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Toyota to Sell Ethanol Fueled Hybrids in Brazil
March 20, 2018 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(Kyodo News)  Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it has unveiled in Brazil a prototype of the world’s first hybrid vehicle that runs on ethanol to further cut carbon dioxide emissions, aiming to launch the model in …

Brazilian Lawmakers Mull Expanded Ethanol Tariff
March 19, 2018 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Mato Grosso state congressman Fabio Garcia presented a bill that would remove Brazil’s 600mn liter/year (10,339 b/d) tariff exemption on imported ethanol, a move that would hurt imports from the US.  The bill is seen …

Sugar Glut Pushes Brazil Mills into Ethanol, White Sugar, Washouts
March 19, 2018 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters)  Brazilian mills are doing everything they can to keep raw sugar off the global market as Brazil’s cane harvest kicks off, to avoid worsening a glut that has driven prices to their lowest …

Brazil Regulates Its National Biofuel Policy Law
March 19, 2018 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(Renewables Now)  Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy announced on Wednesday that President Michel Temer has signed a decree to regulate the National Biofuel Policy (RenovaBio).
According to the new guidelines, the National Energy Policy Council (CNPE) …

Valtra Switches to 100-Percent Renewable Fuel to Fill New Tractors
March 14, 2018 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

(Valtra)  Valtra has become the first tractor factory in the world to begin using Neste MY Renewable Diesel as the start-up fuel for all new tractors. As a result, around 700,000 litres of fossil diesel …

Report on 8th ISCC Global Sustainability Conference; Presentations Published
March 12, 2018 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

(International Sustainability and Carbon Certification)  Tuesday 20 February 2018, Brussels, Belgium high profile speakers discussed on the latest updates on a broad range of topics:

The future of bioenergy discussed by the European Commission and Member States

Brazil Implements B10 Mandate a Year ahead of Schedule
March 7, 2018 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Brazil’s nationwide biodiesel mandate has increased from 8 to 10 percent on March 1, according to the Ministry of Mines and Energy. The National Energy Policy Council approved the increase in …

Brazil: Landfill Gas-Based Fuels Eligible for RenovaBio Program
March 6, 2018 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 21, Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy published a notice announcing that landfill gas-based fuels will be eligible to comply with the requirements of RenovaBio, the country’s new national biofuels policy …

Brazil Sugar Mills Start Genetically-Modified Cane Plantation
March 6, 2018 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by José Roberto Gomes (Reuters) Brazilian sugar mills looking to grow the world’s first variety of genetically modified (GM) sugarcane have planted an initial area of 400 hectares (988 acres), according to the research firm …

Heard from the Floor at ABLC — Thursday March 1, 2018
March 5, 2018 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … On March 1, ABLC 2018 kicked off at the Mayflower Hotel in the heart of D.C. with five Avengers – a superhero bunch who all had a common thread …

ABLC 2018 Preview: Deployment Dawns, Products Proliferate, and Techs Land Major Venture Deals as the Bioeconomy Advances into a Big 2018
February 28, 2018 – 11:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, ABLC 2018 opens amidst a flutter of government rollbacks of deployment support but the hope of regulatory relief, breakthroughs in financial structuring, a decisive shift in early-stage projects to …

Mahle’s MBE2 Could Increase Ethanol Production without Planting New Sugarcane
February 27, 2018 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(Autocar Pro News Desk)  A new product launched by Mahle has the potential to revolutionise the ethanol industry at a global level. MBE2 (Mahle Bioethanol 2) is a solution that increases the production of ethanol by …

INTERVIEW-JBS Biodiesel Adds New Raw Materials and Projects Increase in Production
February 23, 2018 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by  Roberto Samora (Reuters (Google translation))  JBS Biodiesel, a biofuel unit of global meat giant JBS, will invest R $ 5.5 million to add chicken and pork fats to biodiesel production as a way to expand …

EU Commission Reopens US Ethanol Antidumping Case; Extends Duty for 15 Months
February 20, 2018 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Chrysa Glystra (Platts)  The European Commission announced Tuesday it will initiate an expiry review of the antidumping duty against US fuel ethanol imports, with the duty staying in the place for another 15 months while …

Hot Spots Around the World: Who’s Adding What, Where in Biofuels
February 20, 2018 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  South America —  In Brazil, ICM has completed startup and commissioning of the FS Bioenergia dry-mill corn ethanol plant. 

The driver for corn ethanol in Brazil? In part, the country’s new RenovaBio policy, …

A Sit Down with Conrad Rautenbach from Green Fuel
February 19, 2018 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

(The Herald)  Fuel prices shot up recently before Government intervened by reducing import duty on fuel to stem the price madness that rose as a result. Questions have been raised as to the contribution of the …

US Ethanol Export Sales Effort IBP ‘Rousing Success’ at RFA Event
February 17, 2018 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The meetings were scheduled as part of the Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program (IBP), a joint government-industry effort that increases U.S. export sales by promoting international attendance at major …

Petrobras Considers Producing Biodiesel from Microalgae
February 16, 2018 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Agencia Brasil/South America Times)  Petrobras has been working on the development of pioneering technology for the production of biodiesel from microalgae-an alternative to oil-derived fuels used in cars or any other diesel-powered vehicles.
In an interview granted …

