In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report and confirmed what many private analysts had already reported – the U.S. corn crop is going to break last year’s record production by a substantial amount. Total production is now projected at 14.475 billion bushels, 550 million […]
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In Georgia, Vega Biofuels announced that its Joint Venture with Agri-Tech Producers, LLC has broken ground on its Allendale, SC pilot torrefaction plant. Vega recently announced it has entered into the Joint Venture to build and operate a pilot manufacturing plant in Allendale, SC to produce Bio-Coal, among other torrefied products. When completed in Q1 […]
In California, NASA researchers recently took to the skies for the second year in a row with a DC-8 and other aircraft to study the effects on emissions and contrail formation of burning alternative fuels in jet engines. This follow-up set of Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions flight tests, known as ACCESS […]
In Belgium, ePURE is calling for European policy makers to introduce a long-term policy framework to support the broadening of Europe’s network of biorefineries by 2030. Such a framework would include targets for European Union transport to encourage the continued use of renewable ethanol as a fuel in transport.
In the Netherlands, for the first time in four weeks European ethanol FOB Rotterdam was at a premium to Eurobob gasoline. Ethanol hit $636.34/cu m on Friday while Eurobob was at $632.88/cu m. That’s a major turn around from the $180.61/cu m discount to gasoline seen earlier in the year.
In Virginia, research conducted by the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) on blending ASTM D6751 biodiesel with both standard and low sulfur heating oil confirms that blends up to 20 percent biodiesel can be used in heating oil without incident. This research includes both lab testing and field results. A recent service organization survey conducted […]
In Indiana, the second Valero ethanol plant in a week has caught fire. The facility located in Montgomery County has suffered major damage to the western section of the plant where the dryer area apparently caught fire. It took firefighters five hours to put out all of the hotspots. No injuries were recorded.
In Argentina, biodiesel exports have taken off since May when the government cut export taxes to 11% from 21%, allowing producers to begin recouping lost exports after the European Union imposed anti-dumping tariffs in 2012. Biodiesel exports could now hit 1.4 million metric tons this year, double last year’s measly 700,000 tons.
In the UK, Vivergo expects its 2014 results to outshine 2013’s loss of GBP48.9 million thanks to operating for a full fiscal year, rather than last year when the plant only came online midway through. Full capacity should be achieved by the end of this year, bringing production up to 420 million liters per year […]
In Malaysia, palm oil prices are following crude oil prices south, closing at $664.01 per metric ton on Monday. Brent crude fell to $88. Demand for vegetable oils for biodiesel is falling as fossil fuel prices slip further. In the US, soybean production is expected to rise 17% on the year, adding more supplies to the […]