Tag: Texas

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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January corn use for ethanol down slightly from December

January corn use for ethanol down slightly from December

March 5, 2018 |

In Texas, Platts reported new USDA data showing lower corn consumption for ethanol in January compared with December, down 2.4% to 476.129 million bushels, but the figure was still slightly higher than January 2017. More than 90% of the corn consumed was for dry milling while the remainder was wet milling. Ethanol production remains the […]

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Seasonal boost in glycerin prices from deicing demand to begin cooling off

Seasonal boost in glycerin prices from deicing demand to begin cooling off

February 14, 2018 |

In Texas, ICIS reports that the boost biodiesel producers have benefited from over the cold winter months thanks to demand for crude glycerin used to de-ice roads will now begin to wane as spring approaches. The bump in demand typically slows down by mid-March and buyers see no reason why this year should be any […]

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New RFA study shows ethanol industry added nearly $44.4 billion to GDP

New RFA study shows ethanol industry added nearly $44.4 billion to GDP

February 14, 2018 |

In Texas, the U.S. ethanol industry added nearly $44.4 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product and supported 358,779 jobs in 2017, according to a new study conducted by ABF Economics. The study, released today by the Renewable Fuels Association at the 23rd annual National Ethanol Conference, looked at the contribution of the ethanol industry […]

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RFA calls for united front against RFS reforms

RFA calls for united front against RFS reforms

February 13, 2018 |

In Texas, the head of the Renewable Fuels Association has called for the ethanol industry to stand strong in a united front against attempts to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard in light of the recent bankruptcy of independent refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions. The company claims compliance costs with the RFS put it in financial jeopardy […]

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NBB says installed capacity enough to supply biodiesel for RFS

NBB says installed capacity enough to supply biodiesel for RFS

January 24, 2018 |

In Texas, with 2.5 billion gallons of installed capacity “ready to go”, Platts reports that the National Biodiesel Board believes the domestic biodiesel industry can produce enough to satisfy 2.1 billion gallons required under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2018 and 2019 without need for imports. Up to a third of biodiesel applied toward the […]

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