April 5, 2016
More than two thirds of Germans view biofuels in a positive light, a new study suggests. The representative survey, conducted by market survey analysts TNS Infratest, questioned more than 1,000 German residents and found that the majority of Germans appreciate biofuels as "being environmentally-friendly". Around 39% base their positive attitude as biofuels being more... [Read More]

April 4, 2016
A University of Virginia researcher has said that feedstock such as sugar cane should not be used for biofuel production and be used for food production to help feed people. Paolo D’Odorico is a professor of environmental sciences at UVA and says close to 700 million people today could be fed if the biofuel agriculture went toward edible food. Speaking about crops... [Read More]

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April 4, 2016
Renewable Energy Group (REG), a US-based biofuels producer, is expanding its Iowa-based laboratory to boost renewable chemical related biotechnology research, development and commercialisation. The lab expansion will include the installation of fermentation equipment and significant analytical capabilities, REG said in a statement. Upon completion, full-time positions... [Read More]

April 1, 2016
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), a US-based global food processing and commodities firm, has struck a deal to dispose of its sole Brazilian ethanol plant, citing a "challenging" environment for the biofuel. The Minas Gerais distillery, and its sugarcane plantation, which has the capacity to process up to 1.5m tonnes of cane a year, and produce 37,000 gallons of ethanol,... [Read More]

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March 31, 2016
Emerging opportunities for algal biofuels, particularly in the Persian Gulf region, may propel the success of the industry, a new market study by Future Market Insights finds. Algae was first discovered as a fuel alternative in 1978 under the leadership of US president Jimmy Carter at a time when fuel prices were high, demand was high, and supply was low and depleting... [Read More]

March 30, 2016
Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative, an Ontario, Canada-based farmer's cooperative, has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Comet Biorefining to collaborate on the development of a sustainable agricultural biomass supply chain in southwestern Ontario. Comet Biorefining recently announced Sarnia, Ontario, as the location of its commercial-scale biomass-derived... [Read More]

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March 30, 2016
Crude palm oil (CPO) production in Indonesia and Malaysia is expected to decline due to the impact of the El Nino weather phenomenon that has brought a prolonged dry season to Southeast Asia. Malaysia may only produce 19 million tonnes this year, while Indonesia's output is estimated at 31 million tonnes. CPO production in Malaysia could fall between 1.5 and 2 million... [Read More]

March 30, 2016
Californian biofuel company Aemetis has acquired exclusive rights to LanzaTech’s patented technology for the conversion of agricultural, forest, dairy, and construction and demolition waste (CDW) to ethanol. The LanzaTech gas-to-ethanol technology enables Aemetis to convert these local Californian biomass wastes to advanced ethanol. The 12-year agreement makes... [Read More]

March 30, 2016
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled in favour of Argentina in its row concerning the anti-dumping duties imposed by the EU since 2013 on the biodiesel imported from the country. According to a panel report published on Tuesday, WTO upheld Argentina's claim that the reason stated by the EU authorities during their anti-dumping investigation for disregarding Argentine... [Read More]

March 29, 2016
The government of Brazil has enacted legislature to increase the country’s blend mandate for biodiesel is diesel fuel from 7 to 8%. With the move, the South American country hopes to boost both commercial agriculture and biodiesel production within its borders. Brazil has required a blend of renewable fuel in its diesel supply since 2008, and in 2014 the mandate... [Read More]

March 29, 2016
Southern Oil Refining, an Australian oil recycling company, has secured a contract to build a AUS$16 million (€10.7m) biofuel pilot plant in Australia. The facility, titled Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant, will be built in Gladstone, Queensland, and will produce biodiesel from sugarcane bagasse. The pilot plant is expected to be operational later in 2016... [Read More]

March 24, 2016
Biodex-SA, a Tunisia-based biofuels company, has been awarded the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production of biodiesel. Biodex-SA is the first company to collect waste oils and transform them into biodiesel in Africa, as well as the first in Tunisia to earn RSB certification. The company’s biodiesel plant converts used cooking... [Read More]

March 23, 2016
Ethanol remains as one of the important elements keeping the economy of the US State of Iowa afloat, despite it taking a slight hit in 2015, a new study has found. According to a research published by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), the decline is due to the reductions ethanol faced in the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The study, authored by John... [Read More]

March 23, 2016
The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) commends Canada’s Liberal government's first federal budget for its focus on climate change. Tabled on Tuesday by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, the 2016 budget commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, pricing carbon emissions, and addressing climate change. The budget provides CAN$50 million (€34.1m) over... [Read More]

March 22, 2016
United Airlines will use Honeywell Green Jet Fuel to power 12,500 flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and support energy diversification. The fuel for the flights was produced by AltAir Paramount using Honeywell UOP's proprietary renewable jet fuel process technology, which converts non-edible animal fats and oils... [Read More]