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Toyota’s hybrid ethanol Corolla to hit the Brazilian market in Q4

Toyota’s hybrid ethanol Corolla to hit the Brazilian market in Q4

April 17, 2019 |

In Brazil, Toyota confirmed the new Brazilian Corolla will be the first vehicle in the world equipped with flex hybrid propulsion. Studies involving Toyota’s hybrid flex technology were announced by the manufacturer in March last year, while production confirmation came in December of the same year. Driving a new cycle of technological evolution in Brazil, […]

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US Forest Service announces opening of tribal biomass demonstration projects program

US Forest Service announces opening of tribal biomass demonstration projects program

April 17, 2019 |

In Washington, the US Forest Service announced programming for biomass demonstration projects on tribal lands. Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017 amends the Tribal Forest Protection Act of 2004 to direct the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA), to enter into contracts or agreements with Indian tribes, and, in Alaska, tribal organizations to […]

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Philippine ethanol producers seek molasses imports to battle rising feedstock costs

Philippine ethanol producers seek molasses imports to battle rising feedstock costs

April 17, 2019 |

In the Philippines, the Sun Star newspaper reports that ethanol producers are seeking permission to import molasses for feedstock due to the high prices of domestic molasses supplies. El Niño is expected to boost sugarcane yields for the next crop but this season was poor, leaving less molasses availability that has pushed up prices beyond […]

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Brazilian biodiesel auction sources of 928.51 million liters at 58 cents/liter average

Brazilian biodiesel auction sources of 928.51 million liters at 58 cents/liter average

April 17, 2019 |

In Brazil, Renewables Now reports that the most recent ANP biodiesel auction saw a total of 928.51 million liters of biodiesel contracted at an average of 58 cents per liter for a total of $545 million. Nearly 40 producers offered more than 1 billion liters of biodiesel at the auction that will supply the B10 […]

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NUI Galway launches new waste-based biofuels research lab

NUI Galway launches new waste-based biofuels research lab

April 17, 2019 |

In Ireland, NUI Galway has officially launched a new research laboratory, featuring the latest analytical equipment to characterize biofuels produced from organic waste as well as the microbial communities which produce these fuels. Professor Piet Lens will lead a team of 25 PhD and post-doctoral researchers in the Department of Microbiology at NUI Galway, which […]

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Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia call for support of biofuels as part of RED II

Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia call for support of biofuels as part of RED II

April 17, 2019 |

In Belgium, taking into account the commitments of the EU on climate change emerging from various binding documents, which have already been adopted such as the Paris Agreement, Directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (RED II) as well as the proposed new […]

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices hit record high as rains hamper cane crush

Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices hit record high as rains hamper cane crush

April 16, 2019 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that rains in the main center-south sugarcane growing areas have created a tight supply situation for ethanol, pushing hydrous ethanol prices 18% higher during the first 11 days in April to $604.21 per cubic meter, a record high. One trader told Platts that he couldn’t source either hydrous or anhydrous for […]

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Fortum invests in Infinited Fiber Company to manufacture cotton-like fibers from cellulosic materials

Fortum invests in Infinited Fiber Company to manufacture cotton-like fibers from cellulosic materials

April 16, 2019 |

In Finland, Fortum has complemented its biorefining value chain by investing in the Finnish start-up Infinited Fiber Company Ltd. (IFC). The company develops and will license technology that is used to manufacture cotton-like fiber for the textile industry from recycled fiber and cellulose. After the investment Fortum has approximately four per cent ownership of the company. One of Fortum’s four strategic priorities is to build options for significant new businesses. Bioeconomy is a natural option due to its synergies with the company’s current business and the mission to improve resource […]

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Neutral Fuels one of 7 to win a spot in Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund Accelerator

Neutral Fuels one of 7 to win a spot in Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund Accelerator

April 16, 2019 |

In the UAE, Neutral Fuels, the Dubai-based company that converts locally sourced waste into locally consumed biofuel, has won a place on the Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund Accelerator (MBRIFA). The program was established under the UAE Ministry of Finance to accelerate the expansion of pioneering, innovative businesses. The company was one of just seven […]

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Red Trail Energy moving ahead with CCS project after 3D geological survey

Red Trail Energy moving ahead with CCS project after 3D geological survey

April 16, 2019 |

In North Dakota, following a geological survey of the eight miles surrounding the facility, Red Trail Energy has decided to move forward with its carbon capture plans. The move is meant to reduce the carbon footprint of the ethanol produced at the facility so it may be able to supply more lucrative ethanol markets like […]

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