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Nippon Biodiesel developing mobile money project to help up to 5 million farmers

Nippon Biodiesel developing mobile money project to help up to 5 million farmers

August 15, 2018 |

In India, the Nikkei reports that Japan’s Nippon Biodiesel is developing a mobile money system that will allow villages in India and later in Sri Lanka and Mozambique collectively sell their crops as well as buy inputs such as fertilizers. The project targeting between 4 million and 5 million farmers will be supported in Sri […]

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Wilmar’s Q2 results boosted by positive biodiesel economics

Wilmar’s Q2 results boosted by positive biodiesel economics

August 15, 2018 |

In Singapore, The Edge reports that Wilmar’s Q2 was saved in large part thanks to biodiesel due to the positive spread between crude palm oil and gasoil, a feature that is likely to continue throughout the year. Looking ahead into 2019, discretionary demand from the European Union thanks to this positive spread as well as […]

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Karnataka mills worry there are still barriers to boosting ethanol production

Karnataka mills worry there are still barriers to boosting ethanol production

August 15, 2018 |

In India, Karnataka sugar mills believe they won’t benefit from the recent deregulation of sugarcane juice and heavy molasses for ethanol feedstock due to oil marketing companies requiring cost sharing for transport and that 28% goods and services tax that is still lobbed on molasses. Ethanol is subject to only 5% tax. While mills are […]

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New Zealand start up looking to take cue from bees to produce biodegradable plastic

New Zealand start up looking to take cue from bees to produce biodegradable plastic

August 15, 2018 |

In New Zealand, Humble Bee is collecting material produced by Banksia bees in southwest Queensland in an attempt to reverse engineer a biodegradable plastic that is also water-repellent and flame-resistant. The bees line their nests with a cellophane-like plastic, so the company is working with researchers to see if they can produce the plastic en […]

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Saudi researchers find biofuels could significantly reduce NOx and other GHGs

Saudi researchers find biofuels could significantly reduce NOx and other GHGs

August 15, 2018 |

In Saudi Arabia, switching to renewable fuels could significantly lower exhaust emissions of toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) as well as curbing global greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) have combined computer analysis with laser-based NOx concentration measurements to understand NOx production pathways in different fuel types. The […]

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Senator Grassley believes EPA has taken RIN generation from exports off the table

Senator Grassley believes EPA has taken RIN generation from exports off the table

August 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Senator Chuck Grassley says that following discussions with the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency he no longer believes that that controversial proposal to generate RINs from ethanol exports is still an option for reform of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The acting administrator has been coy about what reforms were likely to […]

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Gevo to install Shockwave’s Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process at Luverne facility

Gevo to install Shockwave’s Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process at Luverne facility

August 14, 2018 |

In Colorado, Gevo, Inc. announced that it has entered into two separate operating leases and service agreements with Shockwave LLC to install Shockwave’s Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process as well as related technology and equipment at Gevo’s production facility in Luverne, MN whereby Shockwave is financing its equipment required for this multi-million dollar project and is providing […]

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Brazilian company to launch patented vinasse transportation tank

Brazilian company to launch patented vinasse transportation tank

August 14, 2018 |

In Brazil, Engcom will launch its patented vinasse transportation tank at a sugar industry trade fair in Sao Paulo state next week, demonstrating faster, safer and more efficient transportation of vinasse at the mills. Compared to other products in the market for transportation of vinasse, the use of composite materials makes the tank 500kg lighter […]

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South Korean ethanol imports fall 41% from June to July

South Korean ethanol imports fall 41% from June to July

August 14, 2018 |

In South Korea, Platts reports that July ethanol imports fell more than 41% from June at 22,668 metric tons. Nearly 70% of the 10,335 tons of undenatured ethanol imported in July came from Pakistan, followed by Brazil, pushing out Australia who has been the top origin so far this year. Nearly all of the denatured […]

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Scania closes up ethanol bus service in India

Scania closes up ethanol bus service in India

August 14, 2018 |

In India, Scania notified the Nagpur Municipal Corporation that it would no longer be operating its green ethanol bus fleet as of August 13 after first indicating in June that the project would come to an end. The company began winding up operations for its alternative buses earlier this year, with its Karnataka bus manufacturing […]

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