November 29, 2017
100 members of the US National Biodiesel Board (NBB) headed to Washington DC on 28 November to participate in the biannual ‘fly-in' to the country’s capital. According to a statement, NBB members plan to ‘storm the hill’ to encourage the reinstatement of the biodiesel tax credit... [Read More]

November 29, 2017
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has used one of its modelling scenarios to predict that bioenergy will provide nearly 17% of final global energy demand in 2060, compared with 4.5% in 2015. In its latest Technology Roadmap, entitled ‘Delivering Sustainable Bioenergy’, the IEA provides the technology... [Read More]

November 28, 2017
Argentina’s energy ministry has partially backtracked on a price cut on ethanol introduced earlier this month for refiners who mix the biofuel into gasoline at a 12% ratio, according to Hellenic Shipping News. The price cut has been shaved to 7.5% from 15% for sugarcane-derived ethanol, and... [Read More]

November 28, 2017
An engineer at Washington University in St. Louis has refined the process of engineering pathways of microbes for biofuel production. Fuzhong Zhang, an associate professor at the School of Engineering & Applied Science, has ‘stitched together’ the best bits of several different bacteria to synthesize a... [Read More]

November 28, 2017
Brazil’s Union of Sugarcane Industry (Unica) has issued a harvest update for the country’s South-Central region from April to 16 November. Brazil’s sugarcane crush for the 2017-18 harvest was down 1.61% from April to 16 November, 2017, compared to the same period a year ago, totalling 552.948... [Read More]

November 28, 2017
The European Parliament’s energy committee ITRE has adopted changes to the EU’s renewable energy directive (RED) to include a new binding 35% green energy target for 2030 as well as a new set of principles on future financial support to renewable energy sources. Spanish S&D member José Blanco... [Read More]

November 27, 2017
One of Europe’s largest private sector forest owners and a major player in the bioeconomy, Bergvik Skog is undergoing structural changes as part of a plan to acquire new forest assets and secure its supply of feedstock. Bergvik Skog owns approximately 2.3 million hectares of land in... [Read More]

November 27, 2017
Commodities trader Noble Group has announced it is selling its US-based ethanol producer Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol (NASBE) for $12.5 million (€10.5 million). According to a statement from Noble, the company has entered into an equity purchase agreement with Zeeland Farm Services for the proposed sale... [Read More]

November 24, 2017
Nigeria’s state oil corporation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Kebbi State Government (KBSG) to build a bioethanol plant. The plant is expected to use cassava and sugarcane as a feedstock and produce 84 million litres of ethanol per year, the Nigerian National Petroleum... [Read More]

November 24, 2017
Sweden increased use of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) diesel is helping to boost its biofuels industry, according to new research. HVO diesel is a renewable diesel made from different bio-based raw materials. Sales of HVO diesel increased by 24% during the third quarter of 2017 compared with the... [Read More]

November 24, 2017
US advanced biofuels producer Poet has responded to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to maintain the current point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). CEO Jeff Broin said: “By maintaining the point of obligation for the RFS, the EPA is allowing the system to... [Read More]

November 24, 2017
The European renewable ethanol association ePure has responded to the European Union’s third State of the Energy Union report. A key finding of the report is that thanks to progress in 2017, the EU is on track to implement the Energy Union project and deliver jobs, growth and investments.... [Read More]

November 23, 2017
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has denied requests from petitioners to change the point of obligation for compliance under the Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS) programme. Major oil companies had petitioned to relieve refiners of their obligation to fulfil annual biofuel quotas under the RFS. The move... [Read More]

November 23, 2017
In his Autumn Budget, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond confirmed that there would be no fresh funds for new renewable energy projects levied through electricity bills until 2025 to help keep energy costs down. It said: "In order to protect consumers, the government will not... [Read More]

November 23, 2017
PowerHouse Energy Group moves forward with waste-to-hydrogen system design London-based clean energy company PowerHouse Energy Group announced that it had completed early design work on its UK-based 25 tonne-per-day synthetic gas (syngas) plant, according to news channel ProActive Investors. The pre-front-end engineering and... [Read More]

November 22, 2017
China’s Hainan Airlines has completed the country’s ‘first’ cross-ocean biofuels powered flight. Flight 497 took off from the Beijing on 21 November. It landed at Chicago’s O’Hare airport at 12:05pm local time. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner completed the more than 11,000km journey with biological aviation fuel produced... [Read More]

November 22, 2017
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $11.9 million (€7.7 million) in funding for Ethanol Technologies (Ethtec), an Australian biofuel company. The funding will go towards the development and demonstration of Ethtec’s advance bioethanol technology. Ethtec aims to construct a $30 million (€19.3 million) purpose built... [Read More]