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BASF to invest in LanzaTech an undisclosed amount

BASF to invest in LanzaTech an undisclosed amount

June 13, 2018 |

In Germany, BASF Venture Capital GmbH is to invest in LanzaTech. “LanzaTech offers a promising technology that allows currently unused industrial residue and waste streams to be recycled,” says Markus Solibieda, Managing Director of BASF Venture Capital. “We support our customers and society with chemistry that makes optimum use of available resources, and we are […]

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Indian oil minister wants to make ethanol easier to trade

Indian oil minister wants to make ethanol easier to trade

June 13, 2018 |

In India, the oil minister is working to ease trading regulations that has kept oil marketing companies from sourcing enough ethanol from sugar mills to supply the 5% blending mandate nationwide. Tendering procedures and price have been among the complaints by sugar mills for the lack of purchases. Sugar mills are suffering from low global […]

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Copa-Cogeca says DG Agri wasn’t consulted sufficiently regarding REDII

Copa-Cogeca says DG Agri wasn’t consulted sufficiently regarding REDII

June 13, 2018 |

In Belgium, the secretary general of Copa-Cogeca says that DG Agri has not been properly consulted regarding biofuels regulations, something that concerns that farmers unions greatly because of the opportunity provided by biofuels and the economic impacts likely if crop-based biofuels are phased out as expected. Farmers want the cap on cro-based biofuels to remain […]

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Growth Energy says E15 key to ethanol industry’s future

Growth Energy says E15 key to ethanol industry’s future

June 13, 2018 |

In Nebraska, Platts reports that Growth Energy says year-round E15 sales are key to the future viability of the ethanol industry. With an additional demand of 1.3 billion gallons over the next five years should the policy shift be implemented, it’s still not enough to compensate for the lost of 1.8 billion gallons from hardship […]

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Amyris teams with Portuguese universities to boost AI and use of wastes

Amyris teams with Portuguese universities to boost AI and use of wastes

June 13, 2018 |

In California, Amyris announced that it has executed an agreement for a significant project consortium in Europe with the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP) Porto Campus and AICEP Portugal Global (AICEP). UCP is a university system, including the leading biotech school in Portugal, and operates 15 research centers. AICEP is an independent public entity of the […]

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French farmers back off from blockade as agri minister makes promises

French farmers back off from blockade as agri minister makes promises

June 13, 2018 |

In France, farmers have begun to end their blockades as oil refineries and depots that led to more than 100 stations running dry of fuel after the agriculture minister agreed to some of their demands. The blockade was to force Total to boost its use of domestic oils, preferably from rapeseed but also from used […]

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Inventure Renewables implements Mixed Super Critical Fluid technology at  Chinese Wilmar biodiesel plant

Inventure Renewables implements Mixed Super Critical Fluid technology at Chinese Wilmar biodiesel plant

June 12, 2018 |

In Alabama, Inventure Renewables has announced the successful implementation and nearly year-long operation of its Mixed Super Critical Fluid technology at a Wilmar International processing plant in Jiangsu province, China. The technology is being used to produce FAME for oleochemicals and biodiesel from a wide range of vegetable oil feedstocks. “The launch of the plant in […]

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Royal DSM introduces eBOOST™ to boost ethanol yields

Royal DSM introduces eBOOST™ to boost ethanol yields

June 12, 2018 |

In New Jersey, Royal DSM introduced eBOOST™, a complete solution for ethanol producers seeking higher yield and significantly reduced glycerol production in starch conversion processes. The launch took place at the annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop (fuelethanolworkshop.com) in Omaha, Nebraska, USA (11-13 June 2018). Developed by DSM’s Bio-based Products & Services business, the solution includes yeast; […]

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Brazilian mills hit hard during recent truckers strike

Brazilian mills hit hard during recent truckers strike

June 12, 2018 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that sugar mills could have processed 13 million metric tons more cane during the last half of May were it not for the truckers strike that also kept more than 300,000 tons from being exported or supplied to the local market. Ethanol production fell to 1.74 billion liters during the period […]

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Construction of Bharat Petroleum’s 2G ethanol plant to begin by August

Construction of Bharat Petroleum’s 2G ethanol plant to begin by August

June 12, 2018 |

In India, construction of Bharat Petroleum Corporation’s $148 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Bargarh is set to begin in July or August following delays due to the Odisha authorities failing to grant the land required for the facility. The plant is expected to use straw and other biomass as feedstock. It is one of several […]

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