Tag: ethanol

Marquis backs out of planned $500 million Illinois ethanol plant citing pending legislation

Marquis backs out of planned $500 million Illinois ethanol plant citing pending legislation

April 23, 2019 |

In Illinois, local press reports that Marquis Inc. has pulled the plug on its planned $500 million ethanol plant in Scott County ahead of a deadline at the end of the month to release its options on 800 acres of land for the project. In a press release, the company’s CEO reported said that pending […]

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Bolivia ready to introduce E12 following $41 million in ethanol storage and blending infrastructure

Bolivia ready to introduce E12 following $41 million in ethanol storage and blending infrastructure

April 22, 2019 |

In Bolivia, Prensa Latina reports that the national oil company has completed its $41 million investment in ethanol storage tanks and blending infrastructure that will allow the country to begin filling up on E12 this year. The mandate requires about 150 million liters of ethanol annually for the blend that will be sourced from Aguai, […]

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Brazilian H1 April ethanol production seen down 17% on year due to smaller cane crush

Brazilian H1 April ethanol production seen down 17% on year due to smaller cane crush

April 22, 2019 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that analysts believe ethanol production will fall more than 17% on the year during the first half of April to 823 million liters, compared to Platts’ estimate of 793 million liters. The biggest fall in production is seen in hydrous ethanol which analysis surveyed by Platts also see as falling 17% […]

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Duke University researchers develop robotic system that sniffs ethanol leaks

Duke University researchers develop robotic system that sniffs ethanol leaks

April 22, 2019 |

In North Carolina, engineers at Duke University are developing a smart robotic system for sniffing out pollution hotspots and sources of toxic leaks. Their approach enables a robot to incorporate complex calculations of airflows in confined spaces made on the fly, rather than simply guide the robot to ‘follow its nose’. Their approach combines physics-based […]

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Ethanol stocks fall as product moves out of the Midwest and exports rise

Ethanol stocks fall as product moves out of the Midwest and exports rise

April 18, 2019 |

In Washington, Platts reports Energy Information Administration data shows that ethanol stocks fell for the third straight week last week to 22.2676 million barrels, down more than half a million barrels on the week, despite ethanol production averaging 1.016 million b/d, 14,000 b/d higher than the week before. Demand for exports are likely the main […]

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Toyota’s hybrid ethanol Corolla to hit the Brazilian market in Q4

Toyota’s hybrid ethanol Corolla to hit the Brazilian market in Q4

April 17, 2019 |

In Brazil, Toyota confirmed the new Brazilian Corolla will be the first vehicle in the world equipped with flex hybrid propulsion. Studies involving Toyota’s hybrid flex technology were announced by the manufacturer in March last year, while production confirmation came in December of the same year. Driving a new cycle of technological evolution in Brazil, […]

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Philippine ethanol producers seek molasses imports to battle rising feedstock costs

Philippine ethanol producers seek molasses imports to battle rising feedstock costs

April 17, 2019 |

In the Philippines, the Sun Star newspaper reports that ethanol producers are seeking permission to import molasses for feedstock due to the high prices of domestic molasses supplies. El Niño is expected to boost sugarcane yields for the next crop but this season was poor, leaving less molasses availability that has pushed up prices beyond […]

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices hit record high as rains hamper cane crush

Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices hit record high as rains hamper cane crush

April 16, 2019 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that rains in the main center-south sugarcane growing areas have created a tight supply situation for ethanol, pushing hydrous ethanol prices 18% higher during the first 11 days in April to $604.21 per cubic meter, a record high. One trader told Platts that he couldn’t source either hydrous or anhydrous for […]

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South Korea and Japan looking to switch to Brazilian ethanol but crush getting in the way

South Korea and Japan looking to switch to Brazilian ethanol but crush getting in the way

April 16, 2019 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that South Korea and Japan are looking to switch imports to B-grade ethanol from Brazil now that the crushing season has kicked off and should help to push prices lower. Typically, early in the year the two countries buy ethanol from Pakistan whose availability winds down around the time that Brazilian […]

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Yeast strain can increase ethanol production by 15.5%

Yeast strain can increase ethanol production by 15.5%

April 14, 2019 |

In India, researchers from the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, DBT-ICGEB Centre for Advanced Bioenergy Research discovered that a robust yeast strain can produce up to 15.5% more ethanol when glucose or lignocellulose biomass — rice and wheat straw — is fermented and has been isolated. With India’s biofuel target going from the […]

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