June 15, 2016
Greentech Biofuels, an Irish firm specialising in green energy solutions, has teamed up with Saint Etienne Metropole and Ondaine Agro in order to bring biofuel-powered floodlights to one of the stadiums hosting Euro 2016. The three organisations will join forces to produce large amounts of biodiesel, which will be used to keep the floodlights at Stade Geoffroy Guichard... [Read More]

June 15, 2016
A team of three Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D) students have come up with a prototype called FAME One to convert waste cooking oil into biodiesel. The invention, which outwardly resembles a washing machine, is not only eco-friendly but also affordable, which open doors for its use in rural setups to convert oil seeds into diesel. “We read somewhere... [Read More]

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June 14, 2016
Struggling Spanish renewable energy company Abengoa has received $350 million (€312m) worth of bids for its four ethanol plants in the US Midwest. Abengoa is seeking to get rid of its four plants – located in Mt. Vernon, Indiana; Madison, Illinois; and Ravenna and York, Nebraska – as part of its global restructuring due to the company’s multibillion-dollar... [Read More]

June 14, 2016
Japanese car giant Nissan Motor Co. is researching and developing what it calls a solid oxide fuel-cell (SOFC)-powered system that runs on bio-ethanol electric power. The new system – a world first for automotive use – features an e-Bio Fuel-Cell with an SOFC power generator. The e-Bio Fuel Cell generates electricity through the SOFC (power generator) using... [Read More]

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June 13, 2016
US-based biotechnology company White Dog Labs has unveiled a new process that eliminates the emission of CO2, a potent greenhouse gas, during fermentation and instead shifts the carbon to added ethanol production, boosting fermentation yields by around 50%. The by-products are distillers grains, corn oil (if extracted from the grains) and water. According to... [Read More]

June 13, 2016
More than two thirds of the palm oil used in Germany is sustainably certified, according to German biofuels industry group VDB (Verband der Deutschen Biokraftstoffindustrie. Around 1.5 million tonnes of palm oil has been used in Germany in 2013, according to the trade body. A total of 68% of this palm oil is sustainably certified. OVID Association, a trade body for the... [Read More]

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June 10, 2016
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has annulled the European Union’s (EU) countrywide 9.5% anti-dumping duty on all ethanol imported from the United States. The duty had been in place since February 2013. US-based Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy announced that they welcomed the decision, which was made on 9 June. The ECJ ruled that the five-year... [Read More]

June 10, 2016
Scientists have identified new steps in the way plants produce cellulose, which may help avoid having to choose between growing crops for food or fuel. Cellulose is the component of plant cell walls that provide strength and forms insoluble fibre in the human diet. According to a report on the phys.org website, the findings could lead to improved production of cellulose... [Read More]

June 10, 2016
Biofuels heavyweights attended a public meeting to discuss the US’ Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposals to revise the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in Kansas, US. EPA’s recent proposal calls on refiners to blend 14.8 billion gallons of conventional biofuels in 2017, slightly below the 15-billion-gallon level envisioned by the US Congress... [Read More]

June 9, 2016
Government and industry investment in new equipment will dramatically increase access to higher-ethanol blends but not fast enough to raise mandates to use the fuel next year, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Grants supporting the installation of pumps and tanks able to dispense a 15% ethanol-petrol blend (E15) will help drop a significant barrier... [Read More]

June 9, 2016
Diesel car owners could face a tax hike in order to tackle the rising problem of air pollution, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has indicated. McLoughlin said that it had been a mistake for former Prime Minister Gordon Brown to cut taxes on diesel. In an interview with the Evening Standard, McLoughlin said: "We have got to look at that. It is something the chancellor... [Read More]

June 9, 2016
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has issued a report on methanol and ethanol, saying they are good potential alternatives for reducing both the emissions and carbon footprint of ship operations.  As they are sulphur-free, use of methanol and ethanol fuels would ensure compliance with the European Commission Sulphur Directive.  The report stated that... [Read More]

June 8, 2016
Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has announced that it intends to build a new energies portfolio that would include biofuels, hydrogen, solar and wind assets. The company recently unveiled a new medium-term strategy that envisages asset sales and other cost-cutting measures following its takeover of UK peer BG Group earlier this year. Shell’s goal is to achieve... [Read More]

June 8, 2016
Repreve Renewables, a US-based bio-feedstocks firm, has opened a new processing centre in Greensboro, North Carolina. The company’s primary crop is giant miscanthus, a drought tolerant perennial that needs low inputs yet provides high yields.  Research has shown the crop also improves soil and water quality. Giant miscanthus can be used as a feedstock... [Read More]

June 8, 2016
Alaska Airlines has used Gevo’s biofuels products to fly its planes. Alaska Airlines Flight 388 from Seattle to San Francisco departed on 7 June with its engines using a mixture of traditional jet fuel and a 20% blend of biofuel made from fermented corn. In a push to establish sustainable fuel sources, the airline has been flying demonstration flights with a variety... [Read More]