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NEWS UPDATE April 29, 2015

Omaha World-Herald editorial: Ethanol comes into its own

By Omaha World Herald Editorial Board  •    •  Posted April 29, 2015

One emerging trend noted by the report’s authors is the export market for ethanol. “In 2005, U.S. exports were 62 million gallons, peaking in 2011 at 1,193 million, and in 2014 were 836 million — more than 10 times larger than 10 years before,” the report said. In 2014, exports accounted for 5.8 percent of U.S. ethanol production, with Canada the leading importer of American ethanol, followed by Brazil, the United Arab Emirates and the Philippines. The UNL economists identified expansion opportunities for Nebraska’s ethanol sector, including carbon dioxide (used in food processing and beverage production and in stimulating oil and natural gas wells) and corn oil. The ethanol sector has grown into a major economic player in Nebraska. As it moves into the future, the industry’s task is to address its challenges while seizing new opportunities. [ read more … ]

Researchers seek ‘commodity-style grading system for biomass’ 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 29, 2015

“The ultimate goal is to develop a commodity-style grading system for biomass based on its conversion performance,” said Daniel Howe, a chemical engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and leader of the project. “An example would be in the oil industry. They have light and heavy and sweet and sour grading of crude, and different products.” [ read more … ]

Audi sets sights on ‘blue crude’ 

By Douglas Perry, Portland Oregonian  •    •  Posted April 29, 2015

Dubbed “blue crude,” the fuel does not contain any sulfur or fossil oil but has an overall energy efficiency of 70 percent. The fuel is created by harnessing renewable energy to split water into oxygen and pure hydrogen. The hydrogen is then mixed with carbon monoxide, which reacts at high temperatures and under pressure, creating the long-chain hydrocarbon compounds that make up blue crude.
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Green Plains shrugs off first quarter loss

By Russell Hubbard / World-Herald staff writer  •    •  Posted April 29, 2015

Ethanol profit margins fell during the quarter as energy prices plummeted with falling oil and natural gas prices. Green Plains, with 12 plants around the country, said ethanol production operating income went from $66 million a year earlier to a loss of $13 million. “As we indicated in February, U.S. ethanol industry margins were compressed during the first quarter of 2015 as energy prices declined,” Green Plains Chief Executive Todd Becker said. “Consumer demand for transportation fuels has continued to strengthen, providing a more positive outlook for the balance of the year.” [ read more … ]

Parliament votes to approve EU biofuels cap, provides closure

By Ron Kotrba, Biomass Magazine  •    •  Posted April 29, 2015

The European Parliament voted April 28 to approve the cap on first-generation biofuels and provide a degree of closure to the long-debated measure. The new law caps first-generation biofuels from crops grown on agricultural land at 7 percent of energy consumption in transportation by 2020, requires fuel suppliers to report to EU countries and the EU Commission the estimated level of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by indirect land use change (ILUC), requires the commission to report and publish data on ILUC-related emissions, and obligates the commission to report back to the parliament and ministerial council on the scope for including ILUC emission figures in the existing sustainability criteria. [ read more … ]

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