May 31, 2016
Australia-based Licella Fibre Fuels and Canada-based Canfor Pulp Products, through its subsidiary Canfor Pulp, have signed an agreement to form a joint-venture under the name Licella Pulp Joint Venture. Licella Pulp Joint Venture will investigate opportunities to integrate Licella’s Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR) upgrading platform into Canfor Pulp's kraft... [Read More]

May 31, 2016
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing funds to strengthen biofuel production and keep people who work at renewable energy facilities employed, announced US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. In a statement, the Department said it will invest $8.8 million to boost the production of advanced biofuels in 39 states. In a statement, USDA said that it continues... [Read More]

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May 27, 2016
The European Commission (EC) has announced that it will refer Poland to the European Court of Justice for restricting import access to its biofuel and feedstock markets. In a statement, the EC said that “Polish law is not fully in line with EU law”. Polish biofuels law gives preferential treatment to operators who source at least 70% of their liquid or gaseous... [Read More]

May 27, 2016
The Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, has signed a bill that extends biodiesel incentives in the US state through to 2024. The bill, called 2309, includes a tax credit that helps keep the state's 13 biodiesel producers competitive on a national scale. It also includes a retailer's credit that entices fuel retailers to carry higher blends of biodiesel than they may currently... [Read More]

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May 27, 2016
New Delhi-headquartered Sunlight Fuels has entered into a Front End Loading FEL-2 license agreement for IH2 technology with a Singapore-based affiliate of CRI Catalyst Company (CRI), a global catalyst technology company of the Shell Group. IH2 technology is a continuous catalytic thermo-chemical process which produces fungible hydrocarbon transportation fuels from agricultural,... [Read More]

May 27, 2016
US speciality chemical producer Solenis has announced that it has licensed the use of its corn oil extraction technology to speciality chemical maker Buckman Labortatories The news follows the resolution of a pending lawsuit filed by Buckman in the US District court of the Western District of Tennessee against Solenis regarding Solenis’ patent for using polysorbate... [Read More]

May 27, 2016
California’s biofuel industry is calling on state legislators to allocate $210m from a green fund run by the Governor of California to help incentivise in-state production of low carbon biofuels. For the first time, biodiesel, ethanol and biomethane trade associations and companies are united by the common goal of getting a biofuel initiative passed as part of this... [Read More]

May 20, 2016
US-based ethanol technology specialist ICM has said its partnership with Canadian equipment manufacturer Fournier Industries has been a success.  In a press statement, ICM said it continues to create advancements with its patent-pending Fiber Separation Technology (FST) now being operated at four major commercial plants in North America.   FST is part... [Read More]

May 20, 2016
A $140 million ethanol plant planned just outside of Onida, South Dakota, US, is having trouble getting off the ground due to legal, financial and regulatory hurdles, according to reports in the Associated Press. The news agency said according to its president and CEO, Walt Wendland,  Ringneck Energy had hoped to start construction this spring and have the plant... [Read More]

May 20, 2016
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a slight increase in the amount of corn-based ethanol and biofuels blends that will be mixed into gasoline and diesel sold at fuel pumps in 2017. The EPA wants to see 18.8bn gallons blended into the US’ fuel supply in 2017, up 4% from the 18.11bn gallons set for this year. That volume includes 14.8bn for... [Read More]

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May 19, 2016
Bunge, a global agribusiness, has announced that its chief financial officer (CFO), Drew Burke, is retiring at the end of the year. The company plans to name a successor before the end of the year, and is conducting a search that will consider both internal and external candidates. "For the past 14 years and in several roles, Drew has made great contributions to Bunge's growth... [Read More]

May 18, 2016
Clariant, a specialty chemicals giant, and Scania, a top heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer, are celebrating the results and the opportunities generated by the partnership established last year, which involved an investment in sustainable technologies for cargo transportation. In mid-2015, Clariant acquired three Scania P 270 model 4x2 trucks, which run on ethanol... [Read More]

May 18, 2016
Dutch chemicals giant AkzoNobel and agro-industrial cooperative Royal Cosun have formed a new partnership to develop novel products from cellulose side streams resulting from sugar beet processing.  The partnership will combine Royal Cosun's specialist knowledge in separating and purifying agricultural process side streams with AkzoNobel's expertise in the chemical... [Read More]

May 18, 2016
Scientists at the Ontario-based University of Guelph have said they are behind a discovery that could boost the production of biofuels. The researchers were hoping to learn something about starch production when they inserted genetic material from corn into a small flowering plant, called Arabidopsis, often used in lab experiments because of its ease of use and its similarity... [Read More]

May 18, 2016
Germany-headquarted bioethanol producer CropEnergies has announced that it will restart operations at its bioethanol plant in Wilton, UK, by July at the latest. The Ensus facility, based in the north east of England, has been mothballed since February 2015. Work was halted after bioethanol prices dropped amid sluggish European markets and low oil prices. Since this pause... [Read More]