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July 22, 2016
In the US, a bipartisan group of 40 senators are calling for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase the biodiesel targets in the newest Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposal. The group, including Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Al Franken (D-Minn.), EPA administrator Gina McCarthy a letter calling on the EPA to raise the... [Read More]

July 21, 2016
The Nigeria National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC) says plans are underway to set up a renewable energy plant that will use agri products to generate energy. According to the NNPC renewable energy division general manager Rabiu Suleiman, the project, which would cost about $300 million dollars (€272,), would be financed through joint partnership with foreign partners. The... [Read More]

July 21, 2016
Terra Biodiesel Holding has closed the sale of its Missouri, US, biodiesel plant to an undisclosed strategic buyer, with Ocean Park Advisors (OPA) acting as an exclusive advisor. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed for the St. Joseph-based biodiesel refinery situated on an approximately 13 acre parcel of land. The sale also includes a license agreement for... [Read More]

July 21, 2016
The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has welcomed the European Commissions’ report on low-emission mobility. The report, which was published yesterday (20th July), explores policy options to decarbonise transport beyond 2020.  ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert said: "The automobile industry is fully committed to continue reducing... [Read More]

July 20, 2016
The European Commission has published its Communication on a European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility report that explores policy options to decarbonise transport beyond 2020. The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE), representing conventional and advanced ethanol producers, welcomes the Commission’s commitment to assess the future role of low carbon... [Read More]

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July 20, 2016
Alliance BioEnergy Plus subsidiary Ek Laboratories has developed a pathway to produce JP-8, an advanced military grade aviation biofuel, at the suggestion of US government officials. Aviation biofuels offer a variety of advantages over conventional petroleum based jet fuels. Cellulosic biofuels using the CTS process can produce a jet fuel that is nearly 90% cleaner than... [Read More]

July 19, 2016
Bankrupt Spanish bioenergy company Abengoa’s US unit has hired Ocean Park Advisors to find a buyer or investor for its cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. The Hugoton plant produced ethanol from plant fibres and was supposed to be a technological advance over producing ethanol from corn or other grain, reports The Wichita Eagle newspaper. The facility... [Read More]

July 19, 2016
In the US, the National Chicken Council (NCC) is asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce the production volumes proposed for ethanol in 2017 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reassess the US biofuels policy as a whole. In a statement submitted to the EPA, the council says it finds the proposed 2017 volumes to be “overly aggressive”... [Read More]

July 19, 2016
Siouxland Ethanol has begun construction on the expansion project of its Nebraska bioethanol plant, which will see the installation of two new fermenters. The $8.5 million (€7.7m) project seeks to increase the processing capacity of the Siouxland’s facility, located in Nebraska’s Dakota country, from the current 20 million corn bushels annually. “We're... [Read More]

July 18, 2016
The Malaysian Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities will be meeting with car manufacturers tomorrow to discuss the implementation of B10 biodiesel. The Southeast Asian country’s government wanted to introduce 10% palm oil biodiesel already in June, but the decision was delayed due to “inadequate data”, reports The Sun Daily newspaper. The... [Read More]

July 15, 2016
Japanese companies Mitsui Zosen Machinery & Service (MZM) and Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) have formed a partnership to produce and sell zeolite membranes, which are used in bioethanol production. Under the agreement MCC will purchase MZM’s entire output of zeolite membranes and hold the sole sales rights in the US and other global markets, SeeNews reports. The... [Read More]

July 15, 2016
The Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has delivered over 24,000 comments from recreational boaters to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to urge the agency to stop adding more ethanol to the nation’s petrol supply. BoatUS had asked the boating public to add their voice to a proposal to increase the amount of ethanol to be... [Read More]

July 15, 2016
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced funds worth up to $15 million (€13.5m) for the advancement of algae-based technologies for biofuels. This funding will advance the research and development of advanced biofuel technologies to speed the commercialisation of renewable, domestically produced, and affordable fossil-fuel replacements, the DOE said in a statement. The... [Read More]

July 15, 2016
Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and low-cost carrier Mango have operated Africa’s first sustainable-fuelled flights powered with tobacco-based biofuels. The SAA and Mango flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, operated by a Boeing 737-800, used sustainable biojet fuel produced from Sunchem’s nicotine-free tobacco plant Solaris, refined by AltAir Fuels... [Read More]

July 15, 2016
A total of 17 members of the US-based House Biofuels Caucus have urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to change its 2017 biofuels blend target from 14.8bn gallons to 15 billion gallons. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) was among several associations to submit comments in a letter to the EPA. According to the association, there’s no justification... [Read More]

July 14, 2016
The UK’s new Prime Minister Theresa May has scrapped the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in her Cabinet reshuffle. DECC policy areas will now move to the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The energy portfolio will now be led by former Communities Secretary Greg Clark. A DECC spokesman confirmed to Biofuels International... [Read More]