News Category: Other News
September 29, 2016
US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Texas-based Mard, formerly known as KiOR, and its former CEO and president Fred Cannon non-disclosure of key facts regarding the company’s technology. The charge, filed on 26 September, states the company and Cannon failed to disclose important assumptions about... [Read More]

September 29, 2016
Global Bioenergies and Clariant have started isobutene production from a wheat straw hydrolysate in the industrial pilot of Pomacle Bazancourt. The project combines Clariant’s proprietary process, allowing for the conversion of agricultural residues into sugar-rich hydrolysates, with Global Bioenergies’ proprietary process for the production of isobutene from... [Read More]

September 27, 2016
In the US, Iowa State University and Chevron U.S.A have developed the BioCentury Research Farm, a biofuels pilot plant, as a joint project. The project’s aim is to develop and demonstrate an advanced biorenewables technology called solvent liquefaction. The process converts biomass such as quarter-inch wood chips into a... [Read More]

September 27, 2016
V8 Supercar champion and Bathurst 1000 winner Mark Winterbottom is the face of a new advertising campaign encouraging motorists to increase their use of biofuels in Queensland, Australia. Minister for Energy and Biofuels Mark Bailey joined Winterbottom to launch the state’s Palaszczuk Government’s new E10 OK biofuels... [Read More]

September 26, 2016
GreenWood Resources, a global timberland investment and asset management company based in Oregon, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology based on the discovery of a gene in poplar (Populus trichocarpa) that makes it easier to convert poplar trees into biofuels. GreenWood plans to commercialise the... [Read More]

September 26, 2016
The Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders (ICST) has called for a worldwide ban on biofuels production, claiming that it contributes to world food shortages. Using crops to produce fuel in a bid to reduce dependence on fossil fuel is a failed initiative which should be abandoned immediately,... [Read More]

September 26, 2016
Velocys, a UK-based gas-to-liquids (GTL) has announced that it is pushing ahead with the operational start-up of its Envia GTL plant in Oklahoma City, US. The company recently announced that it completed the plant that will convert landfill gas into fuels and chemicals. Velocys will start operations... [Read More]

September 23, 2016
Germany-headquarted bioethanol producer CropEnergies has announced that it is ready to operate its bioethanol plant in Wilton, UK, at full capacity. The facility named Ensus, based in the north east of England, has been mothballed since February 2015. Work was halted after bioethanol prices dropped amid sluggish... [Read More]

September 23, 2016
Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, announced today a global price increase on all process and water products effective 15 October, 2016, or as customer contracts allow. The price adjustments will be 2 to 4% dependent upon products, services and geographic region. "Inflationary pressures associated with... [Read More]

September 23, 2016
AIM-listed Velocys, a UK-based gas-to-liquids (GTL) has announced that the construction of its Envia GTL plant in Oklahoma City, US, is complete. The plant will convert landfill gas into fuels and chemicals. On-site loading of catalyst into the Fischer-Tropsch reactors has been completed by Velocys with support from... [Read More]

September 23, 2016
Industry experts have outlined their 2030 biofuels vision at the 9th Biofuels International Conference. By 2020, the EU aims to have 10% of the transport fuel of every EU country come from renewable sources such as biofuels. However, many industry heavyweights have criticised the EU for not... [Read More]

September 19, 2016
A US Navy Boeing EA-18G electronic attack aircraft completed a 100% biofuel powered flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland earlier this month (September). Dubbed the "Green Growler" the aircraft flew using a bio JP-5 fuel produced from alternative sources, replacing the petroleum based JP-5, powering its two... [Read More]

September 16, 2016
Business magnate and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has joined French oil giant Total in investing $14 million (€12.4m) in US biofuel specialist Renmatix. The company has developed a process that converts plant waste and biomass into sugars that can be converted into biofuels and bio versions of... [Read More]

September 15, 2016
A cross-party group of Midwest governors is urging the US Environmental Protection Agency to remove what they call a key hurdle that prevents the sale of motor fuel with 15% ethanol during the summer. In a letter sent yesterday to the EPA’s administrator Gina McCarthy, the governors... [Read More]

September 15, 2016
Sales of electric cars have fallen sharply after the UK government cut a grant scheme that encouraged drivers to switch from petrol. According to Department for Transport statistics, between April and June 4,200 plug-in cars were sold – the lowest for two years. The government announced last year... [Read More]

September 15, 2016
Low-carbon fuel specialist LanzaTech has produced jet fuel from waste gases for Virgin Atlantic. LanzaTech said that it had produced 1,500 of its jet fuel called ‘Lanzanol’. Sincce 2011, LanzaTech has been working with Virgin to commit to producing the world’s first jet fuel derived from waste industrial... [Read More]

September 14, 2016
Renewable Energy Group has announced that the company sold more than 50 million gallons of biomass-based diesel during the month of August 2016. The sales volume created a new milestone for REG and was a first in the company’s history. “We are thankful for our customers, vendors... [Read More]