September 4, 2015
Perstorp has announced its intent to acquire an existing biodiesel plant in Fredrikstad, Norway. ‘We have ambitious growth plans for biofuels, now and in the future, and we see how the demand will increase to meet the global climate challenges,’ says Lars Lind, vice president – biofuels at Perstorp. ‘In order to grow with the market, we need to... [Read More]

September 3, 2015
The Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung prompts the country’s relevant agencies to undertake measures to boost the production and consumption of E5 and E10 ethanol-blended petrol. The Southeast Asian country has had an implementation plan in effect since 2012 to promote environmental protection and national energy security, but progress has been slow as consumers... [Read More]

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September 2, 2015
Vireol Bio Energy has ceased production at its 62 million gpy ethanol plant in Hopewell, Virginia, US after the 48% plummet in crude oil prices in the past year dragged gasoline prices down with it and placed a cap on ethanol. US Federal Standards require petrol producers to blend their final product with 10% ethanol. EPA’s proposal earlier this year to reduce ethanol consumption... [Read More]

September 2, 2015
Chicago, US-based Lakeview Energy has purchased the assets of the former Producer’s Choice Soy Energy facility in Moberly, Missouri. Lakeview made the purchase with the aid of a $3.3 million (€2.9 million) loan from the USDA Rural Energy for America programme. With a further $5 million investment, Lakeview plans to upgrade the 10 million gpy capacity biodiesel... [Read More]

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September 2, 2015
Deinove, a French biotech company developing processes for producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals by using Deinococcus bacteria, has produced muconic acid in their laboratory using second-generation substrates. This July Deinove announced that it had deployed a new R&D platform dedicated to the production of muconic acid, a versatile chemical intermediate... [Read More]

September 2, 2015
Scientists have mutated variants of a certain fungus to double the production of endoxylanase enzymes, which are used in bioethanol production. The discovery comes as part of a hunt for more cost effective methods to convert biomass into ethanol, particularly in the form of easier production of enzymes used to fire the conversion process. These enzymatic catalysts are... [Read More]

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September 1, 2015
Project Solaris in South Africa has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production of the energy rich tobacco crop ‘Solaris’ in the Limpopo region of South Africa. Solaris is a nicotine-free and GMO-free crop variety that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil that can be used as feedstock for bio jet fuel. Project... [Read More]

September 1, 2015
Agro BioFuels and BioEnergy, a joint venture between the US branch of India-based Agro Pulping Machinery and JatDiesel, is set to invest $11 million (appr. €9.8 million) in a 15 million gpy biodiesel plant near Dayton, Ohio, US. The plant, once finished, will produce fuel from oils and fats derived from plants and animals. The company has addressed concerns about... [Read More]

August 27, 2015
Olleco, the UK's largest converter of used cooking oil (UCO) and food waste into renewable energy, has successfully acquired Convert2Green. This acquisition is in line with Olleco's goal to achieve 100% resource recovery for the food industry. The move will increase the number of Olleco's depots to 17 across the UK and will enable it to improve efficiencies and coverage... [Read More]

August 27, 2015
Argent Energy, a waste-to-biodiesel producer, has commissioned BDI BioEnergy International with the implementation of phase two of its multi-feedstock plant in the UK. Within seven months of work starting on the BDI High FFA Esterification unit, Argent energy commissioned the second phase.   This technology makes it possible to convert commercial and industrial... [Read More]

August 27, 2015
Over its 10-year lifespan, the Renewable Fuel Standard's (RFS) requirement to substitute biofuels for fossil fuels has displaced nearly 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil and reduced US transportation-related carbon emissions by 589.33 million tonnes. These are the findings of an analysis released by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Brent Erickson, executive... [Read More]

August 26, 2015
The Indian government is planning to boost the use of biofuels in transport fuels after recognising their major contribution to air pollution. A proposal by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has set a target of 20% blending of diesel and petrol with biodiesel and ethanol by 2017. Blending targets for bioethanol have been in effect since 2008, but this is the first... [Read More]

August 26, 2015
Gevo and Butamax Advanced Biofuels, a joint venture between BP and DuPont, have entered into worldwide patent cross-license and settlement agreements, ending a patent dispute related to technologies for the production of bio-based isobutanol. This settlement ends all of the lawsuits and creates a new relationship between the companies, aimed at leveraging each other's... [Read More]

August 24, 2015
Denso will build a large 20,000m2 test facility for the culture of Pseudochoricystis ellipsoidea, an oil-producing microalgae patented by DENSO that is used to help reduce CO2 emissions. The new facility, set to start operations in April 2016, will be located in Amakusa, Japan and will be used to perform verification tests needed to establish large-scale... [Read More]

August 21, 2015
US ethanol exports are expected to be the second largest on record this year, as ethanol export promotion efforts ramp up by the US Grains Council (USGC) and its partners Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association, and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. ‘Efforts to promote increased exports of US ethanol are showing progress, with global ethanol exports... [Read More]