Author Archive: Meghan Sapp

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Novozymes releases advanced suite of biofuels enzymes

Novozymes releases advanced suite of biofuels enzymes

February 22, 2017 |

In Denmark, Novozymes announces the launch of the Spirizyme T Portfolio, an advanced suite of glucoamylase enzymes with trehalase and other yield enhancing activities that provide the most total sugar conversion in the industry. Trehalase is an enzyme that converts trehalose, a type of sugar that cannot be fermented to ethanol, to glucose, which is […]

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Lobbies rush to the finish line over RFS point of obligation

Lobbies rush to the finish line over RFS point of obligation

February 22, 2017 |

In Washington, the fight over the point of obligation for the Renewable Fuel Standard is heating up again, with API submitting comments on Wednesday to the Environmental Protection Agency in support of the agency’s proposed decision to reject moving the Point of Obligation for RFS compliance. On the other side of the debate, truck stop […]

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BETO launches Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium

BETO launches Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium

February 22, 2017 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the launch of its Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio), a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Made up of seven DOE national laboratories, ChemCatBio will bring new catalytic materials to commercial bioenergy […]

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Trump assures ethanol industry it remains key to national energy strategy

Trump assures ethanol industry it remains key to national energy strategy

February 22, 2017 |

In California, through a letter, President Donald Trump assured participants at the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego this week that ethanol remains an important part of the national energy strategy despite the appointment and confirmation of an EPA administrator who in the past has been a legal opponent of the Renewable Fuel Standard and […]

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Debate over Delaware ethanol transit terminal project heats up

Debate over Delaware ethanol transit terminal project heats up

February 21, 2017 |

In Delaware, the DNREC and Delaware City Refinery are asking the Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board to dismiss five of seven arguments lodged by citizen groups in opposition of a plan to boost ethanol transit capacity five-fold that would elevate the facility to a major transportation hub for the region. A hearing is set for Monday […]

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January biomass diesel production and imports down 63% on the month

January biomass diesel production and imports down 63% on the month

February 21, 2017 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Administration said January production and imports of biomass diesel fell more than 63% from December to just 125.8 million gallons due to a lack of demand from the Renewable Fuel Standard. The 2017 RFS calls for 2 billion gallons of biomass diesel this year but production and imports were 2.9 […]

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Smaller corn acreage seen cutting 2017/18 ending stocks

Smaller corn acreage seen cutting 2017/18 ending stocks

February 21, 2017 |

In Illinois, analysts expect farmers to plant fewer corn acres this spring with a focus instead on more soybean production, a decision that will lead to tighter ending stocks in 2017/18 that will in turn boost production costs for ethanol that could shrink margins if ethanol prices don’t rise in line with the increased corn […]

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Vivergo and Ensus fear UK’s proposed 2% cap on conventional biofuels

Vivergo and Ensus fear UK’s proposed 2% cap on conventional biofuels

February 21, 2017 |

In the UK, Vivergo says there is a real chance its ethanol plant in Hull could be shut if the government caps conventional biofuel blending at 2% from the current 4.5% mandate and eventual 9.75% mandate expected for 2020 in line with the European Union Renewable Energy Directive. If conventional biofuels are capped at 0%, […]

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Ensyn could build a facility in Maine if it secures 7 million gallons of offtake

Ensyn could build a facility in Maine if it secures 7 million gallons of offtake

February 21, 2017 |

In Maine, Ensyn is looking to source enough customers in the state to justify investment in a commercial scale biofuel facility similar to the 10.5 million gallon per year $78 million plant it is building in Quebec and the 20 million gallon facility planned for Georgia based on technology the company developed and tested in […]

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Biossance steps up a notch with Sephora roll out

Biossance steps up a notch with Sephora roll out

February 21, 2017 |

In California, the future of clean beauty is coming to SEPHORA as biotechnology-backed beauty brand Biossance enters the leading global beauty retailer with a new look. Biossance products draw on the brand’s rich heritage of science and sustainability to create highly efficient, nontoxic skincare that is safe for our skin and the environment. The brand launched […]

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