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St1 Touts Thai Cassava Waste Ethanol Plans (Int'l. Report)
St1 Renewable Energy, Ubon Bio Ethanol
Date: 2018-04-04
Helsinki-headquartered St1 Biofuels is reporting completion of its Etanolix® cassava ethanol pilot plant at Ubon Bio Ethanol Ltd's starch and ethanol plant site in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.

The pilot, which will be operated for a year in various starch factories to test different environments, conditions, and seasonal changes, is essential to finalize the concept for a full-scale ethanol production plant using cassava pulp into an investment proposal. To that end, St1 has formed a Thai subsidiary, St1 Renewable Energy Thailand Ltd. to run the piloting and R&D of cassava pulp ethanol production process.

The amount of cassava waste generated by Thailand's largest starch production plants would enable the construction of units producing 10 - 30 million lpy of ethanol. The company plans to build as many as 20 Etanolix® plants in Thailand, to produce 400 million lpy of ethanol. (Source: St1, PR, April, 2018) Contact: St1 Renewable Energy, Patrick Pitkanen, Advanced Fuels Director, +358 105 574 734,,; Ubon Bio Ethanol, Anchisa Krisanarungkhun, Business Development, +662 273 8666,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News St1,  Renewable Energy,  Cassava,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

BP, Copersucar Tout Brazilian Ethanol Storage JV (Ind. Report)
BP Biofuels, Copersucar
Date: 2017-12-04
Copersucar, the world's leading sugar and ethanol trader, and biofuels producer BP Biofuels, part os BP's Alternative Energy business, are reporting a joint venture to own and operate a major ethanol storage terminal in Brazil.

The 50/50 JV will own and operate the Terminal Copersucar de Etanol in Paulínia in Sao Paulo State, which is currently solely owned by Copersucar. Joint ownership of the terminal will support the strategies of both companies by connecting ethanol production with flexible storage capacity close to the main ethanol consumer markets in Brazil. the Paulínia terminal has ten tanks with a total storage capacity of 180 million litres of ethanol and moves around 2.3 billion litres per year.

Financial and other details have not been released. The deal is subject to regulatory and other approvals. (Source: BP, Hellenic Shipping News, 30 Nov., 2017) Contact: BP,; Copersucar, +55 11 2618 8166,

More Low-Carbon Energy News BP Biofuels ,  Copersucar,  Ethanol,  

DowDuPont Ditching Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-11-06
The Des Moines Register is reporting that Midland, Michigan-headquartered DuPont Industrial Biosciences, a unit of DowDuPont Inc, has ceased operations at its 30-million gpy, $225 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa, and is seeking a purchaser for the two-year old plant. The plant uses corn stover as feedstock.

The EPA predicted in 2007 that U.S. cellulosic ethanol production could hit 1 billion gpy by 2020, but output this year is expected to reach only 7 million gallons, according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). (Source: DowDuPont, DesMoines Register, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: DowDuPont,Dow Chemical,; DuPont Industrial Biosciences, William F. Feehery, Pres.,; DowDuPont, (800) 422-8193,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DowDuPont ,  Cellulosic Etanol,  

Trump "Stands by Ethanol Industry" -- Notable Quote
Date: 2017-09-01
According to a tweet from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R - Iowa) "U.S. President Donald Trump told him he is 'pro ethanol' and will stand by a campaign promise to support the ethanol industry. He (Trump) assured me he's 'pro ethanol' and I'm free to tell the people of Iowa he's standing by his campaign PROMISE." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Twitter, 30 Aug., 2017) Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Etanol,  Trump,  

US Ethanol Production Capacity Increasing, say EIA (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-30
According to the US EIA's recently released U.S. Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity Report, U.S. fuel ethanol production capacity reached 15.5 billion gpy at the beginning of 2017. Total capacity of operable ethanol plants increased by approximately 4 pct -- more than 600 million gpy between January 2016 and January 2017.

The report also notes that most of the country's 198 ethanol plants and fuel ethanol production capacity are located in the Midwest region. Total nameplate capacity in the Midwest was 14.0 billion gpy at the beginning of 2017, an increase of about 4 pct -- more than 530 million gpy between January 2016 and January 2017. Actual U.S. production of fuel ethanol reached a total of 14.8 billion gallons in 2016. (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 28 June, 2017) Contact: US EIA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Fuel Etanol,  US EIA,  

Abengoa Finalizes European Ethanol Plant Sales (Int'l, M&A)
Date: 2017-06-09
Abengoa S.A. is reporting its subsidiary Abengoa Bioenergía Inversiones S.A. has completed the sale of its European ethanol business to a company controlled by the private equity fund Trilantic Europe.

The sale includes the transfer of shares associated with Abengoa Bioenergy France S.A., a 66 MMgy facility located at the at the Petrochemical Platform at Lacq, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, France; Biocarburantes de Castilla y Leon S.A., a 53 MMgy facility located in Babilafuente, Salamanca, Spain; Bioetanol Galicia S.A., a 52 MMgy plant located in Teixeiro, Coruna, Spain; Ecocarburantes Espanoles S.A., a 40 Mmgy plant located in Cartagena, Murcia, Spain; and Ecoagricola S.A., a company within the Abengoa Bioenergy business group that is focused on grain purchases and DDGS. Abengoa sold its U.S. ethanol plants last year. (Source: Abengoa, PR, June, 2017)Contact: Abengoa,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DDGs,  Ethanol,  Abengoa,  Abengoa Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  

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