Brazil’s Expected Rise in Ethanol Demand to Be Met by Corn-Based Fuel
February 8, 2018 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Marcelo Teixeira  (Reuters)  An expected increase in ethanol demand in Brazil, boosted by the country’s economic recovery and a new programme to raise biofuel use, will initially be met by fuel produced from corn, an …

Agroforestry Systems May Play Vital Role in Mitigating Climate Change
February 7, 2018 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Mulhollem (Penn State News)  Agroforestry could play an important role in mitigating climate change because it sequesters more atmospheric carbon in plant parts and soil than conventional farming, according to Penn State researchers.
An agricultural system …

10 Years After: Advanced Biofuels’ Status, Opportunities and Challenges
February 6, 2018 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   In 2007 the US government established a national strategy for the development of advanced biofuels made using non-edible biomass. After 10 years we are still short of achieving …

Petrobras to Join Oil and Gas Climate Initiative after Selling off Biofuel Assets
January 29, 2018 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) is joining the Switzerland-based Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, whose member companies represent more than a quarter of the world’s oil and gas production. OGCI aims …

Corn Overtakes Sugar Cane as Ethanol Feedstock in Brazil
January 26, 2018 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Mike Verdin (Agrimoney)  Brazil’s low season for cane crushing is proving particularly downbeat, with processing volumes reaching their lowest in a decade – leaving corn, unusually, as the country’s top ethanol feedstock.

A sharp fall-off is …

Brazil Bilateral: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to US-Brazil R&D in Thermochemical Bio Conversion
January 25, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Brazil Bilateral is a co-operative R&D effort between Brazil’s Petrobras and the US National renewable Energy Laboratory. It aims to demonstrate technical and economic feasibility of co-processing raw fast pyrolysis …

Zera Boss Grilled over ‘Favourable’ Rautenbach’s Green Fuel Ethanol Price
January 24, 2018 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Veneranda Langa (News Day)  Legislators yesterday grilled Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) chief executive officer Gloria Magombo over the price of Billy Rautenberg’s Green Fuel ethanol, which is 11 cents more expensive than the ethanol …

2nd Latin America Motor Fuels Conference — May 24-28, 2018 — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
January 23, 2018 – 2:26 pm | No Comment
2nd Latin America Motor Fuels Conference   —   May 24-28, 2018   —   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Latin American motor fuels markets are more dynamic than ever before. Restructuring at Petrobras, market reforms in Mexico and Brazil and a new, protectionist US administration create massive uncertainty – and opportunity. Join us to …

Japan: Japan Invites Public Comments on Fuel Ethanol Policy
January 18, 2018 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  On December 29, 2017, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) invited public comments on changes to its fuel ethanol policy. The changes include a set value for U.S. corn-based …

UPDATE 1-Brazil Considers Lifting Tariff on U.S. Ethanol
January 17, 2018 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jake Spring and Mateus Maia (Reuters)  Brazil is studying the removal of a 20-percent tariff on ethanol imports from the United States, Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Wednesday, in a decision that could depend on …

BRAZIL: Ethanol Demand Expected To Increase 60% In 2018, Says NexSteppe
January 15, 2018 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(RTT News/Markets Insider)  The RenovaBio program – which aims at increasing biofuels consumption – and rising gasoline prices in Brazil should lead to a 60% growth in local ethanol demand, said Henrique Falqueiro, director of NexSteppe, …

Less Chewing the Cud, More Greening the Fuel
January 12, 2018 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Rothamsted Research)  … But now a multinational team of researchers, from the UK, Brazil and the US, has pinpointed a gene involved in the stiffening of cell walls whose suppression increased the release of sugars by …

What Exactly Is a RIN?
January 4, 2018 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(Southern Farm Network Today)  Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently proposed to put a cap on the price of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) as a way to control the cost for refiners that blend renewable fuels into …

Grassley Marks Policy, Oversight Accomplishments in 2017
January 4, 2018 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(North Iowa Today)  Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa marked a series of policy and oversight accomplishments in 2017.  …  Grassley introduced the Food Security is National Security Act of 2017, which would give top U.S. agriculture and food officials …

Biofuture Platform: Insights from COP23
January 4, 2018 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In order to meet the global temperature reduction target which was agreed upon at the Paris Climate Accord, delegates from the Biofuture Platform met in Bonn, Germany for the …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2018
January 2, 2018 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 65 countries.
The bulk of mandates continue …

Top Trends in 7 Key Latin America Hotspots
December 28, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In a striking pledge made in the latter part of 2016. 20 Latin American countries promised to promote biofuel production and use, with the support of development finance institutions.
That was then, …

Inside Insight
December 27, 2017 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) To kick off the new year, we rounded up a few experts to discuss five main industry topics: exports, policy, production, finance and technology. Find out what they said.  —  As …

RenovaBio, Brazil’s National Biofuels Policy, Is Sanctioned by President Michel Temer
December 27, 2017 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(BioFuture Platform) Having endorsed, along with 18 other leading countries, the Biofuture Platform Declaration which sets aspirational targets and policy suggestions to scale up the low carbon bioeconomy, Brazil now takes a major step towards effective …

Top 17 for 2017
December 26, 2017 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  2017 was a roller coaster year. There was a paradigm shift in biofuels, technology advancements, innovations abounded, politics chaotic. Some companies shut down and disappeared like the Hobo vanishing in …

