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October 21, 2016
A significant portion of US-produced corn ethanol will likely meet Japan's 50% greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction threshold over petrol, a recently released US Grains Council (USGC) study finds. The study, USGC says, supports the case for ethanol's competitiveness and sustainability compared to other fuel sources. The results will help the USGC and its industry partners... [Read More]

October 20, 2016
Five established research centres across the UK have formed a new alliance seeking to position Britain as a global leader in biorefining technology development and bio-based product manufacture. The founding centres of the BioPilotsUK projects are BEACON (Wales), the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC – York), the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI – Redcar),... [Read More]

October 20, 2016
The Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio has signed legislation that will increase the amount of biodiesel in the city’s heating oil supply to 20%. The bill, which passed by a 47-3 vote in September, will increase the biodiesel percentage from the current 2% level to 5% by 1 October, 2017, and eventually up to 20% by 2034. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) estimates... [Read More]

October 20, 2016
US biofuels producer High Plains Bioenergy, a subsidiary of Seaboard Foods, has officially opened its newest biodiesel production plant, HPB-St. Joe Biodiesel, located in St. Joseph, Missouri. The plant will use vegetable oils as the primary feedstock to produce up to 28 million gpy of biodiesel, and it marks High Plains Bioenergy's second venture into the biofuels market. “The... [Read More]

October 19, 2016
A joint investment between UK’s BBSRC and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in Brazil has been made to support collaborations between UK and Brazilian scientists in advanced biofuels research. The funding – £3.5 million (€3.9m) from BBSRC with equivalent funding of £1.5 million from FAPESP – has been awarded to two partnerships... [Read More]

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October 19, 2016
German biofuel producer CropEnergies increased its ethanol output in the first half of the 2016/17 financial year, despite falling revenues. Bioethanol production at CropEnergies increased from 422,000m3 to 450,000 m3 in H1 2016/17, with the production of food and animal products correspondingly increasing. The rise in production volumes resulted from a higher capacity... [Read More]

October 18, 2016
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBC), aided by a $1.87 million (€1.7m) federal grant, has embarked on a three-year project to study the production of sorghum as biomass for fuel and high-value chemicals in the Mid-Atlantic region. The project, involving scientists at land-grant universities in two Southeast US states and numerous industry partners,... [Read More]

October 18, 2016
An illegal ethanol warehouse in Harare, Zimbabwe, went up in flames on Sunday afternoon, leaving eight people, including three firemen, critically injured. The firemen are currently being treated in a hospital in Harare, but officials say they’re considering flying them to South Africa to receive special treatment due to the severity of their injuries. Michael... [Read More]

October 18, 2016
US exports of feed grains in all forms in 2015/2016 increased by more than 300,000 tonnes from the previous marketing year, US Department of Agriculture data shows. Totalling at 100.5 million tonnes, the export products include US corn, sorghum, barley, distillers’ dried grains with solubles (DDGS), corn gluten feed (CGF), corn gluten meal (CGM), ethanol as measured... [Read More]

October 18, 2016
Scottish Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) has announced over £3 million (€3.3m) of investment across six synthetic biology projects, including a biofuels/biochemicals manufacturer. Twist Bioscience with University of Edinburgh was granted £500,000 to engineer yeast strains for fuels and pharmaceuticals. With its expertise in DNA, Twist... [Read More]

October 17, 2016
US scientists have found a way to nearly double the efficiency with which a commonly used industrial yeast strain converts plant sugars to biofuel. The newly engineered “super yeast” could boost the economics of making ethanol, specialty biofuels, and bioproducts, researchers from the University of Wisconsin­–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy... [Read More]

October 17, 2016
The European Commission’s (EC) decision to phase out first-generation biofuels was based on “public opinion” instead of scientific facts, an EU official is quoted as admitting. According to the EurActive news site, EU director of renewables, research, and energy efficiency Marie Donnelly explained the reasoning behind the decision at a conference on... [Read More]

October 17, 2016
In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a new way to turn CO2 into ethanol. The finding involves nanofabrication and catalysis science, using an electrochemical process that produces tiny spikes of carbon and copper to transform greenhouse gas into biofuel.  “We... [Read More]

October 14, 2016
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has offered more than $26 million (€23.6m) to buy Abengoa SA's cellulosic ethanol plant in Kansas, according to documents filed late Wednesday in bankruptcy court. A report in Reuters, Shell's initial bid on Abengoa's bankrupt biofuels asset marks the oil major's latest push into renewable fuels as the US government is getting its over... [Read More]

October 14, 2016
The global white biotechnology market is expected to reach $487.08 billion (€442.5bn) by 2024, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 10.2% with biofuels spearheading the market. According to the new report by Grand View Research, rising awareness and emphasis for the adoption of greener and environment-friendly technologies in various end-use industries is... [Read More]

October 14, 2016
Students from Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (KMS) High School in Minnesota, US, visited the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co. plant recently to get a better understanding of how clean home-grown renewable energy is produced. The students, which included three exchange students from an agricultural high school in Norway, toured the various processes of ethanol production at CVEC,... [Read More]