Author Archive: Meghan Sapp

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Greentech Materials close to lease deal at Port of Baton Rouge for RD facility

Greentech Materials close to lease deal at Port of Baton Rouge for RD facility

October 20, 2020 |

In Louisiana, The Advocate newspaper reports Houston-based Greentech Materials is preparing to close a lease agreement with the Port of Baton Rouge to lease 164 acres where it wants to build a renewable diesel plant with an investment of between $300 million and $700 million. Negotiations with the company have been ongoing since January but […]

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True North Venture Partners taps into Indian market to produce syngas-based ethanol

True North Venture Partners taps into Indian market to produce syngas-based ethanol

October 20, 2020 |

In India, the Economic Times newspaper reports that True North Venture Partners has acquired Synata Bio as an entry way into the Indian market where it hopes to significantly scale up ethanol production from syngas. The company believes it can produce ethanol from syngas coming from coal emissions at 20% to 30% lower cost than […]

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Carnegie Mellon University researchers team with Facebook AI Research to discover novel catalysts

Carnegie Mellon University researchers team with Facebook AI Research to discover novel catalysts

October 20, 2020 |

In Pennsylvania, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have teamed up with Facebook AI Research (FAIR) to break down one of these barriers. Combining the expertise in machine learning, dataset development, and computing power of FAIR with years of prior research using machine learning techniques for novel catalyst discovery, the team is empowering researchers around the […]

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“#SupportEthanol spelled out in Kansas sorghum field calls out to Washington

“#SupportEthanol spelled out in Kansas sorghum field calls out to Washington

October 20, 2020 |

In Kansas, National Sorghum Producers (shared a high-altitude view of a top policy priority with newly released aerial photos of a farm plot in Kansas emblazoned with “#SupportEthanol” spelled out in giant letters of sorghum. Rocky Ormiston, a farmer from Kismet, planted the message using the latest in precision agricultural tools and a mix of […]

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Biokraft selects Andio Global for Skogn II LBG facility

Biokraft selects Andio Global for Skogn II LBG facility

October 19, 2020 |

In Canada, Biokraft has selected Andion Global as a key contractor for construction of the Skogn II LBG production facility. The Skogn II LBG production facility will extend Biokraft’s LBG production capacity at Skogn in Trøndelag, the world’s largest LBG production facility. The biological waste consists of agricultural byproducts including cow manure, fish waste and […]

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FGV expands palm oil storage tanks in light of increased biodiesel demand

FGV expands palm oil storage tanks in light of increased biodiesel demand

October 19, 2020 |

In Malaysia, due to increasing market demand and to fulfil the government B20 biodiesel mandate for the transport sector, FGV has expanded its bulking facility by adding six new vegetable oil storage tanks. Four of the tanks are located in Pasir Gudang, Johor with 10,400 metric tons capacity completed in August 2020 and two tanks […]

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Irelands kicks off Irish Bioeconomy Week with a series of maps

Irelands kicks off Irish Bioeconomy Week with a series of maps

October 19, 2020 |

In Ireland, a series of maps released by Teagasc each day from October 19-23 as part of Irish Bioeconomy Week will answer questions including: What is the bioeconomy? Is it relevant to me, my sector, my business, the place where I live or my farm? What is unique about it? How does Ireland compare relative […]

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ClearFlame Engine Technologies has matched torque and power of diesel with ethanol

ClearFlame Engine Technologies has matched torque and power of diesel with ethanol

October 19, 2020 |

In Massachusetts, ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a start-up dedicated to the development of clean engine technology for the heavy-duty truck, off-highway and industrial markets, announced that it has successfully matched the torque and power of a commercial diesel engine using ethanol in place of diesel fuel, delivering more than 500 horsepower and over 2,500 foot-pounds of […]

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Brazilian president inaugurates first commercial sugarcane-based biogas plant

Brazilian president inaugurates first commercial sugarcane-based biogas plant

October 19, 2020 |

In Brazil, Xinhua news agency reports the president has inaugurated Raizen Energia’s 21 MW biogas facility, the country’s first commercial scale biogas installation using sugarcane byproducts. It has the capacity to power 62,000 homes. Electricity produced from the facility will be distributed through the national grid, although the president highlighted in his speech about the […]

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Smart Start Industries commissions 70 million liter per year ethanol plant in Uganda

Smart Start Industries commissions 70 million liter per year ethanol plant in Uganda

October 19, 2020 |

In Uganda, NTV reports that Smart Start Industries has commissioned its $1.87 million, 70 million liter per year ethanol plant in Masindi. The facility uses molasses as feedstock, taking advantage of the increased investment in sugarcane production national over the last several years. The biofuel law that would see ethanol blended into gasoline has been […]

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