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Indonesian researchers creating consortium to promote 2G biofuels

Indonesian researchers creating consortium to promote 2G biofuels

October 9, 2018 |

In Indonesia, Tempo reports that the Indonesian Institute of Sciences is seeking partners for a consortium that will work to develop and implement second generation ethanol production in the country as a way to reduce fossil fuel imports as well as use up the abundant amount of crop waste available nationwide. Empty fruit bunches from […]

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IEA says modern bioenergy will see biggest growth among renewables 2018-2023

IEA says modern bioenergy will see biggest growth among renewables 2018-2023

October 9, 2018 |

In France, modern bioenergy will have the biggest growth in renewable resources between 2018 and 2023, underscoring its critical role in building a robust renewable portfolio and ensuring a more secure and sustainable energy system, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest market forecast. Renewables will continue their expansion in the next five years, covering […]

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Indonesia teaming with ENI to convert old oil refineries to biodiesel production

Indonesia teaming with ENI to convert old oil refineries to biodiesel production

October 9, 2018 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that the country is collaborating with ENI to see if it’s feasible convert Pertamina’s Plaju and Dumai refineries into biodiesel production facilities. Both refineries were built in the 1930s with refining capacity of 133,700 bpd and 170,000 bpd respectively. Conversion of refining production capacity into biodiesel production is becoming more common […]

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Explosion at Badger State Ethanol under investigation

Explosion at Badger State Ethanol under investigation

October 9, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, the Associated Press reports that a silo holding DDGS exploded early Tuesday morning at Badger State Ethanol in Monroe but beyond structural damages, no employees were hurt. The silo was only holding about 1,000 tons of DDGS at the time of the accident. Officials were still investigating the cause of the explosion that […]

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UC Berkeley researchers find bacteria’s hunger for gold leads to solar fuels

UC Berkeley researchers find bacteria’s hunger for gold leads to solar fuels

October 9, 2018 |

In California, bacterium named Moorella thermoacetica won’t work for free. But UC Berkeley researchers have figured out it has an appetite for gold. And in exchange for this special treat, the bacterium has revealed a more efficient path to producing solar fuels through artificial photosynthesis. By attaching light-absorbing nanoparticles made of cadmium sulfide (CdS) to […]

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Renewable fuels industry (mostly) applauds Trump move on year-round E15

Renewable fuels industry (mostly) applauds Trump move on year-round E15

October 9, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that President Trump announced plans to move ahead with year-round E15 sales during a closed door meeting with Senators ahead of his trip to Iowa later in the day. Currently, retailers throughout most of the country are prohibited from offering E15 to drivers during the summer months, costing consumers an opportunity […]

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Chinese demand for Brazilian soy leaves biodiesel producers without feedstock

Chinese demand for Brazilian soy leaves biodiesel producers without feedstock

October 8, 2018 |

In Brazil, Bloomberg reports that thanks to demand for soybeans from China that have seen premiums double this past year, domestic soybean crushers are expected to hold off until the harvest begins in 2019 because of negative margins. So, while overall exports of soybeans are up 13% on the year through September with 91% of […]

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IPCC report says biofuel necessary to keep climate change under control

IPCC report says biofuel necessary to keep climate change under control

October 8, 2018 |

In South Korea, AFP reports the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change has launched a new report saying time is running out to stop climate change but that significant investment in biofuels and associated carbon capture and storage could make a big difference. The report says it the Earth’s temperature could rise 1.5C by 2030 and […]

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University of Technology, Jamaica teams with US company on biodiesel

University of Technology, Jamaica teams with US company on biodiesel

October 8, 2018 |

In Jamaica, the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) and Elhydro Limited on October 2 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize collaboration in biodiesel production and research. UTech, Jamaica and Elhydro Limited were brought together by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) to have meaningful discussions on the Medium Scale Castor-based Biodiesel Processing […]

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RIN prices fall to lowest level since January 2014

RIN prices fall to lowest level since January 2014

October 8, 2018 |

In Texas, Platts reports that RIN numbers fell to their lowest level since January 2014 last week at 33.5 cents/RIN for D4 ethanol RINs for 2018 compliance. As the Environmental Protection Agency continues to grant hardship waivers for smaller refiners, the amount of RINs required for compliance falls and pushes down the price of RINs […]

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