US scientists develop ethanol-based gel treatment for tumors

Scientists from Duke University, North Carolina have developed a method for treating tumors with ethanol injections as a cheap alternative to surgery in poor countries. While ethanol-based tumor ablation is successful in treating the most common type of liver cancer, there are limitations to its

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Slight rise in EU biofuel use in 2016

Biofuel consumption in the EU showed a slight increase of 1.3% in 2016 compared to 2015 when demand was flat, according to the Biofuel Barometer 2017 of EurObserv’ER, released at the end of July. Based on preliminary figures, a total of 14.4 million tonnes of

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Brazil approves 20% tariff on ethanol imports beyond quota

Brazil’s Chamber of Foreign Trade, Camex, at the end of August approved the imposition of a 20% tariff on imports of ethanol beyond a quota of 600 million litres (158.5 million gallons) per year. The measure is in response to a surge of imports from

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Food & beverage industry is European ethanol’s third largest market

Ethanol is usually associated with the fuel market or the chemical industry, but its third most significant market is the food and beverage industry. According to latest available data of the European renewable ethanol association (ePURE), the use of ethanol in the food and beverage

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US researchers develop new method to turn potato waste into ethanol

US researchers have created a more efficient process to turn potato waste into ethanol in what could have implications for both the food processing and biofuel industries. The research took place in Pennsylvania, a state with many producers of potato chips, and used peelings and

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Poet breaks ground on ethanol plant expansion in Ohio

US ethanol producer Poet LLC has this week broken ground on a major expansion of its ethanol plant in Marion, Ohio. The project, worth USD 120 million (EUR 102m), will increase the annual capacity of the plant to 150 million gallons (568 million litres) from

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Brazil opens first corn ethanol plant

Brazilian company FS Bioenergia inaugurated this month a corn ethanol plant, the first in the country, to produce 210 million litres per year. The plant was built by a joint venture between the local agro-company Fiagril and US-based Summit Agricultural Group with investments of BRL

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Pacific Ethanol, Green Plains post losses for Q2

US ethanol companies Pacific Ethanol Inc and Green Plains Inc posted losses for the second quarter of 2017 as their performance was hit by weak ethanol margins. Pacific Ethanol swung to a net loss of USD 9.2 million from a net profit USD 4.7 million

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Chinese investors walk away from Finnish biofuel projects

Chinese investors have withdrawn from a deal to fund two biofuel plants in southeastern Finland, the Finnish broadcasting company Yle reported recently. The Chinese company was supposed to provide EUR 200 million for the projects in Myllykoski and Savonlinna. The financing agreement was expected to

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US fuel ethanol output rises to 1.02m b/d in H1 2017

US weekly ethanol output averaged 1.02 million barrels per day (b/d) in the first half of 2017, representing a year-on-year rise of 5%, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Ethanol production is expected to stay relatively high during the second six months of

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