July 26, 2016
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking applications for funding to help support the development of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and bio-based products, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced. "The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers," Vilsack... [Read More]

July 25, 2016
A new project to develop technology to drive forward an algae-based biorefinery which aims to develop and validate technological processes designed to obtain biodiesel through algae cultivation has been launched with €1.4 million of European funding. A consortium of six R&D centres in the Basque Autonomous Community, Navarre and France -NEIKER-Tecnalia, National... [Read More]

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July 22, 2016
There are a number of gaps in the European Commission’s existing biofuels sustainability certification framework and this could undermine the basis of the EU’s 2020 targets for renewable energy in transport, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Under the Renewable Energy Directive, EU Member States can only use biofuels certified... [Read More]

July 22, 2016
In the US, a bipartisan group of 40 senators are calling for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase the biodiesel targets in the newest Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposal. The group, including Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Al Franken (D-Minn.), EPA administrator Gina McCarthy a letter calling on the EPA to raise the... [Read More]

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July 21, 2016
The Nigeria National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC) says plans are underway to set up a renewable energy plant that will use agri products to generate energy. According to the NNPC renewable energy division general manager Rabiu Suleiman, the project, which would cost about $300 million dollars (€272,), would be financed through joint partnership with foreign partners. The... [Read More]

July 21, 2016
Terra Biodiesel Holding has closed the sale of its Missouri, US, biodiesel plant to an undisclosed strategic buyer, with Ocean Park Advisors (OPA) acting as an exclusive advisor. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed for the St. Joseph-based biodiesel refinery situated on an approximately 13 acre parcel of land. The sale also includes a license agreement for... [Read More]

July 21, 2016
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has welcomed the European Commissions’ report on low-emission mobility. The report, which was published yesterday (20th July), explores policy options to decarbonise transport beyond 2020.  ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert said: "The automobile industry is fully committed to continue reducing... [Read More]

July 20, 2016
The European Commission has published its Communication on a European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility report that explores policy options to decarbonise transport beyond 2020. The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE), representing conventional and advanced ethanol producers, welcomes the Commission’s commitment to assess the future role of low carbon... [Read More]

July 20, 2016
Alliance BioEnergy Plus subsidiary Ek Laboratories has developed a pathway to produce JP-8, an advanced military grade aviation biofuel, at the suggestion of US government officials. Aviation biofuels offer a variety of advantages over conventional petroleum based jet fuels. Cellulosic biofuels using the CTS process can produce a jet fuel that is nearly 90% cleaner than... [Read More]

July 19, 2016
Bankrupt Spanish bioenergy company Abengoa’s US unit has hired Ocean Park Advisors to find a buyer or investor for its cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. The Hugoton plant produced ethanol from plant fibres and was supposed to be a technological advance over producing ethanol from corn or other grain, reports The Wichita Eagle newspaper. The facility... [Read More]

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July 19, 2016
In the US, the National Chicken Council (NCC) is asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce the production volumes proposed for ethanol in 2017 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reassess the US biofuels policy as a whole. In a statement submitted to the EPA, the council says it finds the proposed 2017 volumes to be “overly aggressive”... [Read More]

July 19, 2016
Siouxland Ethanol has begun construction on the expansion project of its Nebraska bioethanol plant, which will see the installation of two new fermenters. The $8.5 million (€7.7m) project seeks to increase the processing capacity of the Siouxland’s facility, located in Nebraska’s Dakota country, from the current 20 million corn bushels annually. “We're... [Read More]

July 18, 2016
The Malaysian Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities will be meeting with car manufacturers tomorrow to discuss the implementation of B10 biodiesel. The Southeast Asian country’s government wanted to introduce 10% palm oil biodiesel already in June, but the decision was delayed due to “inadequate data”, reports The Sun Daily newspaper. The... [Read More]

July 15, 2016
Japanese companies Mitsui Zosen Machinery & Service (MZM) and Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) have formed a partnership to produce and sell zeolite membranes, which are used in bioethanol production. Under the agreement MCC will purchase MZM’s entire output of zeolite membranes and hold the sole sales rights in the US and other global markets, SeeNews reports. The... [Read More]

July 15, 2016
The Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has delivered over 24,000 comments from recreational boaters to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to urge the agency to stop adding more ethanol to the nation’s petrol supply. BoatUS had asked the boating public to add their voice to a proposal to increase the amount of ethanol to be... [Read More]