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UPM Biofuels’ Ecofys study shows surplus crude tall oil availability

UPM Biofuels’ Ecofys study shows surplus crude tall oil availability

June 20, 2017 |

In Finland, UPM Biofuels commissioned a study from leading international energy and climate consultancy Ecofys – A Navigant Company, entitled “Crude tall oil low ILUC risk assessment: comparing global supply and demand”. The study looked into crude tall oil (CTO) availability, current usage, whether the feedstock creates an additional demand for land, and whether the […]

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Turkish researcher awarded grant to study electrodeionization for biofuels

Turkish researcher awarded grant to study electrodeionization for biofuels

June 20, 2017 |

In Arkansas, a Turkish researcher has been awarded an AAUW International Doctoral Fellowship from the American Association of University Women in part to research use of electrodeionization, or EDI, which uses electricity to remove ions from water. In addition to other areas, she is studying the use of EDI in the process of growing algae […]

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Stanford scientists use copper catalysts to make ethanol from CO2 and water

Stanford scientists use copper catalysts to make ethanol from CO2 and water

June 20, 2017 |

In California, a recent discovery by Stanford University scientists could lead to a new, more sustainable way to make ethanol without corn or other crops. This promising technology has three basic components: water, carbon dioxide and electricity delivered through a copper catalyst. The results are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences […]

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Mexico moves forward with E10 policy outside urban centers

Mexico moves forward with E10 policy outside urban centers

June 20, 2017 |

In Mexico, Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) announced recently a change that will increase the maximum amount of ethanol that can be blended in Mexican gas supplies from 5.8 percent to 10 percent, except in the cities of Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City. The announcement modifies the Mexican Official Standard NOM 016-CRE-2016 regarding the quality specifications […]

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CropEnergies cashes in on ethanol margins thanks to Ensus

CropEnergies cashes in on ethanol margins thanks to Ensus

June 19, 2017 |

In Germany, shares of CropEnergies soared back towards record highs in response to news the Ensus ethanol plant is back online and during a period of higher-than-expected ethanol prices in Europe. As a result, its March-May results were higher and it reviewed higher its expectations for its full year revenue towards EUR1 billion. Traders estimate […]

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Petrobras lowers gas prices for second time in a month

Petrobras lowers gas prices for second time in a month

June 19, 2017 |

In Brazil, for the second time in less than a month, Petrobras as lowered the gasoline price that is turn further pressures ethanol demand and pushes the ethanol parity level with sugar well below 13 cents. Despite hydrous ethanol prices being 68% of gasoline prices during the week ending June 10, the lowest since September […]

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Austrian biodiesel producers increased production 15% in 2014 to 269,000 tons

Austrian biodiesel producers increased production 15% in 2014 to 269,000 tons

June 19, 2017 |

In Austria, the biodiesel association ARGE says that the country’s biodiesel production grew 15% in 2014 from the year prior to 269,000 metric tons with 73% of the feedstock coming from virgin vegetable oils, almost none of which was palm oil. Of the remainder, 17% was from UCO while 9% were from animal fats. A […]

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Norwegian airport operator under fire from Greenpeace for importing biojet from California

Norwegian airport operator under fire from Greenpeace for importing biojet from California

June 19, 2017 |

In Norway, the country’s airport operator Avinor is taking flack from Greenpeace for importing UCO-based aviation biofuel from AltAir in California. The NGO says locally-produced biofuels need to be used in Norway, not imported 10,000 miles, while Avinor argues that the carbon footprint associated with importing the fuel is a fraction of burning fossil-based jet […]

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Nissan’s ethanol-powered solid oxide fuel cell vehicle trials going well

Nissan’s ethanol-powered solid oxide fuel cell vehicle trials going well

June 19, 2017 |

In Brazil, Nissan’s trials of its ethanol-powered solid oxide fuel cell vehicle showed promising results in its day-to-day testing undertaken during the past few months using hydrous ethanol in 6.6 gallon engines. The engine in the two vans used during the testing can also run on 50% water and is categorized as carbon neutral well-to-wheel. […]

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Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative recruiting farmer members to supply Comet

Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative recruiting farmer members to supply Comet

June 19, 2017 |

In Canada, the Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative (CSPC) has so far recruited 20% of its 55,000-acre goal to secure the crop residue required for Comet Biorefining’s facility that should be online next year. The Coop has begun a campaign to recruit more members in Lambton County, Huron County, and Chatham-Kent, requiring a one-time investment of […]

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