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Feed: BIOFUELS DIGEST

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German rapeseed crop at risk of frost damage
30-Jan-15   By: Meghan Sapp

In Germany, the rapeseed crop is at risk of severe damage from frost after it was left weakened by insects following an EU ban on a common pesticide. The French and British crops suffered less damage and look to better survive any potential cold snaps. European rapeseed production is seen down 11% on the year […]



Novozymes and Beta Renewables to build 75 million liter plant in India
30-Jan-15   By: Meghan Sapp

In India, Novozymes and Beta Renewables are working to establish a 75 million liter per year cellulosic ethanol plant in Punjab using 3 million metric tons of paddy straw as feedstock. The $153.7 million plant could lead the way for $1 billion in investment of five other plants in the state if successful.



Copa-Cogeca calling on EU member states to support biofuels
30-Jan-15   By: Meghan Sapp

In Germany, Copa-Cogeca is calling for EU agriculture ministers and MEPs to fight the European Commission for a higher use of crop-based biofuels following the extensive investment made into the fuels following the EU’s policy to demand 10% blending by 2020. The organization rejects the studies used to establish ILUC penalties, saying they’re based on […]



Canadian ethanol plant shifting away from fuel towards industrial alcohol
30-Jan-15   By: Meghan Sapp

In Canada, the 200 million liter GreenField ethanol plant in Chatham will produce up to 75% industrial alcohol by the end of the year, moving away from fuel ethanol production, because it says that’s where the market is going. It is targeting high quality pharmaceuticals markets. Currently the facility is undertaking $40 million worth of […]



Ohio Corn Marketing Program launches grant program for blender pumps
30-Jan-15   By: Meghan Sapp

In Ohio, Ohio Corn Marketing Program, in partnership with the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and the American Lung Association of the Midland States, is pleased to announce, The Ethanol Infrastructure Grant Program, a new grant funding opportunity for petroleum marketers to significantly expand the reach of ethanol compatible fuel in the Ohio […]



BASF pulls out of acrylic acid research JV with Novozymes and Cargill
30-Jan-15   By: Meghan Sapp

In Germany, BASF is leaving Novozymes and Cargill to continue carrying on the R&D work they’ve done together on bio-based acrylic acid, saying it couldn’t reach the targets for commercializing the product. Novozymes and Cargill started the partnership in 2008 with BASF joining in 2012. The founding companies are now looking for a new partner […]



Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution produces biodiesel and jet fuel from algae
30-Jan-15   By: Meghan Sapp

In Massachusetts, a common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels. The researchers, led by Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, exploited an unusual […]



Tim Searchinger goes after food vs fuel again in new report
30-Jan-15   By: Meghan Sapp

In Washington, Tim Searchinger is yet again hitting out at biofuels, calling for policies supporting them to be phased out. His new report from the World Resources Institute says that biofuels would require all of the crops grown today to provide the biofuels needed for 2050. He says solar is a better energy source because […]



4 minutes with… Johan Martinez, Director of Renewable Energy and New Business, Asocaña
30-Jan-15   By: Jim Lane

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Asocaña is the association of Colombian sugarcane growers and sugarcane mills. 5 of the mills have ethanol distilleries that produce all the ethanol needed for the mandatory blend program. The sustainability of the production is the main goal, including the carbon footprint, regulatory […]



Biofuels Digest Index slips to 59.87 as advanced biofuels slump
29-Jan-15   By: Jim Lane

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, slipped 0.78 percent to 59.87 as advanced biofuels slumped. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) plummeted 47.19 percent to $0.13 following pricing of a dilutive cap raise, while Cosan (CZZ) tumbled 5.13 percent to $7.03. Among other equities, Solazyme (SZYM) advanced 3.32 percent to $2.18. […]







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