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Pertamina in talks about reforming pricing scheme for biodiesel

Pertamina in talks about reforming pricing scheme for biodiesel

January 26, 2015 |

In Indonesia, Pertamina is talking with the government and biodiesel producers regarding the current pricing formula for biodiesel tenders based on the mean of Platts Singapore 0.25% sulfur gasoil assessment plus 3.48% so that it is instead based on palm oil prices. The industry had proposed the price of crude palm oil plus processing cost […]

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WSU economist tells biodiesel producers to get smarter to survive

WSU economist tells biodiesel producers to get smarter to survive

January 26, 2015 |

In Washington state, a Washington State University economist told biodiesel producers that in order to survive they must get smarter, from feedstock flexibility rather than reliance solely on canola to marketing byproducts such as meal for animal feed. He said expecting 20% returns year-on-year is unrealistic so much create business models that provide steady although […]

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Manildra Ethanol Plant under fire for poor treatment of foreign workers

Manildra Ethanol Plant under fire for poor treatment of foreign workers

January 26, 2015 |

In Australia, nearly 30 Chinese and Filipino workers are reportedly working at the Manildra Ethanol Plant for under $4 per hour and under unhealthy conditions. All of them are allegedly living together in a five-bedroom, one bathroom house. The workers are apparently run by a Chinese company that provides their services to the ethanol plant.

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University of Minnesota identify potential materials to boost ethanol production

University of Minnesota identify potential materials to boost ethanol production

January 26, 2015 |

In Minnesota, using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. The discovery could lead to major efficiencies and cost savings in these industries. The University of Minnesota has two patents […]

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India looking to support biofuels with tax incentives and fuel standards

India looking to support biofuels with tax incentives and fuel standards

January 26, 2015 |

In India, the country’s transport minister is so serious about promoting biofuels and eliminating fossil fuels for vehicles that his ministry is exploring tax breaks for biofuel production as well as for vehicles that run on biofuels. The government is preparing to issue fuel standards for E85 and ED95. He has made an open call […]

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Carbio’s 2014 exports up 41% on year

Carbio’s 2014 exports up 41% on year

January 22, 2015 |

In Argentina, Carbio says its members exported more than 1.6 million metric tons of biodiesel during 2014, up 41% on the year. West Africa was the main destination while significant volumes also went to the US and Peru. Anti-dumping duties kept most of the biodiesel out of the European Union despite low soy oil prices […]

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Petrobras Biofuels to produce biodiesel from fish waste

Petrobras Biofuels to produce biodiesel from fish waste

January 22, 2015 |

In Brazil, Petrobras Biofuels will begin producing biodiesel from fish oil, buying 15 metric tons per month of fish waste from around 300 fishing families. Production will take place at the company’s facility in Quixadá, near Ceará. By the end of the year the company expects to purchase fish waste from 600 families.

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EPA may release 2014 RFS at last this spring

EPA may release 2014 RFS at last this spring

January 22, 2015 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency may at last finalize the 2014 RFS this spring. The statement was made during the National Biodiesel Board conference this week and then was confirmed by the EPA that the timing seemed on track but no more specifics were given.

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New York City officials backtrack on claims that engine warranties won’t allow biodiesel

New York City officials backtrack on claims that engine warranties won’t allow biodiesel

January 22, 2015 |

In New York state, city officials from New York City are backtracking on comments made at a recent hearing concerning proposed biodiesel blending mandates for official maritime vessels such as sludge ships and the Staten Island Ferry. The officials said that companies such as Caterpillar and EMD wouldn’t cover biodiesel blends in their warranties, but […]

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Methes Energies grants licens to US company for $4 million

Methes Energies grants licens to US company for $4 million

January 22, 2015 |

In Canada, Methes Energies International Ltd. announced Jan. 20 that it has granted a U.S.-based entity a nonexclusive license to use Methes’ design and software for a 3,000 liter per hour biodiesel processor to manufacture biodiesel processors for its own projects in the U.S. Methes is to receive a $4 million upfront cash payment and […]

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