A Boeing/Embraer Merger Could Mean Deeper Aviation Biofuel Research Collaboration
December 22, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, collaboration on aviation biofuel research may deepen between Boeing and Embraer should a merger between the two companies go forward, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. The …

BP and Copersucar Join up to Operate Major Ethanol Terminal
December 14, 2017 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  BP Biofuels and Copersucar have agreed to a new joint venture to own and operate a major ethanol storage terminal in Brazil. According to a statement from BP, the aim of the new terminal …

Brazil Senate Passes Bill to Boost Ethanol, Biodiesel Use
December 14, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Shoaib Ur Rehman (Business Recorder/Reuters)   Brazilian senators passed on Tuesday a bill proposing sharp increases in the use of biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel in the country in coming years, as a way to help …

Discussing the Importance of Ethanol
December 8, 2017 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Dan Crisler (Watertown Public Opinion)  Glacial Lakes Corn Processors welcomed a strong ethanol advocate in Emily Skor at its annual meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Codington County Extension Complex. Skor, the CEO of Washington, …

Brazilian Sugar Cane Could Replace Large Volume of Oil — Study
December 5, 2017 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by David Iaconangelo (E&E News) Ethanol made from Brazilian sugar cane could replace as much as 13 percent of the world’s crude oil consumption by 2045 — over 5 percent of carbon emissions — if the country …

Major Countries Agree To Develop Sustainable Biofuels Targets And Scale Up Low Carbon Bioeconomy
November 30, 2017 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

Countries representing half of the global population and 37% of the global economy today (November 16, 2017) agreed to scale up the low carbon bioeconomy and develop collective targets prescribing the contribution of sustainable bioenergy to …

Brazilian Ethanol Can Replace 13.7 Percent of World’s Crude Oil Consumption
November 30, 2017 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

( São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP/EurekAlert!)  Expansion of sugarcane cultivation for biofuel in areas not under environmental protection or reserved for food production could also reduce global emissions of carbon dioxide by up to 5.6%, …

OPEC’s Next Move Is Being Closely Watched by Sugar Traders
November 30, 2017 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Agnieszka De Sousa (Bloomberg)  Any oil price move could have knock-on effect in sugar market; That’s because biofuel made from cane competes with gasoline  —  As energy minsters meet in Vienna this week to discuss oil-supply cuts, the sugar …

Now Deploying at Commercial Scale: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
November 30, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for …

Copersucar Partners with BP on Ethanol Complex in Brazil
November 30, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  Brazil’s Copersucar, one of the world’s largest ethanol merchants, and BP’s Brazil unit said on Thursday they will form a 50-50 logistics joint venture in the country.
The venture will operate Copersucar’s recently built ethanol storage …

U.S. Ethanol Makers Call on Mexico, India to Reduce Biofuel Glut
November 29, 2017 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  U.S. ethanol producers, looking to relieve a growing domestic glut, are hunting for new international fuel markets to replace China and Brazil after trade disputes slashed exports to those top buyers.

Without new …

Brazil Lower House Passes Bill Aimed at Boosting Biofuels Use
November 29, 2017 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  Brazil’s lower house of Congress approved on Tuesday a bill to set up a program to boost the use of biofuels, a move that could sharply change the way fuel distributors operate in the country.

The …

Japan Will Allow Gas Blends Using U.S. Ethanol
November 29, 2017 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Ray Grabanski (Progressive Ag/Ag Week)  … Japan announced that it will allow gasoline blenders to use ethanol sourced from the U.S. Japan currently allows blending with Brazilian sugar ethanol, but U.S. ethanol is currently 35 …

Lead, Squabble or Waffle Away: Shuffling the Deck on Global Bioenergy
November 28, 2017 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Gerard Ostheimer and Douglas L. Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  … In the U.S., fighting between Big Ag and Big Oil over first-generation biofuels is slowing the deployment of advanced biofuels projects. This further undercuts the industry in …

Brazil to Launch Ambitious Biofuels Program
November 27, 2017 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Leticia Phillips (UNICA/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  RenovaBio will help Brazil meet its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent of 2005 levels by 2030.  —  Building, in part, on the successes and lessons learned from two …

UN Conference Closes with Renewed Urgency for Greater Ambition to Tackle Climate Change
November 20, 2017 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(UN News Centre)  …  The 19 Member countries of the ‘Biofuture Platform,’ including Brazil, China, Egypt, France, India, Morocco, Mozambique, also announced on Thursday formal agreement on the development of targets for biofuels and to …

Brazilian Mills Run Corn-Cane Biofuel Plants
November 20, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

(Western Producer/Reuters)  Ethanol producers in Brazil are evaluating the adoption of a plant concept that uses cane, and alternatively corn, to produce the biofuel, a move that would allow them to extend operations beyond the current …

Farm to Flight – Carinata Crop Commercialization Takes off
November 20, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, Qantas will operate the world’s first biofuel flight between the United States and Australiaearly in the new year in collaboration with World Fuel Services and Altair Fuels. Qantas’ new Dreamliner …

Method that Cuts Sugarcane Emissions Gets Global Prize
November 16, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(SciDev.Net) Brazilian awarded prize for method that reduces emissions from cane cultivation; Nitrous oxide emissions cut by 95 per cent through use of inhibitors in fertiliser; Work could contribute to meeting Brazil’s Paris climate agreement targets
A Brazilian scientist …

