News Category: Other News
October 27, 2016
EXCLUSIVE. The date for the publication of the post-2020 Renewable Energy Directive (RED) has been mooted by an industry expert speaking at a biofuels conference. An industry expert close to the sector, who spoke at the Argus Biofuels conference and wished not to be named, said that... [Read More]

October 27, 2016
Peru is the latest country to place anti-dumping tariffs on imports of biodiesel from Argentina for a period of five years, after complaints of unfair competition, the South American’s market regulator said. According to Reuters, Peru, the second-largest export market for Argentine biodiesel, passed the measure "to... [Read More]

October 25, 2016
The rapeseed oil industry was valued at $23.76 billion (€21.83bn) in 2014, and is expected to reach $35.39 billion by 2021 at a compound annual growth rate of 6.9%. Rapeseed oil is extracted from rape crop which is the third largest crop cultivated in Europe. Credence Research forecasts... [Read More]

October 21, 2016
Scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have turned lignin into a source of biofuel by simply adding a common chemical The patent-pending method that converts up to 80% of lignin into valuable molecules for biofuel and plastics and can be scaled up to... [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... [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 –... [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... [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... [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... [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... [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... [Read More]

October 13, 2016
US biodiesel specialist REG Grays Harbor has secured an additional $5 million (€4.5m) credit facility from Umpqua Bank to fund further capital expenditures and improvements for its 100 million gallon nameplate biodiesel refinery. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Renewable Energy Group (REG) and also has... [Read More]

October 12, 2016
US-based biotechnology company Microvi has been awarded a grant from the US Department of Energy for a new biocatalytic technology that converts methane and carbon dioxide in biogas into liquid chemicals. The new technology, based on Microvi’s MicroNiche Engineering Platform Technology, can convert biogas that is created... [Read More]

October 11, 2016
Gevo has completed production of 1,000 gallons of the world's first cellulosic renewable jet fuel that is specified for commercial flights. Gevo successfully adapted its patented technologies to convert cellulosic sugars derived from wood waste into renewable isobutanol, which was then further converted into Gevo's Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ)... [Read More]

October 11, 2016
A group of biofuel companies, NGOs and think-tanks have urged the European Commission (EC) to support advanced biofuels in its 2030 climate policy for transport. In a statement, the group said it has become increasingly urgent to tackle emissions from the transport sector following the Paris climate... [Read More]

October 5, 2016
A new report by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that in 2014, the biobased products industry contributed $393 billion (€350bn) and 4.2 million jobs to US economy. The Economic Impact Analysis of the US Biobased Products Industry also indicates that the sector grew from 2013 to 2014,... [Read More]