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Ethanol blend frustration

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) expressed their frustration yesterday on a statement about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) delay to increase percentage of US ethanol blends from 10% to 15%. The EPA now expects to decide on a higher ethanol blend in the fall. DOE testing on higher blends in cars produced after 2007 will […]

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Clark: “Don’t rely on Brazil ethanol”

ICIS reporters are covering this year’s annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop in St. Louis, Missouri. At the conference, there was a talk that Brazil may ship ethanol to Iran. My colleague William Lemos was able to interview retired US general Wesley Clark on his opinion about this issue and he said that this potential sale would […]

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Chinese bio-jet fuel coming soon

I’m trying to post as many as I can before I go to Chicago tomorrow. This one is an announcement on May 27 from Honeywell’s UOP business and Boeing on their plans to get into China’s aviation biofuel market. The companies, including PetroChina, Air China, AECOM, United Technologies, China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) and the […]

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Lanxess invests in bio-butanol firm Gevo

I am so happy to get this news as I will be able to add this information to my upcoming article about chemical companies investing in biotechnology. German specialty chemical company Lanxess has just plunked $10m in bio-butanol developer Gevo, which is based in Denver, Colorado. Gevo and Lanxess plan to jointly develop and produce […]

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Battle of ethanol: Sugarcane vs Corn

The battle over corn-based and sugarcane-based ethanol — which one is cheaper? — has been brewing for weeks, and I’ve received emails and tweets last week about statements released from both camps: the Renewable Fuel Association (RFA) and the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). RFA accused UNICA last week of making exaggerated and (in some […]

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Green IPO week

Big money news last week came from Amyris Biotechnologies and Codexis. Amyris finally filed with the SEC for an initial public offering (IPO) of $100m. The company’s current R&D focuses on sugarcane-based chemicals especially farnesene, a molecule which can be used as a renewable chemical ingredient for consumer and industrial products and as a fuel. […]

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Shell starts first biogasoline demo plant

I just got this email from Shell announcing their successful start-up of the world’s first demonstration plant converting plant sugars into gasoline and gasoline blend components (instead of ethanol) in Wisconsin, USA. The demo plant has the capacity to produce up to 38,000 litres/year (10,000 gal/year), which will be used for engine and fleet testing. […]

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Strong algae momentum

Two recent big news on the algae front are developments from Honeywell’s UOP business and from DuPont. Both companies were able to get funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) – $1.5 million for UOP and $8.8 million for DuPont. In UOP’s case, The funding will be used for the design of a demonstration […]

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Feedstock innovation spurs biodiesel demand

Technological advancements in algae, jatropha, waste grease (maybe even Camelina?) are expected to boost biodiesel revenues worldwide, according to this recent study from Pike Research. The study reports that by 2020, global biodiesel revenues are estimated to reach $71 billion, up from $18 billion expected this year. Helping the industry are powerful backers such as […]

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Biofuel News Part 2

Other big news announcements from the biofuel industry the past two weeks include a new biojet fuel production facility being built by British Airways; news about biodiesel catalysts; a new enzyme from Novozyme that helps turn waste into fuel; and car rental company Enterprise Holding announcing its North American fleet shifting to biodiesel. In the […]

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