Tag: Texas

Only a fraction of D5 mandate produced leaving D4 RINs the only option for 2016

Only a fraction of D5 mandate produced leaving D4 RINs the only option for 2016

November 21, 2016 |

In Texas, refiners may be in a pinch to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard’s 2016 mandate for non-biodiesel advanced biofuels because only 75 million gallons have been produced and 530 million D5 RINs are required for compliance. As Brazil’s sugarcane industry focuses on sugar production rather than ethanol, imports have shrunk considerably so using […]

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Valero Energy cuts costs by $2 billion while complaining of biofuel blending costs of $198 million

Valero Energy cuts costs by $2 billion while complaining of biofuel blending costs of $198 million

October 25, 2016 |

In Texas, Valero Energy said during its third quarter financial reporting that costs and expenses fell 8%, about $2 billion, despite its biofuel blending costs doubling to $198 million. For the full year, the company expects costs to be between $750 million and $850 million, unchanged from its last estimate. High fuel inventories are squeezing […]

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University of Texas researchers produce alcohol fuels using organic semiconductor

University of Texas researchers produce alcohol fuels using organic semiconductor

September 20, 2016 |

In Texas, chemists at The University of Texas at Arlington have been the first to demonstrate that an organic semiconductor polymer called polyaniline is a promising photocathode material for the conversion of carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels without the need for a co-catalyst. In this proof-of-concept study, the researchers provide insights into the unique behavior […]

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Wayne Fueling to make all retail fuel dispensers E25 compatible as standard feature in North America

Wayne Fueling to make all retail fuel dispensers E25 compatible as standard feature in North America

August 31, 2016 |

In Texas, Wayne Fueling announced that all Wayne North American retail fuel dispensers will be supplied as compatible and UL-Listed to E25 as a standard feature.  The shift from the standard Underwriters Laboratory Listing of E10 to E25 is effective immediately for Wayne Ovation fuel dispensers and by year-end for the Wayne Helix family of […]

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Texas A&M to hold practical short course on biofuel facility plant operations

Texas A&M to hold practical short course on biofuel facility plant operations

August 22, 2016 |

In Texas, the Process Engineering R&D Center, a part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station at Texas A&M, is offering a short course, entitled “Practical Short Course on Plant Operations and Process Engineering for Solvent and Biofuel Facilities,” Oct. 16-19 at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. The course objectives are to receive comprehensive […]

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New study looks at economic side of butanol from propylene and syngas

New study looks at economic side of butanol from propylene and syngas

July 27, 2016 |

In Texas, Intratec Solutions released a report presenting an economic analysis of n-Butanol production from propylene and syngas, assuming a plant located on the US Gulf Coast. The process under analysis is similar to the LP OXO technology jointly licensed by JM Davy and Dow, employing Selector 30 catalyst. This detailed study presents plant construction […]

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Valero’s Q2 RIN spend triples while 2016 buy likely to nearly double

Valero’s Q2 RIN spend triples while 2016 buy likely to nearly double

July 26, 2016 |

In Texas, Valero’s RIN spend more than tripled during the second quarter $173 million, pressuring already thin margins during the reporting period. The company expects its RIN purchases to reach as high as $850 million this year compared to $440 million in 2015. But despite tough times, the oil major still managed to rake in […]

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New report looks at costs of ethylene production

New report looks at costs of ethylene production

July 20, 2016 |

In Texas, Intratec Solutions released a new report examining the costs of production of Ethylene​. The new report presents a techno-economic analysis of Green PG Ethylene production from hydrous ethanol in the USA using a dehydration process similar to the one proposed by BP Chemicals. This detailed study presents plant construction cost, Ethylene production cost breakdown, and […]

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DOE grants $2.5 million to Texas A&M to study biorefinery waste

DOE grants $2.5 million to Texas A&M to study biorefinery waste

July 20, 2016 |

In Texas, the U.S. Department of Energy has granted $2.5 million for a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study to find ways to use biorefinery waste to make new, marketable products. Researchers will focus much of the three-year study on ways to make plastic materials from the lignin waste. His lab has other energy department grants […]

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Texas A&M gets USDA grant to bridge businesses with ag producers for biodiesel

Texas A&M gets USDA grant to bridge businesses with ag producers for biodiesel

July 13, 2016 |

In Texas, a researcher from Texas A&M has received a USDA grant to bridge small businesses with agricultural producers across the northeastern part of the state to produce biodiesel while also helping to support those seeking renewable energy system grants. The plan is to help integrate biodiesel as well as other renewables for agricultural use […]

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