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LanzaTech developing new small-scale waste biomass gasifier in India

LanzaTech developing new small-scale waste biomass gasifier in India

September 16, 2020 |

In India, TechCrunch reports LanzaTech is developing a new small-scale waste biomass gasifier will be hosted at Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemical. The gasifier, to be built together with Ankur Scientific, will be used to make ethanol and chemicals rather than power. If the trial is successful, they gasifiers could be rolled out across India, potentially […]

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ICM installs first Advanced Processing Package for Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy

ICM installs first Advanced Processing Package for Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy

September 16, 2020 |

In Kansas, ICM, Inc. has completed the first installation of its proprietary Advanced Processing Package for Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy, LLC (Prairie Horizon) in Phillipsburg, Kansas. The Advanced Processing Package (APP) empowers ethanol plants to diversify their product offerings, thereby increasing revenues. The package includes four proprietary ICM technologies: patented Selective Milling Technology, patented Fiber Separation […]

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Malaysian palm oil industry looking to forced labor to fill labor supply gap

Malaysian palm oil industry looking to forced labor to fill labor supply gap

September 16, 2020 |

In Malaysia, the Guardian newspaper reports that the palm oil industry is looking to use forced labor from prisons and drug rehabilitation centers to help bridge the industry’s acute labor supply gap. More than 80% of the industry work force comes from other Asian countries like India and Bangladesh but the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly […]

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House to debate Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act week of September 21

House to debate Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act week of September 21

September 16, 2020 |

In Washington, DTN reports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a National Farmers Union virtual meeting that the House will move forward with Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson’s proposed Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act the week of September 21. The bill would require the Environmental Protection Agency to release details of SRE applications and set a […]

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UC Riverside researcher looking to produce algae indoors with solar panels

UC Riverside researcher looking to produce algae indoors with solar panels

September 16, 2020 |

In California, algae could compete with petroleum as the fuel of the future if only the process of growing it was more efficient. Thanks to a fellowship from the Link Foundation, it soon could be. a doctoral student in plant biology at UC Riverside, is using the two-year, $60,000 fellowship to test whether she can […]

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Joe Biden says President Trump ethanol industry support “too little, too late”

Joe Biden says President Trump ethanol industry support “too little, too late”

September 16, 2020 |

In New York state, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told Reuters President Trump’s efforts to help the ethanol industry were “too little, too late”, saying that rejecting the SRE gap-year waivers 50 days before the election wouldn’t make up for four years of negligence. The Biden campaign is pushing hard in corn states, seeking to […]

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East African Waste to Value Accelerator launched supporting six start-ups

East African Waste to Value Accelerator launched supporting six start-ups

September 15, 2020 |

In Kenya, based on the aspiration to support enterprises and build the waste sector in East Africa, Bestseller Foundation in collaboration with Intellecap Africa launched the Waste to Value Challenge in December 2019. The Challenge was launched across four countries; Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, and received over 400 applications out of which six enterprises […]

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NBB launches newest ad campaign to promote advanced biodiesel fuels

NBB launches newest ad campaign to promote advanced biodiesel fuels

September 15, 2020 |

In Missouri, the National Biodiesel Board’s latest national advertising campaign hit airwaves in September with biodiesel and renewable diesel education aimed at key decision makers on the benefits of these advanced fuels. “The ad campaign strives to increase consumer acceptance and industry growth through education and promotion,” says NBB Director of Communications Kaleb Little. “Biodiesel […]

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California rail project awarded $20M DOT grant as it works towards including RD

California rail project awarded $20M DOT grant as it works towards including RD

September 15, 2020 |

In California, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), in conjunction with the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC), a $20 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant to help construct the Stockton Diamond Grade Separation project – the only rail project in the United States […]

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US Grains Council sees ethanol production not returning to pre-COVID levels until 2022

US Grains Council sees ethanol production not returning to pre-COVID levels until 2022

September 15, 2020 |

In Washington, Reuters reports the US Grains Council told a Platts virtual event that it doesn’t believe global ethanol production will recover to pre-COVID levels until 2022 while 2020 production will be 20% lower on the year. The USGC says more than 250 ethanol plants around the world have been shut down as a result […]

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