News Category: Other News
April 7, 2017
A protein used by common soil bacteria is providing new clues in the effort to convert aryl compounds, a common waste product from industrial and agricultural practices, into something of value. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Sandia National Laboratories... [Read More]

April 7, 2017
A new programme called the Born Global Slip-Stream Challenge has been launched to help to drive the development and commercialisation of products like biochar, wood ash, CO2, lignin, waxes and C5/C6 sugars. The aim of the project is to work towards a goal to improve the overall... [Read More]

April 5, 2017
A Ph.D. organic chemist and a sailboat captain report that they are developing a process to reuse certain plastics, transforming them from worthless trash into a valuable diesel fuel with a small mobile reactor. They envision the technology could someday be implemented globally on land and possibly placed... [Read More]

March 31, 2017
A new study may have found a solution to the negative effects biofuel production can have on food production. The use of sequential cropping – one crop sown after another has been harvested – may be able to provide foodstock for biofuel production without adversely affecting food... [Read More]

March 30, 2017
Gevo has announced its financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2016. The US renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company announced a net loss per share of ($0.33) for the quarter. The company announced that gross loss was $2.3 million (€2.14m) for the three months ended December 31,... [Read More]

March 24, 2017
Woodcote Media is delighted to welcome Daryl Worthington to the team as assistant editor of Fluid Handling, Bioenergy Insight, Biofuels International and Tank Cleaning Magazine. Daryl will be working across Woodcote Media’s portfolio of publications, with a specific focus on Fluid Handling magazine. Worthington has a wealth of... [Read More]

March 21, 2017
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to implement renewable fuel volume requirements for 2017 as decided in November 2016. According to a press statement from Finnish renewable energy specialist Neste, the Regulatory Freeze Pending Review by the new US administration, which was applied to the renewable... [Read More]

March 21, 2017
The Governor’s Biofuels Coalition has written a letter to President Trump urging him to enforce the renewable fuel standard (RFS) approved by Congress and helps to advance biofuels production in the US. In the letter, they wrote: “Our states are the home to over 200 biorefineries that... [Read More]

March 21, 2017
Total US crude oil production in 2016 was below its 2015 level, despite increasing crude oil prices throughout most of 2016, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). However, according to the organisation, monthly production began growing in the fourth quarter of the year after declining... [Read More]

March 20, 2017
US President Donald Trump unveiled a $1.1 trillion budget outline last week that makes good on a series of campaign promises, including cutting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by about one-third. According to CNN, Trump’s budget director made clear the administration has no intention of going back. Asked at the... [Read More]

March 17, 2017
More than 20 senators pressed President Donald Trump to reject requests from oil refiners to overhaul the Renewable Fuel Standard programme.   Oil refiners have requested that the US government change the programme to push the burden of meeting annual biofuels use requirements downstream, a move that has... [Read More]

March 14, 2017
A team of researchers at the UK-based University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is both sustainable and relatively cheap to produce. The team used natural light to generate hydrogen from biomass. In a statement, the researchers said:  “One of... [Read More]

March 14, 2017
The government of Canada is investing CAN$43 million (€27m) in the clean technology sector to help create jobs and stimulate growth in the environmental sector. Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains announced an investment of up to $20 million to support clean energy... [Read More]

March 13, 2017
Oil refiners contributed more than $2 billion (€1.87bn) to meet US biofuels requirements in 2016, a 70% surge that helps fuel a growing debate over who should shoulder the costs for meeting environmental regulations, according to a media report. A Reuters review of regulatory filings from ten... [Read More]

March 13, 2017
Growing sustainable energy crops without increasing greenhouse gas emissions, may be possible on seasonally wet, environmentally-sensitive landscapes, according to US-based researchers who conducted a study on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land. Debasish Saha, postdoctoral in plant sciences, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and colleagues, measured the... [Read More]

March 10, 2017
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has said that he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming. "I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree... [Read More]

March 10, 2017
A member of a European Parliamentary group is calling on the European Commission to take measure to promote the responsible cultivation of palm oil and phase out its use for biofuels. Czech GUE/NGL (European United Left/Nordic Green Left) member Kateřina Konečná has made the call. Although palm oil... [Read More]