Tag: Texas

Boho factor slips into negative territory for first time in 3.5 years

Boho factor slips into negative territory for first time in 3.5 years

May 17, 2018 |

In Texas, Platts reports that the boho factor that measures the spread between soybean oil and heating oil that typically is an indicator of favorable blending economics for biodiesel when at the lower of the scale has entered into negative territory for the first time since November 2014 at minus 1.47 cents/gal. The spread went […]

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Boho factor falls to lowest since November 2014

Boho factor falls to lowest since November 2014

May 10, 2018 |

In Texas, Platts reports that the soybean oil/heating oil futures spread known as the boho factor that promotes or pressures biodiesel blending fell to the lowest level on Wednesday seen since November 2014 at 5.87 cents/gal. The low level should help to promote discretionary biodiesel blending thanks to higher ultra low sulfur diesel futures settling […]

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March ethanol exports up 68% on year to 814.2 million liters

March ethanol exports up 68% on year to 814.2 million liters

May 7, 2018 |

In Texas, Platts reports that March ethanol exports rose nearly 70% over last year at 814.2 million liters but fell slightly over February’s figure. Despite the early start to the Brazilian sugarcane crush in March rather than April, the country was still the main destination for exports, receiving 363.19 million liters. Canada overtook China as […]

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Texas and Kansas ethanol producers pick up cheap sorghum thanks to China

Texas and Kansas ethanol producers pick up cheap sorghum thanks to China

April 30, 2018 |

In Texas, Reuters reports that ethanol producers in Texas and Kansas are benefiting from the import deposits of 178.6 percent China slapped on sorghum—the crop’s main export marketing—sending prices tumbling into a deep discount. Conestoga Energy Partners bought up nearly 10 million bushels of sorghum destined for export at a 10% discount to corn. ADM […]

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February ethanol exports hit record high following January logistical challenges

February ethanol exports hit record high following January logistical challenges

April 9, 2018 |

In Texas, Platts reports February ethanol exports soared 58% on the year to 827.9 million liters and a whopping 148% on the month as supplies finally made their way to destination markets after winter weather got in the way of logistics in January and February, causing delays. The figure is the highest volume ever recorded […]

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Tufts researchers genetically modify yeast to consume xylose

Tufts researchers genetically modify yeast to consume xylose

April 4, 2018 |

In Texas, researchers at Tufts University have created a genetically modified yeast that can more efficiently consume a novel nutrient, xylose, enabling the yeast to grow faster and to higher cell densities, raising the prospect of a significantly faster path toward the design of new synthetic organisms for industrial applications, according to a study published […]

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Houston ethanol premium pushed higher by rail challenges and export stocks

Houston ethanol premium pushed higher by rail challenges and export stocks

March 20, 2018 |

In Texas, Platts reports that export demand and challenges with Union Pacific rail logistics from the Midwest to the Gulf region are helping to push up premiums for Houston ethanol to 10.5 cents per gallon despite there being plenty of stocks in both regions. Late February saw the Houston premium reach 14.2 cents, the highest […]

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Texas A&M researchers scaling up MixAlco process

Texas A&M researchers scaling up MixAlco process

March 19, 2018 |

In Texas, Texas A&M researchers are looking to scale up the process that occurs in the stomach of a cow, turning organic waste into vinegar—or in this case, organic acids from two to six carbons such as alcohols, esters, and others. Producing these bio-based chemical intermediates is intended to displace those currently supplied by fossil […]

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US ethanol exports collapse in February as China remains conspicuously absent

US ethanol exports collapse in February as China remains conspicuously absent

March 12, 2018 |

In Texas, Platts reports USDA data showing ethanol exports fell by nearly half in February from the month before to 334.4 million liters, also 24% lower than in February 2017, on the back of China’s near absence as an import destination despite strong buying expected throughout Q1. The market had expected exports to remain steady […]

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ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics announce next phase in joint algae biofuel research program

ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics announce next phase in joint algae biofuel research program

March 6, 2018 |

In Texas, ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. announced a new phase in their joint algae biofuel research program that could lead to the technical ability to produce 10,000 barrels of algae biofuel per day by 2025. The new phase of research includes an outdoor field study that will grow naturally occurring algae in several contained […]

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