August 4, 2016
US policymakers should keep an eye on the renewable identification number (RIN) market to stop possible price manipulation, the Renewable Fuel Association (RFA) calls. In a letter sent to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the ethanol trade association encourages the agencies to “closely examine recent events... [Read More]

August 3, 2016
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), a US-based global food processing and commodities firm, has reiterated that it is conducting a strategic review of its ethanol dry mills in its second-quarter earnings report. The company unveiled its report on 2 August, 2016. It reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit, hurt by poor ethanol margins and lower earnings from its agricultural... [Read More]

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August 3, 2016
UPS, a package delivery giant, has announced that it will invest more than $750 million (€670m) for its alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles by the end of 2016. It also announced that it has successfully completed one billion miles in its ‘rolling laboratory' fleet of electric, hybrid, natural gas, and biofuel-powered delivery vehicles. The company... [Read More]

August 2, 2016
llinois Institute of Technology researchers have received a patent for a method to genetically engineer bacteria and yeast to increase bioethanol production, especially from cellulosic material in biomass like twigs, branches, plant stalks and husks, and woodchips. According to news channel Phys.org, Ben Stark, professor of biology, and former Ph.D. student Tony Sanny,... [Read More]

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August 2, 2016
Land O’Lakes, a US agribusiness, has acquired California-based biotechnology firm Ceres. Ceres will become part of Land O'Lakes' forage business unit currently comprised of Forage Genetics International (FGI). Ceres develops and produces seeds of genetically modified crops used for biofuels production. The transaction brings new advanced plant breeding and biotechnology... [Read More]

August 1, 2016
Biodiesel producers will benefit from a green partnership between Ireland-based industrial enzyme firm Monaghan Biosciences and Australia-based biochemicals specialist Leaf Resources, as Leaf Resources continues to seek glycerol for its proprietary Glycell process, its CEO said. Leaf Resources is currently commercialising its trademarked Glycell process. The process is... [Read More]

August 1, 2016
India is aiming to promote the production of ethanol made from biomass like wheat, cotton and rice straw, according to media reports. The Times of India reported that India’s union minister for surface transport Nitin Gadkari will be making the move to promote ethanol production in the next couple of weeks. The development comes in the wake of the government announcing... [Read More]

August 1, 2016
New Energy Investors, a clean energy investment firm, is planning to develop a new cellulosic ethanol plant in North Dakota, US, according to media reports. The plant will produce 13 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year, the Bismarck Tribune reported. "What attracts us here is we believe North Dakota has good policy to support us," Thomas Corle, New Energy... [Read More]

July 29, 2016
Scientists from the US-based Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have discovered why the cyanobacteria called Synechococcus 7002 can produce high concentrations of biofuels. The organism, commonly called a blue-green algae, triples in size to accommodate a rapid expansion of the cellular machinery it uses to build proteins, the workhorses of cells, according... [Read More]

July 28, 2016
Production of biofuels has been a key factor behind the growth of food commodity demand over the past decade, according to a new report from the World Bank. The World Bank recently unveiled its Commodity Markets Outlook report, looking at energy and food prices. The report maintains that global energy prices declined 45% in 2015 and are projected to drop another 16%... [Read More]

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July 28, 2016
The University of West England is working with waste-to-energy specialist Recycling Technologies to test if a fuel, called Plaxx,  made from mixed plastic waste can be used to power ship engines.  The UK-based research, funded by Innovate UK and ESPRC will be led by Associate Professor Farid Dailami, Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), in partnership with Recycling... [Read More]

July 27, 2016
Renewable diesel producer Neste has been selected as the environmental partner for Finland’s Flow Festival for the third year running. The Finnish company will provide its green fuel, named Neste Renewable Diesel, made from wastes and residues, to the festival. The diesel will be used to create electricity. Most of the electricity required for the festival will... [Read More]

July 27, 2016
Independent refiner Valero Energy Corp. said its biofuel blending costs more than tripled to $173 million (€157m) for the second quarter of 2016, primarily due to its purchase of Renewable Identification Numbers (RIN) credits. The group announced the statement in its second-quarter 2016 results. The US-based RFS programme requires oil refiners and importers to blend... [Read More]

July 27, 2016
Industry giants such as GE Marine, Mitsubishi Corporation and Shell have launched a new cross-industry initiative to accelerate the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Other coalition members of SEA\LNG are the Port of Rotterdam, Carnival Corporation & plc, DNV GL, ENGIE, ENN, GTT, Lloyd’s Register, NYK Line, Qatargas, TOTE Inc... [Read More]

July 27, 2016
Renewable energy technology provider China New Energy (CNE) announced that Sunbird Bioenergy Africa and the Zambian Development Agency have signed official documents to move its Zambian bioethanol project forward. The AIM-listed company said the signing  of the investment promotional agreement was the first milestone in the Zambian project but that... [Read More]