April 24, 2015
Audi's new pilot plan in Dresden, Germany has begun producing synthetic fuel, Audi e diesel. After a commissioning phase of four months, the research facility started producing its first batches of high quality diesel fuel a few days ago. To demonstrate its suitability for everyday use, Federal Minister of Education and Research Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka put the first five... [Read More]

April 24, 2015
Pearson Fuels and G&M Oil Company plan to open 13 E85 fuel stations in southern California, US within the next year. The company made the announcement at the ribbon cutting of their latest ethanol flex fuel location in Calimesa, California, which was opened on 15 April. There are approximately 1 million vehicles on the road in California that are capable of using... [Read More]

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April 24, 2015
ZeaChem, a biorefining project developer and operator, has launched its Technology Institute & Processing Services in Boardman, Oregon. The company has been operating its 250,000 gallon per year demonstration biorefinery in Boardman, Oregon since 2012. The company is now developing a commercial facility and, having realised the challenges involved in scaling up technology,... [Read More]

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April 23, 2015
Aventine Renewable Energy, a producer, marketer and supplier of ethanol, has announced its first BNSF unit-train shipment of ethanol produced at its two ethanol facilities in Aurora, Nebraska. On 19 April Aventine's first unit train pulled out of Aurora heading to Birmingham, Alabama. The ethanol will be blended in petrol to enhance octane, and will also help reduce America's... [Read More]

April 23, 2015
Taiwan's largest integrated steel maker, China Steel Corporation (CSC), has announced formal Board approval of a 1.4 billion TWD (€42.8 million) capital investment in a LanzaTech commercial ethanol facility. This follows the successful demonstration of the revolutionary carbon recycling platform at the White Biotech (WBT) Demonstration Plant in Kaohsiung using steel... [Read More]

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April 23, 2015
Total has announced an investment of €200 million to transform the La Mède refinery and create France's first biorefinery, which will be one of the biggest in Europe, to meet growing demand for biofuels. In order to sustainably restore the competitiveness of its La Mède site, Total will transform some existing units for activities with strong future... [Read More]

April 17, 2015
NexSteppe, a producer of sustainable feedstock solutions for the bio-based industries, sold more than 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) of its Palo Alto biomass sorghums in Brazil this past growing season, compared to just over 1,000 hectares in the previous year. Just as many of the leaders of the bio-based economy have begun proving their conversion technologies at commercial... [Read More]

April 15, 2015
A recent impact study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln economists reveals Nebraska's ethanol production capacity growth between 1995 and 2014 is tenfold. The results of the 'Economic Impacts of the Ethanol Industry in Nebraska' study were released during a press conference on 14 April. The authors - Dr. Kathleen Brooks, UNL agricultural economics professor; Dr. Dennis... [Read More]

April 15, 2015
Pearson Fuels and G&M Oil Company are celebrating their latest partnership with the grand opening of California's newest E85 station. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on 15 April and E85 will be available all day for just $0.85 (€0.80) per gallon. This event is part of a larger announcement of Pearson Fuels and G&M Oil Company, who have announced... [Read More]

April 15, 2015
Renewable company Cascades has invested in a new technology at its Norampac-Cabano facility. This new process extracts hemicellulose from woodchips. The project is worth a total $26 million (€24.5 million). It is backed by a $10 million investment from Natural Resources Canada's Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) programme and an additional $4.4... [Read More]

April 15, 2015
On April 14, the European Parliament's environment committee (ENVI) moved a step closer to an agreement on plans to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative sources, such as certain types of waste and residues and new sources such as seaweed, with the environment committee's vote backing a deal struck by legislators. The plan aims... [Read More]

April 13, 2015
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it will finalise the volume requirements for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), in addition to the 2017 volume requirement for biomass-based diesel, by 30 November. The following schedule has been established following a proposed consent decree in litigation brought against EPA by the American Petroleum... [Read More]

April 10, 2015
According to UNEP's ninth 'Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015', prepared by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance — the past year brought a rebound of green energy investments worldwide... [Read More]

April 9, 2015
Algenol has joined the US Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, and the US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, on a business development mission to China. Algenol joins a team which also includes the likes of GE, Southern Company, Honeywell, Praxair, Alcoa and Lockheed Martin. 'The companies selected [...] are key reminders that, through world class innovation of US... [Read More]

April 9, 2015
Biofuel manufacturer Viridis Fuels will receive a $3.4 million (€3.15 million) grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to build and operate a biodiesel production plant in Oakland. The funding is part of more than $83.7 million in grants and loans that the CEC has approved for 46 renewable projects, ranging from a plant that converts forest waste to electricity... [Read More]