News Category: Biodiesel News
October 15, 2015
The National Council of Energy Policy (CNPE) of the Brazilian government has authorized the sale and voluntary use of biodiesel blends exceeding the mandatory blending percentage. Currently, Brazilian service stations sell diesel with a 7% mandatory biodiesel blend. According to the resolution, captive fleets and public pumps can... [Read More]

October 12, 2015
Scania has given the green light to hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) being used to power its Euro 6 range, provided the fuel used meets technical specification TS15940. Vehicles using HVO – which chemically mimics fossil-fuel-based diesel – can under optimal condition achieve up to a 90% reduction... [Read More]

October 9, 2015
IncBio, a Portuguese engineering company specialising in state-of-the-art fully automated industrial ultrasonic biodiesel plants, has completed the refurbishment work on its new headquarters in Maia, Portugal, in a move designed to accommodate growth. The company has moved in stages to the new facility over the course of... [Read More]

October 8, 2015
Willunga, South Australia-based Peats Soil has developed its own biodiesel manufacturing plant, utilising 'dirty water' it collects from food manufacturing locations. The biodiesel will be used to fuel a new fleet of 13 Scania trucks it is purchasing for its collection and delivery operations around the state. Peats... [Read More]

October 2, 2015
Hawaiian authorities have approved Pacific Biodiesel Technologies’ (PBT) contract to supply biodiesel to Hawaiian Energy (HE), primarily for use at its power plants on the island of O’ahu. According to Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, the contract was approved after it was determined that the proposed price for... [Read More]

October 1, 2015
A new $1 million (appr. €890,000) relationship between Michigan State University (MSU) and ExxonMobil will expand research designed to progress the fundamental science required to advance algae-based fuels. The overall goal of the partnership is to improve the efficiency of photosynthesis in microalgae to produce biofuels and... [Read More]

September 30, 2015
Chemical engineers from Iran have found a way to produce biodiesel from castor oil without the need for extra petrochemical methanol using a biorefinery set-up. Producing biodiesel from vegetable oils is not completely renewable, as the standard transesterification process requires the use of methanol, which is usually... [Read More]

September 28, 2015
The Biofat project, a microalgae-to-biofuel FP7 demonstration project, has confirmed algae’s potential as a sustainable biofuel source with low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The project has concentrated on improving and demonstrating sustainability in the process, considering both environmental (e.g. use of marine strains to limit freshwater use)... [Read More]

September 28, 2015
In the US, California's Air Resources Board (ARB) has listed biodiesel as the lowest-carbon fuel in the state’s revised Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS). The new standard affirms biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% and often by as much as 81% when compared with petroleum, giving biodiesel... [Read More]

September 25, 2015
Wood-based BioVerno diesel by Finland’s UPM has been found to significantly reduce harmful tailpipe emissions, the company reports. A number of engine and vehicle tests have been carried out across key research institutes, such as VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, University of Vaasa in Finland, and... [Read More]

September 22, 2015
Locomotive producer Reloc – Electroputere VFU Craiova, part of the railway group Grampet, has developed the first locomotive in Romania which runs exclusively on pure biodiesel or vegetable oil. The engine is equivalent to a traditional diesel-powered engine in power and performance, but with much lower polluting... [Read More]

September 22, 2015
Nidera, an agriculture supply company, has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production and trading of biofuels from used cooking oil (UCO). Nidera, based in the Netherlands, operates worldwide as a commodity service and solutions provider for the global agricultural markets and has... [Read More]

September 18, 2015
Florida Biodiesel has completed the sale of a B-500 biodiesel plant to the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) in the Bahamas. The biodiesel production equipment, using waste cooking oil as feedstock, will be used to demonstrate green fuel technology and produce biodiesel for the Bahamas. The B-500 plant... [Read More]

September 18, 2015
Biodiesel produced by Universal Biofuels, an Indian subsidiary of Aemetis, has been used by bulk customers to replace 100% petroleum diesel with 100% distilled biodiesel (B100), reducing emissions by 80% and providing cost savings to customers. Traditionally, in Europe and in the United States, biodiesel is blended... [Read More]

September 17, 2015
Advait, a newly established biofuel company, has signed a contract with Yum! Restaurants India, which operates KFC Taco Bell and Pizza Hut in the country, to collect used cooking oil (UCO) from KFC in the Andhra and Telangana region. Advait will convert the collected product into biodiesel... [Read More]

September 16, 2015
Renewable Energy Group (REG) has formally opened its latest biomass-based diesel refinery REG Grays Harbor, Washington, US. REG leaders were joined by state and local business, government, and community leaders for a ceremony marking the transition to REG’s ownership of the former Imperium Grays Harbor 100 million... [Read More]

September 15, 2015
Researchers at Cardiff University have devised a way of increasing the yield of biodiesel by using the waste left over from its production process. Using simple catalysis, the researchers have been able to recycle an undesired by-product of the vegetable-oil-to-biodiesel conversion process, and convert this residue into... [Read More]