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Press Releases from Ethanol Statistics (28 total)

European fuel ethanol association eBIO assesses the most controversial biofuel i …

In its bi-monthly market commentary at Ethanol Statistics, European fuel ethanol association eBIO tackles the most controversial issues in the decision-making process on EU biofuels legislation. The debate in the European Union on crucial legislation for the biofuel industry is entering a decisive phase. A number of sensitive issues still need to be resolved. Putting aside all the nitty-gritty there are 2 major items left, according to eBIO, which are

Ethanol Statistics now offers a 15% discount on the Monthly Market Review

Companies and professionals that are active in the Ethanol Industry, whether it is in production, R&D, financial services, chemicals, storage and transportation or otherwise, can now get a 15% introductory discount if they subscribe to the Ethanol Statistics – Monthly Market Review before June 1st. The Monthly Market Review (or MMR) provides professionals in the ethanol industry with the latest industry news, conveniently sorted by region; comprehensive price analyses of

Cellulosic ethanol development is partly underfunded

The product development phase in cellulosic ethanol research and development is relatively underfunded compared to other phases. That is the conclusion of the cellulosic ethanol focused analysis section in the march edition of the Ethanol Statistics – Monthly Market review. The analysis identifies roughly three development stages prior to commercial-scale production: (1) Basic discovery and R&D, (2) Product development and (3) Pilot/Demonstration plants. Figure 1 visualizes the funding gap that

Worldwide cellulosic ethanol production in 2020 at least 16.5 billion gallons

The worldwide production of cellulosic ethanol will amount to at least 16.5 billion gallons in 2020, if the targets set in the United States, China, Europe, Japan and Brazil are achieved. Based on currently proposed and signed legislation, the United States would account for over 63.9% of that market, while the EU and China would account for 10.4 and 11.5% respectively. Although Brazil doesn’t have any official legislation on cellulosic

Receive a free issue of the Ethanol Statistics - Monthly Market Review

Today, Ethanol Statistics launches its newest product: The Ethanol Statistics – Monthly Market Review (MMR). The MMR is a new publication in the ethanol industry, aimed at business and financial professionals that wish to be informed about the latest developments in their market. Recognizing the international context of the ethanol industry, the MMR covers the latest developments in the all important regions, from the United States and Brazil, to Europe,

UNICA - “Ban on ethanol production in Cerrado also affects use of set aside la …

Ethanol production from cereals in Europe and the United States would be seriously affected by any legislation that prohibits ethanol feedstock production in the Brazilian Cerrado. That is what Marcos Jank, President of Industry Association UNICA says in his bi-monthly market commentary on Ethanol Statistics. “More recently, there’s been a focus on the environmental impact of biofuels feedstock production because of land use change,” he writes. “It would obviously make

eBIO calls for intermediate biofuel targets in Europe

Although the introduction of a minimum binding 10% biofuels target by energy content in 2020 is obviously very good news for the European ethanol industry, industry association eBIO says “the Commission only went half way and failed to define intermediate targets for biofuels – as it did for the other sectors”. Robert Vierhout, Secretary-General of eBIO, said that “the experience with the current biofuels directive shows that most of the

Ethanol Industry Directory, register now

Ethanol Statistics now offers companies that are involved in the ethanol industry a cost efficient tool to get more traffic and sales leads to their website. The Ethanol Industry Directory is an ever growing list of companies and organizations in the ethanol industry and industries related to it. Over 100 companies haves already registered, making it the ideal place to find a large variety of companies, including ethanol producers, technology suppliers,

Teréos: European ethanol market share max. 20% on ‘domestic feedstock’ in 2 …

“In my opinion the maximum amount of ethanol that can be produced with European feedstock in 2030 is about 30 Million tons/year, which corresponds to 20% of today’s gasoline consumption and would include both first and second generation.” That is what Bernard Chaud, Director of biofuels projects at Teréos, says in an interview with Ethanol Statistics. Teréos is the second largest producer in Europe and was also one of the

