August 23, 2016
US ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. has announced that it was the successful bidder on three ethanol plants for sale by Abengoa Bioenergy conducted under the provisions of the US Bankruptcy Code. The company will purchase three US-based plants including the Madison, Illinois, Mount Vernon, Indiana and York, Nebraska, ethanol facilities, with combined annual production... [Read More]

August 23, 2016
Alliance BioEnergy Plus, a US cellulose technology provider, has announced that its patented cellulose-to-sugar (CTS) process will be used to demonstrate the viability of advanced aviation biofuel and biodiesels for use in military applications.  ALLM’s CTS process is poised to become the preferred, lowest cost producer of aviation biofuels and biodiesels (providing... [Read More]

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August 23, 2016
Finland-based biofuels firm St1 has announced that its Norwegian subsidiary, Smart Fuel, has announced plans to build a bioethanol plant at the site of a former paper mill in Norway that will use local forest industry residues as feedstock. The company said it has signed a letter of intent (LoI) for the project with Viken Skog , the largest forest owners' cooperative... [Read More]

August 22, 2016
The EPA’s Office of Research and Development has not complied with the requirement to provide a report every three years to Congress on the impacts of biofuels, a new report by the EPA’s own Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found. In the report, OIG said EPA has not prepared reports on the environmental impact of the renewable fuel standard (RFS), as... [Read More]

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August 18, 2016
A Nigerian sponsorship group for oil-based projects pledged its commitment to sponsor more research on the production of biofuels and biogas from non-edible fruits, in response to focus on non-fossil fuel sources. Local website Vangaurd.com reported that the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) made the commitment on 17 August, 2016. Acting Executive Secretary... [Read More]

August 18, 2016
The Australia-based Queensland government has made a deal with the US Navy to supply it with biofuels for its Asia-Pacific fleet. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and United States Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy for Management Thomas Hicks signed a Statement of Cooperation as part of the Great Green Fleet initiative. The Great Green Fleet is the popular nickname... [Read More]

August 17, 2016
Envergent Technologies, a joint venture of Honeywell UOP and Ensyn Corp., has begun construction on a renewable fuels facility in Quebec, Canada. The project, located at Port Cartier, will incorporate Envergent's proprietary RTP technology and will convert forest residues from local sources into liquid green fuel for institutional and industrial heating. The... [Read More]

August 17, 2016
US cellulose technology provider Alliance BioEnergy Plus has entered into a Letter of Intent agreement with DcR Engineering Services (DCR) to introduce Alliance’s cellulose-to-sugar (CTS) technology to DCR’s client base. DCR is a US-based heavy industrial engineering, fabrication and construction company serving the chemicals, fertilisers, food, water... [Read More]

August 17, 2016
Both US corn and soybean growers are expected to harvest record-high crops this year, according to a new report issued by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). US corn production is forecast at 15.2 billion bushels, while soybean growers are expected to harvest 4.06 billion bushels in 2016. Aided by excellent field... [Read More]

August 16, 2016
Praj Industries, an India-based a process and project engineering company, has launched a 'Green Fund' that will help it take up projects to make second-generation ethanol plants - a move it says will help the government achieve its target of mixing automotive fuels with 10% ethanol by 2022. Pramod Chaudhari, executive chairman, Praj Industries, said:... [Read More]

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August 16, 2016
The European Commission has opened an in-depth probe to assess whether the proposed merger of Dow and DuPont is in line with the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission will investigate further whether the deal may reduce competition in areas such as crop protection, seeds and certain petrochemicals. The companies initially began to obtain merger approval from the EC by... [Read More]

August 16, 2016
Renewable energy giant Abengoa has struck a €1.17bn restructuring deal with its creditors, ensuring the survival of the debt-laden Spanish renewables group after a year of financial instability that pushed it to the brink of bankruptcy. Spain-based Abengoa - an engineering business which borrowed heavily over the past ten years to fund an aggressive expansion... [Read More]

August 16, 2016
Finnish biofuels producer Neste has said that its renewable diesel is now being used by the County of Sacramento, California. In doing so, the County of Sacramento will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its fleet by up to 80%, according to Neste. The County estimates that it will reduce greenhouses gases by approximately 8000tpy. ‘More sustainable’ "Many... [Read More]

August 16, 2016
Green Plains, the fourth-biggest US ethanol producer, has announced completion of its offering of $170 million (€151m) aggregate principal amount of 4.125% convertible senior notes due 2022, as it presses ahead with plans to buy two ethanol plants from Abengoa. The notes were offered and sold in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers as defined in... [Read More]

August 15, 2016
US researchers from Washington University have developed a new way to harness the chemical production properties of E.coli bacteria, making the production of certain biofuels from the bacteria more efficient. The new method, described in a paper published in the journal Metabolic Engineering, involves the development of two different protein pathways capable of chemically... [Read More]