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Edeniq raises $7 million in equity capital from existing and new investors

Edeniq raises $7 million in equity capital from existing and new investors

January 19, 2017 |

In California, Edeniq, Inc. announced it has raised $7 million in equity capital. The proceeds will be used to support rapid growth in Edeniq’s Pathway cellulosic ethanol business. The Company is focused on customer acquisition, adding resources to support existing customers, and developing technology enhancements that can potentially increase the amount of cellulosic ethanol eligible […]

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Zimbabwe’s ethanol crunch boosting gas prices at the pump

Zimbabwe’s ethanol crunch boosting gas prices at the pump

January 19, 2017 |

In Zimbabwe, the country continues to suffer from an ethanol supply crunch that has led to prices increasing at the pump by 4 cents per liter over the past month. Though blending has reached 20%, it was rolled back to 5% in light of the lack of ethanol supply availability, so higher imported gasoline prices […]

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Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil renew algae research agreement

Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil renew algae research agreement

January 19, 2017 |

In California, Synthetic Genomics, Inc. and ExxonMobil announced that they have extended their agreement to conduct joint research into advanced algae biofuels after making significant progress in understanding algae genetics, growth characteristics and increasing oil production. ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics have been jointly researching and developing oil from algae for use as a renewable, lower-emission […]

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Alliance Bioenergy submitted bid to take over INEOS Florida plant

Alliance Bioenergy submitted bid to take over INEOS Florida plant

January 19, 2017 |

In Florida, Alliance Bioenergy says it would be willing to come in and take over the closed INEOS plant and adapt its patented technology to the facility and get it back online quickly if the yard waste contract comes along with the deal. The company submitted an offer last week to Arbor Bank who currently […]

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Thai ethanol tanker carrying 40,000 liters crashes and explodes

Thai ethanol tanker carrying 40,000 liters crashes and explodes

January 19, 2017 |

In Thailand, an ethanol tanker truck carrying 40,000 liters of ethanol en route to a depot in Bangkok’s Phra Khanong district exploded Wednesday night when the driver crashed into a ditch. The driver, who authorities believe fell asleep at the wheel, will be charged for the accident. Foam was sprayed on the fuel that had […]

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Ghana’s first ethanol producer diversifying and seeking more cassava

Ghana’s first ethanol producer diversifying and seeking more cassava

January 19, 2017 |

In Ghana, the country’s only ethanol producer—Caltech—has produced 150,000 liters of ethanol from cassava since starting up the 3 million liter per year facility in August. The company is also expanding into biogas, liquefied carbon dioxide and electricity production. Though the company is already securing cassava from nearby farms in the Volta region, it is […]

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MIT researchers genetically program yeast to better produce fats from sugars

MIT researchers genetically program yeast to better produce fats from sugars

January 19, 2017 |

In Massachusetts, MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible the renewable production of high-energy fuels such as diesel. The researchers modified the metabolic pathways of yeast that naturally produce large quantities of lipids, to make them about […]

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EPA denies oil industry request to waive cellulosic biofuel blending for 2016

EPA denies oil industry request to waive cellulosic biofuel blending for 2016

January 19, 2017 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency has written a letter to the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers denying the group’s request for a waiver on the cellulosic biofuel-blending mandate for 2016 of 230 million gallons. Though data through November shows that less fuel was produced than mandated in 2016 as the AFPM argues, the EPA […]

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World Energy BIOX Biofuels commissions 90 million gallon biodiesel plant in Houston

World Energy BIOX Biofuels commissions 90 million gallon biodiesel plant in Houston

January 18, 2017 |

In Texas, BIOX Corporation announced that World Energy BIOX Biofuels LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between World Energy and BIOX, has completed the commissioning of its 90 million gallon nameplate capacity biodiesel production facility in Houston, Texas. The facility started operating at full capacity in December 2016. The Houston facility operates two equal-sized production trains […]

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DuPont working to find ways to better battle corn stover fires

DuPont working to find ways to better battle corn stover fires

January 18, 2017 |

In Iowa, DuPont is working with Nevada city authorities and Underwriters Laboratories to find ways to better put out corn stover fires to help reduce losses like DuPont suffered this summer when lightning strikes set their stover storage ablaze. Lab tests will soon be underway with a foam extinguishing agent to see how it works […]

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