September 29, 2016
US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Texas-based Mard, formerly known as KiOR, and its former CEO and president Fred Cannon non-disclosure of key facts regarding the company’s technology. The charge, filed on 26 September, states the company and Cannon failed to disclose important assumptions about the yield that KiOR had claimed to have achieved... [Read More]

September 29, 2016
Global Bioenergies and Clariant have started isobutene production from a wheat straw hydrolysate in the industrial pilot of Pomacle Bazancourt. The project combines Clariant’s proprietary process, allowing for the conversion of agricultural residues into sugar-rich hydrolysates, with Global Bioenergies’ proprietary process for the production of isobutene from... [Read More]

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September 29, 2016
The share of ethanol in the US petrol market rose to 10.2% last week, according to a report published by the US Energy Information Association (EIA) on Wednesday. The increase in market share breaches the so called blend wall at 10%, over which the biofuels industry and petroleum producers have wrestled for several years. The oil and petroleum industry claims that ethanol... [Read More]

September 29, 2016
The City of New York passed legislation on Wednesday that incrementally displaces 20% of the heating oil sold within the city with biodiesel. The bill, which passed by a 47-3 vote and is expected to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, will increase the amount of biodiesel in heating oil in the City from the current 2% level to 5% by 1 October, 2017. The blend level... [Read More]

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September 28, 2016
Activists from Greenpeace blocked entry to a palm oil refinery at the Port of Rotterdam for seven hours on Tuesday due to claims of the plant being linked to Indonesian environmental concerns. A report by the environmental group links IOI, the owner of the Croklaan palm oil refinery, to deforestation, wildfires, and human rights violations including using child labour... [Read More]

September 27, 2016
In the US, Iowa State University and Chevron U.S.A have developed the BioCentury Research Farm, a biofuels pilot plant, as a joint project. The project’s aim is to develop and demonstrate an advanced biorenewables technology called solvent liquefaction. The process converts biomass such as quarter-inch wood chips into a bio-oil that can be processed into fuels... [Read More]

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September 27, 2016
V8 Supercar champion and Bathurst 1000 winner Mark Winterbottom is the face of a new advertising campaign encouraging motorists to increase their use of biofuels in Queensland, Australia. Minister for Energy and Biofuels Mark Bailey joined Winterbottom to launch the state’s Palaszczuk Government’s new E10 OK biofuels education campaign at the RNA showgrounds... [Read More]

September 27, 2016
The New York City Council is planning to pass legislation on Wednesday to give a major boost to the level of biodiesel blended into home heating oil. But the planned policy comes amidst criticism from environmental groups claiming that the increased biodiesel percentage will do more harm than good for the nature. Currently, New York has a mandate in place to blend 2%... [Read More]

September 26, 2016
Green Plains, a Nebraska, US-based ethanol producer, has completed the previously announced acquisition of three ethanol plants for approximately $237 million in cash from Abengoa Bioenergy. The company immediately sold the ethanol storage assets to Green Plains Partners for $90 million. All three plants - located in Madison, Illinois; Mount Vernon, Indiana; and York,... [Read More]

September 26, 2016
GreenWood Resources, a global timberland investment and asset management company based in Oregon, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology based on the discovery of a gene in poplar (Populus trichocarpa) that makes it easier to convert poplar trees into biofuels. GreenWood plans to commercialise the technology to select and breed better varieties of poplar... [Read More]

September 26, 2016
The Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders (ICST) has called for a worldwide ban on biofuels production, claiming that it contributes to world food shortages. Using crops to produce fuel in a bid to reduce dependence on fossil fuel is a failed initiative which should be abandoned immediately, ICST’s Shahid Rasheed Butt told the Daily Times. He said in a statement... [Read More]

September 26, 2016
Velocys, a UK-based gas-to-liquids (GTL) has announced that it is pushing ahead with the operational start-up of its Envia GTL plant in Oklahoma City, US. The company recently announced that it completed the plant that will convert landfill gas into fuels and chemicals. Velocys will start operations at the facility soon. Revenue for the first six months ended 30 June,... [Read More]

September 23, 2016
Germany-headquarted bioethanol producer CropEnergies has announced that it is ready to operate its bioethanol plant in Wilton, UK, at full capacity. The facility named Ensus, based in the north east of England, has been mothballed since February 2015. Work was halted after bioethanol prices dropped amid sluggish European markets and low oil prices. However, after carrying... [Read More]

September 23, 2016
Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, announced today a global price increase on all process and water products effective 15 October, 2016, or as customer contracts allow. The price adjustments will be 2 to 4% dependent upon products, services and geographic region. "Inflationary pressures associated with energy, transportation and labour, combined... [Read More]

September 23, 2016
AIM-listed Velocys, a UK-based gas-to-liquids (GTL) has announced that the construction of its Envia GTL plant in Oklahoma City, US, is complete. The plant will convert landfill gas into fuels and chemicals. On-site loading of catalyst into the Fischer-Tropsch reactors has been completed by Velocys with support from its internationally-recognised partner, Mourik. Pre-commissioning... [Read More]