RenovaBio Is Presented in Congress as a Bill
November 15, 2017 – 10:29 am | No Comment

(NovaCana (Google translation))  Taken by Deputy Evandro Gussi (PV-SP), the national biofuels policy will be processed as PL 9086/2017  —  As the NovaCana reported earlier this afternoon , the RenovaBio program, which encourages the production of biofuels, was presented …

30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes
November 14, 2017 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week, DowDuPont said it was exiting the cellulosic biofuels business and you’d think that the company just burned down the warehouse with the original text of the Renewable Fuels Standard …

U.S. Producers Object to 20% Import Tariffs Imposed by Brazil Protest Comes month after Trump Intervened to Support Industry
November 13, 2017 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker and Fabiana Batista (Bloomberg)  … American ethanol producers said Thursday in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that they’re seeking Brazil’s suspension from a trade program allowing duty-free imports into the U.S. The …

What’s Next in Cellulosic Biofuels and Biogas?: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen
November 9, 2017 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Iogen says it has has “one of the world’s largest and most experienced teams in developing, designing, de-bugging, scaling-up and deploying cellulosic biofuel technology. We’re using innovative thinking and disciplined …

Renewable Drop-In Fuels at Scale: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Ensyn
November 9, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn uses its patented and proprietary RTP fast thermal technology to convert wood residues and other non-food, cellulosic biomass to liquid biofuels. Ensyn has had continuous commercial operations for more than …

Expansion of Sugarcane Ethanol in Brazil Could Cut GHG Emissions
November 8, 2017 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A massive expansion of land use for sugar cane growth in Brazil, and a subsequent increase in ethanol production with the feedstock could reduce global carbon dioxide emissions in the …

Governments, International Agencies Affirm the Need to Massively Increase Bioenergy and Byproducts to Fight Climate Change
October 30, 2017 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(BioFuture Platform)  According to projections of international energy agencies, the use of bioenergy as a share of the world’s energy usage needs to more than double by 2030 if the world is to avoid temperature rises …

Industry Teams Learn About U.S. Ethanol Value Chain Firsthand
October 29, 2017 – 9:40 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council)  Three ethanol trade teams consisting of ministry and industry delegates traversed the U.S. ethanol value chain from the field to the pump ahead of the Ethanol Summit of the Americas. The three teams …

The Brazilian Conference on Science and Technology BioEnergy and the Progress in the BioEconomy in Brazil
October 28, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Laís F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Held in Campos do Jordão on 16-19 October 2017, the Third Edition of the Brazilian BioEnergy Science and Technology Conference (BBEST) highlighted the theme “Designing a Sustainable Bioeconomy”. 

US Ethanol Is Modern-Day Farm Policy; Future Profitable: Green Plains CEO
October 26, 2017 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  The US ethanol industry represents a modern-day farm policy as the primary means of creating demand for ever-growing corn supplies, and the industry maintains a profitable outlook, Green Plains CEO Todd Becker said Tuesday.
“This is …

Expanding Brazilian Sugarcane Could Dent Global CO2 Emissions
October 24, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

( University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent, researchers report in the journal Nature Climate Change.
This …

Brazil’s Biofuel Push Is Threatened by Too Much Cheap Oil
October 24, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Vanessa Dezem and Fabiana Batista (Bloomberg Technology)  Brazil leading international effort to expand industry; Biofuel investments worldwide are down 25% this year  …  Brazil is positioning itself as a global biofuels ambassador, fighting climate change by spurring demand …

A Spirit of Kuleana: Renewable Fuels Ventures Strive for New Geographies, Feedstock, Products
October 24, 2017 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Nothing rang clearer as an industry imperative at ABLC Next last week than the theme of diversification in a Year of Living Dangerously, and we saw it in the news this …

October 23, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner co-authored a Biofuels Digest article with some ideas that show the benefits bioenergy could bring to Africa: “Africans should strive for sustainable fuels from native feedstocks in a modern infrastructure …

Growing the African Biofuel Sector: What’s Not to Like?
October 23, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  …  (I)n Sub-Saharan Africa a thriving indigenous bioenergy industry can play a positive and productive role in modernizing economies and improving the quality of human life.
One challenge …

The Brazilians Are Coming!! The Brazilians Are Coming!!
October 20, 2017 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM/Biofuels Digest)  … The recent effort by Brazil to impose import duties on U.S. ethanol has received considerable press coverage and should send a clear message that we need to develop long term …

US Grains Council : Ethanol Summit Of The Americas Enlivens Discussions Of Global Ethanol Use
October 19, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(4-Traders)  Industry and government officials from more than 15 countries in the Western Hemisphere are meeting this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Americas to discuss current and future opportunities for ethanol in the region.
The …

Biofuels International 2017 Conference in Edinburgh – A Peek into EU’s Biofuel Industry and Policy Outlook
October 16, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment
Biofuels International 2017 Conference in Edinburgh – A Peek into EU’s Biofuel Industry and Policy Outlook

by Aino Siirala* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The 10th Biofuels International Conference and Expo took place in Edinburgh this year. The conference was co-located with Bioenergy Insight 2017 conference which gave the participants an opportunity to …

Biofuels International Conference and Bioenergy Insight Conference Cover Range of Issues
October 10, 2017 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  The future of bioethanol, advanced biofuel developments and an uncertain policy landscape were some of the hot topics discussed at this year’s Biofuels International and Bioenergy Insight conference.
The conference took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 4-5th October.
Rob …

