News Category: Other News
September 27, 2017
French renewable fuels company Global Bioenergies has announced that its demo plant, located at the Leuna refinery site, has successfully operated its entire technical process: fermentation, purification, and filling station. The first bottle containing renewable isobutene has been filled. The construction of the Leuna demo plant was completed... [Read More]

September 27, 2017
A number of research projects focused on bioenergy and biofuels have been selected for the US Community Science Programme (CSP) of the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute. The 30 successful CSP proposals were selected from 76 full submissions based on 94 letters of intent. Among... [Read More]

September 27, 2017
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has unveiled a notice of data availability (NODA) concerning potential reductions in renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2018 and 2019 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). On July 21, 2017, EPA proposed reductions in the statutory volume targets for advanced biofuel... [Read More]

September 26, 2017
Scientists in the US have discovered that plant leaves retaining sugars ‘get fat’, something which could increase their biofuel and biochemical potential. The team from the US Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have worked to turn this fat accumulation into higher oil production in the leaves.... [Read More]

September 22, 2017
Biofuels group Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB) has welcomed Swedish company SEKAB as its new member. SEKAB is a producer of bio-based chemicals and biofuels and also commercialising in-house technologies to convert forestry and agriculture residues to cellulosic sugars, ethanol and lignin. LSB... [Read More]

September 22, 2017
Two technologies that could allow cars and trucks to run on seaweed biofuel are currently being developed by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The projects have received a combined $2.5 million (€2 million) in funding from the DOE. Macroalgae, to give... [Read More]

September 21, 2017
Stuttgart Airport has started using Finnish company Neste’s renewable diesel in a bid to reduce its CO2 emissions. The move to Neste’s MY Renewable Diesel comes as part of the climate program of Baden-Württemberg's state airport in Germany. All the ground fleet vehicles at the airport in... [Read More]

September 20, 2017
  The European Union is lowering import duties on Argentinian biodiesel after the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruled against initial measures taken against cheap imports from the South American country, Reuters reports. The European Biodiesel Board, an EU producer group, is now preparing to put together a new... [Read More]

September 20, 2017
A new All-Party Parliamentary Group has been launched for British bioethanol. The committee of MPs and Peers with an interest in promoting the benefits of the bioethanol industry and its products, will hold events and meetings to discuss policy, share news and report on relevant issues as... [Read More]

September 19, 2017
Texas-based biofuels producer White Energy has appointed Greg Thompson as president and CEO. Thompson, 44, was one of the original founders of Verdesian Life Sciences, a North Carolina-based agricultural technology company specialising in nutrient use efficiency technologies.  As president and chief operating officer, he led... [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 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 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
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
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
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
At a time of increased political, environmental and market uncertainty, this focused two-day event returns for its 10th anniversary to debate the very latest issues impacting the global biofuels industry. The conference will provide a meaningful debate over the policies and strategies impacting the biofuels industry.... [Read More]