Brazilian sugarcane waste could supply 15% of Brazilian electricity demand by 20 …

Sugarcane waste biomass, called bagasse, could supply 15% of the Brazilian electricity demand by 2015, equivalent to 11.5 million megawatts. That is what Marcos Jank, President of the Brazilian sugar and ethanol industry association UNICA, says in his monthly market commentary at Ethanol Statistics. “Today, electricity supplied by sugar and ethanol plants totals 1.6 million megawatts, a modest 2% of Brazil’s overall needs. With increased use of biomass from sugarcane,

“Ethanol production Brazil is not causing deforestation in the Amazon” – U …

“Ethanol production in Brazil is not causing deforestation in the Amazon region,” says Peter Zuurbier, Associate Professor and Director of the Wageningen UR Latin America Office. According to him, the notion that sugarcane is displacing cattle and soybean production into the Amazon is inaccurate. “The real problem lies in illegal deforestation and lack of property rights, as around 50 percent of the Amazon region has disputed titles and this is

Ethanol Industry Associations RFA, eBIO and UNICA now provide market commentary …

The Ethanol Industry Associations from the United States, Europe and Brazil have started to provide monthly market commentary on In a joint format, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the European Bioethanol Fuel Association (eBIO) and the São Paulo Sugar Cane Agroindustry Union (UNICA) will contribute a feature article each month, in which they provide more insight into the most pressing issues in their region. Robert Vierhout, Secretary-General of eBIO, was

Free Ethanol Newsletter at Ethanol Statistics

Ethanol Statistics offers you the Monday Morning Review; a weekly newsletter with the latest developments in the ethanol industry, conveniently delivered in your inbox every Monday morning. The Monday Morning Review provides ethanol news from all major ethanol markets over the world, ranging from the United States and Brazil, to China, Europe and Thailand. It will provide you with a comprehensive view of all developments in the ethanol market. The

Cosan: “Brazil could export 10 billion litres within 1 year”

Brazil, the largest ethanol producing nation in the world, could export as much as 10 billion litres of ethanol within one year, if it was given a one year notice. That is what Marcos Lutz, Chief Commercial Officer told Ethanol Statistics in an exclusive interview. “The one year notice is only to make sure we have the logistics in place to support such export volumes,” he said. Mr. Lutz refers

Abengoa Bioenergy to focus on greenfields, not acquisitions

Ethanol producer Abengoa Bioenergy is likely to focus on greenfields in expanding its current production capacity. That is what Chief Executive Officer Javier Salgado told Ethanol Statistics in a exclusive interview. “We have been comparing acquisitions and brownfield opportunities that we have come across in the last few years, but in all the calculations we have made, our conclusion has been that greenfield projects made more sense for us,” the

Brazilian Cosan actively looking to produce ethanol in the United States

Brazil’s largest ethanol producer Cosan is actively looking to start producing ethanol in the United States. That’s what Marcos Lutz, Chief Commercial Officer told Ethanol Statistics in a interview this week. In September this year, Cosan’s Chief Financial Officer Paulo Diniz was quoted saying that Cosan would start taking its first international steps. At the time, three options were presented. The first would be to invest in an ethanol dehydration

Lyondell: Ethanol specifications should facilitate trading, not create barriers …

“Common ethanol specifications and quality standards could simplify trade across different regions,” says Vice President of Fuels at Lyondell Mr. Joe Lee, “but his thought on it is more of a cautionary note. “If people start talking about specifications together, they should be doing it for the right reasons, and that is to facilitate trading, not to create potential barriers to markets.” In an interview with Ethanol Statistics, Mr. Lee

RFA President Expects Accelerated Renewable Fuels Standard to Pass in December

Although he thinks that “Washington is a dysfunctional place right now, in which it is far more easy to stop legislation than to pass legislation,” RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen remains “pretty optimistic that they (the Senate) will be able to get an energy bill done in December”. “$96 per barrel of oil is a powerful motivator for congress to act” Mr. Dinneen told Ethanol Statistics in an exclusive

