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Brampton no longer biofuels superstar in public transport

Brampton no longer biofuels superstar in public transport

July 21, 2016 |

In Canada, Brampton Transit who was lauded in 2002 for using high level blends of biodiesel across its bus fleet has quietly gone down to just a 3% blend nearly a year ago, allegedly over issues with clogged filters in fuel dispensing systems. The transit company had switched to B20 using soybean oil-based biodiesel, cutting […]

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Terra Biodiesel sells Missouri biodiesel plant to undisclosed buyer for undisclosed amount

Terra Biodiesel sells Missouri biodiesel plant to undisclosed buyer for undisclosed amount

July 21, 2016 |

In California, Terra Biodiesel Holding, LLC closed the sale of its biodiesel plant located in St. Joseph, Missouri to an undisclosed strategic buyer. Ocean Park Advisors acted as exclusive advisor to the seller. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The assets include a biodiesel refinery situated on an approximately 13-acre parcel of land. The sale also […]

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Berkeley Lab, JBEI and Sandia researchers demonstrate next step in cellulosic biofuel production

Berkeley Lab, JBEI and Sandia researchers demonstrate next step in cellulosic biofuel production

July 21, 2016 |

In California, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) working at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have demonstrated that adding carbon dioxide (CO2) gas during the deconstruction phase of biofuel production successfully neutralized the toxicity of ionic liquids, the room-temperature molten salt solvent used at […]

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European Court of Auditors slams European Commission for weakness in biofuel certification

European Court of Auditors slams European Commission for weakness in biofuel certification

July 21, 2016 |

In Luxembourg, weaknesses in the system of certifying sustainable biofuels could undermine the basis of the EU’s 2020 targets for renewable energy in transport, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Under the Renewable Energy Directive, EU Member States can only use biofuels certified as sustainable to reach their 2020 target […]

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Reuters poll shows drivers only care about their pockets and not biofuel content

Reuters poll shows drivers only care about their pockets and not biofuel content

July 20, 2016 |

In New York state, a Reuters poll conducted June 28-July 5 of about 1,500 drivers shows that about half of drivers don’t know what ethanol is and about the same pay little or no attention to the fuel the use at the pump. About 93% of respondents said price was the main driver for choosing […]

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US agencies developing app for foreign missions to easily access renewable energy technology providers

US agencies developing app for foreign missions to easily access renewable energy technology providers

July 20, 2016 |

In Washington, the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, and Energy announced an opportunity for U.S.-based suppliers and providers of clean energy, smart grid, and energy efficiency solutions to participate in an interactive directory of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions. The Interagency Team has developed the beta version of an interactive app to serve as […]

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices rise on stock building demand

Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices rise on stock building demand

July 20, 2016 |

In Brazil, the Centre for Advanced Applied Economics (CEPEA) says hydrous ethanol prices rose last week in the Sao Paulo area to $1.87/gal, up 1.6% on the week, thanks to increased demand for stock building. Sugar mills are switching towards more sugar production thanks to higher prices, which may eventually have an impact on ethanol […]

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New report looks at costs of ethylene production

New report looks at costs of ethylene production

July 20, 2016 |

In Texas, Intratec Solutions released a new report examining the costs of production of Ethylene​. The new report presents a techno-economic analysis of Green PG Ethylene production from hydrous ethanol in the USA using a dehydration process similar to the one proposed by BP Chemicals. This detailed study presents plant construction cost, Ethylene production cost breakdown, and […]

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Evonik commissions new Biolys® factory in Brazil

Evonik commissions new Biolys® factory in Brazil

July 20, 2016 |

In Brazil, Evonik has commissioned a new plant for the biotechnological production of Biolys® in the Brazilian town of Castro in the state of Paraná. It will have annual production capacity of around 80,000 metric tons. Biolys® is an efficient source of the amino acid L-lysine and is used as a feed additive in modern […]

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Fiberight receives final permits for Maine MSW-to-fuel plant

Fiberight receives final permits for Maine MSW-to-fuel plant

July 20, 2016 |

In Maine, Fiberight has received the final permits from the Department of Environmental Protection for its proposed MSW-to-fuel plant in Hampden where it plans to process the waste from 100 communities in the state. Those opposed to the project called for a public hearing on the project but the calls came nearly a year after […]

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