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Canadian canola damaged by winter snows may head to biodiesel market

Canadian canola damaged by winter snows may head to biodiesel market

April 25, 2017 |

In Canada, biofuel is expected to be a key market for the more than a million acres of canola across the western part of the country that have spent the winter under snow because winter arrived earlier than expected and is only now beginning to thaw. As much as 900,000 metric tons of oilseed may […]

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Researchers look at altering tools cyanobacteria use to capture light for photosynthesis

Researchers look at altering tools cyanobacteria use to capture light for photosynthesis

April 25, 2017 |

In Washington state, a recent study by researchers from the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory and Washington University investigated effects of altering large cellular complexes called phycobilisomes, which cyanobacteria use to efficiently capture light energy for photosynthesis, to guide development of optimal strategies for biofuel production. The findings revealed changes to phycobilisome structure indirectly affect critical, […]

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EPA under fire in appeals court hearing over cuts to advanced biofuels RVO during 2014-2016

EPA under fire in appeals court hearing over cuts to advanced biofuels RVO during 2014-2016

April 25, 2017 |

In Washington, an appeals court judge said that the Environmental Protection Agency may have overstepped its bounds by reducing the Renewable Volume Obligations for advanced biofuels between 2014-2016. In response to oral arguments held Monday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on the petition for review of the Renewable […]

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Popularity of Pacific Biodiesel’s sunflower crop taking its toll

Popularity of Pacific Biodiesel’s sunflower crop taking its toll

April 24, 2017 |

In Hawaii, Pacific Biodiesel’s sunflower crop intended for trialing biodiesel production on the island has become so popular that people are regularly trespassing and sometimes even stealing the flowers that are currently in bloom despite obvious signage about the farm being private property where no trespassing is allowed. The state police has been recruited to […]

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Midwest corn infected with vomitoxin negatively impacting ethanol producers

Midwest corn infected with vomitoxin negatively impacting ethanol producers

April 24, 2017 |

In Indiana, ethanol producers across the US are facing not only low ethanol and DDGs prices but further concerns resulting from the high levels of vomitoxin present in much of last year’s record corn crop with supplies from Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana all reporting levels above maximum levels allowed for human and animal […]

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Mozambique giving up on the “promise” of jatropha biodiesel

Mozambique giving up on the “promise” of jatropha biodiesel

April 24, 2017 |

In Mozambique, the government has at last given up on jatropha as a potential biodiesel feedstock as the economic viability of the program dwindled in line with falling fossil fuel prices. The program was first launched with $130 per barrel oil but with current levels, the project the develop commercial-scale jatropha production with the assistance […]

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Calgren Renewables scaling up use of methane from nearby dairies

Calgren Renewables scaling up use of methane from nearby dairies

April 24, 2017 |

In California, Calgren Renewables is scaling up its methane replacement program by tapping into several nearby dairies, connected through 20 miles of pipeline, in order to power its ethanol plant. The company has been sourcing methane from one nearby dairy, and satisfied with the results, is scaling up the program. In addition to reducing the […]

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February Argentine ethanol sales and production rise was consumption slips

February Argentine ethanol sales and production rise was consumption slips

April 24, 2017 |

In Argentina, February ethanol sales rose to 84.87 million liters, up more than a quarter on the year but 6% lower than the month prior. Cordoba province absorbed 35% of the demand followed by Tucuman, whereas the other provinces registered must smaller volumes at 10% or below. Consumption in February was down 11% on the […]

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Department of Energy website changing emphasis towards bioproducts away from biofuels

Department of Energy website changing emphasis towards bioproducts away from biofuels

April 24, 2017 |

In Washington, the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative that monitors federal websites says the Department of Energy website has changed its focus to job creation from while reducing climate change rhetoric. For the website of the Bioenergy Technologies Office, the focus is no longer on replacing the whole barrel of oil but instead supporting the […]

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University of Nevada researchers looking at ice to better develop biofuel feedstocks

University of Nevada researchers looking at ice to better develop biofuel feedstocks

April 24, 2017 |

In Nevada, the unassuming ice plant could become an ingenious weapon in the fight against a warming climate that threatens to limit regions suitable for growing biofuel crops. Biochemist and molecular biologist John Cushman at the University of Nevada, Reno will create a gene atlas for the common ice plant that will help find ways […]

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