September 19, 2017
Three years ago, scientists at the US’ National Renewable Energy Laboratory discovered an enzyme that proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibres regardless of whether their crystalline structure is simple or highly complex. According to the research, no other enzyme has shown this ability. Now, in a... [Read More]

September 19, 2017
Renewable fuels company Velocys has entered into a partnership to prepare the business case for a commercial scale waste-to-renewable-jet fuel plant in the UK. Velocys will lead the initial feasibility stage of the project, with funding support from all members of the partnership. Subject to successful completion... [Read More]

September 18, 2017
Clariant, a developer of specialty chemicals, and Enviral, Slovakia’s largest bioethanol producer, have announced a license agreement on sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology. The move will see one of Europe’s first advanced biofuel plants built at the Enviral site in Leopoldov. Enviral will use Clariant’s sunliquid technology to... [Read More]

September 18, 2017
Enerkem has announced that commercial production of cellulosic ethanol has started at its facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. According to a statement from the company, it is the first commerical scale plant in the world to produce cellulosic ethanol from non-recyclable, non-compostable mixed municipal waste. “The commercial... [Read More]

September 15, 2017
The Biofuels International Conference, which takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland, has the most impressive speaker line-up and agenda to date – all designed to bring the industry together. The event, which takes place from 4-5th October,  brings together biodiesel and ethanol producers (both first and second generation),... [Read More]

September 15, 2017
UK bioethanol producer Vivergo Fuels has cautiously welcomed the government’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RFTO) proposal. The UK government has made proposals to introduce a cap on crop-based biofuels in order to meet its renewable fuel obligations. The maximum level for the use of fuels made from... [Read More]

September 14, 2017
The UK government has made proposals to introduce a cap on crop-based biofuels in order to meet its renewable fuel obligations. The maximum level for the use of fuels made from agricultural crops will begin at 4% in 2018 and reduce linearly year on year from 2021... [Read More]

September 14, 2017
A new computational method to rapidly screen the effects of point mutations in bacteria has the potential to make biofuel production more efficient. The conversion of fibrous plant waste such as corn stalks and wood shavings into fermentable simple sugars is a basic requirement of biofuel production,... [Read More]

September 14, 2017
The governor of New York has signed a bill to increase the use of biodiesel in domestic heating oil. In a statement, trade body National Biodiesel Board said this “Bioheat” fuel will help New Yorkers to benefit from cleaner air. The legislation was signed by New York governor... [Read More]

September 13, 2017
A Boeing 747 could fly for ten hours on biojet fuel produced on 54 acres of specially engineered sugarcane, according to research from the University of Illinois. The same aircraft would burn one gallon of conventional jet fuel each second. Plants Engineered to Replace Oil in Sugarcane... [Read More]

September 13, 2017
China is planning to extend its use of bioethanol as it seeks to intensify its anti-pollution efforts. China plans to use an ethanol gasoline blend across the country by 2020, the National Development and Reform Commission and National Energy Administration (NEA) said on 13 September, 2017. “The plan... [Read More]

September 13, 2017
Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, has called for Europe to lead the world when it comes to tackling climate change. In his annual State of the Union address, he said: “Last year, we set the global rules of the game with the Paris Agreement ratified here, in... [Read More]

September 11, 2017
Biodiesel is helping improve air quality in the US’ most visited national park Visited by more than 11 million people each year (according to National Geographic), Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee is a sight of spectacular natural beauty, one which actively works to reduce its... [Read More]

September 11, 2017
Scientists have developed a more efficient process for extracting sugars from wood chips, corn cobs and other organic waste from forests and farms, creating a renewable feedstock which could serve as a cheaper, sustainable substitute for petroleum in the production of chemicals and fuels. "To make greener... [Read More]

September 8, 2017
A newly published study is the first to link changes in rainfall and other conditions during crop growth to potential detrimental effects on biofuel production. According to an article on Phys.org, the US Department of Energy led research underlines the need to develop production systems that can... [Read More]

September 8, 2017
Researchers have developed a new method to directly convert methane to methanol using molecular oxygen. Liquid methanol is believed to have considerable potential as an alternative fuel, and is used as a feedstock in a variety of other chemicals. However, converting methane, the primary component of natural... [Read More]

September 7, 2017
Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a new catalyst to improve the synthesis of primary amines (derivatives of ammonia). It is claimed that in the future the newly developed ruthenium based catalyst could also impact the development of biofuels and bio-oils. Primary amines are industrially important... [Read More]