Global Demand for Biofuels Continues to Increase
October 10, 2017 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  The 2017 Renewables outlook from the International Energy Agency (IEA) is once again projecting continued increased demand for conventional biofuels.
The report notes that while sales of electric vehicles are increasing, “the share of EVs …

No Boredom for Sorghum – Sorghum Reaches Stardom Status with Huge $16 Million Grant
October 9, 2017 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweet sorghum stardom! In possibly one of the largest government grants given to anyone for research on a single feedstock, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is receiving a 5-year $16 million …

A Blustery Day in the Bioeconomy’s Billion Acre Wood: The Latest from EPA, POET, Fuels America, Calyxt, Eligo Bioscience, Queensland, Gevo, Virgin, and Unilever
October 4, 2017 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Headwinds — US road transport biofuels producers are up in arms this week. There are reports of  oil industry led-efforts within the EPA to create an export-subsidy RIN, cut biofuel targets with new “data,” and bypass EPA …

U.S. Corn Ethanol Producers Aim to Out-Pump Competitors
September 26, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  U.S. ethanol makers, taking advantage of low corn prices, are ramping up production and expanding capacity to try to squeeze less-efficient competitors out of an overcrowded market.
The ethanol industry, which for years …

ANDRITZ Successfully Starts up Fibria’s New Pulp Mill in Três Lagoas, Brazil
September 25, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(ANDRITZ)  International technology Group ANDRITZ has completed start-up of key production technologies and equipment for Fibria’s new pulp mill in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.  …  
In addition, ANDRITZ has delivered a chloride and …

USDA Trade Mission to Expand Export Opportunities to Brazil
September 22, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(  During a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) trade mission to São Paulo and Recife, Brazil, Sept. 25-29, leaders from 24 U.S. agribusinesses and trade organizations will explore opportunities to expand their agricultural exports and …

Biofuture Summit 17 — October 24-25, 2017 — São Paulo, Brazil
September 19, 2017 – 9:15 pm | No Comment
Biofuture Summit 17  —   October 24-25, 2017   —   São Paulo, Brazil

In recent times, renewable energy has been increasingly garnering attention and yielding investiment and cooperation, particularly in the power generation field. Whilst this wave of interest is welcome and critical, more should be done to …

What the EU Risks by Opening up Its Market to Brazilian Sugar Cane Ethanol
September 15, 2017 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Emmanuel Desplechin (ePURE/Euractiv)  Free and fair trade that helps boost economic growth and create jobs is a concept most people support, at least in theory. But trade policy is about more than just open …

Brazilian Study Cites Health Benefits of Ethanol
September 11, 2017 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Alan Harman (Wards Auto)  “These results reinforce the need for public policies to encourage the use of biofuels, as they clearly show that the public loses in health what they save at the pump when …

Brazil and China Use New Technology for Biodiesel Production
September 7, 2017 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Macau Hub)  Brazil and China signed an agreement for the use of a new technology in the production of biodiesel, at a meeting held in Brasília on Tuesday, the Agência Brasil news agency reported.
The Brazilian …

Japan Considers Allowing US Ethanol to Meet Biofuel Mandate
August 31, 2017 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Japan recently filed a report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, noting the government plans to maintain its 500 million liter (132.09 million gallon) crude …

Brazil Slaps US with Ethanol Quota, 20 Percent Tariff
August 24, 2017 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, the Brazilian Chamber of Foreign Trade has approved a recommendation to impose a 20 percent tariff on U.S. ethanol imports after a 600 million liter tariff rate quota, …

Transformation Time for Brazilian Energy, Agriculture
August 18, 2017 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Specifically, the $155M FS Bioenergia corn ethanol production facility opened this week in Lucas do Rio Verde, Mato Grosso. It’s the first large-scale corn ethanol production plant in Brazil and …

Cheaper or Greener: Colombia Eyes US Ethanol with Trepidation
August 17, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Sophie Byron (Platts)  … As the 13th largest producer of sugar in the world, Colombia is sitting on a substantial natural resource. The production and processing of sugarcane as a feedstock is focused on a region …

New Brazil Ethanol Policy Should Boost Demand, M&A
August 15, 2017 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Marcelo Teixeira and José Roberto Gomes (Reuters)  An overhaul of Brazil’s biofuels policy in coming days, aimed at cutting the country’s carbon emissions, should boost demand for cleaner fuels, stabilize the volatile industry and accelerate …

Environmentalists Are Urging the USDA to Reject This Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Tree
August 10, 2017 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  A genetically engineered, freeze-tolerant eucalyptus tree is moving closer to receiving approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, amid concerns about the tree’s possible negative effects on the environment.
The …

Canada Top U.S. Ethanol Importer in June
August 8, 2017 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  As Brazil continues to mull a proposed 20 percent tariff on U.S. ethanol imports, exports to that country hit their lowest point this year in June allowing Canada to take the …

Trump Might Start an Ethanol Trade War With Brazil
August 8, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker and Fabiana Batista (Bloomberg)  Brazil weighing tariffs on imports made from U.S. grain; Hedge funds cut corn holdings, get less bearish on sugar  —  President Donald Trump’s America First rhetoric is doing no …

