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May 10, 2018
US Department of Energy offers $78 million for biofuels research
BIO-OTHER NEWS
May 9, 2018
Air Canada’s 2nd May flight from Edmonton to San Francisco was powered by biofuels, the airline has announced. The 146-seat Airbus A320-200 aircraft was flying the trade delegation led by the Government of Alberta, the City of Edmonton and Edmonton area businesses, to California. According to a... [Read More]

BIO-OTHER NEWS
May 8, 2018
The Pasadena Fire Department has switched over ‘much of its fleet apparatus’ from operating on petroleum diesel to using Neste MY Renewable Diesel. At present, the fire department operates one truck, four engines and four rescue ambulances on renewable diesel, and plans to transition the rest of... [Read More]

BIO-OTHER NEWS
May 8, 2018
Sweetwater Energy, a Rochester, NY-based biotechnology company and Estonia-based AS Graanul Invest, is going to build a commercial-scale integrated biorefinery that will produce cellulosic sugars and ‘highly pure’ lignin from 50,000 tons of local hardwood each year. In addition, the plant will allow the two companies... [Read More]

BIO-OTHER NEWS
May 4, 2018
April 20, Ireland’s Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment published a policy statement confirming its intention to increase the biofuel obligation to 10% from 1 January 2019 and to 11% in 2020. Ireland’s Biofuels Obligation Scheme requires suppliers of road transport fuel to ensure... [Read More]

BIO-OTHER NEWS
Apr 25, 2018
UPM Biofuels has received the ‘world’s first’ RSB (Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials) low ILUC (indirect land use change) risk certification. Specifically, the RSB low ILUC risk certificate has been received for crude tall oil, the feedstock used at UPM BioVerno renewable fuels production at the Lappeenranta biorefinery... [Read More]

BIO-OTHER NEWS
Apr 16, 2018
Veolia has launched an innovative online trading platform with the aim of making it easier to sell and buy organic resources. Aimed at a variety of industries, one potential beneficiary could be the biofuels sector. Dubbed BioTrading, the new website will function as a sales and auction... [Read More]

BIO-OTHER NEWS
Apr 16, 2018
Brazilian researchers have improved the understanding of how enzymes breakdown biomass to improve their modification. The scientists hope that the research will lead to advances in enzymes used in the biofuels industry. Researchers at the University of Campinas in Brazil, with colleagues from Rio de Janeiro State... [Read More]

BIO-OTHER NEWS
Apr 13, 2018
Changes to the UK’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) will ‘double’ the use of renewable fuels in the UK transport sector, according to a statement from the Department of Transport. Included in the revised (RTFO) are new biofuel targets set to come into force on 15 April. Transport... [Read More]

BIO-OTHER NEWS
Apr 11, 2018
New insights into how plants build cellulose could have import implications for the production of biofuels, according to new research from Penn State University. "Cellulose is the single most abundant biopolymer on earth," said Ying Gu, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State... [Read More]

BIO-OTHER NEWS
Apr 9, 2018
The UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published its Energy Trends data for 2017. The report includes in depth statistics on the country’s biofuels industry. According to the report, overall biofuel consumption in transport was down 0.5% on the previous year, falling from... [Read More]

BIO-OTHER NEWS
Apr 6, 2018
A new, £5 million project is set to develop the bioeconomy across Yorkshire, the Humber region and the Tees Valley in the north of England. Dubbed the THYME (Teesside, Hull and York - Mobilising Bioeconomy Knowledge Exchange) project, the three year initiative is being led by the... [Read More]

BIO-OTHER NEWS
Apr 6, 2018
Researchers at the National University of Singapore have identified a species of bacteria that converts cellulose into biobutanol, a replacement for petrol. The scientists first discovered and cultivated the bacterium in 2015 by isolating it from mushroom crop residue. The team claims that producing biofuels with the microorganism... [Read More]

BIO-OTHER NEWS
Mar 26, 2018
The US Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkley Lab) have discovered an enzyme that enables the production of a renewable alternative to toluene, a petroleum-based octane booster in gasoline that sells 29 million tons per year. According to the researchers,... [Read More]

BIO-OTHER NEWS
Feb 27, 2018
The grass is native to the US, non-edible and grows across North America. Fuel produced from the plant emits far less CO2 than gasoline. Researchers from Colorado State University (CSU) in the US have studied switchgrass as an alternative biofuel feedstock to corn (corn often comes under... [Read More]

BIO-OTHER NEWS
Feb 22, 2018
University of York researchers have discovered another source for an enzyme that might be able to improve cellulose digestion and produce biofuels more efficiently. The paper shows that the enzymes that insects called firebrats (which are closely related to silverfish) use to digest cellulose could be... [Read More]