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Leading San Diego research institutes top national algae programs

In California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego are taking the lead in developing an energy source that has the potential to be both cheaper and cleaner than fossil fuels: algae biofuels. A new report issued by the U.S. DOE ranked algal biofuels research programs at UC San Diego as the two best in the […]

April 15, 2014 More

NASA signs aviation biofuels agreement with Germany and Canada

In Washington, NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions from jet engines burning alternative fuels. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS II) flights are set […]

April 15, 2014 More

Brazilian biodiesel producers supply 463.8 million liters at ANP auction

In Brazil, the ANP’s bimonthly biodiesel auction held on Friday saw 463.8 million liters sold to supply the country’s B5 blending mandate. A total of 735.2 million liters were offered at auction with more than 98% of it complying with the social seal standard even though only a minimum of 80% of the volume had […]

April 14, 2014 More

Cargill awards Technip with EPC contract for new ethanol plant

In France, Technip was awarded a contract comprising detailed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for the core process units of Cargill’s new ethanol production plant located in Barby, Germany. The production units will be built on a green field site alongside Cargill’s existing wheat processing facility.

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Ethanol imports force Midwest margins down nearly 20% on the week

In Illinois, ethanol imports are lowering the price of ethanol to such an extent that it is having a heavy impact on profit margins for Midwest ethanol plants. Platts is reporting that margins fell to $1.6313/gal last week, down nearly 20% on the week. Ethanol prices hit an eight-year high the last week of March.

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Brazilian ag ministry announces push to boost ethanol blend to 27.5%

In Brazil, the agriculture ministry has confirmed that it is looking to increase the blend of anhydrous ethanol in gasoline to 27.5% from the current 25%. Such a move is expected to reduce Petrobras’ fuel imports, helping to offset some of its losses. The Brazilian stock exchange BOVESPA responded favorable to Petrobras on Friday after […]

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Addax Bioenergy to begin ethanol production next week

In Sierra Leone, Addax Bioenergy is expected to begin ethanol production next week on Tuesday. The country’s president visited the site over the weekend ahead of the opening. When at full capacity, the facility will produce 85 million liters of ethanol per year in addition to 100,000 MWh of electricity.

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Coalition for Sustainable Rail to begin research on used railroad ties for biofuels

In Minnesota, the Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR) announced April 14 that it is initiating research on conversion of used railroad ties into an advanced biofuel. This research, funded through a generous grant from the Indiana Rail Road (INRD), is a first look into the viability of “upcycling” used railroad ties into biofuel.

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Stanford research co-locates solar with agave for biofuel production

In California, growing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according to new computer models by Stanford scientists. This co-location approach could prove especially useful in sunny, arid regions such as the southwestern United States where […]

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UK announces rules for small-scale biodiesel producers

In the UK, the Environmental Agency has released rules that will allow an operator to operate a Part A low impact installation for the production of biodiesel at a specified location. Permitted raw materials and wastes are limited to new and waste vegetable oils and rendered animal fat. The total quantity of raw materials and […]

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