December 1, 2015
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the final volume requirements for bioethanol under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the years 2014, 2015, and 2016. In addition, the final volume requirements for biodiesel for 2014 and 2017. The EPA has increased the required levels from its earlier suggestion in June, and hopes that the rule will boost... [Read More]

December 1, 2015
Advanced Biochemical Thailand (ABT), a subsidiary of Solvay, has received certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) for the production of Epicerol, a bio-based building block for renewable chemicals and resins. The certificate covers the manufacture of bio-based epichlorohydrin (ECH), using Solvay's technology, from vegetable glycerol derived... [Read More]

November 30, 2015
Portugal-based Ecoslops has completed the first sale of its recycled marine fuel (MDO). The MDO, which is made from marine oil residues known as slops, is produced at Ecoslops' facility at the Port of Sines in Portugal and complies with the ISO 8217 standard. The sale comprises a 1,000-tonne shipment, which was purchased by a European operator specialising in maritime... [Read More]

November 27, 2015
The Indian transport minister, a long-time proponent of biofuels, is encouraging India’s industry to take up biofuels more widely. Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari advises the construction and transportation sectors to use biodiesel to keep air pollution in check as the Indian government sets a target to expand its road system by 60,000km. ‘The... [Read More]

November 27, 2015
The Department of Science and Technology of South Africa is calling for statements of interest to be submitted for demonstrations of 2G and algae-based biofuel production technologies. Proposals are sought from South African nationals who have already reached proof of concept with their technologies, have an existing company, and can demonstrate an attractive business... [Read More]

November 26, 2015
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to increase requirements for biofuels use through 2016 due to higher total fuel demand, when it publishes a final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule in the coming days, sources say. The environmental regulator is expected to announce requirements on its plan for the programme, on or by Monday, 30 November, when... [Read More]

November 25, 2015
Ensyn, a producer of cellulosic liquid biofuels from wood residues and other non-food biomass, has been granted regulatory approval from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its renewable petrol product. The approval, in accordance with Title 40 CFR Part 79 of the Clean Air Act, is required for Ensyn’s RFGasoline to be sold in the US. The endorsement... [Read More]

November 24, 2015
A research team from National Taiwan University have formulated a synthetic nanoparticle that is able to extract oil from algae and turn it into biodiesel. The team, led by NTU chemistry professor Wu Chia-wen, synthesised a magnetic nanoparticle for harvesting microalgae, extracting algae oil, and converting the oil’s fatty acids into a methyl ester, which is used... [Read More]

November 23, 2015
The government of Japan has launched a project in the Philippines to produce biodiesel from used cooking oil. The project, located in Davao City, aims to collect used cooking oil (UCO) from households and businesses for use in biodiesel production. The Davao project marks the first time this particular technology is used outside of Japan, and the Japanese government... [Read More]

November 23, 2015
Ag Processing, a Nebraska, US-based soyabean processor, is set to expand its biodiesel plant near Sioux City. The £38 million (€35.7m) expansion to Ag Processing’s (AP) Port Neal plant, which was the first commercial-scale biodiesel plant in the US in 1996, will almost double its production. At the moment the facility is capable of producing up 30 million... [Read More]

November 20, 2015
Bangladeshi Minister of Agriculture Matia Chowdhury has criticised large multinational corporations for promoting biofuels. The minister spoke at a keynote on the 40th anniversary of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, D.C., US. Chowdhury pointed out that diverting more land to be used for maize cultivation results in a reduced soyabean... [Read More]

November 20, 2015
Deinove, a French biotech company developing processes for producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals from non-food biomass with its Deinococcus bacteria, has produced 2G ethanol with an exceptional performance level in a 300l fermenter. The trials were conducted at  VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Deinove's long-term partner, which has the necessary... [Read More]

November 19, 2015
A committee of the Parliament of Queensland has decided not to suggest increasing the Australian state’s biofuel mandate. The committee chose not to recommend increasing the mandate despite admitting that the current 2% blending level is ‘unlikely’ to drive industry growth. AgForce, a lobbying organisation for Queensland agriculture, and a Member of... [Read More]

November 19, 2015
Propel Fuels, a California-based fuel retailer, reports that Southern Califonia consumption of renewable diesel has increased three-fold. Propel Fuels launched Diesel HPR (High Performance Renewable) across Southern California in August 2015, and consumer adoption of the fuel has risen 300% compared to its former biodiesel product (B20). Propel's Diesel... [Read More]

November 18, 2015
Hero BX, a US biodiesel producer, has acquired the assets of the former Veros Energy biodiesel refinery in Moundville, Alabama. The plant will operate under the name Hero BX Alabama. ‘We are excited to be expanding into Alabama. The preliminary renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes are growing and as they do, the Moundville facilities will too,’ says Hero... [Read More]