Author Archive: Helena Tavares Kennedy

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Blockchain Bonanza – how blockchain is making things saner from farm to factory and beyond

Blockchain Bonanza – how blockchain is making things saner from farm to factory and beyond

February 17, 2019 |

It’s a chain full of blocks and each block has information like a timestamp and transaction details. You add your block of information to the chain which has all prior handlers’ blocks attached. You can’t change their data, but it’s there. You just add yours and move it along to the next step in the […]

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Pilot plant pushes forward economic research on sugarcane waste to biofuels

Pilot plant pushes forward economic research on sugarcane waste to biofuels

February 17, 2019 |

In Australia, QUT researchers and Mercurius Australia have commenced work on a pilot plant to prove the economic viability of turning sugarcane waste into either biojet and biodiesel fuel or biochemicals. Their patented REACH technology, developed by U.S. parent company Mercurius Biorefining, has the potential to convert sugarcane bagasse and other biomass into cost effective […]

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India considering mandating UCO feedstock for biofuel

India considering mandating UCO feedstock for biofuel

February 17, 2019 |

In India, Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the government is “considering mandating biofuel from used cooking oil as advanced biofuel which can be blended with biodiesel,” which will help the government reach their goal of 20% ethanol and 5% biodiesel by 2030 under their biofuel policy, according to News18. “We have set a target […]

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Sustainable Bioproducts and Bioenergy Program seeks internship hosts

Sustainable Bioproducts and Bioenergy Program seeks internship hosts

February 17, 2019 |

In North Carolina, with the goal of increasing awareness and interest of traditionally underrepresented groups in the bioeconomy, NCSU has established a professional development and certificate program called the Sustainable Bioprogram and Bioenergy Program. The program is funding with a USDA NIFA grant similar to CABLE. The 18 participating undergraduate students represent colleges and universities […]

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UNICA Council approves Evandro Gussi as new president

UNICA Council approves Evandro Gussi as new president

February 17, 2019 |

In Brazil, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) approved the appointment of Evandro Gussi as its new Director-President. “We want to continue to contribute with Brazil, and our goal is to guarantee institutional bases that will bring clear and predictable rules to the national and international market. This is essential to provide security for investors […]

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USDA gives Aemetis $125M, 20-year loan for Riverbank Biorefinery

USDA gives Aemetis $125M, 20-year loan for Riverbank Biorefinery

February 17, 2019 |

In California, the USDA issued a Conditional Commitment under the 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program to guarantee a $125 million, 20-year loan to the Aemetis cellulosic ethanol plant to be built in Riverbank, California. The Riverbank plant is designed to convert orchard, forest and other biomass waste into cellulosic ethanol with below zero carbon emissions. Earlier […]

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Deal between Eni and RenOils to boost collection of UCO

Deal between Eni and RenOils to boost collection of UCO

February 17, 2019 |

In Italy, Eni and RenOils signed a collaboration agreement to promote the recovery of used vegetable oils. Eni currently makes use of approximately 50% of the used cooking oil available in Italy and, in part thanks to RenOils-member regeneration companies, will extend its capacity to produce high-quality biofuel from this waste in the company’s bio-refinery […]

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CARBIOS and CARBIOLICE sign agreement with Novozymes for enzymes

CARBIOS and CARBIOLICE sign agreement with Novozymes for enzymes

February 17, 2019 |

In France, bioplastics company CARBIOS and its subsidiary CARBIOLICE, signed a co-development agreement with enzyme production leader Novozymes. Under the terms of this global and multi-year agreement, Novozymes will produce on an industrial scale the proprietary enzyme developed by CARBIOS and is committed to becoming, in the long term, exclusive supplier of CARBIOLICE. “This unprecedented […]

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Aemetis plant expands biodiesel sales to retail fuel stations in India

Aemetis plant expands biodiesel sales to retail fuel stations in India

February 17, 2019 |

In California, Aemetis, Inc. said that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary has built distribution tanks and other infrastructure to begin sales of biodiesel to retail fuel stations from the Kakinada, India biodiesel plant. Recently, the Aemetis plant in India completed installation of a pre-treatment unit to process lower-cost and waste feedstock into oil; expand boiler and […]

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Global forestry and agroforestry research organizations CIFOR and ICRAF merge

Global forestry and agroforestry research organizations CIFOR and ICRAF merge

February 10, 2019 |

In Germany, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), also known as World Agroforestry, the two leading organizations focused on forestry and agroforestry research, policy and development agreed to merge to strengthen capacity, provide the evidence needed to scale up investment in sustainable development, and accelerate impact. […]

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