Tag: Texas

Researchers use game theory to find efficiencies for biomass supply chain

Researchers use game theory to find efficiencies for biomass supply chain

February 4, 2016 |

In Texas, researchers have used game theory to find efficiencies in the biomass supply chain that could boost the economic viability of using the feedstock for cellulosic ethanol production. The researchers said there can be up to 20% annual variations on feedstock supply so a variety of mitigation strategies to ensure supply availability including long-term […]

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Cheap oil not enough to save Valero from weak ethanol margins

Cheap oil not enough to save Valero from weak ethanol margins

January 28, 2016 |

In Texas, Valero has been hit hard by weakening ethanol margins with its ethanol segment’s operating profit slipping to $37 million during the fourth quarter from $154 million the year previously. With its refining margins holding flat, the weaker ethanol margins had a strong impact on the overall business with overall earnings down 74% at […]

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ExxonMobil teams with REG on biodiesel by fermenting renewable cellulosic sugars

ExxonMobil teams with REG on biodiesel by fermenting renewable cellulosic sugars

January 26, 2016 |

In Texas, ExxonMobil announced an agreement with Renewable Energy Group Inc. to study the production of biodiesel by fermenting renewable cellulosic sugars from sources such as agricultural waste. The agreement is between ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. and REG’s Life Sciences subsidiary. Terms were not disclosed. REG has developed a patented technology that uses microbes to convert […]

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Flint Hills Resources to build Texas’ first ethanol terminal

Flint Hills Resources to build Texas’ first ethanol terminal

January 21, 2016 |

In Texas, Flint Hills Resources plans to build the state’s first ethanol terminal at its existing fuel storage center in Buda. The project will see a rail spur, two storage tanks, a truck-loading rack, water storage and an operations building installed to support market demand for ethanol in central and southern Texas. Construction is already […]

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Researchers discover how two bacterial enzymes work together to break lignin

Researchers discover how two bacterial enzymes work together to break lignin

January 7, 2016 |

In Texas, in a study that could point the way to biofuels processes of the future, scientists from Rice University, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Joint BioEnergy Institute at Emeryville, Calif., have discovered how two bacterial enzymes work as a team to break apart lignin. The original […]

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New Heaven Chemicals already permitting second biodiesel catalyst plant

New Heaven Chemicals already permitting second biodiesel catalyst plant

December 30, 2015 |

In Texas, New Heaven Chemicals is already planning to develop a biodiesel catalyst facility in Houston that will rival or be even larger than the 18,000 metric ton facility that will come online in Iowa in February. Permitting is already underway for the Houston sodium methylate facility while manufacturing of the plant itself has already […]

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Texas A&M researcher leads $1.2 million DOE grant for biosensors

Texas A&M researcher leads $1.2 million DOE grant for biosensors

December 10, 2015 |

In Texas, Wayne Versaw, Associate Professor at Texas A&M University in College Station is the lead researcher in a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Energy to support the development of biosensors to track and measure the movement of phosphate from soil fungi into plant cells in real time. The biosensor system will provide […]

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Demand for D4 RINs on the rise due to slow Brazilian ethanol imports

Demand for D4 RINs on the rise due to slow Brazilian ethanol imports

November 19, 2015 |

In Texas, D4 biodiesel RIN prices are on the rise due to slower Brazilian ethanol imports that generate D5 RINs, up 8 cents this week to 69.5 cents/RIN as of Wednesday’s closing. D4s can fulfill D5 quotas. This year’s D5 RIN generation is far behind the 255 million required under the 2015 RFS proposal at […]

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Texas A&M researcher breeding pearl millet with Napier grass for sterile biomass hybrid

Texas A&M researcher breeding pearl millet with Napier grass for sterile biomass hybrid

November 4, 2015 |

In Texas, the downturn in the bioenergy industry has led one Texas A&M AgriLife Researcher to reach to new heights in the forage biomass arena. Dr. Russ Jessup, an AgriLife Research perennial grass breeder in College Station, said he is introducing a new biofuel-biomass feedstock that is a hybrid “similar to seedless watermelons, seedless grapes […]

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Green Plains buys Murphy ethanol plant in Hereford for $93.8 million

Green Plains buys Murphy ethanol plant in Hereford for $93.8 million

November 2, 2015 |

In Texas, Green Plains Inc. and Murphy USA Inc. (announced that they have signed a definitive agreement regarding the purchase by Green Plains of Murphy USA’s ethanol production facility located in Hereford. Under the terms of the agreement, Green Plains will acquire Hereford Renewable Energy, LLC for approximately $93.8 million, subject to customary closing adjustments. […]

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