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US Grains Council boosts information offering regarding ethanol

US Grains Council boosts information offering regarding ethanol

January 17, 2019 |

In Washington, to make ethanol program information, resources and updates more easily accessible for stakeholders and members, the US Grains Council has expanded its web presence for ethanol, highlighting many of the important components of is ethanol efforts. The following pages are available and updated regularly on the site: Ethanol home page – the global […]

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Ireland awards grants funds to 12 businesses to boost the blue bioeconomy

Ireland awards grants funds to 12 businesses to boost the blue bioeconomy

January 17, 2019 |

In Ireland, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine has announced that the Marine Institute is to provide 12 marine businesses (in collaboration with five universities) with investment funding totaling EUR2.4 million over three years. The funding is being provided to drive continued innovation in Ireland’s ocean economy, a key requirement of the Marine Institute […]

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Epitome Energy chooses Minnesota site for future soybean biodiesel plant

Epitome Energy chooses Minnesota site for future soybean biodiesel plant

January 17, 2019 |

In Minnesota, Epitome Energy has chosen the town of Crookston as the location of its proposed soybean extraction plant that will produce 30 million gallons per year of biodiesel in addition to soy oil and soybean meal. The company told local press that there are more than 1.8 million acres of soybeans in the 10 […]

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Aemetis receives $12.7 million tax break from California

Aemetis receives $12.7 million tax break from California

January 17, 2019 |

In California, Aemetis, Inc. announced that the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) awarded the Aemetis Riverbank Advanced Biofuels Project an exclusion from the payment of California sales and use taxes valued at $12.7 million.  The CAEATFA financial assistance program provides for up to $100 million per year of California state funding […]

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Malaysia PM writes to French president asking for reprieve on palm oil

Malaysia PM writes to French president asking for reprieve on palm oil

January 17, 2019 |

In Malaysia, the Prime Minister has sent a letter to the President of France asking him to drop the de facto restrictions on palm oil from 2020 that will see tax breaks for fuels produced from the controversial feedstock come to an end. In the letter, the Prime Minister called the assertion that palm oil […]

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University of York awarded grant to boost bioeconomy of local SMEs

University of York awarded grant to boost bioeconomy of local SMEs

January 17, 2019 |

In the UK, University of York has been awarded GBP1.5 million to support the growth of Yorkshire businesses that deliver innovative products, processes or services related to renewable, biological resources. The funding has been awarded to the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), a University of York subsidiary, from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The BDC […]

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Penn State researcher makes corn gene discovering following 20 years of trials

Penn State researcher makes corn gene discovering following 20 years of trials

January 17, 2019 |

In Pennsylvania, in discovering a mutant gene that “turns on” another gene responsible for the red pigments sometimes seen in corn, researchers solved an almost six-decades-old mystery with a finding that may have implications for plant breeding in the future. The culmination of more than 20 years of work, the effort started when, in 1997, […]

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Malaysia looks to double biodiesel blending to 20% by 2020

Malaysia looks to double biodiesel blending to 20% by 2020

January 17, 2019 |

In Malaysia, despite the several years of delays to get to 10% biodiesel blending from 7%, a shift that will be implemented in February, Reuters reports that the government is seriously looking at doubling the mandate to 20% as soon as 2020. The move should help to reduce palm oil stockpiles that are overhanging the […]

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Attis Industries teams with Novozymes on its biorefinery plans

Attis Industries teams with Novozymes on its biorefinery plans

January 16, 2019 |

In Georgia, Attis Industries Inc. announced it will collaborate with Novozymes A/S whereby Novozymes has committed to supplying the enzymes required by Attis to convert its pulp into sugar at all of its planned biorefineries. Novozymes has a broad portfolio of biotechnology to support commercial cellulosic biofuels production, and the ability to ramp up production as […]

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Etihad flies Boeing 787 from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam partly on aviation biofuel

Etihad flies Boeing 787 from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam partly on aviation biofuel

January 16, 2019 |

In the UAE, the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), a non-profit entity established by Masdar Institute that is part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology, announced the world’s first commercial flight using locally produced sustainable fuel on an Etihad Airways Boeing 787 powered by GE’s GEnx-1B engines. The flight from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam […]

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