Category: Producer News

Cuba prefers focus on co-gen rather than ethanol

Cuba prefers focus on co-gen rather than ethanol

September 29, 2014 |

In Cuba, the government is holding out for now with plans to produces sugarcane ethanol, not convinced it will help the country’s energy situation, and will instead focus on investing in boosting co-generation production to boost domestic electricity supplies. Current targets are for 20 sugarcane mills to produce 730MW by 2030, providing about 14% of […]

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API says EPA can’t boost biodiesel RFS targets

API says EPA can’t boost biodiesel RFS targets

September 29, 2014 |

In Washington, the Clean Air Act explicitly prohibits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from increasing the biomass-based diesel mandate for the 2014 compliance year, wrote American Petroleum Institute (API) Downstream Group Director Bob Greco in a letter sent Friday to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “The Clean Air Act expressly compels EPA to provide a […]

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Company fined $70 million for importing US biodiesel via Canada to Romania

Company fined $70 million for importing US biodiesel via Canada to Romania

September 29, 2014 |

In Romania, KazMunayGas Trading will have to pay $70 million Romanian tax administration agency ANAF for US biodiesel imports that were shipped via Canada following a lawsuit initiated by Austrian oil company OMV. The case started as a result of an investigation by the EU’s fraud office OLAF.  

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Total may invest in biodiesel facility at oil refinery near Marseille

Total may invest in biodiesel facility at oil refinery near Marseille

September 29, 2014 |

In France, Total is thinking to include a biodiesel production facility as part of an oil refinery upgrade at the La Mede refinery near Marseille. Investments to upgrading the site to comply with environmental regulations by 2018 could reach up to $475 million. Decision on the potential upgrade and investment is due in the spring. […]

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Agrisoma Biosciences closes $8 million in Series A funding

Agrisoma Biosciences closes $8 million in Series A funding

September 29, 2014 |

In Canada, Agrisoma Biosciences announced the first closing of its Series A financing round, expected to total $8 million through 2014. The funding round was led by Cycle Capital Management and included participation of BDC Venture Capital, one of Agrisoma’s current equity investors. The funding is in support of Agrisoma’s further commercialization of Resonance® Carinata, […]

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Palm oil export prices seen up to $750 in Q1 2015

Palm oil export prices seen up to $750 in Q1 2015

September 29, 2014 |

In Indonesia, export prices for crude palm oil could hit $750 per metric ton during Q1 2015, up from the current $680 per ton, as dry weather conditions begin to impact production in both Indonesia and Malaysia. Continued dryness in October could have further negative impacts on supplies. Soy oil prices are also seen higher […]

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US gasoline demand up, ethanol production down last week, reports EIA

US gasoline demand up, ethanol production down last week, reports EIA

September 28, 2014 |

According to EIA data as reported by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 889,000 barrels per day last week—or 37.34 million gallons daily. RFA adds: “That is down 42,000 b/d (or 4.5%) from the week before and the lowest average since the week ending 3/21/2014. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 917,000 […]

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Gevo to Appeal US Patent Office ruling following setback on separation, recovery patents

Gevo to Appeal US Patent Office ruling following setback on separation, recovery patents

September 28, 2014 |

In Colorado, Gevo announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued an inter partes review decision rejecting the claims of Gevo’s U.S. Patent Nos. 8,283,505 (the ’505 Patent) and 8,304,588 (the ’588 Patent), which cover methods of isobutanol separation and recovery in retrofit ethanol plants. Gevo plans to appeal the decision to […]

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BIO launches Rosalind Franklin Award to recognize women in industrial biotechnology

BIO launches Rosalind Franklin Award to recognize women in industrial biotechnology

September 28, 2014 |

In Washington, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), announced the creation of the Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology to be presented at the BIO Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology held December 7-9, 2014 in San Diego, California. The Award will honor the unique achievements of Rosalind Franklin, her contributions to the field of […]

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Winery waste products diverted from landfill to make biofuels, chemicals

Winery waste products diverted from landfill to make biofuels, chemicals

September 28, 2014 |

In Australia, researchers at the Swinburne University of Technology and CSIRO, in partnership with the Australia Wine Institute, announced that they have developed a lab-scale technique for converting winery waste streams into fuels or sugar streams for biobased chemicals. Reporting in the Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Swinburne PhD candidate Avinash Karpe used four […]

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