Decarbonizing Transportation to Meet Climate Goals
August 4, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Leticia Phillips (Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, UNICA/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As nations around the world begin implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement, decarbonizing transportation becomes increasingly important in limiting global warming to less …

Inside the Cellulosic Industry
August 4, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill and Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Producer Magazine provides an update on 10 cellulosic ethanol projects around the world striving for continuous, large-scale production.  —  Some things have changed in the …

Could Clean Energy Spark A Mineral Boom?
July 31, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(Energy Today/ A new World Bank report released today (July 18, 2017) highlights the potential impacts that the expected continuing boom in low-carbon energy technologies will have on demand for many minerals and metals.
Using wind, solar, …

Brazil’s Ethanol Producers and Automakers Sign Cooperation Accord
July 25, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Fernando Calmon (Just Auto)  … Sugar cane-based ethanol, besides powering electricity generation, manages to capture 90% of CO2 emissions throughout its life cycle (from well to wheel). Yet this sector here in Brazil has plotted an …

Let’s Not Return to the Failed Protectionism over Ethanol
July 24, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen and Joel Velasco (Renewable Fuels Association/Estadao (translation of Op-Ed))  … With all of this progress then, we two old warriors have to ask, why is Brazil contemplating a return to the anti-free trade, …

OPIS Publishes White Paper: “Implications for Revitalized Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol and U.S.-Produced Corn Ethanol”
July 24, 2017 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy recently launched RenovaBio, a program poised to take a radically new approach to expanding the production and use of biofuels in Brazil.
Should Brazil’s RenovaBio program adopt a Carbon Intensity …

Scalable, Reliable, Sustainable: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to NexSteppe
July 21, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, …

Gasoline-to-Ethanol Switch Reduces Number of Tiny, Harmful Particles in the Air
July 20, 2017 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Biofuels International)  New research claims that the concentration of ultrafine particles less than 50 nanometres in diameter, which studies have shown to be harmful to human health, increases in the air when …

EPA Targets Biofuel Imports and Biodiesel, HUH?
July 7, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA wants to cut imports of biofuels, but the biodiesel and advanced biofuels industries are mystified as to why it’s getting into that arena, Pro’s Eric Wolff reports . …

France to Restrict Use of Palm Oil in Biofuels: Minister
July 7, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Sybille de La Hamaide (Reuters)  France will take steps to restrict the use of palm oil in producing biofuels in order to reduce deforestation in the countries of origin, French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot …

Brazil Delays Decision on Ethanol Import Tariff
July 7, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Jacqui Fatka (Feedstuffs)  U.S. groups say tariffs could have “wide-ranging and long-standing impacts” on industries and global fuel supply.  —  The Executive Management Committee of CAMEX, Brazil’s Chamber of Foreign Trade, announced Wednesday that …

Brazil to Speed up Adoption of Biofuel Mandates -Industry Group
July 7, 2017 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by  José Roberto Gomes (Reuters)  The Brazilian government will use a fast-track legislative tool to speed up implementation of a program that aims to boost biofuels use by setting mandates for fuels distributors, an ethanol …

UNICA Slams EU Industry for False Subsidy Claims
July 7, 2017 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, UNICA is hitting back at ePure and the European sugar industry for wild, invalidated claims of $1.8 billion in subsidies to its sugarcane sector and cross-subsidization of its ethanol …

Brazilian Ethanol Producer Sees Boost from Plant Waste
July 5, 2017 – 8:41 pm | No Comment

by Joe Leahy (Folha de S.Paulo/”Financial Times”)  Raízen Energia, Brazil’s largest producer of sugar cane ethanol, is planning to scale up production at a new “second-generation” biofuel plant, in a move that will sharply increase the …

UPM Tests Carinata Sequential Cropping Concept as Part of Biofuels Future Development
June 29, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(UPM)  UPM Biofuels is developing a new feedstock concept by growing Brassica Carinata as a sequential crop in South America. The Carinata crop produces non-edible oil suitable for biofuels’ feedstock and protein for animal feed.
The …

RFA Leader Talks Trade During UNICA Ethanol Summit
June 28, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen addressed participants of the 2017 Ethanol Summit this week in São Paulo, Brazil.

Dinneen expressed his concerns about Brazil’s recent trade decision regarding …

California LCFS Guides Advanced Biofuels Industry
June 27, 2017 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Heather Zhang (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Carbon credit prices recover and multiple new pathways are certified as the state’s program gets back on track.  —  California’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions from the transport sector …

Nissan Brazil Ends Initial Tests of Ethanol Fuel Cell
June 20, 2017 – 11:08 pm | No Comment

by Fernando Calmon (Just Auto) Nissan was the auto industry’s first company to develop a vehicle prototype powered by a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that works with bio-ethanol. By combining this and two other technologies …

BIO Latin America Conference — September 4-5, 2018 — Sao Paulo, Brazil
June 12, 2017 – 2:38 pm | No Comment
BIO Latin America Conference   —  September 4-5, 2018   —   Sao Paulo, Brazil

BIO Latin America is the ideal venue to explore the innovation and partnering opportunities in Latin America’s rapidly-growing life science industry. Join high level executives, government leaders, academics and investors from around the globe to …

FAO Official: Food-Based Biofuels Not Necessarily Bad
June 12, 2017 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV)  Brazil demonstrates that sugar cane cultivation can supply both food and ethanol for fuel without harming the environment or pushing up food prices, a senior official from the United Nations Food …

