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Philippines sugar mill exploring bioplastics production

Philippines sugar mill exploring bioplastics production

November 25, 2014 |

In the Philippines, the Central Azucarera de la Carlota is exploring the possibility of producing bioplastics from sugarcane. To that end, the company has signed a research MOU with the University of the Philippines in Los Baños and is also in talks for a similar agreement with the University of Saint La Salle in Bacolod […]

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University of Illinois researchers ID yield zones for three bioenergy crops

University of Illinois researchers ID yield zones for three bioenergy crops

November 25, 2014 |

In Illinois, researchers at the University of Illinois have published a study identifying yield zones for three major bioenergy crops. “The unique aspect of our study is that it provides detailed information about where these crops can grow, in terms of their location and stability over time, which has not been done in the past,” […]

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Australia’s biodiesel industry may only survive until 2018

Australia’s biodiesel industry may only survive until 2018

November 25, 2014 |

In Australia, the biodiesel industry expects the industry to fold by 2018 thanks to the excise duty waiver ending next July, five years earlier than planned, and a flood of imports that are receiving subsidies locally and undercutting domestic production. The Cleaner Fuels Grant gives roughly 38 cents per liter to imported biodiesel, making the […]

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Ethanol futures tumble 7% on production surge

Ethanol futures tumble 7% on production surge

November 20, 2014 |

In Illinois, Chicago ethanol futures prices tumbled 7% after the Energy Information Agency said that ethanol production during the week ending Nov. 14 averaged 970,000 barrels per day, just shy of the 972,000 barrel high seen in June. But even so, New York Harbor ethanol prices are at the highest since May thanks to rail […]

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Europe’s crush spreads running negative despite lower wheat prices

Europe’s crush spreads running negative despite lower wheat prices

November 20, 2014 |

In Europe, crush spreads are far below where they were in 2013, even though wheat prices are around 15% lower than last year. The challenge has been the low ethanol prices that have dominated the region in 2014, some EUR135.18 per cubic meter lower.  That has led to about a EUR50 difference in crush spreads […]

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UNICA says October hydrous ethanol sales were up 3.51% on year

UNICA says October hydrous ethanol sales were up 3.51% on year

November 20, 2014 |

In Brazil, UNICA says hydrous ethanol sales into Brazil’s domestic market by producers in Brazil’s South Central region totaled 1.31 billion liters in October, an increase of 3.51% versus October 2013 (1.26 billion liters). Sales of anhydrous ethanol into Brazil’s domestic market also were up, going from 807.03 million liters in October 2013 to 821.47 […]

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Mendota Bioenergy pilot project to commission in December

Mendota Bioenergy pilot project to commission in December

November 20, 2014 |

In California, construction is underway at the pilot plant Mendota Advanced Bioenergy Beet Cooperative is building to produce ethanol from beets. The pilot plant should be commissioned in December and run for nine months before it pushes to scale up to 15 million gallons annually with a commercial facility, aiming for commission during 2017 or […]

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Bloomberg says corn-based RINs at highest since Aug. 17

Bloomberg says corn-based RINs at highest since Aug. 17

November 20, 2014 |

In New York state, Bloomberg says corn-based RINs jumped to 53.5 cents, up 13% and the highest seen since Aug. 17. Rail congestion keeping ethanol in the Midwest along with the EPA’s delays in unveiling the 2014 RFS blending mandates are boosting RIN prices. Export demand is also having a hand in boosting RIN prices.  

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Poo-powered bus hits the road in the UK

Poo-powered bus hits the road in the UK

November 20, 2014 |

In the UK, the country’s first ever bus powered on food waste and human poo has taken to the road which engineers believe could provide a sustainable way of fuelling public transport – cutting emissions in polluted towns and cities. The 40-seater Bio-Bus, which runs on gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food […]

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Spanish researchers boost energy crop yields with sewage sludge

Spanish researchers boost energy crop yields with sewage sludge

November 20, 2014 |

In Spain, researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Universidad Miguel Hernández of Elche have found a way to increase biomass production by using sewage sludge as energy crop fertilizers. The Agroenergy Group from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and researchers of the Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH) of Elche have carried out […]

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