Category: Producer News

India’s first biofuel-powered ship to hit the seas on Saturday

India’s first biofuel-powered ship to hit the seas on Saturday

February 8, 2016 |

In India, the country’s first biofuel-powered ship will launch on Saturday when the president reviews the naval fleet. Success of the pilot project, a vessel to be used as a fast interceptor craft, will determine if more vessels in the fleet will switch over to biofuel. The move is part of the navy’s shift towards […]

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Market share for soy oil rises to 77% as Brazilian biodiesel feedstock

Market share for soy oil rises to 77% as Brazilian biodiesel feedstock

February 8, 2016 |

In Brazil, soy oil continues to be the feedstock of choice, with 77% of all biodiesel produced in 2015 coming from soy oil, up from 75% in 2014. A total of 3.9 billion liters were produced during the period, 15% more than the previous year. The boost in soy oil as a feedstock comes as […]

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Two die and one burnt 80% of his body after explosion as Spanish biodiesel plant

Two die and one burnt 80% of his body after explosion as Spanish biodiesel plant

February 8, 2016 |

In Spain, two workers have been killed while another suffered burns on 80% of his body following an explosion at the Biocom Energia UCOME biodiesel facility south of Valencia. Though the reason for the explosion is not yet known, it is thought to perhaps have been the result of soldering a storage silo that likely […]

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Australian university preparing to bring online UCO biodiesel plant this year

Australian university preparing to bring online UCO biodiesel plant this year

February 8, 2016 |

In Australia, CQ University is getting ready to bring online its UCO biodiesel plant that is has been developing over the past five years with an eye on commercial scale. Industry, including Caltex, has shown interest in the facility that could produce millions of liters per year, though its exact production capacity hasn’t yet been […]

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Ethanol prices jump on hopes of exports to Brazil

Ethanol prices jump on hopes of exports to Brazil

February 8, 2016 |

In Illinois, hopes for exporting ethanol to Brazil during the inter-harvest season and drawing down on near-record stocks has helped to boost ethanol futures to December highs. Ethanol prices in Brazil are near 2011 highs with arbitrage opportunities opening up between the US and the country’s northeast region and just five cents away from entering […]

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Researchers refuse to give up on jatropha for Botswana despite harsh climate

Researchers refuse to give up on jatropha for Botswana despite harsh climate

February 8, 2016 |

In Botswana, researchers have refused to give up on demonstrating the viability of jatropha despite suffering from frostbite, heat waves and hailstorms during the past four years. Indigenous plants morula, morama, and mongongo were included in the trials in addition to jatropha. The team of local and Japanese researchers have weathered through the disasters and […]

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Biodiesel: fightback needed against the Merchants of Doubt, says NBB chief

Biodiesel: fightback needed against the Merchants of Doubt, says NBB chief

February 7, 2016 |

In Florida, Joe Jobe’s annual national biodiesel keynote and overlook highlighted that the Renewable Fuel Standard, the federal law governing renewable fuel blending, is back on track and on schedule for the first time in its history with volumes defined for biodiesel through 2017. Second, the industry secured an extension of an important tax law […]

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Communique from Global Bioeconomy Summit: “promoting technologies, governance, cooperation” are key to sustainable bioeconomy.

Communique from Global Bioeconomy Summit: “promoting technologies, governance, cooperation” are key to sustainable bioeconomy.

February 7, 2016 |

The first Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin Germany released a communique: “We, a community of experts and stakeholders from more than 50 countries, met in Berlin to review the state of bioeconomy in different parts of the world and to identify opportunities for accelerated transition to a more biobased economy, i.e., an economy that fulfills […]

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US ethanol producers exported 836 million gallons in 2015: report

US ethanol producers exported 836 million gallons in 2015: report

February 7, 2016 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association is reporting that the U.S. ethanol industry exported 836 million gallons of ethanol worth $1.8 billion in 2015.  The RFA report finds that U.S. ethanol made its way to all six inhabited continents in 2015, reaching more than 75 countries. The top five countries receiving U.S. ethanol last year […]

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American Coalition for Ethanol announces spring 2016 Washington DC fly-in

American Coalition for Ethanol announces spring 2016 Washington DC fly-in

February 7, 2016 |

In South Dakota, the American Coalition for Ethanol has targeted April 13-14 for its annual grassroots lobbying effort in Washington, DC this year. “The most persuasive and effective spokespeople for our industry are real people, whose everyday life experiences and authenticity illustrate how the decisions made in Washington, DC impact their businesses and communities.  Given […]

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