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Zimbabwe’s Hippo Valley Estates to boost ethanol production

Zimbabwe’s Hippo Valley Estates to boost ethanol production

October 21, 2014 |

In Zimbabwe, Tongaat Hulett’s Hippo Valley Estates says it plans to boost cane production by 10% annually for diversion to ethanol production, which currently stands at 21 million liters. Installed capacity is currently at 40 million liters but production has stalled due to years of low prices. Now the government has implemented E15, growing demand […]

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Companies team in South Carolina to grow, produce and sell biofuels

Companies team in South Carolina to grow, produce and sell biofuels

October 21, 2014 |

In South Carolina, ATP-SC LLC and Midlands Biofuels jointly announced an innovative collaboration to grow biocrops, produce, sell and utilize solid and liquid biofuels, and to expand the state’s bioeconomy, starting in Allendale, S.C., and expanding across the state. This announcement is made in anticipation of National Bioenergy Day, which provides an opportunity to showcase […]

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USDA ARS researchers looking into boost cellulosic biofuel yields

USDA ARS researchers looking into boost cellulosic biofuel yields

October 21, 2014 |

In Illinois, at the Agricultural Research Service’s Bioenergy Research Unit in Peoria, one recent research focus has been on determining how switchgrass plant maturity at harvest affects ethanol yields. Chemical engineer Bruce Dien led a study that evaluated samples of two different switchgrass varieties that were harvested at three different points in plant development and […]

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Iowa legislature to look at tax credits for using biofuel byproducts in chemicals

Iowa legislature to look at tax credits for using biofuel byproducts in chemicals

October 21, 2014 |

In Iowa, the state’s Economic Development Authority Board wants to see the legislature take up a proposal next year that would establish a tax credit for companies using productions derived from ethanol production for chemicals, such as corn oil for plastics. The policy is aimed at supply chain companies, not “anchor companies” like ADM and […]

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Methes Energies shipped 22 railcars of biodiesel since Sept. 1

Methes Energies shipped 22 railcars of biodiesel since Sept. 1

October 20, 2014 |

In Canada, Methes Energies International has shipped about 500,000 gallons since Sept. 1, the equivalent to about 22 railcars, but it doesn’t expect to close any more offtake agreements before the end of the year.  

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Pacific Biodiesel back to supplying marine customers

Pacific Biodiesel back to supplying marine customers

October 20, 2014 |

In Hawaii, divers and crew aboard Aqua Adventures Maui are no longer breathing petroleum exhaust when they begin their diving experience from the swim step of the vessel. In a demonstration of its commitment to recycling and to the environment, the Maui “snuba” company has switched from fossil fuel to 100 percent locally produced biodiesel. […]

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Platts says not charged with wrongdoing by the European Commission

Platts says not charged with wrongdoing by the European Commission

October 20, 2014 |

In the UK, Platts says it has not been charged with any wrongdoing by the European Commission in relation to the EC’s ongoing investigation into possible price collusion for biofuels. Reuters has seen a French-language document from the EC indicating that Platts may have kept market players from participating in its Market on Close pricing […]

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Hong Kong’s biodiesel industry wants tighter regulations for waste cooking oil

Hong Kong’s biodiesel industry wants tighter regulations for waste cooking oil

October 20, 2014 |

In Hong Kong, the biodiesel industry is calling for tighter regulations on used cooking oil to keep unscrupulous traders out of the market instead of pushing up prices—pegging used cooking oil with fresh cooking oil—filtering it and putting it back into the human consumption market. That oil would then fall to prices where recycling into […]

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BDI – BioEnergy International gets refit project in California

BDI – BioEnergy International gets refit project in California

October 20, 2014 |

In Austria, BDI – BioEnergy International has signed a contract to refit the Crimson Renewable Energy biodiesel plant in Bakersfield, California. Crimson Renewable Energy has operated the plant since 2010 using self-developed technology and is currently the largest biodiesel producer in California. BDI will supply engineering services and equipment for several important process phases in […]

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Contaminated biodiesel sorted out at Texas truck stop

Contaminated biodiesel sorted out at Texas truck stop

October 20, 2014 |

In Texas, contaminated biodiesel received from a supplier caused problems in some truck engines who tanked up at the Pilot Travel Center in Von Ormy, Texas. After a driver notified the station manager of the issue, the fuel was investigated and the contaminated fuel identified. The pump has since been cleaned out and put back […]

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