‘First’ Biomethane Plant Opened in Brazil
June 6, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  The ‘first’ plant in Brazil to make biomethane for fuelling vehicles has been opened in the city of Foz do Iguaçu, in the state of Paraná.
Brazilian company Intaipu Binacional, the ‘world’s largest’ generator …

A New Research and Innovation Project Will Foster Europe-Brazil Cooperation on Advanced Lignocellulosic Biofuels
June 5, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(BECOOL/AltEnergyMag) A new Horizon 2020 project will foster cooperation between Europe and Brazil in the development of advanced biofuels from sustainable agricultural value chains, based on lignocellulosic biomass. Coordinated by the University of Bologna, Department …

Exports Needed to Boost Ethanol
June 5, 2017 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Bill Tiedje  (Missouri Farmer Today)  With U.S. ethanol plants churning out record-high production, new export markets will be key for demand to keep pace with supply, industry experts say.
George Hayes, global ethanol trade coordinator …

Ethanol Exports Dip in April, as India and Philippines Disappear from Market
June 5, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  … Noticeably absent from the April roster were India and the Philippines. Together, the two counties imported more than 50 mg of U.S. ethanol in March, and India had been the third-leading market …

17th International Sugar and Ethanol Conference — November 6-7, 2017 — São Paulo, Brazil
May 26, 2017 – 7:43 pm | No Comment
17th International Sugar and Ethanol Conference   —   November 6-7, 2017   —    São Paulo, Brazil

The 17th International Sugar and Ethanol Conference, to be held on November 6 and 7, is one of the major events in the global sugar and ethanol schedule. The focus will remain on rendering value to market content, …

Brazil Acts to Protect Ethanol Producers as U.S. Imports Jump
May 17, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Luciano Costa (Reuters)  Brazil is toughening requirements for ethanol importers to protect domestic producers from an incoming surge of U.S. corn ethanol, a minister said on Monday, adding that he opposed the idea of new …

Sugar Futures Recover from One-Year Lows, as ‘Ethanol Parity’ Looms
May 9, 2017 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(  Sugar futures recovered from a one-year low amid ideas that their tumble has taken them to the “floor” of ethanol parity, where it becomes as lucrative for processors to turn cane into biofuel as …

Ethanol Report on Trade Issues and Trump Administration
May 8, 2017 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman ( … In this episode, we get a Washington update from Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen, focusing on recent trade developments and the Trump Administration. Dinneen comments on President …

Tight Fuel Ethanol Supplies in Brazil Boost U.S. Exports
May 1, 2017 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(Hoosier Ag Today/NAFB News Service) U.S. Fuel Ethanol exports are up sharply in the current marketing year, thanks in part to tighter fuel supplies in Brazil, which are resulting in higher U.S. imports. The change …

13th Annual F.O. Licht Sugar & Ethanol: Introducing New Policies for Biofuels in Brazil
May 1, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

Laís F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) During three days in São Paulo, F.O. Licht and Informa Group promoted their 13th Annual Conference on Sugar & Ethanol with panels discussing investments, global trade market, updates on …

Brazil Minister Backs Tariff to Curb U.S. Ethanol Imports
April 28, 2017 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Boadle and Marcelo Teixeira  (Reuters)  Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi has asked Brazil’s foreign trade council to impose tariffs on ethanol imports following a surge in shipments from the United States, an official said on …

A New Way to Detect Polluting Raw Vegetable Oil in Biodiesel Blends
April 26, 2017 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Scientists in Brazil have developed a new method for verifying the purity and quality of biodiesel. The pioneering new technique uses nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, according to
Biodiesel and biodiesel blended fuels …

Petrobras Opposes Brazil Plan to Boost Biofuels after Selloff
April 26, 2017 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters/NASDAQ) Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA <PETR4.SA> has expressed strong opposition to a government-led program to increase the use of biofuels following its recent decision to completely withdraw from the sector.
In a …

Brazil Weighs Biofuel Mandates for Fuel Distributors to Cut Emissions
April 25, 2017 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters/CNBC)  The Brazilian government is evaluating setting biofuel mandates to fuel distributors with the aim of increasing consumption of renewable fuels and cutting carbon emissions, the countrys biofuels director Miguel de Oliveira …

NexSteppe Signs Partnership to Commercialize Embrapa Biomass Sorghum
April 25, 2017 – 10:40 am | No Comment

(NexSteppe)  NexSteppe, a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for biobased industries, announced a new partnership today with Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation.  The partnership will focus on commercializing …

Ethanol’s Opportunity in the Chemical Market
April 24, 2017 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A Nebraska-focused tech startup and a Latin American chemical supplier highlight two options for using ethanol as the building block for intermediate chemicals.  —  The future of ethanol for …

Look for Renewable Fuel Options When You Fill up the Gas Tank
April 24, 2017 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Monte Shaw (Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Des Moines Register)  Growing up on a farm near Shenandoah, using ethanol and biodiesel was a no-brainer. It was simply the right thing to do to support our local …

Energy Cane in GAF Talks: “Agriculture of the Future: New Ways of Technology”
April 21, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

Laís F. Thomaz*  (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The GAF Talk was held last month, in Sao Paulo, to present some agriculture trends and to promote a debate on the new technologies that will surely be on …

