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]

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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]

April 29, 2016
Poet-DSM, a joint venture cellulosic ethanol company, is expanding production capacity at its Iowa-based plant called Project Liberty. The firm said it is ramping up production at its cellulosic ethanol plant to its full 20 million gallon per year capacity. Project Liberty converts baled corn cobs, leaves, husk and stalk into renewable fuel. It converts around 770 tonnes... [Read More]

April 29, 2016
A judge at the US Bankruptcy Court has approved Abengoa SA’s filing for protection under Chapter 15, according to media reports in the Wall Street Journal. This judgement helps to protect the Spain-headquarted renewable and engineering company from claims from creditors. The decision also recognises the firm’s bankruptcy case in Spain. In March, some of the... [Read More]

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April 28, 2016
German automaker Mercedes-Benz is probing the possibility to shift its diesel cars and other vehicles in India to biodiesel.  "Mercedes has given me a letter that they can use 100% biodiesel in their cars and buses," Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari told the India Times nespaper. "Mercedes India chief has told me that the standards which we have... [Read More]

April 27, 2016
The palm oil industry in Indonesia may experience a further decline after last year’s dry spell if the rain-bringing La Nina weather phenomenon kicks in, an expert says. Franky Oesman Widjaja, chairman of Sinar Mas Agribusiness & Foods, expects Indonesia's crude palm oil production in 2016 to drop by 5-10% year-on-year. The decrease is due to the impact of... [Read More]

April 27, 2016
Renewable Energy Group (REG) has formally opened its REG Madison biorefinery and also announced upgrades to the plant. REG leaders were joined by state and local business, government, and community leaders for the opening ceremony, recognising the transition to REG’s ownership of the 20 million gpy nameplate capacity biodiesel refinery, formerly owned by Sanimax... [Read More]

April 26, 2016
Green technology manufacturer India Glycols has officially launched a 750,000 litres per year cellulosic ethanol plant at one of its sites in Kashipur, India.  The demonstration-scale plant, based in Uttarakhand, is to run on wood chips, cotton stalk, cane bagasse, corn stover and bamboo. According to the Business Standard, the facility has the capacity to consume... [Read More]

April 26, 2016
Biodiesel used in transport is helping to increase Europe’s overall transport emissions by around 4%, according to a new study by environmental group Transport & Environment (T&E). These extra emissions are equivalent to putting around 12 million additional cars on Europe’s roads in 2020, according to T&E. This analysis takes into account the 7%... [Read More]

April 25, 2016
The US state of Iowa’s Department of Transportation has released a new study that assesses potential risks of the transportation by rail of crude oil and biofuels around and through the state. It also proposes measures to address those risks. In a statement, the DOT said the year-long study is thought to be the first of its kind in the nation and covered four main... [Read More]