Tag: COVID-19

Application window opens for $700M in COVID payments for biofuel producers

Application window opens for $700M in COVID payments for biofuel producers

December 22, 2021 |

In Washington, the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS or Agency), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the application window, application requirements and the availability of up to $700 million in payments to eligible biofuel producers for unexpected market losses as a result of COVID-19 in order to maintain a viable and […]

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Codexis reports record quarterly revenue thanks to COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine enzyme order

Codexis reports record quarterly revenue thanks to COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine enzyme order

November 7, 2021 |

In California, Codexis, Inc., enzyme engineering company, provided a business update with their Sustainable Manufacturing business demonstrating “remarkable growth, as we significantly executed against the large enzyme orders we received from Pfizer to support its COVID-19 antiviral therapeutic candidate” as well as strong results in the faster-to-market food sector, including enzyme sales for Tate & […]

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EPA seen retroactively cutting 2020 and 2021 RVO in response to COVID-19

EPA seen retroactively cutting 2020 and 2021 RVO in response to COVID-19

September 22, 2021 |

In Washington, Reuters reports it has seen a document showing the Environmental Protection Agency plans to reduce blending for 2021 to 18.6 billion gallons of ethanol, lower than the 20.1 billion gallons set for 2020. The proposal also seeks to cut the 2020 mandate retroactively to 17.1 billion gallons. The cuts in blending are meant […]

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Amyris sees promising results for intranasal RNA/NLC vaccine

Amyris sees promising results for intranasal RNA/NLC vaccine

August 22, 2021 |

In California, Amyris, Inc. achieved promising in-vivo results in a study of its licensed RNA vaccine through intranasal delivery, developed in collaboration with the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI), which means an effective Covid-19 nose spray vaccine could become reality. In-vivo results indicate that, when delivered to the mucosal membranes via intranasal administration, the Amyris/IDRI […]

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Study finds market potential for industrial and fuel ethanol in India

Study finds market potential for industrial and fuel ethanol in India

August 8, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., conclusions of a new study commissioned by the U.S. Grains Council show growing ethanol use in India has been linked to increased demand for sanitation products during the COVID-19 pandemic, more ambitious blending targets – now 20 percent by 2023 – and interest from Indian companies in sustainability through bio-based products from […]

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EU biofuel imports seen falling 25% in 2021 as stocks weigh

EU biofuel imports seen falling 25% in 2021 as stocks weigh

July 12, 2021 |

In Belgium, Reuters reports that the European Union estimates significant biofuel stocks on hand as a result of the drop in transportation during the COVID-19 epidemic last year will reduce this year’s biofuel imports by as much as a quarter. With much of the region undergoing vaccination and a return to “normal” post-pandemic increasing travel, […]

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Amyris completes 1st major license for RNA COVID vaccine

Amyris completes 1st major license for RNA COVID vaccine

July 3, 2021 |

In California, Amyris, Inc. signed an exclusive license with Nant Africa, LLC relating to the development and use of the RNA COVID vaccine Amyris developed in coordination with the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI). Amyris’ partnership with Nant Africa is of significant value to Amyris as it provides the fastest path to market for the […]

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NEXT Renewable Fuels sees Oregon facility coming online in 2024

NEXT Renewable Fuels sees Oregon facility coming online in 2024

June 21, 2021 |

In Oregon, Columbia County Spotlight reports that following a leadership change and delays due to COVID-19, the planned NEXT Renewable Fuels facility near Clatskanie is expected to be operational in 2024, rather than in late 2021 or early 2022 as originally expected. The company is now under the leadership of a former board member who […]

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USDA announces additional $700M COVID-19 bailout for biofuel producers

USDA announces additional $700M COVID-19 bailout for biofuel producers

June 15, 2021 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced additional aid to agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Earlier this year, Secretary Vilsack announced plans to use available pandemic assistance funds to address a number of gaps and disparities in previous rounds of aid. As part of the Pandemic […]

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Cristal Union’s ethanol losses completely offset by 10x increase in sales for disinfectants in 2020

Cristal Union’s ethanol losses completely offset by 10x increase in sales for disinfectants in 2020

June 10, 2021 |

In France, Reuters reports Cristal Union was able to completely offset the loss in demand for ethanol last year resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic by instead selling 500 million liters of ethanol to make disinfectants. Its sales to the disinfectant market rose 10-fold on the back of the demand for hand and other sanitizers. […]

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