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China’s September biodiesel imports soar 49% over August

China’s September biodiesel imports soar 49% over August

October 27, 2014 |

In China, September biodiesel imports soared 49% over August with 123,587 metric tons. Of the total, 105,671 tons came from Indonesia, an increase of more than 36% on the month. Nearly 11,000 tons of PME came from Malaysia in September while just under 7,000 tons of used cooking oil-based biodiesel came from Hong Kong.  

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South Dakota State researcher gets major grant for DDGs market studies

South Dakota State researcher gets major grant for DDGs market studies

October 27, 2014 |

In South Dakota, South Dakota State University food science professor Padmanaban Krishnan received a four-year grant geared toward getting corn co-products to the food market. With a $576,000 project budget for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association grant, Krishnan will work with the food and ethanol industries with the goal of bringing food-grade dried distiller’s grain (DDG) […]

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Brazil markets plunge on Rousseff re-election

Brazil markets plunge on Rousseff re-election

October 27, 2014 |

In Brazil, markets reacted poorly to Dilma Rousseff’s re-election on Sunday with Cosan and San Marthino shares sinking while prospects for Petrobras look even worse. Cosan opened down 6% while Petrobras opened down more than 15%. Analysts say the markets will only stabilize once Rousseff announces concrete policies.  

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Maine exploring Fiberight’s technology for 187 towns’ MSW

Maine exploring Fiberight’s technology for 187 towns’ MSW

October 23, 2014 |

In Maine, the University of Maine has been hired by a consortium of 187 towns and their MSW streams to evaluate whether Fiberight’s technology could be a good option for the state’s waste. The company is producing its Trashanol at a facility in Lawrenceville, Virginia. Currently the consortium’s waste is processed by a waste-to-energy plant […]

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Brazil starts importing ethanol early in the season, could hit 600 million liters

Brazil starts importing ethanol early in the season, could hit 600 million liters

October 23, 2014 |

In Brazil, Datagro says that ethanol imports are likely to resume and could hit 600 million liters during the intercrop period this marketing year. Drought has cut the cane crush by about 10%, forcing imports already earlier in the year than typical. Most of the ethanol is likely to be sourced from the US.  

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EIA says September ethanol production fell to six-month low

EIA says September ethanol production fell to six-month low

October 23, 2014 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says that September’s ethanol production fell to a six-month low of 1.16 billion gallons. That’s 39.22 million gallons, or 3.27%, less than in August. Despite low corn prices, low ethanol prices squeezed margins, leading to lower production.  

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BlueFire Renewable secures up to $270 million from China EXIM

BlueFire Renewable secures up to $270 million from China EXIM

October 23, 2014 |

In California, BlueFire Renewable announced that it has received a Letter of Intent from The Export Import Bank of China (China EXIM) to provide up to $270 million in debt financing for its bio-energy project in Fulton, Mississippi. China EXIM’s interest in providing substantial financing to BlueFire is unprecedented and significant for the U.S. renewable […]

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Bio-based materials and chemicals could see $1 billion in investments in 2014

Bio-based materials and chemicals could see $1 billion in investments in 2014

October 23, 2014 |

In Massachusetts, bio-based materials and chemicals industry is poised to attract nearly $1 billion in investment this year, led notably by later-stage funding rounds, according to Lux Research. The estimated $974 million investment represents a 28 percent increase from 2013, suggesting companies that endured the waves of economic disruption have gained maturity and regained investors’ […]

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EU’s biofuel supply chain group demands 2030 blending targets

EU’s biofuel supply chain group demands 2030 blending targets

October 23, 2014 |

In Belgium, ahead of the European council of head of state this week, the European biofuels supply chain group representing feedstock producers and biofuel processors demanded specific targets for renewables and specifically biofuels in the 2030 Climate and Research framework. They say that without specific transport targets in the 2030 Energy Package, biofuels would disappear […]

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Norwegian researchers producing biocrude from kelp

Norwegian researchers producing biocrude from kelp

October 23, 2014 |

In Norway, the sea has long been a source of the country’s riches, whether from cod, farmed salmon or oil. Now one researcher from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) researcher hopes to add seaweed to this list as he refines a way to produce “biocrude” from common kelp. Using small quartz tube […]

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