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Philadelphia Energy Solutions sold 40 million RINs to raise cash

Philadelphia Energy Solutions sold 40 million RINs to raise cash

November 15, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Energy Solutions sold 40 million RINs in batches of 5 million each over the past several weeks in an effort to make millions that would help it pull itself out of bad financial straits. The company holds at least $550 million in debt that comes due next year, so selling RINs might […]

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Penn State researchers look at to giant clam for clues to algae biofuel production

Penn State researchers look at to giant clam for clues to algae biofuel production

November 2, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, researchers at Penn State are investigating the role of giant clams as “solar transformers” because they are capable of absorbing bright sunlight at a very high rate and scattering it over a large surface area. When the light is distributed evenly among the thick layer of algae living inside the clam, the algae […]

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ASTM proposes standard to characterize quality of biodiesel blends

ASTM proposes standard to characterize quality of biodiesel blends

October 4, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, proposed ASTM International standard will help characterize the quality of diesel fuels and biodiesel blends. The proposed standard (WK51775) is being developed by the committee on petroleum products, liquid fuels, and lubricants (D02). The proposed standard will be used to separate and determine the content of aromatics, nonaromatics, and fatty acid methyl esters […]

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Penn State researchers develop new way to produce ethanol from potato waste

Penn State researchers develop new way to produce ethanol from potato waste

September 11, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, with more than two-dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol. This process may lead to reduced production costs for biofuel in the future and add extra value […]

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Penn State researchers looking to boost aviation biofuel efficiencies

Penn State researchers looking to boost aviation biofuel efficiencies

June 29, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, slowed as much by extremely low oil prices as supply-chain and technological challenges, the effort to integrate biofuels into the nation’s aviation fuel supply is nonetheless progressing, according to a researcher in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Researchers are examining fuel-production pathways, feedstock and infrastructure requirements, and commercial fuel demand to create […]

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Penn State research on aviation biofuels focuses on regional supply chains

Penn State research on aviation biofuels focuses on regional supply chains

June 27, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are evaluating regional supply chains that could be used for alternative jet fuel production, including feedstock production, transportation and fuel conversion. Researchers are examining fuel-production pathways, feedstock and infrastructure requirements, and commercial fuel demand to create scenarios for future production. “As oil prices plummet, it […]

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Penn State researchers find hope in strip mining reclamation through switchgrass

Penn State researchers find hope in strip mining reclamation through switchgrass

May 25, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, Penn State researchers are looking at how switchgrass might be successfully grown on former strip mining lands, of which there are many in the state, to help begin bringing life back and providing value from biofuel or ethanol at the same time. After reviewing test results and his colleagues’ recommendations, the lead connected […]

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Pennsylvania biofuel producers indicted over RIN fraud

Pennsylvania biofuel producers indicted over RIN fraud

May 4, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, a Pennsylvania biofuel producer and two of its officers have been indicted on conspiracy and false statements charges for participating in a scheme that generated over $10 million in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) renewable fuels credits (RIN credits) at Keystone Biofuels, Inc., a company that purported to produce and sell biodiesel for […]

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Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture approves 16 hemp R&D projects

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture approves 16 hemp R&D projects

March 23, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has approved 16 research proposals that seek to demonstrate the value and viability of industrial hemp cultivation in the state. The projects were approved under the new Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, which the department launched in December after Governor Tom Wolf and the General Assembly enacted Act […]

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ASTM approves new 100 octane standard that could boost ethanol blending

ASTM approves new 100 octane standard that could boost ethanol blending

March 16, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, a new ASTM International standard that supports 100 octane fuel could help drive innovation in the auto industry as cars with higher-performance engines are introduced into the global marketplace. This new standard responds to a years-long effort by engine manufacturers and others to create a broadly accepted specification for this higher-octane fuel which […]

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