February 1, 2016
Z Energy, a New Zealand-based energy producer, is on track to open the country's first commercial scale biodiesel plant in Wiri, south Auckland, in June. The plant will turn inedible tallow, a by-product of the New Zealand meat industry, into 20 million litres of biodiesel a year, with the potential to scale production up to 40m litres a year. Z Energy has invested $21m... [Read More]

January 29, 2016
US-based logistics frim Global Partners LP has cut 70 jobs and aims to handle only ethanol, not crude, at its rail terminal in Oregon in response to low oil prices. The company, which owns one of the largest terminal networks of petroleum products and renewable fuels in the north east of the US, also cut its distribution for the October-December period by 33.7% compared... [Read More]

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January 28, 2016
Netherlands-based oil and energy company Tamoil has begun selling arctic diesel containing Neste's renewable diesel to its corporate customers in the northern Italian Alps region, which will be used to fuel vehicles servicing the Marcialonga cross-country ski race in Italy. Tamoil's Gasolio Artico fuel contains a minimum of 20% of Neste's renewable diesel and can be used... [Read More]

January 28, 2016
Germany-based commercial bank HSH Nordbank is planning to generate strong growth in its renewable energy arm this year, as it makes moves to intensify its focus on the Scandinavian market. According to the Hamburg-headquarted bank, it generated new business of more than €900m in project finance and €300m from other loans to energy companies and utilities including... [Read More]

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January 27, 2016
A mothballed bioethanol plant in Kazakhstan is set to resume production by the end of 2016. The Investment Fund of Kazakhstan is working to bring the Biokhim plant, located in the town of Tayinsha in the North Kazakhstan region, back online with the first stage scheduled for December 2016. The plant will produce bioethanol for the Pavlodar oil refinery, with later deliveries... [Read More]

January 27, 2016
A group of US states opposing the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan have gone into court to delay the enforcement of the new regulations. Led by West Virginia and Texas, 25 states have asked the Supreme Court to stop the greenhouse gas reduction rulings from taking effect until after the states’ legal challenge is resolved. The call came after a Washington... [Read More]

January 27, 2016
Biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group (REG) and ExxonMobil have launched a project to study the production of biodiesel by fermenting renewable cellulosic sugars from sources such as agricultural waste. REG has developed a patented technology that uses microbes to convert sugars to biodiesel in a one-step fermentation process similar to ethanol manufacturing. The ExxonMobil... [Read More]

January 26, 2016
Biodiesel consumption in the US has hit a record number of nearly 2.1 billion gallons in 2015, according to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to the data, fuel companies reported producing 2.09 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2015, up from about 1.97 billion gallons in 2014, reducing US carbon emissions by at least 18.2 million tonnes.  Biodiesel... [Read More]

January 26, 2016
A New York ethanol producer has been fined $87,000 (€80,300) for illegally disposing of industrial waste from its production facility. The fine stems from a 2013 investigation into illegal activities at Shelby, NY-based Western New York Energy (WNYE) by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) unit. The investigation determined that WNYE... [Read More]

January 25, 2016
Oslo Airport in Norway has become the world's first airport to offer jet biofuel to all airlines through the normal supply mechanism. The biofuel, produced from the Camelina plant, is supplied by oil giant BP’s aviation division Air BP and Lufthansa Group, SAS, and KLM have already signed agreements to purchase the fuel. Air BP has entered into an agreement to... [Read More]

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January 25, 2016
Researchers from the Melbourne School of Engineering, in Australia, have discovered a new way to deliver carbon dioxide to microalgae, which in turn, can be harvested to make renewable fuels such as biodiesel. Carbon dioxide is well known to speed up the growth of microalgae, according to the scientists. However, the carbon dioxide has to be free of contamination or... [Read More]

January 22, 2016
The UK Government has pledged to do more to increase the proportion of renewable energy used to heat the nation's buildings and fuel its cars, trucks and trains as it aims to meet binding EU targets by 2020. The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) made the pledge in its recently published report entitled Third progress report on the promotion and use of energy... [Read More]

January 22, 2016
The board of directors of Australian Renewable Fuels (ARFuels), the country’s largest biodiesel producer, has placed the company into voluntary administration. Under Australian law, voluntary administration is a form of insolvency arrangement, which creates an opportunity for flexible approaches to bring about a better outcome for stakeholders than may otherwise... [Read More]

January 22, 2016
Dutch GoodFuels Marine, the first marine biofuel company focused on the global commercial fleet, has received the highest standard of certification from the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). The two-year certification, which assesses the sustainable viability of the biomaterials used by GoodFuels to generate marine bunker fuel, enables the company to actively... [Read More]

January 22, 2016
A team from US Grains Council (USGC), a US grains export advocate, and two ethanol industry representatives have completed an overview of ethanol’s possibilities in East Asian markets. The group traveled to Japan, Korea, and Taiwan is December 2015 to review the ethanol markets in these countries and evaluate potential for ongoing US ethanol export promotion programmes... [Read More]

January 21, 2016
A bacterium found in the remote Gobi Desert may become a valuable partner for researchers working with biofuels. The bacterium has shown talents for using the sun's light as energy and now researchers have revealed that it can be found in surprisingly many different places, including water treatment plants. To date, species capable of performing photosynthesis have been... [Read More]