Tag: COVID-19

Switzerland builds back up ethanol stocks after getting caught short in pandemic

Switzerland builds back up ethanol stocks after getting caught short in pandemic

August 12, 2020 |

In Switzerland, after finding itself short without ethanol reserves when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Reuters reports the country will rebuild its ethanol stocks to former levels before it was dismantled two years ago. Previously, the country had between 8,000 and 10,000 metric tons of ethanol on hand in case of health emergencies. The government has […]

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Oil refiners seen hit by higher RIN compliance costs due to COVID-19

Oil refiners seen hit by higher RIN compliance costs due to COVID-19

August 11, 2020 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that with COVID-19 impacts crushing oil refining margins and demand for fuel, oil companies are likely to be hit with hard having to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard. The pandemic has also hit biofuel production, reducing the amount of RINs available for purchase which in turn has increased those prices […]

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Brazil flip back to become net ethanol exporter

Brazil flip back to become net ethanol exporter

August 11, 2020 |

In Brazil, Platts reports the country has flipped into a net exporter of ethanol as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic with July exports at a seven-year high of 353 million liters and 53% higher on the year. Nearly 52% of those exports went to the US with South Korea following as the second largest […]

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Russian student develops bioplastic in home lab amid COVID-19 pandemic

Russian student develops bioplastic in home lab amid COVID-19 pandemic

August 10, 2020 |

In Russia, a student at the National University of Science and Technology MISiS has made a bioplastic from gelatin and sawdust.  Valeria Solovyova, who is pursuing a master’s at NUST MISiS’s Technologies and Materials for Digital Production program, created the material using wood waste, gelatin, glycerin, and water. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, she had […]

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Novozymes delivers solid first half-year of 2020 considering COVID-19 challenges

Novozymes delivers solid first half-year of 2020 considering COVID-19 challenges

August 9, 2020 |

In Denmark, with 4% organic growth in first half-year of 2020, Novozymes delivered a solid first half-year performance despite headwinds in the Bioenergy business. Novozymes’ biggest business area, Household Care, performed very well with sales growth of 11%, Food & Beverages grew by 7%, and Agriculture grew by 17%, while Bioenergy and Technical & Pharma […]

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes…Amyris turns to face the strange with sugarcane-derived squalene vaccine adjuvant

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes…Amyris turns to face the strange with sugarcane-derived squalene vaccine adjuvant

August 9, 2020 |

COVID-19 has changed the way we do things…like drink more alcohol, wash our hands more, wear a mask, limit our gatherings and trips, but positive things have come about too. More time to connect with friends and family via online tools, a new respect for healthcare, agriculture and other essential workers, breathing cleaner air, and […]

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Triton Algae Innovations scales up scientific team despite COVID challenges

Triton Algae Innovations scales up scientific team despite COVID challenges

August 6, 2020 |

In California, San Diego-based future food company Triton Algae Innovations has scaled up its hiring, adding six new team members in the last two months despite the economic and practical challenges presented by the COVID pandemic. Triton is focused on bringing to market an entirely new variety of healthy food products derived from its non-GM […]

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Banana fiber PPE can combat pandemic without adding to plastics waste

Banana fiber PPE can combat pandemic without adding to plastics waste

August 3, 2020 |

In the Philippines, a natural fiber already used to produce tea bags and Japanese currency could be used to produce biodegradable personal protective equipment for preventing COVID-19 infection. “With this pandemic, if we all buy masks made of synthetic fiber, they will pile up in dumpsites because they take so long to decompose,” Philippine Fibre […]

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Indonesia hopes to get B40 in place for July 2021

Indonesia hopes to get B40 in place for July 2021

July 30, 2020 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that fossil fuel prices have recovered significantly enough from the COVID-19 pandemic that it is again looking at implementing B40 in July 2021. Low crude oil prices had weighed on the economic viability of increasing the blending level from the current 30% despite subsidies, but now prices are recovering sufficiently to […]

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Argentina’s grain industry shaken by COVID-19 outbreaks

Argentina’s grain industry shaken by COVID-19 outbreaks

July 30, 2020 |

In Argentina, Mercopress reports growing concern about impacts of COVID-19 on workers at different grain terminals and processing plants in key ports that could risk timely exports of soy products including biodiesel. Cofco reported 12 cases at its oilseed crushing plant north of Rosario, forcing the facility to temporarily shut, while Bunge also shut down […]

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