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Russian biomass pellet exports to Europe soared in 2014

Russian biomass pellet exports to Europe soared in 2014

April 21, 2015 |

In Russia, biomass pellet exports to Europe continue to climb despite trade sanctions, with 2014 exports up 27% on the year to 825,210 metric tons. Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Finland and Germany were the main importing countries in 2014. Italian imports were up 202% on the year while German imports were up 178%.

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Rice University scientists get top results from algae municipal wastewater treatment

Rice University scientists get top results from algae municipal wastewater treatment

April 21, 2015 |

In Texas, in one of the first studies to examine the potential for using municipal wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels, Rice University scientists found they could easily grow high-value strains of oil-rich algae while simultaneously removing more than 90 percent of nitrates and more than 50 percent of phosphorus from wastewater. The findings, which […]

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European Commission confirms antitrust raids on Spanish ethanol producer

European Commission confirms antitrust raids on Spanish ethanol producer

April 21, 2015 |

In Belgium, the European Commission confirmed that on March 24, 2015, Commission officials carried out an unannounced inspection in Spain at the premises of a company active in the production, distribution and trading of ethanol, a biofuel. It follows inspections that the Commission and the EFTA Surveillance Authority undertook in May 2013 in the crude oil, […]

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North Carolina town gives green light to zoning change for biofuels production

North Carolina town gives green light to zoning change for biofuels production

April 20, 2015 |

In North Carolina, the town of Navassa has put forward a proposal to allow biofuel production in heavy industrial areas and conditionally in light industrial areas. An algae-to-methane project is interested in siting a facility in the town, prompting the change to the zoning ordinance, but strict controls on smokestacks, industrial appearance and other aspects […]

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DOT makes voluntary rule mandatory on speed limit for ethanol rail cars in urban areas

DOT makes voluntary rule mandatory on speed limit for ethanol rail cars in urban areas

April 20, 2015 |

In Washington, the Dept. of Transportation has issued new rules requiring train shipments carrying more than 35 cars of ethanol and oil products or an uninterrupted block of 20 cars carrying the fuel must slow down to 40 mph in urban areas with more than 100,000 people, making a formerly voluntary rule mandatory. The rule […]

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Fiberight puts MSW-to-ethanol on hold in Iowa and opts for bio-CNG instead

Fiberight puts MSW-to-ethanol on hold in Iowa and opts for bio-CNG instead

April 20, 2015 |

In Iowa, Fiberight is switching gears and rather than build a garbage-to-ethanol facility at a mothballed ethanol plant in Blairsville, the company will instead produce biogas for CNG from the garbage. The move comes as a result of federal credits for creating on-site biogas while attracting investment for MSW-to-ethanol is very difficult at the moment. […]

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DOE to host webinar on biofuel sustainability

DOE to host webinar on biofuel sustainability

April 20, 2015 |

In Washington, the DOE will present a live webinar titled “Biofuels for the Environment and Communities” on Wednesday, April 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During this webinar, Drs. Virginia Dale from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Christina Negri from Argonne National Laboratory will discuss their EERE-sponsored research on how to […]

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European T2 ethanol hits five-month supporting crush margins

European T2 ethanol hits five-month supporting crush margins

April 20, 2015 |

In the Netherlands, T2 ethanol reached a nearly five-month high of EUR600 per cubic meter thanks to reduced production following maintenance shut downs, short term supplies and possible issues at Abengoa’s Rotterdam ethanol plant. In turn, the crush spreads for both corn and wheat ethanol rose to the highest levels seen since September.

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Midwest dry mill crush margins hit four-month high

Midwest dry mill crush margins hit four-month high

April 20, 2015 |

Across the Midwest, dry mill ethanol crushing margins are estimated to have reached a four-month high of 60.69 cents/gal, up 2.26% on the week, thanks to lower corn prices that hit a 10-week low.

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Freudenberg-NOK develops bio-rubber from sugarcane feedstock

Freudenberg-NOK develops bio-rubber from sugarcane feedstock

April 20, 2015 |

In Germany, with the ever-increasing emissions standards and push for sustainability solutions, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber compound from a polymer produced from sugarcane-based feedstock. The bio-renewable rubber, for which development began in 2012, is made from a polymer that is made via a process that begins with […]

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