Vivergo Fuels: UK’s £1.2 billion bioethanol industry at risk of closure

Vivergo bioethanol plant in Hull (England)

Vivergo Fuels, the UK’s largest producer of bioethanol, is warning that the UK’s bioethanol industry and the thousands of jobs it supports are at risk, unless the Government backtracks on a recent recommendation.

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Novozymes launches an enzyme that adds nearly $1 million per year in revenue for a plant

Novozymes Headquarter
Novozymes Headquarter

Novozymes launched the Spirizyme® T Portfolio, an advanced suite of glucoamylase enzymes with trehalase and other yield enhancing activities that provide the most total sugar conversion in the industry. Trehalase is an enzyme that converts trehalose, a type of sugar that cannot be fermented to ethanol, to glucose, which is easily fermentable.

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Pacific Ethanol and Edeniq entered into a technology licensing and purchase agreement

Neil Koehler, president and CEO Ethanol Pacific, at the company's plant in Stockton
Neil Koehler, president and CEO Pacific Ethanol, at the company’s plant in Stockton (USA)

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States, and Edeniq, Inc., a biorefining and cellulosic technology company, entered into a technology licensing and purchase agreement to enable the production of cellulosic ethanol at Pacific Ethanol’s Madera, California, plant using Edeniq’s Pathway and Cellunator™ Technologies.

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Vivergo Fuels chosen as one of the UK Government’s Northern Powerhouse Partners

Vivergo bioethanol plant in Hull (England)
Vivergo bioethanol plant in Hull (England)

Vivergo Fuels, the UK’s largest producer of bioethanol and high protein animal feed, has been chosen as one of the Government’s new official Northern Powerhouse partners and is the only Humberside-headquartered private business to be named on the list.

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The Chinese bioeconomy takes another step forward thanks to a Danish technology

Harbin is a Chinese emerging industrial town
Harbin is a Chinese emerging industrial town

LiqTech International, a US listed  technology company headquartered in Denmark, which for the last 11 years has been at the leading edge in developing and marketing its own proprietary products to the environmental industry, entered into a Letter of Intent to supply a $1.8 million filtration system for a 100,000 tons per year bioethanol plant to be located in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China. The Letter of intent is subject to execution of definitive documents and financing of the project from a Chinese Investment bank. The filtration system is based on the company´s ceramic membranes and its newly developed Reverse Osmosis systems.

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Italy to invest $450 million in bioethanol project in Iran

Crescentino bioethanol plant. The same plant in Iran?
A private sector company from Italy signed agreement to make $450 million investment in Amirabad port of Behshahr, Northern Iran, Director of Ports and Maritime Administration of Amirabad Special Economic Zone said on Tuesday to IRNA, the Iranian press agency.
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CropEnergies restarts the bioethanol plant in Wilton, United Kingdom

CropEnergies' bioethanol plant
CropEnergies’ bioethanol plant

CropEnergies is restarting the bioethanol plant in Wilton, UK. The goal is to intensively test the modifications to increase reliability and improve energy efficiency which were implemented during the standstill and to regulate production according to market conditions.

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Nissan develops a SOFC-powered systems that runs on bioethanol electric power

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Nissan Global headquarter, Japan

Nissan Motor announced that it is currently researching and developing a Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered system that runs on bio-ethanol electric power. The new system -a world first for automotive use – features an e-Bio Fuel-Cell with an SOFC power generator. SOFC is a fuel cell utilizing the reaction of multiple fuels, including ethanol and natural gas, with oxygen to produce electricity with high efficiency.

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Bioeconomy in Transport Decarbonisation: an offer they can’t refuse

Marlon Brando as don Vito Corleone in The Godfather
Marlon Brando as don Vito Corleone in The Godfather

 

During my ten years at Accenture in Rome my boss always made a point of checking that in our bids for client work we were making them offers they couldn’t refuse. He’d been inspired by Marlon Brando in the Godfather, without the gun parts clearly. Our business grew from 300 to 3000 people.

The guys and gals at the European Commission in Brussels are right now putting the finishing touches to a Communication on Transport Decarbonisation, due out this summer. A Commission Communication is the closest thing there is to an EU law without actually being a law. If it’s any good it will set direction on transport decarbonisation for the next twenty years and go a long way to saving the planet from catastrophic climate change.

by James Cogan*

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Aemetis acquires license from LanzaTech with California rights for advanced bioethanol

imageAemetis, an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company founded in 2006 and headquartered in Cupertino, California, announced last Thursday the acquisition of exclusive rights  to award winning, carbon recycling company LanzaTech’s patented technology for the conversion of agricultural waste, forest waste, dairy waste  and construction and demolition waste (CDW) to ethanol in California. 

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