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Former DuPont employee gets 42 months in prison for stealing trade secrets

Former DuPont employee gets 42 months in prison for stealing trade secrets

April 18, 2019 |

In Iowa, Josh Harry Isler, age 55, from St. Ansgar, Iowa, was sentenced Wednesday in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids to serve 42 months’ imprisonment as a result of his July 11, 2018, pleas of guilty to one count of trade secret theft and one count of making a false statement to the […]

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Growth Energy releases new biofuels-focused high school curriculum

Growth Energy releases new biofuels-focused high school curriculum

April 18, 2019 |

In Washington, Growth Energy, in partnership with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), announced the release of their new curriculum aimed at educating high school students to the world of biofuels. The curriculum is the first industry-supported biofuels curriculum that provides students a guided in-classroom experience and will offer ag educators the tools needed […]

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Novozymes sees 2G as a big opportunity for India

Novozymes sees 2G as a big opportunity for India

April 18, 2019 |

In India, Novozymes’ VP for biorefining commercial told the Business Standard newspaper that the country’s push towards 2G ethanol will not only help it achieve energy independence, but it will also create jobs in rural areas that are so desperately needed. The country’s biomass surplus is enough to produce 30 billion liters per year but […]

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Indonesia’s B30 trials should be done by October

Indonesia’s B30 trials should be done by October

April 18, 2019 |

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reports that the national biodiesel associations expects road trials on B30 to be completed by October, with 40,000 kilometers of the trials already completed as of mid-April. Engine damage, tailpipe emissions and fuel efficiency are all being monitored as part of the testing program underway with Energy and Mineral Resources […]

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Malaysia looking at opportunities for palm oil in aviation biofuel

Malaysia looking at opportunities for palm oil in aviation biofuel

April 18, 2019 |

In Malaysia, the palm oil board believes that palm oil could be a good feedstock for aviation biofuels and trials are currently going on with an unidentified American company in Chicago to test the possibility. The country’s palm oil industry is suffering from oversupply and is looking at ways to use the fuel while improving […]

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Ethanol stocks fall as product moves out of the Midwest and exports rise

Ethanol stocks fall as product moves out of the Midwest and exports rise

April 18, 2019 |

In Washington, Platts reports Energy Information Administration data shows that ethanol stocks fell for the third straight week last week to 22.2676 million barrels, down more than half a million barrels on the week, despite ethanol production averaging 1.016 million b/d, 14,000 b/d higher than the week before. Demand for exports are likely the main […]

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WPI researchers develop novel process to produce isobutanol cheaper

WPI researchers develop novel process to produce isobutanol cheaper

April 18, 2019 |

In Massachusetts, taking a step closer to a “green” replacement for fossil fuels, a research team that includes a chemical engineer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a novel process using an unusual solvent and an exotic microorganism that may make it possible to manufacture isobutanol and other biofuels more economically. In a paper […]

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Minnesota state legislature closer to investing in Crookston biodiesel facility

Minnesota state legislature closer to investing in Crookston biodiesel facility

April 18, 2019 |

In Minnesota, funding for a soybean crush and biodiesel facility in Crookston has passed a key hurdle in the Minnesota legislature. The proposed Soy Innovation Campus at the University of Minnesota Crookston will receive $5 million in funding as part of a bill authored by Sen. Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake), who chairs the Senate Agriculture, […]

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Sumitomo Chemical partners with Zymergen on new multi-year specialty materials deal

Sumitomo Chemical partners with Zymergen on new multi-year specialty materials deal

April 17, 2019 |

In California, Sumitomo Chemical and Zymergen announced they have signed a multi-year partnership to bring new specialty materials to the market. This collaboration between the two companies will enable the development of new materials to meet consumer trends in high-tech industries. Today, electronics makers and consumers seek devices that are lighter, smaller, more battery efficient, […]

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Enerkem closed another C$76.3 million in equity financing including Suncor Energy

Enerkem closed another C$76.3 million in equity financing including Suncor Energy

April 17, 2019 |

In Canada, Enerkem Inc. announced the closing of a new round of financing totalling C$76.3 million. The financing comes from Enerkem’s existing investors, as well as a new investor, Suncor Energy Inc. This injection of additional capital will help foster the company’s growth by continuing the development of its other projects, including in Varennes, Québec, […]

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