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November 16, 2016
US-based Natural Chem Group has acquired the mothballed Abengoa ethanol plant in Portales, New Mexico. The plant was acquired through a competitive bidding process. According to media reports on Hydrocarbon Processing, the company will blend diesel with biodiesel to produce varying blends of commercial transportation fuel, primarily a 20% biodiesel blend, which is the industry standard. The... [Read More]

November 16, 2016
Six UK-based development and environmental organisations, including Greenpeace and Christian Aid, are calling on the Chancellor of Exchequer to use his Autumn Statement to announce new investment on low-carbon infrastructure. The groups announced this call in a new study they published showing how far the government has to go to reach a low-carbon energy, transport and... [Read More]

November 16, 2016
Finland-based biofuels firm St1 has begun the analysis and signed letters of intent with Alholmens Kraft and UPM on a sawdust-based ethanol plant in the Alholma industrial area in Pietarsaari, Finland. The planned production capacity of the plant is 50 million litres of advanced bioethanol per year. The Cellunolix plant, which utilises sawdust and recycled... [Read More]

November 15, 2016
Aemetis, a California-based advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, reported a narrower financial third-quarter net loss due to continued cost cuts. The US firm reported a net loss of $4.1 million (€3.79m) for the three months ended 30 September, 2016, compared with a net loss of $5.8 million for the same period last year. Revenues were $39.4 million... [Read More]

November 15, 2016
The Malaysian government will defer implementation of its B10 mandate to a later date, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Mah Siew Keong, said. The government was due to introduce a higher biodiesel mandate for the transportation and industrial sector starting from 1 December, 2016. However, it is now unclear when Malaysia will now implement the B10 initiative. Keong... [Read More]

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November 15, 2016
Five new global companies have joined the sustainable fuels initiative called below50, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has said. The companies are LGE Fund, Scania, United Airlines, UPM and UPS. These companies are some of the world’s largest investors in below50 fuels, investing in more than 100 million gallons annually. Their... [Read More]

November 14, 2016
US biofuels company Gevo has announced that the first commercial flight using Gevo's cellulosic renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) is expected to take place today originating in Seattle and flying to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Previously, on 11 October 2016, Gevo announced that it had completed production of the world's first cellulosic renewable jet... [Read More]

November 14, 2016
Biofuels producer Gevo announced that gasoline blended with its isobutanol and marketed for use in automobiles has begun to be sold in Texas, Houston, US.   This marks the first time that Gevo’s isobutanol has been specifically targeted towards on-road vehicles, the company said in a statement. Previously, Gevo and its partners have focused on specialty... [Read More]

November 14, 2016
A new competitor to biofuels may be creeping up from the left field in the form of hydrogen-powered vehicles, which are breaking into the UK market. Arcola Energy, the UK’s hydrogen energy specialists, have sold or leased 32 of Renault’s Kangoo ZE-H2 electric vans with fuel cell range extender produced by Symbio FCell, making it the largest hydrogen vehicle... [Read More]

November 14, 2016
Global carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels have seen "almost no growth" for three years in a row, despite economic growth, scientists have said. Emissions did not increase in 2015 and are expected to rise only 0.2% in 2016, according to new data from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Global Carbon Project. The figures, which come after a rise of just... [Read More]

November 11, 2016
US biofuels firm Renewable Energy Group (REG) has broken ground at its Ralston, Iowa biorefinery to start a $24 million (€21.7m) expansion. The company intends to increase the annual nameplate capacity of the plant from 12 million to 30 million gallons. ”REG Ralston has been an efficient biorefinery with an ample supply of lower cost, lower carbon intensity... [Read More]

November 11, 2016
US biofuels technology company ICM has announced that it has commenced a process to explore the option of revamping its recently-purchased Abengoa Bioenergy plant in Colwich, Kansas. In a statement the company said it was considering revitalising the plant and turning it into a larger scale state-of-the-art energy efficient biorefinery plant. If it proceeds, the plant... [Read More]

November 11, 2016
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed denying a petition by a group of merchant oil refiners to change the point of obligation (PO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Under the current RFS structure, oil refiners are the parties obligated to blend more renewable fuel into the nation’s transportation fuel supply. The petition, filed by... [Read More]

November 11, 2016
Several European beet and cereal producers have voiced their opposition to phasing out conventional biofuels in Europe, coinciding with the World Ethanol & Biofuels conference in Brussels. The European Association of Sugar Manufacturers (CEFS), the European Confederation of Maize Production (CEPM), the International Confederation of European Beet Growers (CIBE), and... [Read More]

November 11, 2016
UK bioethanol giant Vivergo Fuels is calling on the UK government to provide greater certainty to UK farmers by pushing forward with the introduction of E10 fuel, which will cultivate an alternative domestic market for their produce. In a statement, the company said: “On the back of the harvest, the UK’s major wheat buyer, Vivergo is boosting the fortunes... [Read More]

November 10, 2016
South Korean Pukyong National University’s graduate student Seonwoo In-young has succeeded in producing bioethanol using dead seaweed that washed ashore after a tropical storm. Seaweed plays an essential role as a food source, habitat, and spawning ground for marine organisms, but only when it is alive underwater. Dead seaweed, frequently found on beaches, has... [Read More]