May 1, 2015
In Indiana, US, Chad Ducey has pleaded guilty for his role in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and US taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel incentives. His two brothers, Chris and Craig Ducey, have also pleaded guilty for their roles in the same scheme. The three brothers operated E-biofuels from a facility in Middletown, Indiana. As part of the... [Read More]

May 1, 2015
Agribusiness company Thompsons Limited has announced an agreement with IGPC Ethanol to partner for sourcing corn for IGPC's 50MM gal/yr. ethanol facility in Aylmer, Ontario effective 1 October 2015. IGPC Ethanol commenced operations in the fall of 2007. Since that time, it has used the services of Cargill to source local corn. 'This change in no way reflects upon the... [Read More]

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May 1, 2015
In India, the Biodiesel Manufacturers Association (BEMA) has been launched with a focus on expanding the nation's biodiesel market, decreasing air pollution and reducing its dependence on foreign oil. The BEMA group is an eight-member association, the chairman and president of which has been named as Sanjeev Gupta, president of advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals... [Read More]

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April 29, 2015
Retrofitting at a biodiesel plant in Beatrice, Nebraska, US, is currently underway and on schedule, with production expected to begin later this year. The plant, originally built in 2007, was purchased by Duonix Beatrice – a joint venture between Flint Hills Resources and Benefuel Inc. – in 2011. The company's goal is reportedly to have production up and running... [Read More]

April 29, 2015
Renewable energy company Methes Energies International has received a second payment of C$200,000 (€150,000) from Drain Bros for the sale of a Denami 600 biodiesel processor and a PP-MEC pre-treatment system to be installed in Ontario, Canada as previously announced. This second of five progress payments was triggered by the fact that all the equipment from Methes'... [Read More]

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April 29, 2015
Agrisoma Biosciences, the agriculture technology company that commercialised Resonance Carinata – a non-food sustainable crop for renewable energy – has announced that a group led by its management team has made an equity investment in the company that gives it a 22% stake in the company. The group includes key members of Agrisoma's senior management, board... [Read More]

April 29, 2015
Croda International, manufacturer of speciality chemical ingredients that enhance everyday consumer and industrial products, is creating the first North American plant that will lead to 100% sustainable non-ionic surfactants, active emulsifying agents that help keep oil and water together, which are used in a range of products from face creams to toothpaste to paint to... [Read More]

April 29, 2015
Sweetwater Energy, a New York, US-based renewable biochemicals producer, has closed on a $10 million (€9 million) bridge loan. The loan closed as Sweetwater readies to open its Series B investor round later this quarter to begin construction of its first commercial facility. 'We're very pleased to have closed this loan, which secures our operations as we begin building... [Read More]

April 29, 2015
Kum & Go has announced that it will begin offering E15 as a fuel option. The first station, located in Iowa, US will open on 30 April. Over the next two years, Kum & Go plans to make E15 available at more than 65 stores across Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. The EPA approved E15 for use in vehicles manufactured since 2001,... [Read More]

April 29, 2015
Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG has successfully commissioned a site for the production of biomethane at Schwedt, Germany. The new plant uses a new internally generated technology to manufacture biomethane from 100% straw. The development of this technology is supported by the European Union's NER 300 subsidy project, providing funding of up to €22.3 million over... [Read More]

April 29, 2015
On 28 April the European Parliament voted to approve the cap on first generation biofuels made from food-based crops. Current legislation requires EU member states to ensure that renewable energy accounts for at least 10% of energy consumption in transport by 2020. In order to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) caused by the growing use of farm land for biofuel crops,... [Read More]

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]

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]

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]