January 23, 2015
A project established to grow seaweed for the production of biofuel and pharmaceutical products has been launched in Ghana. The project, which is the first of its kind in Africa, is planned to start late January and will establish the cultivation of seaweed along Ghana's coastline. The project will be led by a team of experts from the Technical University of Denmark,... [Read More]

January 22, 2015
Last year's StocExpo broke all records, attracting over 2,940 visitors, making it the most successful show in its history. StocExpo 2015 returns on 17-19 March at the Ahoy, Rotterdam, bigger still with an expanded show floor and its strongest ever conference programme and speaker line-up. Nick Powell, StocExpo & Tank Storage Portfolio Event Director commented on the... [Read More]

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January 22, 2015
Green Biologics (GBL) has secured a total of $76 million (€65 million) in debt and equity financing. The renewable chemicals company closed an internal follow-on equity round of $42 million co-led by Swire Pacific and Sofinnova Partners. Existing investors Capricorn Venture Partners, Oxford Capital Partners, Morningside Technology Partners and ConvergInce Holdings,... [Read More]

January 22, 2015
A semi-truck tanker carrying ethanol caught fire on 19 January. Surrounding roads had to be closed in both directions while firefighters put out the flames. It remained closed following the incident as a safety precaution while the tank cooled. The trailer's brakes caught fire and ignited the trailer's passenger side tires, where the fire was contained. There was no... [Read More]

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January 21, 2015
A recent study by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU) in Heidelberg, Germany, found that biodiesel made from animal fat reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 85% compared to fossil fuels. The EU institutions have recognised that biodiesel made from animal fat is highly sustainable and offers significant potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions... [Read More]

January 21, 2015
On 20 January, several fire crews responded to a fire at Big Rivers Resources' ethanol plant in Boyceville, Wisconsin, US. Reports from the Boyceville Fire Department say that the fire was started by a bearing on a motor that caught fire in a duct. The plant was shut down and evacuated. No one was injured. The fire was contained inside the building. To date, no damage... [Read More]

January 21, 2015
Edeniq, a biorefining and cellulosic technology company, has raised more than $16 million (€13.8 million) in equity. The funding will support the roll-out of Edeniq's Pathway Platform, which increases ethanol yield at existing plants by 3-6% through the conversion of starch and cellulosic corn kernel fibre into ethanol. The equity investment was led by I2BF Global... [Read More]

January 20, 2015
A fire broke out on the 19 January at the Illinois River Energy plant in Rochelle, Ogle County, Illinois. Emergency services responded to the fire and remained on the scene for a little over an hour. The fire started in a grain room of the ethanol plant after corn had been burnt following an electrical fault. No injuries were reported. There was minor damage to some... [Read More]

January 20, 2015
Scientists are now successfully applying technologies utilised by farmers and ethanol facilities to maximise the quality and accuracy of carbon modelling for biofuels. A newly-released white paper, entitled 'Re-thinking the Carbon Reduction Value of Carbon Ethanol Fuel, written by Ron Alverson, president of the American Coalition for Ethanol board of directors, explains... [Read More]

January 20, 2015
The Zimbabwean government has given Zimbabwe Bio-Energy, a joint venture between a group of private investors and the Development Trust of Zimbabwe, the go-ahead to develop its $500 million (€432 million) ethanol plant project in Nuanetsi Ranch in Mwenezi. The project, which will be the largest in the country, is expected to have more than 5000 employees and promote... [Read More]

January 19, 2015
On 14 January, Boeing and Embraer opened a joint sustainable aviation biofuel research center in a joint effort to further develop the aviation biofuel industry in Brazil. At the Boeing-Embraer Joint Research Center in the São José dos Campos Technology Park, the companies will coordinate and co-fund research with Brazilian universities and other institutions.... [Read More]

January 19, 2015
The US biodiesel market shrunk in 2014 following policy uncertainty in Washington that destabilised the industry and caused many biodiesel plants to shut down or reduce production. According to EPA data, total US biodiesel consumption fell to 1.75 billion gallons for 2014, down slightly from nearly 1.8 billion gallons in 2013. The downturn came as the Obama Administration... [Read More]

January 16, 2015
On 17 December 2014, the European Parliament voted in support of a motion for resolution to reject the European Commission’s proposal to implement Article 7a of the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) but the vote did not gain the support of the required qualified majority needed to block the proposal. 337 MEPs voted to reject the Commission’s proposal, 325 MEPs supported... [Read More]

January 16, 2015
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) declared that five airlines have recently successfully completed stages of the IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) programme. IEnvA is a voluntary, two-stage evaluation process designed to drive airline environmental performance improvements by independent assessment. Both Finnair and South African Airways have completed... [Read More]

January 15, 2015
On 3 January 2015, France's energy ministry issued an order to allow the concentration of biodiesel to increase from 7 to 8%. Ministerial order DEVR1431074A will ensure this rise is rolled out at public fuelling stations across France. Industry groups including FuelsEurope and the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) are urging the country to keep the... [Read More]

January 14, 2015
According to local reports, Luxembourg-based Heridge SARL is purchasing Great Lakes Biodiesel plant in Welland, Ontario, Canada. Bidding closed on the $50 million (€33 million) biodiesel plant, which has a capacity to produce 170 million litres per year of biodiesel, on 12 January. 'The big message that came out is that they are not buying this operation in order... [Read More]