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Dec 4, 2018
Trump administration to end renewables subsidies
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Dec 3, 2018
The EPA announced that it has finalised the required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2019, as well as biomass-based diesel for 2020. “Issuing the annual renewable volume obligations rule on time is extremely important to all stakeholders impacted by the Renewable Fuel Standard program,” said EPA acting administrator Andrew... [Read More]

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Nov 30, 2018
Trials of the ‘world’s first’ zero emission drop-in marine biofuel have been completed, according to GoodFuels Marine. According to a statement, the trials of the fungible marine biofuel have been carried out with Norden, a bulker and tanker owner and operator. ‘Hundreds’ of tonnes of GoodFuels’ Bio-Fuel Oil were taken on-board the 37,000... [Read More]

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Nov 29, 2018
Reuters reports that BP’s chief executive for biofuels, Mario Lindenhayn has said that the latest biofuels policy in Brazil has improved the outlook for ethanol production. Brazil expects that by 2020 its policy, RenovaBio will be enacted. The policy should face no obstacles and won’ be stopped by the government of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, Lindenhayn... [Read More]

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Nov 28, 2018
New research has evaluated a number of specific regions across the United States and concluded Florida is the best for algae production. According to a statement, the 19 month long study involving scientists from NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) and Arizona State University (ASU) concluded that Florida’s humidity and lack of dramatic swings between hot... [Read More]

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Nov 22, 2018
The world’s largest chemical firm BASF announced that it has started the production of methanol based on renewable raw materials according to the biomass balance approach. Named EU-REDcert-methanol, the product is made from second-generation raw feedstocks and uses waste as well as residual materials. BASF claims that as a result of the methanol production, the final... [Read More]

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Nov 21, 2018
According to a study published on Phys.org, two researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Industrial Ecology Programme have found that producing biojet fuels from forestry residues is good for the climate but can apply pressure to certain United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). These SDGs are listed as: zero hunger,... [Read More]

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Nov 21, 2018
According to Reuters The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to propose new targets for the final three years of the nation’s renewable fuel programme in January. The new targets will replace the ‘ambitious’ decade-old goals that were set by Congress. The planned reset of the US Renewable Fuel Standard is likely to cause animosity between... [Read More]

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Nov 20, 2018
A federal judge was asked by a group representing multiple biofuel companies to force the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to freeze its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small refinery waivers until lawsuits challenging its actions have been resolved, Reuters reports. The group, named Producers United, is formed of several undisclosed biofuel firms. It argues that... [Read More]

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Nov 14, 2018
A technology to produce biofuel within ‘mobile production units’ has been developed by scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Microengineering and Microsystems (IMM). 12 research groups from the European Union’s Biogo project were involved in the development. The technology itself uses ingredients from local forests. “Wood waste and tree bark... [Read More]

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Nov 14, 2018
This week, the European Parliament voted and passed the revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) with goals set for post-2020. Included in the policy is an EU-wide increased renewable energy target of 32% by 2030, up from the 20% target in 2009. The directive also contains a binding target of a minimum of 14% for renewables in transport by 2030. However, the revision... [Read More]

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Nov 9, 2018
In a press release, UK-based technology company Renovare announced that it has been awarded support by Innovate UK for aviation fuel testing through the Sustainable Aviation for Clean Growth programme. With an office based in London, the firm has developed a technology it describes as converting waste into biofuel that could ‘replace’ traditional fossil fuels. The... [Read More]

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Nov 9, 2018
Global biofuel producer Verbio announced in a press release that it has signed a contract to acquire a cellulose ethanol plant from chemical conglomerate DuPont in Nevada, Iowa, US. The purchase includes 100,000 tons of baled corn stalks, located at several sites within a 50km radius around the plant. The plant’s capacity involves the processing of 300,000 tons of... [Read More]

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Nov 7, 2018
A major renewable diesel plant in Norco, Louisiana is to expand capacity to 675 million gallons per year. This will include a facility to produce 50 to 60 million gallons of renewable naphtha. The Diamond Green Diesel Plant is a joint venture between a Valero subsidiary and Darling Ingredients. The boards of directors of both companies have agreed to the expansion of the... [Read More]

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Nov 7, 2018
Large-scale production of algae derived starch could be possible, thanks to new research by the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and Tohoku University, Japan. This algae derived starch is a valuable resource for the production of biofuels and other biomaterials. According to a statement, the team, led by Sousuke Imamura from Tokyo Tech, have found a ‘switch’... [Read More]


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