News Category: Other News
January 20, 2017
The Prince of Wales has urged world leaders that the strategy to address climate change “must be urgently scaled up, and scaled up now”. In the foreword for a new Ladybird book that he has co-authored on the subject, he said that long-term weather patterns were the... [Read More]

January 17, 2017
Neste and Bioenergy La Tuque have started R&D cooperation with the objective of studying the potential of using forest residues as a raw material in biofuel production. Based in La Tuque, Canada, the cooperation supports Neste's goals to expand the raw material selection available and increase the... [Read More]

January 17, 2017
US renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company Gevo has announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the pathway for isobutanol produced at Gevo's Luverne, Minnesota plant to be an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Programme. This is the first time that the EPA... [Read More]

January 17, 2017
Velocys, a UK-based gas-to-liquids (GTL) company, that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) establishing a strategic alliance with Morimatsu Jiangsu Heavy Industry, a subsidiary of Morimatsu Industry Co. The AIM-traded firm said Morimatsu will be its preferred supplier of module engineering and fabrication services for its... [Read More]

January 17, 2017
In her most important speech as UK Prime Minister yet, Theresa May has said that the final Brexit deal with the EU will mean the UK leaving the European single market. May said the UK’s Brexit plans "cannot mean membership of the single market". She said: "Being out... [Read More]

January 16, 2017
Roberto Rinaldi FRSC, a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant to fund his world-leading work on lignin valorisation. According to Imperial College, these highly competitive grants are awarded to “outstanding early... [Read More]

January 13, 2017
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued new analysis on the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of corn-based ethanol. The analysis, conducted by ICF, found that typical corn-based ethanol achieves a 43 percent greenhouse gas reduction when compared to 2005-era gasoline, and by 2022, corn-based ethanol is... [Read More]

January 13, 2017
US President Barack Obama has urged the US to take bolder action in tackling climate change in his last presidential speech. In his farewell address, delivered on 10 January in Chicago, Obama  said: “We’ve  led the world to an agreement that has the promise to save this... [Read More]

January 12, 2017
Global clean energy investment fell by 18% to $287.5 billion (€269.7bn) in 2016, dragged down by sharp falls in equipment prices and slowdown in key Asian markets. According to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), Chinese investment totalled at $87.8 billion, down 26% from... [Read More]

January 12, 2017
The European Commission’s (EC) proposed phase-out of conventional biofuels by 2030 threatens to remove one of the EU’s best options for reducing greenhouse gases and decarbonising transport, energy experts told MEPs. As the European Parliament gets ready to consider the controversial Renewable Energy Directive II proposal to... [Read More]

January 12, 2017
Renewable fuels will play a critical role in decarbonising the transport sector, and will complement the role of electric vehicles, Transport Minister John Hayes has said The UK’s Department for Transport will spend £20 million on supporting twenty innovative low-carbon projects. Speaking at a road transport conference in... [Read More]

January 11, 2017
The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the publication of a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities. According to the US department, the report is the first comprehensive assessment of the resource potential and technology opportunities... [Read More]

January 11, 2017
Japanese brewer Sapporo Holding has licensed Thailand-based fuel retailer PTG Energy to manufacture cassava-based bioethanol. The Nikkei Asian Review quoted Sapporo, when it said that “this will mark the world's first attempt at commercial production of ethanol from the pulp of the cassava, a plentiful Thai crop... [Read More]

January 9, 2017
A Philippine-based institute has called for increased research into genomics to help improve the variety and yield of the country’s sugarcane, particularly by increasing its resistance to common diseases. To sustain the industry’s growth, new and superior varieties of sugarcane should be developed, Dr. Liwayway M. Engle... [Read More]

January 9, 2017
Martin McGuinness has stepped down as Northern Ireland's deputy first minister in protest against the handling of the renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme that could cost taxpayers £490m, accoridng to media reports.  The Sinn Féin MLA's resignation took effect from 5pm GMT Monday, according to the BBC. He... [Read More]

January 6, 2017
US researchers have maintained that miscanthus, long speculated to be the top biofuel producer, yields more than twice as much as switchgrass in the US using an open-source bioenergy crop database gaining traction in plant science, climate change, and ecology research. "To understand yield trends and variation... [Read More]

January 5, 2017
The BioAg Alliance, Monsanto’s and Novozymes’ collaboration to improve crop harvests through products containing naturally-occurring microbes, today announced results from its 2016 field trial program and shared an updated research pipeline. Yield increases among top microbial strains averaged over 3 bushels per acre for corn and over 2... [Read More]