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Nexterra’s gasification technology under fire in Canada

Nexterra’s gasification technology under fire in Canada

May 19, 2015 |

In Canada, some community members are opposing a planned wood gasification to CHP project for co-location at Procter & Gamble’s facility in West Thurrock, concerned that some of the 100,000 metric tons of wood to be used as feedstock will be chemically treated wood. Opponents Biofuel Watch claim Nexterra’s technology for the facility is unproven.

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Radboud University study shows location of biofuels crop impacts GHGs

Radboud University study shows location of biofuels crop impacts GHGs

May 19, 2015 |

In the Netherlands, corn, wheat and rapeseed can be used to produce biofuels, such as bioethanol and biodiesel. According to recent findings by environmental scientists at Radboud University, the location of the agricultural lands used to grow these biofuel crops has a major impact on the greenhouse gas emission they ultimately produce. The study that […]

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India paves the way for E85 and ED95

India paves the way for E85 and ED95

May 19, 2015 |

In India, the government is implementing the policy framework to allow the use of E85 and ED95 ethanol blends. Rules for vehicles running on biogas are also being finalized following the trial of the Scania biogas bus in Nagpur. The country’s energy minister has become a significant proponent of renewable fuels since rising to office.

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Petrobras sees high biofuel blends keeping Q2 fossil fuel imports flat

Petrobras sees high biofuel blends keeping Q2 fossil fuel imports flat

May 18, 2015 |

In Brazil, Petrobras expects greater ethanol and biodiesel use to keep Q2 fuel imports flat against the previous quarter at 150,000 b/d of gasoline and about 50,000 b/d of diesel. More biofuel use thanks to recent increases in ethanol and biodiesel mandates should continue to keep control over imports but demand for ethanol remains unclear.

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Petrojam Ethanol forced to relocate as petroleum refinery expands

Petrojam Ethanol forced to relocate as petroleum refinery expands

May 18, 2015 |

In Jamaica, Petrojam Ethanol Ltd is being forced to relocate as the Petrojam oil refinery expands, putting the distillery in a tricky position. The energy minister insists the refinery expansion be well on its way by year’s end but PEL doesn’t yet have a game plan, though it would prefer to co-locate at a port […]

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Argentine biodiesel exports seen halving in 2015

Argentine biodiesel exports seen halving in 2015

May 18, 2015 |

In Argentina, biodiesel exports are expected to halve during 2015 to just 800,000 metric tons as export markets dry up due to low fossil fuel prices internationally and ongoing trade challenges. Roughly 97,000 tons were exported during the first trimester of 2015, down 57.5% from the same period last year when 200,000 tons were exported.

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US ethanol demand seen increasing as drivers return to the road

US ethanol demand seen increasing as drivers return to the road

May 18, 2015 |

In Minnesota, financial advisory firm Ascendant Partners expects ethanol demand to rise and slowly boost prices—reversing a slowdown during Q1—as drivers get back on the road and consume more fuel at the pump. Increased demand for ethanol exports are also expected to help support prices and therefore margins for ethanol producers.

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Cargo of 40,000 cu2 ethanol booked from Santos to Tampa

Cargo of 40,000 cu2 ethanol booked from Santos to Tampa

May 18, 2015 |

In Brazil, the ethanol export window to the US remains open for vertically integrated producers with a vessel booked for 40,000 cubic meters to load at the Port of Santos with Tampa as its destination. Bids and offers for Brazil ethanol exports were heard by Platts at $450 and $85 per cubic meter last week.

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Defense Logistics Agency adds biodiesel fuel quality clause to procurement contracts

Defense Logistics Agency adds biodiesel fuel quality clause to procurement contracts

May 18, 2015 |

In Missouri, the Defense Logistics Agency took a major step forward in ensuring high quality biodiesel can be used seamlessly in military bases across the country. DLA, the Department of Defense’s largest logistics support agency, recently added a biodiesel fuel quality clause in their procurement contracts that says suppliers of biodiesel shall be certified as […]

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DOE announces open meeting of biomass R&D technical advisory committee

DOE announces open meeting of biomass R&D technical advisory committee

May 18, 2015 |

In Washington, the Dept. of Energy announced an open meeting on May 20-22 of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under Section 9008(d) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended by the Agricultural Act of 2014. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that agencies […]

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