March 3, 2015
Fire crews were called to the main building of the REV Biodiesel facility in Gilbert, Arizona on Monday morning after reports of smoke. The smoke was reportedly caused by plastic heating up in a small storage container. Workers near the facility were advised to stay inside while the smoke was cleared. No injuries were reported and the biodiesel company was able to resume... [Read More]

March 3, 2015
The Port of Rotterdam has announced that the throughput of biofuels was 15% lower in 2014 than in 2013, representing a decrease of 3.8 million tonnes. This, the port says, is primarily due to a decrease in imports of biodiesel from Indonesia and Argentina as a result of extra import duties and taxes on dumping. Declining imports have been compensated by the growth of... [Read More]

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February 27, 2015
Edinburgh, Scotland-based Celtic Renewables has become the first in the world to produce biofuel capable of powering cars from residues of the whisky industry. The company now plans to build a production facility in central Scotland after manufacturing the first samples of biobutanol from the by-products of whisky fermentation. Celtic Renewables, a spin-out company from... [Read More]

February 27, 2015
Major biofuels producer Archer Daniels Midland has slowed its North American biodiesel output, reports Reuters. In a move that signals the industry's ongoing uncertainty over the US renewable fuels policy, production at ADM's Velva oilseed processing facility has been 'temporarily' shifted from biodiesel to other products. Production at its other North American facilities... [Read More]

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February 26, 2015
The transition from a promising bench-scale lab concept with minimum funding, to obtaining funding to prove out a feedstock in a full-scale operation, often requires a creative solution to reduce feasibility testing costs and technologies. Many concepts, like new methods of processing a feedstock into biofuel, never make it to market because commercial-scale proof-of-concept... [Read More]

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February 25, 2015
Ethanol producer Aventine Renewable Energy has installed a $2.4 million (€2 million) Valicor corn-oil separation system at its Nebraska Energy plant in Aurora, Nebraska. 'By investing in this system we are adding to our revenue stream and diversifying beyond ethanol production in Nebraska,' says Mark Beemer, Aventine president and CEO. The system began operations... [Read More]

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February 25, 2015
Calgren Renewable Fuels has opened a new manure-to-ethanol plant in California's San Joaquin Valley, located in one of the top dairy producing counties in the US and also one of the country's most air-polluted areas. The Calgren Ethanol Biodigester sits around 60 miles south of Fresno and will help reduce emissions and dependence on fossil fuels in the area while contributing... [Read More]

February 25, 2015
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will award start-up private company Renergi with $5.2 million (€4.5 million) in funding for the design and construction of a pilot-scale biofuel plant in Perth. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht explains that the project would result in simple, cost effective production of renewable energy from biomass: 'Renergi was created... [Read More]

February 25, 2015
The Energy Department's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has chosen seven projects across the US to receive up to $10 million (€8.8 million) to support innovative technologies and solutions to help advance bioenergy development. These projects will support BETO's work to develop renewable and cost-competitive biofuels from non-food biomass feedstocks by reducing... [Read More]

February 25, 2015
A draft law to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative sources was approved by the Environment Committee on 24 February. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that result from the growing use of agricultural land to produce biofuel crops. Current legislation requires EU member states to ensure that renewable energy accounts... [Read More]

February 25, 2015
In the US, the Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB) has registered its support of legislation that would raise the state's fuel tax. A provision of the legislation would give a partial exemption to the new tax for diesel blended with at least 11% biodiesel (B11). The proposed tax increase (HF 351 and SF 257) is $0.10 a gallon for both diesel and petrol as part of a plan to address... [Read More]

February 24, 2015
Biofuel supply chain company Eco-Energy has opened its distribution facility located within the Knoxville, Tennessee terminal complex. The project, which is a joint venture between Eco-Energy and Kinder Morgan Southeast Terminals, can receive tank cars daily from the CSX Railway for outbound ethanol distribution via pipeline connection and tank truck delivery to all area... [Read More]

February 24, 2015
Mission NewEnergy has completed its company transformation plan which began back in 2012. The final step of the transformation includes:• Completion of the sale of its 250,000 tonnes per year biodiesel refinery for $22.5 million (€19.9 million)• Settlement of all outstanding convertible note debt of approximately AU$25 million (€17 million)• Retention... [Read More]

February 19, 2015
The latest issue of Biofuels International will be hitting your desks in a matter of weeks, and it's a bumper edition. As well as a 10-page special dedicated to the European biofuels market, and a number of technical articles, we also have a biofuels storage supplement to coincide with StocExpo in Rotterdam on 17-19 March. When it comes to biofuels in Europe, there are... [Read More]

February 18, 2015
Evofuel, a wholly owned subsidiary of crop development company Evogene, has signed a collaboration agreement with Insolo Agroindustrial. Under the agreement, both companies will select and optimise Evofuel's proprietary castor bean varieties utilising Insolo's farms in Piaui state in northeast Brazil. The two-year collaboration will see the companies examine the suitability... [Read More]