singapore

Neste takes the plunge and decides to invest EUR1.4 billion in tripling renewable production in Singapore

December 12, 2018 |

In Finland, Neste Corporation has made the final investment decision on additional renewable products production capacity in Singapore. The decision is based on a growing global market demand for low-carbon solutions in transport and cities, aviation, polymers and chemicals. The investment worth approximately EUR1.4 billion will extend Neste’s renewable product overall capacity in Singapore by […]

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Shuttered Florida biodiesel facility leaking glycerin from old storage tank

Shuttered Florida biodiesel facility leaking glycerin from old storage tank

December 12, 2018 |

In Florida, local news reports that a mothballed biodiesel facility in North Fort Meyers owned by Green Gallon Solutions has begun to leak glycerin-like products that are treated as hazardous materials. The state’s department of environmental protection has called for immediate cleanup of the leaking 10,000-gallon tank that had glycerin oozing from it when inspectors […]

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Call for Philippines to boost ethanol blending to 20% in light of higher taxes

Call for Philippines to boost ethanol blending to 20% in light of higher taxes

December 12, 2018 |

In the Philippines, a governor who is running for the Senate next year is calling for an E20 blending mandate to reduce the rising cost of fuel resulting from increased taxes. She claims that the current blending law wouldn’t need to be amended to facilitate the E20 policy because the domestic industry could only support […]

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Chicago Argo ethanol prices fall to lowest level in 15 years

Chicago Argo ethanol prices fall to lowest level in 15 years

December 12, 2018 |

In Illinois, Platts reports that prices for Chicago Argo ethanol have fallen to $1.1725/gal the lowest level seen in 15 years. Healthy margins kept ethanol producers pumping out more than a billion barrels per day well past the peak summer driving season but that have since fallen into negative margins at around minus 16.41 cents/gal […]

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Brazilian biodiesel auction sees less fuel sold at lower prices than previously

Brazilian biodiesel auction sees less fuel sold at lower prices than previously

December 12, 2018 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that the most recent biodiesel auction held by the ANP saw nearly 915 million liters of biodiesel sold, down from nearly 965 million liters during the prior auction. The average price for biodiesel sold fell as well to under 68 cents per liter compared to 72 cents last time. In total, […]

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National Farmers Union pushing Congress to expand use of mid-level ethanol blends

National Farmers Union pushing Congress to expand use of mid-level ethanol blends

December 12, 2018 |

In Washington, as Congress looks to revamp and coordinate federal-level policies that govern the transportation fuels and vehicles sectors, the National Farmers Union is urging legislators to expand use of high-octane, mid-level blends of ethanol in the transportation fuel supply. In doing so, policymakers have the opportunity to create lasting national policy that builds on […]

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Harvard researchers develop yeast bio-hybrid system

Harvard researchers develop yeast bio-hybrid system

December 12, 2018 |

In Massachusetts, researchers at Harvard University have expanded the concept of “biological-inorganic hybrid systems” to baker’s yeast that in combination with light-harvesting semiconductors is able to produce shikimic acid, an important precursor of the anti-viral drug Tamiflu, several other medicines, nutraceuticals, and fine chemicals. When kept in the dark, the yeast cells produced ethanol and […]

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Malaysia PM launches B10 for February 1

Malaysia PM launches B10 for February 1

December 12, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the Prime Minister officially launched the B10 mandate that will come into effect from February 1, up from the current 7%. The move is expected to reduce an additional 1.7 million metric tons of CO2 emissions from transport per year. Concerns about air pollution as well as the surplus palm oil situation have […]

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Circa gets EU green light to import or manufacture its bio-based solvent

Circa gets EU green light to import or manufacture its bio-based solvent

December 11, 2018 |

In the UK, biotechnology company Circa Group has received authorization from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to manufacture or import up to 100 metric tons/year of its bio-based solvent CyreneTM in the European Union, after receiving REACH Annex VIII approval. A chiral dipolar aprotic solvent, CyreneTM was developed in conjunction with the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence […]

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Institute of Technology Tralee gets EU grant to develop Ireland’s first small-scale biorefinery

Institute of Technology Tralee gets EU grant to develop Ireland’s first small-scale biorefinery

December 11, 2018 |

In Ireland, the Institute of Technology Tralee will receive EUR940,000 under the EU Agricultural European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI), which is co-funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine and the EU, to lead the Biorefinery Glas project, Ireland’s first small-scale bioeconomy initiative. The Biorefinery Glas project aims to address key challenges in Irish agriculture […]

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