April 20, 2016
Comet Biorefining, a Canadian cellulosic dextrose technology provider, has signed an off-take agreement with bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber for cellulosic dextrose from Comet's upcoming first commercial plant in Sarnia, Ontario. The dextrose will be produced from agricultural residues using Comet's innovative technology. The off-take agreement also includes provisions... [Read More]

April 20, 2016
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said it has played an integral role in development of new alternative, environmentally-friendly, bio-based jet fuel, bringing the total number of these approved products for use in air travel to five.  In a statement, the agency said that the newest fuel is known as ‘Alcohol to Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene’... [Read More]

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April 19, 2016
Mexican students from the Universidad del Valle de Mexico (UVM) Coyoacan Campus have created bioethanol using newspaper, according to media reports. The group of students, based in Mexico City, are called Alexys Stephanya Nájera, Ariel de Jesús González, Roberto Carlos Muñoz and Delia Calderón Crespo, according to news website mexiconewsnetwork.com. The... [Read More]

April 18, 2016
RenFuel and Nordic Paper have signed an agreement to build a production test facility in Sweden to test manufacture an advanced biofuel based on lignin. The plant, to be located in the municipality of Bäckhammar in the region of Värmland, has been awarded a SEK71 million (€7.7m) grant by the Swedish Energy Agency. RenFuel has developed and patented a method... [Read More]

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April 15, 2016
The global biofuels market was valued at $168.18 billion (€149.05bn) in 2016 and is projected to reach $246.52 billion by 2024 at a CAGR of 4.92%, a new market study finds. According to Transparency Market Research’s new study biofuels and bioenergy are a critical part of the renewable energy mix, being the only renewable energy that can be used... [Read More]

April 14, 2016
Wood is the best feedstock choice to be converted into biofuels because it is the oldest energy source on the planet, according to a US-based data firm. In a statement, North Carolina-based Forset2Market said wood works as a logical choice for biofuels because “the number of trees growing in the US has increased by more than 50% in the past 60 years” and “the... [Read More]

April 13, 2016
ASTM International, an international standards organisation, has completed its process of approving the revision of ASTM D7566 (Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons) to include alcohol to jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK) derived from renewable isobutanol.  In a press statement, US biofuels producer Gevo said... [Read More]

April 13, 2016
Argentina's government plans to raise its requirement for ethanol blend in gasoline from the current 12% to up to 26% from next year, according to a report in Reuters. Information about the country's intention to follow suit with Brazil's long-standing ethanol policy came from Patrick Adam, executive director of Argentina's corn ethanol chamber. A spokesman for the energy... [Read More]

April 12, 2016
The Center for Biological Diversity, a non-profit conservation organisation, and seven other groups have urged the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to withdraw, what they describe as, a misleading and inaccurate report on second-generation biofuels. In a letter to the UN organisation, the groups wrote that “the report contains so many... [Read More]

April 12, 2016
Spanish renewable energy giant Abengoa Bioenergy said a US bankruptcy court has approved financing to help the firm restart its Nebraska production operations. The US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri issued an order approving “up to $41 million of debtor in possession financing for the six Abengoa Bioenergy companies that had recently filed... [Read More]

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April 11, 2016
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, a Dutch airliner, is launching around 80 flights from Oslo to Amsterdam using only biofuel on its Embraer 190 aircraft. The flights will be operated over the coming five to six weeks, the Dutch airliner said. During these flights Embraer SA will be measuring the efficiency of biofuel in comparison with kerosene. This means that around 80 commercial... [Read More]

April 8, 2016
An enzyme responsible for making hydrocarbons has been discovered by US-based scientists studying a common green microalga called Botryococcus braunii. The scientists are based at agricultural research specialist Texas A&M AgriLife Research. The study, published in the current issue of the journal Nature Communications, could enable scientists to use the enzyme in... [Read More]

April 7, 2016
Vietnam’s state-owned oil company PetroVietnam has confirmed that its Dung Quat bioethanol plant has halted its operation due to high production costs making its products uncompetitive in the market.  As petrol prices have been falling in the world market, E5 biofuel cannot compete with RON92, and as a result, the plant has stopped production after a long period... [Read More]

April 7, 2016
Summit Agricultural Group (SAG), a renewable energy, agribusiness development, and production agriculture company, has broken ground on the first large-scale corn ethanol production facility in Brazil. The $115 million (appr. €101m) plant is an international collaboration between Iowa-based SAG and the Brazilian agribusiness Fiagril. The production facility is being... [Read More]

April 6, 2016
Six biofuel trade associations have sent a letter to leaders of the US House of Representatives and US Senate to ask for a multiyear extension of advanced biofuel tax credits. In December, the US Congress granted a two-year extension to the second generation biofuel producer tax credit, the special depreciation allowance for second generation biofuel plant property, the... [Read More]

April 6, 2016
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark have developed a natural process, reverse photosynthesis, to produce biofuels and energy from sunlight. The process involves breaking down plant biomass using the energy in solar rays combined with monooxygenases enzyme. The resulting product can then be used as chemicals, biofuels or other products. According... [Read More]