Novozymes expects to offer economically viable cellulosic ethanol enzymes within …

Novozymes will be “in a position to offer enzymes than can help make cellulosic ethanol economically viable within 4 years from now”, according to Emmanuel Petiot, global business development manager at the Danish enzyme producer. Mr. Petiot made his remarks in an interview with Ethanol Statistics in which he discussed his experience and expectations regarding cellulosic ethanol technology. Although he doesn’t think that the industry will have a clear winning cellulosic


According to José Roberto Moreira, President of the Brazilian Biomass User Network, Matto Grosso do Sol is one of the best Brazilian states to expand the production capacity of sugarcane and ethanol. “It depends on the weight that you give the economic, social and environmental aspects,” Mr. Moreira says in an interview with Ethanol Statistics, “but in my opinion you should give equal weights to all three aspects. From that


In an attempt to enter the ethanol market, BP and DuPont are trying to develop a more sophisticated type of fuel alcohol, called butanol. BP says it is meant to overcome some of the drawbacks of ethanol such as limited mileage, water attraction and limited blending in standard vehicles. Although its properties are promising, it’s still in the development phase with several years of research ahead. When confronted with the

POET: “Financing New Ethanol projects Not A Problem For The Industry”

Financing new ethanol projects is not big problem for the ethanol industry according to the Vice-President of Research and Development at U.S. ethanol producer POET, Dr. Mark Stowers. Capital market may have become tight earlier this year and the fact that profit margins are under pressure has resulted in an increasing number of shelved projects, but according to Dr. Stowers “there is still enough financing available for good projects that


Sekab, the largest ethanol producer in Sweden, currently has a pilot plant to produce cellulosic ethanol. “We plan to have a development plant that is 40 to 50 times larger up and running in 2010” says Per Carstedt, Sekab’s Chief Executive officer in an interview with Ethanol Statistics. “We think that will take 2 to 3 years to operate and to build a new one, than you’ll have cost-competitive technology


Cellulosic ethanol technology based on bacteria “is extremely sensitive to infections, making it very difficult to scale up. Although it is not impossible to keep such large systems completely free of infections, it is simply too expensive.” That is the opinion of Ger Bemer, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Nedalco, in an interview with Ethanol Statistics this week. Nedalco has chosen to skip the pilot plant phase and is now planning


“Brazilian ethanol production will not displace large quantities of cattle into the Amazon region because it will harm the country’s beef export.” That is the opinion of José Roberto Moreira, Chairman of CENBIO, the Brazilian Reference Center on Biomass, in an interview with Ethanol Statistics this week. “I suspect that most of the cattle ranching will always take place in the southeast of Brazil, because of the Aftosa (foot and


Ethanol futures trade on the Brazilian Mercantile and Futures Exchange (BM&F) is down 56% in 2007 compared to the same period in 2006, a recent study of Ethanol Statistics shows. From January through July, approximately 212,610 cubic metres of ethanol was traded on the exchange, compared to 485,430 cubic metres in 2006. Because of the harvest season in Brazil’s main production region, the centre-south, the months May through September are

Fiat, Volkswagen And General Motors Lead Flex-Fuel Vehicle Market In Brazil

Approximately 82% of the Brazilian market for flex-fuel vehicles, cars that are able to run on high percentage blends of ethanol and gasoline, is in the hands of just three car manufacturers. Fiat, Volkswagen and General Motors were able to realize market shares of 30.91%, 26.64% and 24.29% respectively from January through July 2007. Overall flex-fuel vehicle sales rose more than 7% in August over July to a record 196.202


U.S. petroleum refiners Citgo and Valero (NYSE: VLO) are the top 2 ethanol importing companies in the United States in the first 6 months of 2007. Overall imports were up 7.64% compared to the same period in 2006, from 193,620 gallons to 208,404 gallons. The growth of overall imports over the first period of 2007 was expected as ethanol prices peaked in March 2006 because of a tight sugar market. One

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