Tag: COVID-19

POET-DSM biorefinery pivots to support COVID-19 response

POET-DSM biorefinery pivots to support COVID-19 response

November 1, 2020 |

In Iowa, POET-DSM saw an opportunity to utilize the Project LIBERTY facility to produce the pharmaceutical-grade ethanol ingredient necessary for hand sanitizer. BETO recognized the urgency to address the COVID-19-related demand for ethanol-based hand sanitizer and supported POET-DSM’s request to shift the facility’s use. With support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office […]

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Ethanol production rises by stocks still at lowest since late 2016

Ethanol production rises by stocks still at lowest since late 2016

October 28, 2020 |

In Washington, Brownfield Ag News reports Energy Information Administration data shows ethanol production rose last week to the highest level since early September at 941,000 barrels. COVID-19 continues to impact production as the figure is 63,000 barrels per day lower than during the same week in 2019. Even though production rose, stocks fell to the […]

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Amyris and IDRI enter license for RNA vaccine platform, beginning with COVID-19 vaccine

Amyris and IDRI enter license for RNA vaccine platform, beginning with COVID-19 vaccine

October 25, 2020 |

In California, Amyris, Inc. signed a Collaboration Agreement and License Agreement with the Infectious Disease Research Institute to advance a novel ribonucleic acid vaccine platform, including accelerating the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. The collaboration will combine IDRI’s RNA vaccine platform, including IDRI’s proprietary nanostructured lipid carrier platform, with Amyris’s semi-synthetic squalene. This has the […]

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Brazilian corn ethanol remains hot despite pandemic tempering ethanol demand

Brazilian corn ethanol remains hot despite pandemic tempering ethanol demand

October 22, 2020 |

In Brazil, a USDA Foreign Agriculture Service GAIN report says that despite lower ethanol demand due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, investment interest in corn-based ethanol domestically continues to grow. For 2020/21, corn-based ethanol production is seen at 2.5 billion liters from 16 currently operating facilities including both corn-only and flex-plants co-located at sugarcane […]

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EU T2 ethanol prices drop to three-month low on new COVID-19 restrictions

EU T2 ethanol prices drop to three-month low on new COVID-19 restrictions

October 21, 2020 |

In the Netherlands, Platts reports European T2 ethanol prices fell to Eur646/cu m on Tuesday, the lowest seen in three months, after hitting an all-time high just a month before at Eur840/cu m as European markets go into stricter COVID-19 pandemics. The restrictions are expected to shrink gasoline and therefore ethanol demand in the short […]

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CoBank says ethanol sector back at 90% of pre-COVID demand

CoBank says ethanol sector back at 90% of pre-COVID demand

October 14, 2020 |

In Colorado, the U.S. economy has been improving since late spring, but progress has slowed measurably, and the economy remains fragile. Another broad fiscal relief package appears to be off the table at least in the near-term, which means the currently sluggish economy will likely end the year in a fizzle. According to a new […]

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Indian entrepreneurs convert pine needles to tableware and face masks

Indian entrepreneurs convert pine needles to tableware and face masks

October 12, 2020 |

In Himachal Pradesh, India, two entrepreneurs are making tableware and COVID-19 masks from pine needles to simultaneously help the populous nation address its plastics waste challenge and prevent forest fires common to the region. Himachal native Abhinav Talwar, who founded Vasshin Composites in 2019 with Maithri V, says the startup collects the region’s abundant fallen […]

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Bioenergy Australia says Tasmania renewable energy plan overlooking bioenergy opportunities

Bioenergy Australia says Tasmania renewable energy plan overlooking bioenergy opportunities

October 6, 2020 |

In Australia, consultation has recently closed on the Tasmanian Government draft Renewable Energy Action Plan, which identifies renewable energy as a key economic driver to rebuild a stronger Tasmania in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But Bioenergy Australia says Tasmania could be missing a trick by too narrowly focusing on renewable electricity, overlooking the […]

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House of Representatives COVID relief package includes renewable fuels industry provision

House of Representatives COVID relief package includes renewable fuels industry provision

October 4, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., the House of Representatives passed another COVID economic relief package, the HEROES Act II, which provides for $2.2 trillion in coronavirus relief and includes an important provision for the renewable fuels industry. If it were to become law, the Renewable Fuel Reimbursement Program provision would provide a 45-cent-per-gallon payment for qualified fuel […]

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Study shows COVID-19 led to $8B in losses for ethanol producers

Study shows COVID-19 led to $8B in losses for ethanol producers

September 29, 2020 |

In Washington, as Congress and the administration continue negotiations on another potential COVID-19 relief package, a new study by university economists finds that ethanol producers will experience roughly $8 billion in losses this year due to the pandemic’s impact on world fuel markets. The study, conducted by economists from the University of Florida and Arizona […]

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