September 7, 2017
At a time of increased political, environmental and market uncertainty, this focused two-day event returns for its 10th anniversary to debate the very latest issues impacting the global biofuels industry. The conference will provide a meaningful debate over the policies and strategies impacting the biofuels industry.... [Read More]

September 6, 2017
A quirk in US federal gasoline volatility regulations means E15 sales to non-flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) are usually halted from 1 June to 15 September. However, Hurricane Harvey means E15 sales have returned earlier than usual. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) reports that in response to... [Read More]

September 5, 2017
Scania is set to deliver 140 buses to Norway, all of which can run on biodiesel and 70 of which have hybrid technology. The buses will be used in the public transport system of Kristiansand, a town south-west of the Norwegian capital Oslo. “This is an example of... [Read More]

September 5, 2017
French and Norwegian scientists have discovered a ground-breaking enzymatic mechanism that could revolutionise biorefining and biofuel production. The research focuses on enzymes known as Lytic Polysaccharide Monooxygenases (LPMOs), which in recent years have drastically improved the conversion of cellulose into fermentable sugar (glucose), a pivotal step in... [Read More]

September 4, 2017
A 20% tax on imported ethanol has taken effect in Brazil, according to Reuters. The rules, which see the 20% penalty applied to volumes above a tax-free quota, came into force on 1 September. Reuters reports that Brazil’s foreign trade chamber Camex has issued an official written resolution... [Read More]

September 4, 2017
The president and CEO of Edeniq, Brian Thome, has submitted written comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency on its proposed rule to set the 2018 cellulosic renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. Thome urges the EPA to ensure that final 2018 cellulosic... [Read More]

September 1, 2017
With the price for crude oil at less than $50 a barrel, Iowa State University’s National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centre for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) is proposing a new model for creating, applying and commercialising chemicals made from corn stalks, wood chips and other sources of... [Read More]

September 1, 2017
The US National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has formally called for higher volumes of advanced biofuels and biomass based diesel in the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard RFS for 2018 and 2019. “NBB is extremely concerned with the proposed rule’s unprecedented cut to... [Read More]

August 31, 2017
Following successful pilot testing of its corn fibre-to-ethanol process, D3MAX is ready to move to the next stage of commercial development: the design of a full-scale plant at Ace Ethanol in Stanley, Wisconsin. Ace Ethanol set specific performance goals for the D3MAX pilot testing. “The D3MAX pilot process... [Read More]

August 31, 2017
The benefits of biodiesel are even better than previous models have suggested, according to new scientific research. New modelling from Purdue University suggests the advantage of using biodiesel has been underestimated by 10%. “This latest research verifies biodiesel is an ideal option to support American-made energy and... [Read More]

August 30, 2017
The first half of 2017 saw China Agri-Industries, a subsidiary of China grains trader COFCO, return to profit. According to Reuters, this change in fortunes was aided by a big jump in the profitability in the company’s ethanol and oil seeds segments. China Agri-Industries processes grains including... [Read More]

August 29, 2017
Norway-based secondary fuels specialist Geminor has secured a major contract with UK-based Hull City Council. The agreement, which is for an initial seven-year term (with extensions for a further three and two-year period), will see Geminor implement an integrated waste processing solution to divert more than 80%... [Read More]

August 29, 2017
A new catalyst made from palladium metal and bacteria could make the production of biofuels cleaner and greener, according to researchers from the University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute. Biofuels are costly to produce because the precursor product, bio-oil, must be processed before it is sent to... [Read More]

August 29, 2017
Passenger planes in the UK could be powered by biofuels made from waste under a scheme to cut emissions, according to the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT). In an announcement, the DfT said that it was keen to cut carbon emissions, which contribute to climate change. Aircraft... [Read More]

August 29, 2017
A new report from the European Commission highlights several benefits of higher ethanol blends in petrol, including reduced emissions of dangerous pollutants and improvements in car engine performance. Carried out by the ICF for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate, the study looked at the impact of... [Read More]

August 24, 2017
US based HelioBioSys has patented a group of three single celled, algae like organisms that, when grown together, produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels. Sandia National Laboratories is now working with HelioBioSys to determine whether farming the organisms on a large scale would... [Read More]

August 24, 2017
US soyoil prices rose by 1.8%, while biomass-based diesel fuel credits also gained, following Washington’s decision to impose duties on Argentine and Indonesia biodiesel imports, according to Reuters. The gains come as investors and industry expect an increased demand for domestic supplies following the issuing of the... [Read More]