May 12, 2016
Bellona Europe, a non-profit green organisation, has called on the European Commission to promote marine bioenergy for heat and power and biofuels. The group made the call in its response to the EC’s consultation on a sustainable bioenergy policy after 2020. In a statement, Bellona Europe said: “While micro algae have benefited from more attention and research,... [Read More]

May 12, 2016
Two US researchers have received an over $1 million award from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will fund research on developing commercially-viable processes to create biofuels and chemicals from waste plant materials. The nearly $1.3 million ($1.14m) award was given to Charles Wyman, distinguished professor in chemical and environmental engineering, and... [Read More]

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May 12, 2016
A bill has been introduced by a group of Republican Party members that aims to limit the total volume of ethanol contained in transportation fuel to 9.7%. The bill is entitled HR 5180, the Food and Fuel Consumer Protection Act of 2016 and was introduced in the US House of Representatives. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), implemented in 2005, was designed to promote... [Read More]

May 11, 2016
The University of Illinois and the University of Florida have been awarded a third round of funding from the US Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to carry out research projects on ‘ultra-productive’ biofuel crops. According to both universities, this new generation of sugarcane-based biofuels crops could yield 13 times... [Read More]

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May 11, 2016
The US Energy Department (DOE) is handing out up to $90 million ($78.9m) in project funding focused on designing, constructing, and operating integrated biofuel facilities. The department notes the production of biofuels from sustainable, non-food, domestic biomass resources is an important strategy to meet the US administration’s goals to reduce carbon emissions... [Read More]

May 11, 2016
Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have engineered a strain of bacteria that enables a “one-pot” method for producing advanced biofuels from a slurry of pre-treated plant material. The traditional method for producing advanced biofuels is a three-step process: Liquid salts break down plant... [Read More]

May 10, 2016
Canadian ethanol producer Calgren Renewable Fuels has invested in key co-products to sell in addition to its 58 million gpy ethanol output. The Calgren plant, located in Pixley, California, was the state’s first when it was built in 2009. Today, the company also sells 400,000 tpy of distiller’s grain for use as animal feed to local dairies and feedlots as... [Read More]

May 9, 2016
National Biodiesel Board’s CEO Joe Jobe has left the organisation to pursue other interests after nearly 20 years of service. Jobe started at the NBB in 1997 and became the CEO just two years later in 1999. Between then and his date of leaving, Jobe helped grow the US biodiesel industry from producing 200,000 gallons annually to the 2 billion gallons projected... [Read More]

May 6, 2016
Mexico-based Tequila Cazadores distillery has installed a biomass boiler that is designed to harness as much green energy it can from the discards made during regular production of the brand's top-shelf spirits. These discards are then transformed into fuel. The ashes created within the boiler are used for composting and transforming the ashes into a nutrient-rich... [Read More]

May 6, 2016
Aemetis, a US-based advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company, has signed an agreement to acquire Edeniq, a US cellulosic ethanol technology company. Under the terms of the agreement, Aemetis will acquire all of Edeniq's outstanding shares in a stock plus cash merger transaction. Edeniq has developed patented innovations that unlock cellulosic and starch sugars... [Read More]

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May 5, 2016
Advance Bioenergy, a Minnesota, US-based biofuel producer, has shut down its South Dakota ethanol plant due to the facility falling behind in technological development. The plant, located in the city of Aberdeen, was one of the first ethanol plants in the US when it began production in the early 1990s under the name of Heartland Grain Fuels. But the plant was closed... [Read More]

May 4, 2016
Valmet, a Finnish energy technology firm, and Biochemtex, an Italian engineering firm, will start to cooperate in the field of conversion of lignin into biochemicals. The development project will combine and adapt LignoBoost and Moghi technologies.  LignoBoost is Valmet's proprietary technology for the extraction of purified lignin from black liquor produced by... [Read More]

May 4, 2016
Renewable Energy Group (REG), a US-based biofuels producer, reported first-quarter net income of $1.6 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Iowa-based company said it had profit of 4 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for non-recurring gains, were 1 cent per share. The biodiesel producer posted revenue of $305.6 million in the period... [Read More]

May 3, 2016
The European Commission (EC) has called on Portugal to ensure the full compliance of its biofuel legislation with the Renewable Energy Directive (Directive 2009/28/EC). In a statement, the EC said it had sent a reasoned opinion to the Member State to ensure it complied with the laws within the Renewable Energy Directive. The Directive sets the objective of reaching... [Read More]

May 3, 2016
The global agricultural micronutrients market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 8% until 2020 due to a strong demand for biofuels, according to new research. The report was published by UK-based research firm Technavio. It is called Global Agricultural Micronutrients Market 2016-2020 and provides an in-depth analysis of market growth... [Read More]

May 3, 2016
Car giant Volkswagen (VW) has published a new study and called for the promotion of biofuel-powered cars over electric ones to help tackle carbon emissions. The report, entitled Integrated Fuels and Vehicles Roadmap 2030 and Beyond, and was commissioned by automakers and oil companies. In the report the companies maintain that additional reduction potential through 2030... [Read More]