August 23, 2017
California based Vertimass has announced completion of the intermediate technology validation from the US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO). The BETO validation verified performance against negotiated milestones, provided progress on scale-up, and reviewed Vertimass’ estimated cost for their transformative catalytic technology. Developing... [Read More]

August 23, 2017
Leading US advocates for advanced liquid and gasified biofuels have united to urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stand behind President Trump’s commitment to driving investment in the next generation of ‘homegrown’ fuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Leaders of the American Biogas Council, Advanced... [Read More]

August 23, 2017
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition won a preliminary countervailing duty determination from the Commerce Department regarding subsidised biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. The Commerce Department found that Argentina and Indonesia provide subsidies to their biodiesel producers in violation of international trade rules. In addition,... [Read More]

August 23, 2017
Scientists in India have investigated ways in which toxic algal bloom can be used for cultivating Chlorella pyrenoidosa, a freshwater algae increasingly considered a candidate for biodiesel production. Although algae are naturally occurring, excessive amounts of nutrients in a body of water can lead to rapid multiplication... [Read More]

August 21, 2017
US production of biodiesel was 136 million gallons in May 2017, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Monthly Biodiesel Production Report. The newly published figures reveal that biodiesel production was 9 million gallons higher in May than in April 2017. Year on year, the figures... [Read More]

August 21, 2017
A consortium led by Macquarie has completed the acquisition of the UK’s Green Investment Bank. Macquarie Group (Macquarie), Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 (MEIF5) and Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) have paid the UK government £2.3 billion to purchase the institution, which was set up in 2012 to... [Read More]

August 18, 2017
Danish biotechnology company Novozymes has launched two new enzymes which it claims could reduce the amount of residual sugars in ethanol production by up to 70%. The two products, Spirizyme 2.0 T and Spirizyme Ultra T, form part of Novozymes, Spirizyme T Portfolio, an advanced suite of... [Read More]

August 18, 2017
Researchers in Pennsylvania have developed a new method for converting potato waste into ethanol, a process they claim could reduce production costs for biofuels in the future and provide extra value for chip makers. The team from the Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences used potato... [Read More]

August 18, 2017
A newly discovered reaction mechanism could be used to improve catalyst designs for pollution control systems in vehicles, reducing the emissions of nitrogen oxides in diesel exhaust. The research from Purdue University focused on a type of catalyst known as zeolites, already used in petroleum and chemical... [Read More]

August 17, 2017
US biofuels marketer Targray has announced the launch of a new turnkey biodiesel solution for the convenience and fuelling retailing segment. The new ‘24/7 biodiesel solution’, aims to simplify biofuel procurement for the convenience store sector. Created following a two year pilot programme and a range of... [Read More]

August 17, 2017
The Biofuels International Conference, a world leading biofuels event, will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 4 and 5 October 2017, covering the whole biofuels supply chain. The show will focus on all the new developments and the latest challenges. Topics covered in the seminars include global... [Read More]

August 17, 2017
Scientists at Clemson University have received a federal grant to evaluate the effectiveness of producing biofuels to mitigate climate change. The development of effective land-use policies could be greatly aided by quantifying the net impact that growing biomass feedstock for biofuel has on local temperature and carbon... [Read More]

August 16, 2017
Danish biotechnology company Novozymes has published its interim financial report for the first half of 2017, revealing better than expected growth from the company, including a strong showing from its Bioenergy division. Bioinnovator Novozymes specialises in developing enzymes and microorganisms for industrial applications, replacing chemicals to accelerate... [Read More]

August 16, 2017
The UK government has proclaimed that high environmental standards will be maintained post Brexit. The Brexit paper entitled ‘Future customs arrangements: A future partnership paper’ details the UK government’s aspirations for the UK’s future customs arrangements. As the UK leaves the European Union and therefore the EU... [Read More]

August 16, 2017
Canada ethanol giant Greenfield Global has announced that it has commenced a feasibility study to significantly expand operations for sustainable biofuel production at its biorefinery in Varennes, Quebec. According to Greenfield Global, the first ethanol plant built in Quebec — the Varennes distillery — is a model for... [Read More]

August 16, 2017
A German green group is pushing for court enforced diesel bans in 16 cities, according to Reuters. The news comes in the wake of prosecutors widening the investigation into German car manufacturer Volkswagen, which two years ago admitted to deliberately cheating US pollution tests. According to Reuters, the... [Read More]

August 16, 2017
Brazil’s ‘first’ large-scale corn ethanol production plant has started operations following a recent grand opening ceremony. The $115 million (€98 million) facility has been created to meet the country’s growing ethanol needs and introduce new feed options to the livestock industry. Located in Lucas do Rio Verde,... [Read More]