Applications Being Accepted: Ph.D. Program in Bioenergy by the Three State Universities in São Paulo (USP, UNICAMP and UNESP) DEADLINE: May 31, 2017
April 13, 2017 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(USP, UNICAMP and UNESP) Applications for the Ph.D. program in Bioenergy, jointly offered by the three state universities in São Paulo  (USP, UNICAMP and UNESP), will be open from April 7 to May 31, 2017, for candidates starting …

Grains Piled on Runways, Parking Lots, Fields Amid Global Glut
April 11, 2017 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

by P.J. Huffstutter and Karl Plume (Reuters)  … World stockpiles of corn and wheat are at record highs. From Iowa to China, years of bumper crops and low prices have overwhelmed storage capacity for basic foodstuffs.
Global …

Ethanol Traders Facing Losses as Brazil Import Bet Goes Awry
April 11, 2017 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Fabiana Batista (Bloomberg)  Buying of cheaper U.S. fuel made from corn surged in February; Price of local supply made from sugar plunged 20% by March 31  —  A few months ago, some ethanol traders in …

Analysis: Unica Pleads for Ethanol Import Tariff, but Imports to Continue
April 10, 2017 – 11:43 pm | No Comment

by Beatriz Pupo (Platts) Brazilian sugar industry group, Unica, is seeking the introduction of an ethanol import tariff of 16%.
Unica is citing in its pleas the higher greenhouse gas emissions of corn ethanol, Brazilian imports of …

Ethanol Summit 2017 — June 26-27, 2017 — São Paulo, Brazil
April 10, 2017 – 9:52 am | No Comment
Ethanol Summit 2017   —   June 26-27, 2017   —   São Paulo, Brazil

Launched by União da Indústria de Cana-de-Açúcar (UNICA) [Union of the Sugarcane Industry] in 2007 and held every two years, the Ethanol Summit is one of the world’s main events for renewable energy, particularly ethanol …

The Imports Cometh
April 5, 2017 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel hit extreme heights in 2016, fulfilling a third of the consumption market, driving the domestic biodiesel industry to more actively seek counteracting measures to protect …

Sizing Them Up
April 4, 2017 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  A close look at export data for wood pellets, fuel ethanol and biodiesel reveals a varying reliance on export markets for U.S. producers. —  The combined export value of wood …

Biofuels: Ethanol’s Growth Is Spelled I-N-D-I-A
March 31, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When USDA forecasts of corn ethanol exports to China dropped below 80 million gallons from 225 million last year — and Green Plains CEO Todd Becker issued a “zero exports …

Fighting Misinformation One Fact at a Time
March 30, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  RFA’s president and CEO highlights key facts from the organization’s annual industry outlook handbook in the View from the Hill column  —  …  The handbook dives into …

LCFS to Drive New Advanced Biofuel Demand
March 27, 2017 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Leticia Phillips (UNICA/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, America’s second-largest driver of biofuels consumption after the federal Renewable Fuels Standard, could soon dramatically increase demand for low-carbon fuels under a proposed statewide decarbonization …

Ethanol Summit 2017 — June 26-27, 2017 — São Paulo, Brazil
March 22, 2017 – 1:25 pm | No Comment
Ethanol Summit 2017   —   June 26-27, 2017   —   São Paulo, Brazil

Launched by the Sugar Cane Industry Union (UNICA) in 2007 and held every two years, the Ethanol Summit is one of the world’s leading renewable energy events, particularly ethanol and sugar cane products -sugar.  
The meeting …

Second-Generation Biofuels ‘More Cost-Effective’ than First-Generation Biofuels, New Study Suggests
March 14, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International) Investment in ethanol production from waste biomass could have great economic environmental benefits, according to a new study from researchers from the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory.
In this study, the …

Research Finds Microalgae That Grow in Waste and Generate Biofuels
March 8, 2017 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Embrapa (Google translation)) Embrapa Agroenergia (DF) was able to identify species of microalgae that can be cultivated in liquid waste from agroindustrial processes, effluents. This crop can generate renewable raw material for biofuels, feed, cosmetics and …

Trump Administration a Wild Card for Ethanol Industry
March 7, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Mike Hughlett (Star Tribune)  With production on the rise, there’s anxiety over unknown policy shifts.  —  …  While there are positive indicators for 2017 — corn prices are forecast to be stable and the …

Heard on the Floor at ABLC 2017 – Day 2
March 6, 2017 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  ABLC guests heard Governor Paul LePage from Maine invite all of us to his beautiful Northern state that has many existing and promising biomass projects and even backyard farms …

UNICA Says that Unintended Consequences from EPA Proposal Could Limit US Access to Advanced Biofuel
February 23, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  UNICA, Brazil’s Sugarcane Industry Association, has noted with potential concern that a current EPA proposal that would allow, among other things, biofuel producers to partially process renewable feedstocks at one facility and …

The Sunliquid Technology – A Unique and Validated Pre-treatment Approach to 2G Ethanol
February 21, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Markus Rarbach (Clariant)  … Our approach at Clariant when developing the sunliquid® technology was to deliver an entirely integrated process from feedstock to finished product including our proprietary enzyme and fermentation organism platform, where all process …

Fact Sheet: Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2017)
February 17, 2017 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) defines green jobs as either “jobs in businesses that produce goods and provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources” or …