News Category: Biodiesel News
April 27, 2016
The palm oil industry in Indonesia may experience a further decline after last year’s dry spell if the rain-bringing La Nina weather phenomenon kicks in, an expert says. Franky Oesman Widjaja, chairman of Sinar Mas Agribusiness & Foods, expects Indonesia's crude palm oil production in 2016 to drop by 5-10% year-on-year. The decrease is due to the impact of... [Read More]

April 27, 2016
Renewable Energy Group (REG) has formally opened its REG Madison biorefinery and also announced upgrades to the plant. REG leaders were joined by state and local business, government, and community leaders for the opening ceremony, recognising the transition to REG’s ownership of the 20 million gpy nameplate capacity biodiesel refinery, formerly owned by Sanimax... [Read More]

April 26, 2016
Biodiesel used in transport is helping to increase Europe’s overall transport emissions by around 4%, according to a new study by environmental group Transport & Environment (T&E). These extra emissions are equivalent to putting around 12 million additional cars on Europe’s roads in 2020, according to T&E. This analysis takes into account the 7%... [Read More]

March 31, 2016
Emerging opportunities for algal biofuels, particularly in the Persian Gulf region, may propel the success of the industry, a new market study by Future Market Insights finds. Algae was first discovered as a fuel alternative in 1978 under the leadership of US president Jimmy Carter at a time when fuel prices were high, demand was high, and supply was low and depleting... [Read More]

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March 30, 2016
Crude palm oil (CPO) production in Indonesia and Malaysia is expected to decline due to the impact of the El Nino weather phenomenon that has brought a prolonged dry season to Southeast Asia. Malaysia may only produce 19 million tonnes this year, while Indonesia's output is estimated at 31 million tonnes. CPO production in Malaysia could fall between 1.5 and 2 million... [Read More]

March 29, 2016
The government of Brazil has enacted legislature to increase the country’s blend mandate for biodiesel is diesel fuel from 7 to 8%. With the move, the South American country hopes to boost both commercial agriculture and biodiesel production within its borders. Brazil has required a blend of renewable fuel in its diesel supply since 2008, and in 2014 the mandate... [Read More]

March 29, 2016
Southern Oil Refining, an Australian oil recycling company, has secured a contract to build a AUS$16 million (€10.7m) biofuel pilot plant in Australia. The facility, titled Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant, will be built in Gladstone, Queensland, and will produce biodiesel from sugarcane bagasse. The pilot plant is expected to be operational later in 2016... [Read More]

March 24, 2016
Biodex-SA, a Tunisia-based biofuels company, has been awarded the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production of biodiesel. Biodex-SA is the first company to collect waste oils and transform them into biodiesel in Africa, as well as the first in Tunisia to earn RSB certification. The company’s biodiesel plant converts used cooking... [Read More]

March 23, 2016
The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) commends Canada’s Liberal government's first federal budget for its focus on climate change. Tabled on Tuesday by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, the 2016 budget commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, pricing carbon emissions, and addressing climate change. The budget provides CAN$50 million (€34.1m) over... [Read More]

March 22, 2016
United Airlines will use Honeywell Green Jet Fuel to power 12,500 flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and support energy diversification. The fuel for the flights was produced by AltAir Paramount using Honeywell UOP's proprietary renewable jet fuel process technology, which converts non-edible animal fats and oils... [Read More]

March 18, 2016
A team led by University of Illinois researchers has published a study detailing the economic benefits of this sugarcane oil relative to soyabean oil in biofuel production. The team altered sugarcane metabolism to convert sugars into 12% lipids, or oils, which could be used to produce biodiesel, wish an ultimate goal to produce 20% oil. Oil cane has additional advantages... [Read More]

March 17, 2016
Solazyme, a Californian algae-based bio-product producer, has abandoned its biofuels business and will be focusing its algae oil production on food and personal care industries. Renamed TerraVia, the company lists the current extremely low oil prices, changing sentiment around the benefits of biofuels, and uncertain US government policies as reasons behind the business... [Read More]

March 17, 2016
US biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group (REG) has completed its acquisition of Sanimax Energy’s 20 million gallon nameplate capacity biodiesel refinery. REG paid Sanimax $11 million (€9.7m) in cash and issued 500,000 shares of REG common stock in exchange for the biorefinery, located in DeForest, Wisconsin, and related assets. REG may also pay Sanimax... [Read More]

March 16, 2016
The Indonesian government’s mandatory ruling on the mix of biofuel into fossil diesel has hit a snag amid lingering pressure from low commodity prices. The Indonesian Oil Palm Estate Fund (BPDP) director, Dadan Kusdiana, told The Jakarta Post that the realisation of subsidised diesel fuel getting mixed with 20% biodiesel reached approximately 404,000 kilolitres... [Read More]

March 14, 2016
The EU’s biofuel targets may have ended up increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to the use of “dirty” biodiesel, an EU analysis has found. According the to a research by the Ecofys consultancy for the European Commission, palm oil biodiesel emits more than three times and soyabean oil-based diesel two times as much GHG as fossil diesel when... [Read More]

March 11, 2016
Edmonton, Canada-based SBI BioEnergy plans to commercially produce a new biofuel capable of completely replacing diesel by the end of the year, at a lower cost than existing renewable fuels. SBI is in the final stages of building a biorefinery to convert canola oil and animal fats into a renewable fuel that can replace or be blended with regular diesel. CEO Inder... [Read More]