August 27, 2015
Olleco, the UK's largest converter of used cooking oil (UCO) and food waste into renewable energy, has successfully acquired Convert2Green. This acquisition is in line with Olleco's goal to achieve 100% resource recovery for the food industry. The move will increase the number of Olleco's depots to 17 across the UK and will enable it to improve efficiencies and coverage... [Read More]

August 27, 2015
Argent Energy, a waste-to-biodiesel producer, has commissioned BDI BioEnergy International with the implementation of phase two of its multi-feedstock plant in the UK. Within seven months of work starting on the BDI High FFA Esterification unit, Argent energy commissioned the second phase.   This technology makes it possible to convert commercial and industrial... [Read More]

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August 27, 2015
Over its 10-year lifespan, the Renewable Fuel Standard's (RFS) requirement to substitute biofuels for fossil fuels has displaced nearly 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil and reduced US transportation-related carbon emissions by 589.33 million tonnes. These are the findings of an analysis released by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Brent Erickson, executive... [Read More]

August 26, 2015
The Indian government is planning to boost the use of biofuels in transport fuels after recognising their major contribution to air pollution. A proposal by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has set a target of 20% blending of diesel and petrol with biodiesel and ethanol by 2017. Blending targets for bioethanol have been in effect since 2008, but this is the first... [Read More]

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August 26, 2015
Gevo and Butamax Advanced Biofuels, a joint venture between BP and DuPont, have entered into worldwide patent cross-license and settlement agreements, ending a patent dispute related to technologies for the production of bio-based isobutanol. This settlement ends all of the lawsuits and creates a new relationship between the companies, aimed at leveraging each other's... [Read More]

August 24, 2015
Denso will build a large 20,000m2 test facility for the culture of Pseudochoricystis ellipsoidea, an oil-producing microalgae patented by DENSO that is used to help reduce CO2 emissions. The new facility, set to start operations in April 2016, will be located in Amakusa, Japan and will be used to perform verification tests needed to establish large-scale... [Read More]

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August 21, 2015
US ethanol exports are expected to be the second largest on record this year, as ethanol export promotion efforts ramp up by the US Grains Council (USGC) and its partners Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association, and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. ‘Efforts to promote increased exports of US ethanol are showing progress, with global ethanol exports... [Read More]

August 20, 2015
The US tax authority IRS has published a notice informing claimants about the federal income tax treatment of fuel credits under sections 6426(c) and (d) of the internal revenue code. These sections regulate the federal payments made to biodiesel and alternative fuel producers in compensation for producing these fuels. The section 6426(c) allows a blender of a biodiesel... [Read More]

August 20, 2015
The US tax authority IRS has published a notice informing claimants about the federal income tax treatment of fuel credits under sections 6426(c) and (d) of the internal revenue code. These sections regulate the federal payments made to biodiesel and alternative fuel producers in compensation for producing these fuels. The section 6426(c) allows a blender of a biodiesel... [Read More]

August 20, 2015
Renewable Energy Group (REG) has completed its acquisition of substantially all the assets of Imperium Renewables. REG paid Imperium $15 million (€13.4 million) in cash and issued 1.675 million shares of REG common stock in exchange for substantially all of Imperium’s assets, including the 100-million gallon nameplate biodiesel refinery and terminal at the... [Read More]

August 19, 2015
Indonesian fuel distributors Pertamina and AKR are set to purchase 765,000kl of subsidised biodiesel for the remainder of 2015. 339,000kl of the total will be purchased between August and October from five producers, including Wilmar, Eterindo, Musim Mas, Pelita Agung, and Darmex Agro. Negotiations to supply the missing 426,000kl of fuel are undergoing between Pertamina... [Read More]

August 19, 2015
Strong hydrous ethanol prices in the southeast Brazilian market have led to a higher parity against gasoline for the first time in six months, the latest data from Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency (ANP) shows. According to the data, the southeast region hydrous ethanol prices averaged 61.5% of the price of gasoline, up from 61.3% in the previous week. The fuel's... [Read More]

August 18, 2015
Poplars may soon be harvested as a new source of biofuels in the US Pacific Northwest. The Advanced Hardwood Biofuels (AHB) Northwest Project is hoping to build the world's first biorefinery for trees. Other trees often grown for harvest, such as Douglas fir and red cedar take 50 years to grow, while poplar will typically ready for harvest in just 3 years. Tree farmer... [Read More]

August 17, 2015
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing approximately $63 million (€57 million) in loans and grants into 264 renewables projects, including biofuels and renewable energy projects. The investments are a part of USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). ‘This funding will have far-reaching economic and environmental impacts nationwide,... [Read More]

August 17, 2015
To cut the cost of biofuels, their production-process can be enhanced to include additional valuable biochemical compounds. A recent experimental study focuses on one source of biomass: residues from Brazilian palm oil production. Biofuels still have a long way to go to become sustainable substitutes for fossil fuels. A number of social and environmental hurdles have... [Read More]