August 3, 2015
Gevo, a renewable technology, chemical products, and next generation biofuels producer, has announced that Express Lube of Fredericksburg, Texas, is the first US service station to sell petrol blended with Gevo's renewable isobutanol at the pump. Gevo anticipates this to be ‘the first of many retail locations to offer Gevo's product’ as... [Read More]

August 3, 2015
The Indian government took a step towards allowing 100% biodiesel to be pumped into vehicles when the Ministry for Road Transport and Highways released a draft notification for mass emission standards for biodiesel. The move aims to reduce India’s dependence on the import of fossil oil and to help reduce pollution form vehicles by allowing the distribution of 100%... [Read More]

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August 3, 2015
Renewable Energy Group (REG) and Imperium Renewables have announced that they have signed an asset purchase agreement where REG would acquire substantially all the assets of Imperium. The assets to be acquired by REG include a 100 million gallon nameplate capacity biomass-based diesel refinery and deepwater port terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor, Washington. Under... [Read More]

July 31, 2015
The Danish fuel, oil, and energy company OK has introduced a new sustainable biodiesel into its petrol stations. The new biodiesel is produced from the residue left over in the production of first generation biodiesel from rapeseed. Previously, this residue was discarded, but using an enzymatic process it can now be used to manufacture a clean waste-based biodiesel.  The... [Read More]

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July 30, 2015
Biodiesel is known for powering vehicles across the country—but it also works for poultry and livestock farmers by powering their profitability. That was the message at Western Dubuque Biodiesel’s plant, where soyabean groups hosted a tour of the biodiesel facility and gave an economic presentation to members of the state livestock industry. The United Soybean... [Read More]

July 30, 2015
North American advanced biofuels producer and developer of renewable chemicals Renewable Energy Group (REG) has expanded its line of credit agreement with Wells Fargo Capital Finance, from $40 million to $60 million (€36.5 million to €54.5 million). In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, REG disclosed that two wholly owned subsidiaries exercised... [Read More]

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July 30, 2015
Pacific Ethanol, a producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the US, has begun commercial production of corn oil utilising Valicor's corn oil recovery system at its Columbia ethanol plant located in Boardman, Oregon. With the completion of this two-year initiative, all four of the western Pacific Ethanol plants are now producing corn oil. Neil Koehler, the... [Read More]

July 30, 2015
The Rural Business Cooperative Service of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued an interim final rule making changes to the USDA's Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. Formerly referred to as the Biorefinery Assistance Program, the programme provides loan guarantees of up to $250 million (€228 million)... [Read More]

July 29, 2015
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen its proposal for biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In its comments submitted to the agency on the pending RFS rule, NBB cited compelling benefits of increased biodiesel production and significant additional capacity for growth in the industry. 'The... [Read More]

July 28, 2015
A research team from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a multi-program US security laboratory, has received an additional $1 million (appr. €907,000) to protect algal crops by developing ‘probiotic’ bacteria to combat pond infestation and increase ecosystem function and resilience. Algal biomass can be converted to advanced biofuels that offer promising... [Read More]

July 28, 2015
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff launched Iogen Energy's cellulosic ethanol technology at the official opening of Raizen's newly expanded Costa Pinto sugar cane mill in Piracicaba, Brazil. Iogen, a cellulosic biofuel technology developer, and Raizen, one of the world's largest producers of sugarcane ethanol, completed construction of the $105 million (appr. €95... [Read More]

July 27, 2015
Bank of America (BoA) has pledged to increase the company’s current environmental business initiative from $50 billion to $125 billion (appr. €45 billion to €112.5 billion) in low-carbon business by 2025 through lending, investing, capital raising, advisory services, and developing financing solutions for clients around the world. BoA’s initiative... [Read More]

July 23, 2015
Rennovia, a privately held company that develops novel catalysts and processes for the cost advantaged production of chemical products from renewable feedstocks, and Johnson Matthey Process Technologies, a global provider of advanced process technologies, have started-up a mini-plant for production of glucaric acid from glucose using jointly developed technology. In March... [Read More]

July 23, 2015
In the US, renewable biofuels company Red Rock Biofuels says it will produce approximately 3 million gallons a year of renewable jet fuel for FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. The agreement runs through 2024, with first delivery expected in 2017. FedEx joins Southwest Airlines in purchasing Red Rock's total available volume of jet fuel. Red Rock's first refinery,... [Read More]

July 22, 2015
Blume Distillation, a biorefinery systems provider for bioethanol production, has announced the sale of its first Africa-based biorefinery. The Blume biorefinery system has been purchased by Numbitrax, based in Touwsriver, Western Cape, South Africa, which has completed a purchase agreement and fund transfer. The purchase represents an investment worth several million... [Read More]