Author Archive: Meghan Sapp

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Nigerian MSW business to produce fuels from plastic waste

Nigerian MSW business to produce fuels from plastic waste

December 13, 2017 |

In Nigeria, WestAfricaENRG that collects MSW in Lagos and Ibadan has teamed with the UK’s Cranfield University and SynGas on a project to produce commercial-scale syngas from plastic waste for upgrading to fuels. The project should be online in the next year. Ibadan alone, for example, can source 40,000 metric tons of waste per month. […]

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RIN prices slide ahead of White House meeting over future of RFS

RIN prices slide ahead of White House meeting over future of RFS

December 13, 2017 |

In Illinois, Reuters reports that RIN prices slumped to their lowest level since October to 74 cents ahead of a meeting to be held at the White House between staff of Republican Senators Cruz and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania representing oil states and Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst of Iowa, along with Deb […]

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ANP auction sees 713.4 million liters of biodiesel sold at latest auction

ANP auction sees 713.4 million liters of biodiesel sold at latest auction

December 13, 2017 |

In Brazil, 713.4 million liters of biodiesel was sold at the ANP’s 58th biodiesel auction held recently, worth a total of $516.4 million at an average of 72 cents per liter. More than 97% of the 870 million liters of biodiesel offered by 35 producers held the social seal. Nearly 75% of the volume contracted was […]

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Argentina lobs 8% export tax on biodiesel exports

Argentina lobs 8% export tax on biodiesel exports

December 13, 2017 |

In Argentina, Reuters reports that biodiesel exports will face an 8% tax beginning next year in an effort to keep more of the fuel home and bring it into balance with the 27% export tax already lobbed on soy oil. Argentine biodiesel exporters received relief earlier this year when the EU opened back up its […]

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Roxol Bioenergy allowed to resume ethanol production following odor release

Roxol Bioenergy allowed to resume ethanol production following odor release

December 13, 2017 |

In the Philippines, the Manila Times says local authorities have given Roxol Bioenergy the green light to start producing ethanol again after air pollution from the facility forced the city to issue a cease and desist order until sufficient measures were put in place to control the odors. The order was issued on November 16 […]

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California Biodiesel Alliance shifts to California Advanced Biofuels Alliance

California Biodiesel Alliance shifts to California Advanced Biofuels Alliance

December 13, 2017 |

In California, the board of directors of the California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA) — which has been the respected voice for biodiesel in the state since its founding in 2006 — has voted to broaden the scope of membership to include advanced biofuels. “By changing our name from the California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA) to the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance […]

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Ireland and France continue to hold up EU-Mercosur trade deal

Ireland and France continue to hold up EU-Mercosur trade deal

December 12, 2017 |

In Argentina, Reuters reports that Ireland and France continue to stand in the way between the European Union and Mercosur countries concluding a multilateral trade deal before the end of the year. European ethanol producers have complained about increased import quota, saying an increased quota in a stagnant market will push them out of business. […]

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NREL researchers gain insights into how glycosylation affects key cellulase enzyme

NREL researchers gain insights into how glycosylation affects key cellulase enzyme

December 12, 2017 |

In Colorado, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory  have gained new insights into how glycosylation—the natural attachment of sugars to proteins—affects a key cellulase enzyme. This work could be used to improve enzyme performance to better break down biomass and convert waste plant matter to renewable fuels and products. Namely, […]

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Brazilian sugar mills use 63.17% of cane for ethanol during H2 November

Brazilian sugar mills use 63.17% of cane for ethanol during H2 November

December 12, 2017 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that sugar mills continued to focus on ethanol production during the second half of November with 63.17% of 15.225 million metric tons of cane producing 800 million liters of ethanol. Even though the percentage of cane used for ethanol was exceptionally high, production fell from just over a billion liters two […]

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Celtic Renewables gets planning permission for commercial demo plant

Celtic Renewables gets planning permission for commercial demo plant

December 12, 2017 |

In the UK, Waste Management World reports that the Falkirk Council has granted Celtic Renewables planning permission for its proposed 500,000 liter per year commercial-scale demonstration plant producing advanced biobutanol from whiskey waste streams draff and pot ale. Using a peer-to-peer investment platform called Abundance Investment, the company is seeking nearly $7 million in capital […]

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