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Europe biofuels consumption declines for the first time, says EurObserv’ER
29-Aug-14   By: Isabel Lane

In Europe, the EurObserv’ER has released its annual Biofuel Barometer, reporting a decline in consumption of biofuels in Europe for the first time. The decline was attributed to Spain’s incorporation target cuts and Germany’s abolishment of tax exemptions for the biodiesel sector. Some countries, including the U.K., Sweden and Denmark, significantly increased their incorporation rates, […]

Kelley Green Biofuels demos innovative methanol-recovery method in biodiesel production
29-Aug-14   By: Isabel Lane

In North Carolina, Kelley Green Biofuels presented an innovative approach to biodiesel production and methanol recovery at the 2014 Collective Biodiesel Conference this month in Pittsboro. With the technology, the company’s biodiesel exits the reactor containing 4-6% methanol by volume, at which point the fuel is sent through a flash drum which recovers up to […]

Valero restarts Indiana ethanol plant production
29-Aug-14   By: Isabel Lane

In Indiana, Valero Energy has restarted production at its ethanol plant in Indiana, shuttered more than two years ago. Valero purchased the plant in March from Illinois-based Aventine Renewable Energy for $34 million. The plant is expected to raise Valero’s ethanol production to 1.3 billion gallons annually, setting it up third in ethanol production behind […]

University of Kentucky receives $20m for biofuels research from Kentucky NSF grant
29-Aug-14   By: Isabel Lane

In Kentucky, the University of Kentucky has received a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The grant, which is to support 150 jobs over the next five years, will focus on three research areas: chemical biology for advanced materials, which can help biofuel manufacturing processes; advanced-membrane technologies, […]

Growth Energy demos model ethanol plant at Farm Progress Show
29-Aug-14   By: Isabel Lane

In Iowa, Growth Energy, in partnership with New Holland, created a special display for the Farm Progress Show which demonstrated a model ethanol plant. The educational display includes a fully built-to-scale plant demonstrating how feedstocks come into the plant and how products are made. The push from Growth Energy fits into New Holland’s commitment to […]

As huge corn crop looms, corn futures hit new contract lows
29-Aug-14   By: Isabel Lane

In the US, nearby corn futures have seen new contract lows, with low prices benefitting end-users like ethanol producers, causing unusually high margins. With the big crop looming, new crop carry-out is expected to increase but low prices will encourage future demand in 2015. Despite the lows, various private analysts have released final yield estimates […]

University of Louisville Renewable Energy Research Center receives NSF grant for $4.2 million
29-Aug-14   By: Isabel Lane

In Kentucky, the University of Louisville Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has received a five-year grant from the Nation Science Foundation that will provide $4.2 million in funding for its “Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future” project. The center leads research that increases homegrown energy sources to meet the national need while […]

Lobbyists permitted for nomination to Renewable Energy Trade Administration advisory committee
29-Aug-14   By: Isabel Lane

In the US, the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration will allow federally-registered lobbyists to be nominated for its renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee, which the group is reestablishing. Members will serve a two-year term to advise the secretary on the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the competitiveness of […]

Life in the Slow Lane: Conversion Technologies at a Standstill in California
28-Aug-14   By: Jim Lane

By Jim Stewart, Chairman, BioEnergy Producers Association The momentum leading to the introduction of new technologies for alternative energy production has become increasingly evident during 2014. The year has brought a steady stream of announcements from the industry regarding equity infusions, strategic alliances and commercial demonstration projects. However, as far as the use of conversion […]

Hot 30, Hot 40, Hot 50 voting opens
28-Aug-14   By: Jim Lane

Yes, it’s time for voting in the 2014-15 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy; the 30 Hottest Companies in Biobased Chemicals & Materials: and the 40 Hottest Small Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Who will be #1 – who will get your vote? PhotoVoting expanded – special bonus votes for most original artwork. In Florida, Biofuels Digest […]

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