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Indonesia’s PLN to convert 122MW of power production to crude palm oil

Indonesia’s PLN to convert 122MW of power production to crude palm oil

February 20, 2019 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that the national utility PLN is switching three of its diesel-fueled and one of its gas-fueled power plants to crude palm oil which together will produce 122MW of power for Papua, East Kalimantan and South Sulawesi. The four plants currently consume 190 million liters of fossil fuel which will now be […]

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Calgren Dairy Fuels injects bio-RNG into Southern California Gas pipelines

Calgren Dairy Fuels injects bio-RNG into Southern California Gas pipelines

February 20, 2019 |

In California, Southern California Gas Co. and biogas producer Calgren Dairy Fuels announced Feb. 14 that renewable natural gas produced at Calgren’s dairy digester facility in Pixley, California, is being injected into SoCalGas pipelines. The project marks the first time that carbon-negative renewable natural gas produced from cow manure has been injected directly into SoCalGas’ natural gas system. […]

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Kinder Morgan to boost Argo infrastructure to help reduce ethanol glut

Kinder Morgan to boost Argo infrastructure to help reduce ethanol glut

February 20, 2019 |

In Illinois, Reuters reports that in an effort to slow falling ethanol prices as a result of a supply glut and in response to ADM flooding the benchmark Argo terminal since late 2017, Kinder Morgan will expand its barge-loading capacity to help increase the flow of ethanol towards coastal markets with higher prices. The number […]

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Brazilian H2 February ethanol prices jump more than 10%

Brazilian H2 February ethanol prices jump more than 10%

February 20, 2019 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that hydrous ethanol prices surged to $562.7/cu m during the first half of February, an increase of more than 10% from the second half of January and the highest seen since November 1 due to retailers failing to pass on lower gasoline prices to consumers. As a result, drivers chose to […]

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PNNL calling on algae industry and academia to partners on DISCOVR project

PNNL calling on algae industry and academia to partners on DISCOVR project

February 20, 2019 |

In Washington, the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is calling on algae industry partners and academic researchers to help find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks. PNNL and its partners in this effort are offering private and academic collaboration opportunities. PNNL […]

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Malaysia hoping diplomacy with France will ease palm oil tensions

Malaysia hoping diplomacy with France will ease palm oil tensions

February 20, 2019 |

In Malaysia, the Borneo Post reports that Malaysian and French officials are set to meet to discuss palm oil in an effort to better understand the product’s opportunities and challenges. Malaysia is trying to head of implementation of the French Parliament’s ban on palm oil for biodiesel from 2020. The French Environment Ambassador is set […]

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Eni teams with RenOils to collect UCO for biodiesel production

Eni teams with RenOils to collect UCO for biodiesel production

February 19, 2019 |

In Italy, Eni and RenOils, the Italian national vegetable and animal oils and fats Consortium established in 2016 to ensure the correct management of the collection, transport, storage, processing and reuse of vegetable oils and animal fats, signed a collaboration agreement to promote the recovery of used vegetable oils. Eni currently makes use of approximately […]

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Cortus Energy teams with Swedish Biofuels to produce bio-jet from forest waste

Cortus Energy teams with Swedish Biofuels to produce bio-jet from forest waste

February 19, 2019 |

In Sweden, Cortus Energy AB (Publ) and Swedish Biofuels AB (SB) have agreed in a preliminary agreement about cooperating with the goal of during 2019, jointly projecting a first commercial plant for production of bio-jet fuel based on forest raw material and alcohols for the Arlanda airport needs. Initial contacts around land, logistics, fuel and […]

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Record molasses prices boosts Philippine ethanol price to $1,165/cu m

Record molasses prices boosts Philippine ethanol price to $1,165/cu m

February 19, 2019 |

In the Philippines, Platts reports Sugar Regulatory Agency data shows record molasses prices pushed domestic ethanol prices to $1,165/cu m during the first half of February. Molasses prices rose to $194.85/mt during the first half of the month bringing ethanol prices to an equivalent of $0.83/liter. Sugar prices also rose during the period to $588.2/mt, […]

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Green Earth Institute aims to produce green chemicals from oil palm waste in Malaysia

Green Earth Institute aims to produce green chemicals from oil palm waste in Malaysia

February 19, 2019 |

In Japan, Green Earth Institute plans to start producing high value chemicals— alanine and valine—from oil palm waste using its technology in a Malaysian trial by 2022 with hopes of partnering with companies such as Sime Darby. Empty fruit bunches will be used but also palm trunks. GEI, started in 2011 with funds from the […]

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