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European biodiesel premiums soar as oil hits six-year lows

European biodiesel premiums soar as oil hits six-year lows

August 25, 2015 |

In the Netherlands, as oil prices continue to fall to new six-year lows, the premiums for biofuels rise, as is the case with RED-compliant FAME that saw its premium hit a new record of $427/mt last week, the highest since Platts started tracking RED FAME prices in February 2012. Analysts expect oil prices to remain […]

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China’s July ethanol imports triple May record

China’s July ethanol imports triple May record

August 25, 2015 |

In July, China’s July ethanol imports tripled to a record of 69,076 cubic meters, up from the previous record of 21,155 cu m in May 2015. For the first time ever, the country imported ethanol from Brazil while undenatured ethanol imports from Pakistan made the key contribution to the over all import figure. Pakistan undenatured […]

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Latvian researchers may have broken the ethanol and furfural co-production conundrum

Latvian researchers may have broken the ethanol and furfural co-production conundrum

August 25, 2015 |

In Latvia, researchers led by the University of Latvia Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology have demonstrated the viability of a technique that produces both ethanol and furfural from wheat straw. Producing furfural from biomass typically involves destroying up to half of the cellulosic material, reducing yields for ethanol production significantly but the researchers claim to […]

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Avalara releases white paper looking at tax policies related to biodiesel

Avalara releases white paper looking at tax policies related to biodiesel

August 25, 2015 |

In Washington state, sales tax management software company Avalara has released a white paper looking at the new tax challenges that arise from biodiesel. With future growth of biodiesel consumption in many ways dependent on tax policy in addition to the quotas set in the RFS, the paper goes over the maze of federal and […]

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Gevo and Butamax bury the hatchet at last and parter on isobutanol

Gevo and Butamax bury the hatchet at last and parter on isobutanol

August 24, 2015 |

In Colorado, Gevo and Butamax Advanced Biofuels, a joint venture between BP and DuPont, announced that they have entered into worldwide patent cross-license and settlement agreements, ending a patent dispute related to technologies for the production of bio-based isobutanol. This settlement ends all of the lawsuits and creates a new relationship between the companies, aimed […]

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol consumption hits all-time record in July

Brazilian hydrous ethanol consumption hits all-time record in July

August 24, 2015 |

In Brazil, hydrous ethanol consumption jumped to an all-time high in July at 1.55 billion liters, up 53% on the year and 4% from June, and the highest consumption since the last record was set at 1.51 billion liters in December 2009. So far this year, total ethanol consumption is up 40% at almost 9.94 […]

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Ethanol futures flip to a premium over gasoline but how long it will last is unknown

Ethanol futures flip to a premium over gasoline but how long it will last is unknown

August 24, 2015 |

In Illinois, the period of healthy margins for Midwest ethanol producers may be coming to an end as ethanol futures shift over to a premium over gasoline. Corn prices are holding fairly steady this year but gasoline prices have fallen to a 6.5 year low this week, pushing ethanol from a discount to a premium […]

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BIO report says RFS has displaced 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil in its 10 years

BIO report says RFS has displaced 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil in its 10 years

August 24, 2015 |

In Washington, over its 10-year lifespan, the Renewable Fuel Standard s (RFS) requirement to substitute biofuels for fossil fuels has displaced nearly 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil and reduced U.S. transportation-related carbon emissions by 589.33 million metric tons, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) finds in an analysis released Monday. The major findings of the […]

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Protestors seek to put an end to proposed $40 million methane plant in West Louisville

Protestors seek to put an end to proposed $40 million methane plant in West Louisville

August 24, 2015 |

In Kentucky, nearly 100 protestors walked a total of 20 city blocks in Louisville to protest a proposed $40 million methane plant planned for the west of the city where spent grains from whiskey production would be used as feedstock. Community protestors have allegedly stalled plans for a similar plant in another part of town […]

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EU puts UPM NER300 biofuel project on reserve list and drops Stora Enso and Neste’s all together

EU puts UPM NER300 biofuel project on reserve list and drops Stora Enso and Neste’s all together

August 24, 2015 |

In Finland, Stora Enso and Neste Oil’s NER300 biodiesel demonstration project has been put on hold after the European Commission pulled funding. At first, three projects were expected for EU funding in Finland but in the end only one will be funded and Vapo Ajos was the winner. UPM’s planned project was supported by France […]

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