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June 6, 2016
Rail is the primary mode of transport used to transport US biofuels, according to new data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Although pipelines, tankers, and barges are widely used to transport liquid fuels to, from, and within the US, several types of liquid fuels, including crude oil, ethanol, and biodiesel, are transported by rail in large volumes. EIA... [Read More]

June 6, 2016
The use of nitrogen fertiliser on switchgrass crops can produce a sharp increase in emissions of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas up to 300 times more harmful than carbon dioxide and a significant driver of global climate change, according to a new, three-year study from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Centre and Michigan State University (MSU). Switchgrass... [Read More]

June 6, 2016
Researchers at South Korea-based Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) have created a waterless toilet system that can convert human waste into biofuels. The system is part of a wider creative studio and research lab called the ‘Science Walden Pavillion’, which is now open to the public. It is nestled in the centre of the UNIST campus. The... [Read More]

June 3, 2016
Sunbird Bioenergy Africa, a biofuels producer which develops projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, is expected to sign an Investment Promotional and Protection Agreement (IPPA) on or around 30 June, 2016, in order to push ahead with its Zambian bioethanol project. An IPPA is an international agreement between governments for the promotion and protection of investments made... [Read More]

June 2, 2016
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Department of Justice (DOJ) have settled an environmental enforcement case with Newport Biodiesel, resulting in reduced air emissions and improved safety controls at the company’s biodiesel manufacturing plant in Newport, Rhode Island. EPA and DOJ alleged that Newport Biodiesel violated various Clean Air Act (CAA)... [Read More]

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June 2, 2016
Abengoa Bioenergy has stopped operations at its bioethanol plant in Lacq, France. An Abengoa spokeswoman gave a statement to Biofuels International. However, the firm did not disclose what the incident was or the cause of the incident. The statement said: “An incident occurred in one of the fermenters during a scheduled shutdown of the plant for maintenance.  “There... [Read More]

June 2, 2016
Finnish fuel producer Neste is set to start a trial project to turn used cooking oil (UCO) into biodiesel at its biorefinery in Finland. The trial, to be held at the company’s Kilpilahti refinery in Porvoo and expected to last until the end of 2017, will examine how UCO can be most effectively used as a biofuel feedstock. Neste aims to process 20,000 tonnes of... [Read More]

June 2, 2016
More countries around the world are investing in renewable energy and last year spent more than green sources than on new coal and gas-fired power plants, according to a new report. The report is entitled Renewables 2016 Global Status and was published by REN 21, an international body backed by the UN. An estimated 147 gigawatts (GW) of new renewable power generation... [Read More]

June 1, 2016
ICM, a US ethanol dryer specialist, has announced that its Selective Milling Technology (SMT) has allowed ethanol producers to boost their production. In a statement, the company said that it’s SMT has shifted from a new technology to a proven process at approximately 15% of the ethanol plants in the US and has allowed them to produce more than 300 million gallons... [Read More]

June 1, 2016
Gevo Inc., a US-based advanced biofuels company, has commenced a review of strategic alternatives and engaged Cowen & Company as a financial advisor to assist in the review. Gevo’s board of directors and its advisor have established a process for outreach to, and engagement with, interested strategic and financial parties. "After careful consideration, including... [Read More]

June 1, 2016
Alliance BioEnergy Plus, a US cellulose technology provider, has said that it has  is very pleased to completed phase one of a three-phase qualification process with one of the largest ethanol producers in the country, for its bolt-on, two step distillers grain process.     The firm does not disclose the producer it is working with. However, it said that... [Read More]

June 1, 2016
Global heavyweights such as Audi, Novozymes, LanzaTech and DuPont are partnering with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) through a new global initiative called below50, to promote sustainable fuels that can achieve significant carbon reductions. According... [Read More]

June 1, 2016
UK import and consumption of palm oil-based biodiesel has fallen dramatically, and currently stands at zero, according to statistics from the UK’s Department for Transport. The government department has recently published statistics on the UK’s biodiesel industry, analysing the period from 15 April, 2015 to 14 April, 2016. In the UK, the Renewable Transport... [Read More]

May 31, 2016
Australia-based Licella Fibre Fuels and Canada-based Canfor Pulp Products, through its subsidiary Canfor Pulp, have signed an agreement to form a joint-venture under the name Licella Pulp Joint Venture. Licella Pulp Joint Venture will investigate opportunities to integrate Licella’s Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR) upgrading platform into Canfor Pulp's kraft... [Read More]

May 31, 2016
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing funds to strengthen biofuel production and keep people who work at renewable energy facilities employed, announced US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. In a statement, the Department said it will invest $8.8 million to boost the production of advanced biofuels in 39 states. In a statement, USDA said that it continues... [Read More]

May 27, 2016
The European Commission (EC) has announced that it will refer Poland to the European Court of Justice for restricting import access to its biofuel and feedstock markets. In a statement, the EC said that “Polish law is not fully in line with EU law”. Polish biofuels law gives preferential treatment to operators who source at least 70% of their liquid or gaseous... [Read More]