Thai partners to work on catalyst tech for biodiesel, bioethanol

Thai petrochemical company SCG Chemicals Co Ltd will partner with the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) and Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University to develop catalyst-based technology for the biodiesel and bioethanol industries. The company said earlier this week it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with TRF

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US ethanol exports remain strong in March

The US exported 215 million gallons (814 litres) of ethanol in March, close to its record of nearly 220 million gallons in February, the US Grains Council (USGC), an export-focused trade body, said earlier this month. Exports in both months are far above the previous

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CropEnergies records rises in annual output, revenues

Germany’s CropEnergies AG produced 1.15 million cu m ethanol in its financial year to the end of February 2018, up 12% on the previous year, as all its plants operated at high capacity. The company’s revenues rose 10% to EUR 882 million, while operating profit

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India expands range of ethanol feedstocks

The Indian cabinet on Wednesday approved a biofuel policy that allows the use of more feedstocks and surplus food grains for ethanol production and envisages support for second generation (2G) ethanol biorefineries. According to the National Policy on Biofuels – 2018, it will now be

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Finnish, Indian partners to build bamboo biorefinery

Finnish biorefining technology company Chempolis, compatriot energy group Fortum Oyj (HEL:FORTUM) and Indian state-owned oil company Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) will build a EUR-160-million (USD 192m) biorefinery in the Indian state of Assam that will use bamboo as feedstock. The companies have set up a

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POET outstrips ADM as world’s leading ethanol producer

POET LLC of the US has become the world’s largest fuel ethanol producer, dethroning grain trader Archer Daniels Midland Co (ADM), which had been the leader since the US introduced biofuel mandates more than 10 year ago, Reuters reported last week. ADM has reduced its

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Chinese company plans USD-152m ethanol plant – report

China Beidahuang Industry Group Holdings Ltd (HKG:0039) will build an ethanol plant worth CNY 960 million (USD 152m/EUR 124m) in the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia, Reuters reported last week. The company has inked an agreement with the mayor of Baotou city for the

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Japan greenlights US ethanol for ETBE

Japan has changed its biofuel policy to allow imports of bio-ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE) produced from US corn-based ethanol, US ethanol industry groups said last week in a joint statement, welcoming the news. Under its sustainability policy, adopted in 2010, Japan allowed only imports of

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UK’s Vivergo Fuels reopens bioethanol plant

Vivergo Fuels of the UK on April 10 reopened its bioethanol plant in East Yorkshire after a four-month shutdown that was in response to weak ethanol prices and a lack of policy clarity. The company, however, warned that government action on introducing E10 fuel is

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BDBe says biofuels in Germany can do more for climate

The German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe) is urging the government to take steps to ensure that the emissions reduction potential of biofuels is realised through more ambitious policy. BDBe chairman Norbert Schindler points out that the GHG emission reduction targets of fuel companies in Germany

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