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Biofuel news roundup

Ok, so there have been more news on biofuel than I thought. I should have posted this last week. In the meantime, I am also looking at some of the recent earnings report that came out. As the blog posted before about rising ethanol prices because of drought, it looks like this is also affecting […]

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Battle over RFS heats up

So many things going on in the US ethanol market especially current  drought conditions for corn crops (and even soybeans for biodiesel). Corn prices are going up and that means ethanol prices have been going up too especially when some ethanol plants have been idled because of the lack in demand, which could mean lower […]

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Codexis, Shell in fuel discussion

Codexis announced today that it is under exclusive discussion with Shell that would give Codexis certain rights and licenses to develop and sell their cellulase enzymes to third parties in the biofuels field on a worldwide basis except Brazil. Codexis said it has exclusive rights to commercialize its cellulase enzyme technology in all other fields […]

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Biofuel News Roundup

Sorry this has been a long time coming. I hope biofuel fans are not too mad at me… Enerkem starts waste-to-etoh plantMontreal-based Enerkem initiated production of cellulosic ethanol from waste materials at its demonstration facility in Westbury, Quebec. The primary purpose of the Westbury facility is to validate the technology process design before full-scale commercial […]

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Is Shell still interested in cellulosic ethanol?

On Codexis’ 8-K filing today, the company said its cellulosic ethanol research collaboration between Iogen and Shell will now be terminated effective June 30, 2012.  The question here is Shell’s commitment in cellulosic ethanol, and if Codexis will still have Shell for its research collaboration partner after this news. Shell dropped Iogen as its cellulosic […]

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Brazil’s first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant

Cellulosic biomass technology developer GraalBio is planning to help build Brazil’s biorefinery industry with a R$300m ($146m) investment of a new 22m gallons/year cellulosic ethanol plant to be constructed in Alagoas using sugarcane bagasse and straw for initial feedstock. GraalBio is also developing a new type of cost-competitive biomass called Energy Cane, a cross hybrid […]

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Biofuel News Roundup

The blog is accumulating a lot of biofuel news for the past month. Last week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the first application submitted  for registration of E15 ethanol (a blend of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline). Registration is a prerequisite to introducing E15 into the marketplace. Biofuel advocates are currently pushing for […]

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Biofuel News Roundup

Compilation of biofuel news that came up within the past few weeks … Zeachem bags Itochu investmentJapan-based Itochu Corporation has acquired shares in Zeachem and the companies have teamed up to acquire partners in Japan as well as in the US to expand Zeachem’s technology worldwide. The two companies plan to create a new business […]

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Bankrupt CHOREN sells tech to Linde

Germany-based gas producer Linde via its engineering business Linde Engineering Dresden has acquired the Carbo-V technology of the insolvent biofuel producer CHOREN (insolvent means bankrupt by the way, according to Google). The Carbo-V technology is a multi-stage biomass gasification process, which was CHOREN’s main asset. Linde said it will offer the technology as licensor and […]

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New Scottish biobutanol producer

The blog previously posted in August 2010 about these researchers from the Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland who have have developed biobutanol using whisky byproducts for feedstock. It turns out that a few a weeks ago, these researchers launched a new company called Celtic Renewables to commercialize their biobutanol process for biofuel application after receiving […]

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