Tag: Louisiana

US corn looks for export markets as ethanol demand falls but must compete with cheap Brazilian supplies

US corn looks for export markets as ethanol demand falls but must compete with cheap Brazilian supplies

April 16, 2020 |

In Louisiana, Platts reports that as demand for ethanol shrinks in response to COVID-19, demand for corn has shrunk as well and is seeking exports markets, which has in turn pushed prices for CIF New Orleans prices for barges falling to the lowest level since August 2017 at just $3.6926 per bushel on Wednesday while […]

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Proposed $400 million renewable diesel plant at Port of Baton Rouge negotiating land lease

Proposed $400 million renewable diesel plant at Port of Baton Rouge negotiating land lease

January 21, 2020 |

In Louisiana, the Advocate newspaper reports that Greentech Materials is looking to build a $400-$500 million renewable diesel facility at the Port of Baton Rouge that would use soybean oil and palm oil as feedstock. Last Thursday at a port executive meeting, a 90-day period was granted for the company to reach an agreement on […]

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Tulane University researcher gets $507,000 NSF award to study bacteria’s role in biofuels

Tulane University researcher gets $507,000 NSF award to study bacteria’s role in biofuels

August 13, 2019 |

In Louisiana, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Tulane University, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Early Career Award. The $507,000 award will allow the researcher and his team of graduate students to continue their work on a type of bacteria with potentially important applications in biofuels, carbon capture and […]

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Louisiana State University researcher optimizing E. coli to produce biodiesel better

Louisiana State University researcher optimizing E. coli to produce biodiesel better

February 21, 2019 |

In Louisiana, a Louisiana State University Mechanical Engineering graduate student Is currently working on genetically engineering and optimizing E. coli bacteria to produce bioproducts, like biodiesel, in a cost-effective manner. The main goal is to create Malonyl-CoA bioproducts, such as biodiesel, plastics, polymers, and pharmaceuticals. Malonyl-CoA is found in bacteria from humans and has important […]

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Praxair expands Louisiana CO plant to better supply biofuel producers

Praxair expands Louisiana CO plant to better supply biofuel producers

February 20, 2019 |

In Louisiana, Praxair, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linde plc, has announced the completion of a major investment project at its Geismar, Louisiana facility, bringing a new plant online that will increase carbon monoxide supply to customers in the Geismar area. The plant incorporates a new carbon monoxide purification train with more than 13 million […]

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Louisiana State University researchers identify different internal structure of corn than previously thought

Louisiana State University researchers identify different internal structure of corn than previously thought

January 21, 2019 |

In Louisiana, new research on the U.S.’s most economically important agricultural plant — corn — has revealed a different internal structure of the plant than previously thought, which can help optimize how corn is converted into ethanol. Researchers at Louisiana State University are the first to investigate an intact corn plant stalk at the atomic […]

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Biodiesel leaked from barge on Mississippi River near New Orleans

Biodiesel leaked from barge on Mississippi River near New Orleans

March 26, 2018 |

In Louisiana, the Associated Press reports that a barge carrying biodiesel moored on the lower Mississippi River near New Orleans has leaked nearly 10,000 gallons after a wake caused by another vessel slammed the barge into a concrete wall. The leak has since been stopped and measures put in place to absorb the leaked fuel. […]

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LSU AgCenter scores $387,000 grant to evaluate cover crops for energy cane

LSU AgCenter scores $387,000 grant to evaluate cover crops for energy cane

September 4, 2017 |

In Louisiana, a team of LSU AgCenter researchers has received a four-year, $387,000 grant to evaluate the feedstock potential of energy cane and sweet sorghum with winter cover crops. Energy cane produces three crops in four years from one planting. The growing cycle is similar to the pattern farmers use for growing sugarcane. Growers and […]

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REG completes $20 million land purchase to expand Geismar facility

REG completes $20 million land purchase to expand Geismar facility

June 21, 2017 |

In Louisiana, Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced it has completed the $20 million acquisition of approximately 82 acres of land at and in close proximity to its Geismar, Louisiana, biorefinery from Lion Copolymer. The purchase includes land REG previously leased for its Geismar operations and approximately 62 additional acres in parcels adjacent to and near the facility. The […]

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Louisiana state senator seeks to eliminate subsidies for alternative fuel vehicles

Louisiana state senator seeks to eliminate subsidies for alternative fuel vehicles

March 29, 2017 |

In Louisiana, a state senator has proposed a bill that would eliminate the current 36% tax break on alternative fuel cars including those for ethanol and biodiesel, claiming the state can’t afford to continue to subsidize cleaner fuels. The program is set to increase to 50% on June 30, 2018. Not surprisingly, the propane gas […]

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