Tag: ethanol

ASTM revises D1613 test method for measuring acidity in fuel ethanol

ASTM revises D1613 test method for measuring acidity in fuel ethanol

April 18, 2018 |

In Pennsylvania, members of ASTM International recently revised a key test method (D1613) that has been used to measure the acidity of fuel ethanol and denatured fuel ethanol, including ethanol used for car gasoline blends. By including a new “nitrogen purge” as part of the test method, a laboratory can help ensure that carbon dioxide […]

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Japan approves US ethanol for up to 44% of ethanol for ETBE

Japan approves US ethanol for up to 44% of ethanol for ETBE

April 17, 2018 |

In Washington, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy and their member organizations welcomed the news Tuesday that the Japanese government’s new biofuel policy will allow imports of ETBE made from U.S. corn-based ethanol. The change comes as part of the country’s update of its existing sustainability policy, approved in […]

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Brazilian researchers to fungi to understand enzymes for 2G ethanol hydrolysis

Brazilian researchers to fungi to understand enzymes for 2G ethanol hydrolysis

April 16, 2018 |

In Brazil, production of second-generation (2G) ethanol from sugarcane requires enzymatic hydrolysis, in which enzymes from microorganisms act together to break down and convert the carbohydrates in sugarcane straw and bagasse into sugars capable of undergoing fermentation. Understanding the genetic mechanisms that regulate the control and production of hydrolytic enzymes by microorganisms is considered fundamental […]

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US February ethanol exports reach record high of 218.7 million gallons

US February ethanol exports reach record high of 218.7 million gallons

April 12, 2018 |

In Washington, the United States recorded the highest-ever monthly exports total for U.S. ethanol in February 2018 at 218.7 million gallons, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. February sales bring U.S. ethanol exports to nearly 768 million gallons thus far in the 2017/2018 marketing year (September 2017-February 2018), a 6 percent increase […]

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Spanish February ethanol sales jump 25% but biodiesel sales slip

Spanish February ethanol sales jump 25% but biodiesel sales slip

April 12, 2018 |

In Spain, Platts reports that ethanol sales in February reached 19,470 metric tons, more than 25% higher on the year but just over 2% lower than in January. With higher gasoline sales as well, the volumetric blend for the month was 5.53%, 10 points higher than in January and nearly 1% higher than February 2017. […]

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South Korean March ethanol imports jump more than 52%

South Korean March ethanol imports jump more than 52%

April 12, 2018 |

In South Korea, Platts reports that ethanol imports reached 28,946 metric tons in March, more than 52% higher than March 2017 and more than 10% higher than February. With traders eyeing Brazilian B grade ethanol in hopes that growing supplies thanks to the start of the 2018/19 sugarcane crush will push down prices, in March […]

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Vivergo brings ethanol plant back online

Vivergo brings ethanol plant back online

April 11, 2018 |

In the UK, after more than four months offline due to unfavorable economics, Vivergo has brought its ethanol plant in Hull back online thanks to the government exploring the blending of ethanol at 9.75% by 2020. The company said the only way it will ever recuperate its investment is if there is an E10 policy […]

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Brazil H2 March ethanol production up 79%

Brazil H2 March ethanol production up 79%

April 11, 2018 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that the early start to the sugarcane crush saw ethanol production jump 79% on the year during the second half of March at 445 million liters as mills sought to fill the ethanol supply gap that is currently being filled by imports form the US. Hydrous production was also 82% higher […]

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices fall more than 8% during first week of crush

Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices fall more than 8% during first week of crush

April 10, 2018 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that hydrous ethanol prices fell more than 8% during the first week of the new crop year to $1.84 per gallon as mills focus on ethanol production rather than sugar as is traditional during the early part of the season when rains can still impact the quality of cane. Despite the […]

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Brazilian ethanol imports hit record high in March at 325.6 million liters

Brazilian ethanol imports hit record high in March at 325.6 million liters

April 9, 2018 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that ethanol imports reached a record high of 325.6 million liters in March, 12% higher than March 2017—when the previous record was set—and nearly double the volume imported in February. That said, Q1 imports were down 9% from the year prior at 653.2 million liters. The boost in volume was as […]

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