Volume 8, Issue 5
Published: September 8, 2014
Road transport is one of the few industry sectors where carbon dioxide emissions have risen greatly in recent years. According to the European Commission (EC) the transport sector is well on its way to... [Read more]
After months of delay, on 2 July, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule modifying and updating biofuels regulations. The new rule aims to maintain liquidity in the market for... [Read more]
The US Grains Council (USGC), an export trade group, has revealed that China’s Import Inspection Authority, AQSIQ, now requires the imports of US distiller’s dried grain (DDG), a livestock... [Read more]
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the most successful energy policy in the US in the past 40 years, the only policy to ever have loosened Big Oil’s stranglehold on the liquid fuels marketplace... [Read more]
After a slight recovery at the end of July, ethanol prices were once again hit in early August. The contango structure that dominated the market during Q2, was replaced by backwardation toward the middle... [Read more]
After reaching their 2014 highs to date in mid-June, spot biodiesel prices in the US market tumbled into July, recovering some of their lost value late in the month into August. Spot values surged in June... [Read more]
Malaysia is the world’s largest exporter of palm oil. With the nation producing approximately 39% of the global supply of palm oil, it is the world’s second largest producer. The nation’s... [Read more]
In eastern China, across the basins of the Yangtze and Huai rivers, lies Anhui Province. Formed in the 17th century, the province is known for its agriculture, with wheat, sweet potatoes and rice among... [Read more]
The recent death of Brazil’s presidential candidate Eduardo Campos caused the country’s presidential race to come to a sudden stop. In no other market than the world’s biofuels market... [Read more]
Over the last 5 years, Asian countries have started their own biofuels plans/ mandates to further develop their biofuels industries, including ethanol. Biofuels developments in Asia could have an important... [Read more]
In India, the annual generation of various agricultural residues, including cereal straws and bagasse, exceeds 400 million tonnes. While a small percentage of this waste is utilised in low-value applications... [Read more]
In the UAE, the introduction of biofuels is an altogether novel concept. However, the current biofuel market is growing in the Middle East at a fast pace, with biodiesel companies in particular emerging... [Read more]
Over the last 10 years, biofuels has proved to be the only commercially-viable, environmentally sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. The large-scale adoption of biofuels has therefore proved to be... [Read more]
Sustainable aviation fuels, which are produced from renewable resources, can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 50% per tonne of fuel, resulting from the total lifecycle of alternative fuel production. Finding... [Read more]
In the last decade, the prospect of using sustainable biofuel in commercial aircraft has become a reality. To date, three biojet fuel production pathways have been approved by standards agency ASTM and... [Read more]
The aviation industry contributes approximately 2% of manmade greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the Earth. In the early days of biofuels, with advanced technologies offering limited scope for further significant... [Read more]
Qu: How important is it to create a sustainable aviation fuels industry? A: The commercial aviation industry is growing around the world, and Boeing’s goal is to ensure we can maintain aviation’s... [Read more]
With KLM Royal Dutch Airlines receiving a Sustainable Bio award earlier this year from WBM Bio Business, the Netherlands-based airline shows no signs of slowing down in its bid for sustainable aviation.... [Read more]
Regulators want to cut diesel engine emissions by more than 90% for both particulate matter (PM) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx), ultimately requiring major changes to engines and combustion, and major reliance... [Read more]
Many technical and economic improvements can only be delivered once a technology is industrialised and operating at scale. Once that is achieved, progress is made by relentlessly exploiting the learning... [Read more]
A well planned and well installed retrofit provides the capability to quickly stay ahead of the competition. ROI, or Return of Investment, is a tool used by financial analysts, and managers of all specialties... [Read more]
The vast majority of products produced globally today require either heating or cooling at some point in their manufacturing process. Ethanol production is no exception. In an effort to keep production... [Read more]
It takes only a few ingredients to successfully commercialise a new bio-based chemical or fuel: a cost-performing, scalable technology, strong market demand, good patent protection, an experienced management... [Read more]
Irish technology provider Nova Pangaea Technologies (NPT), which received a US patent in February for a method and system for the fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass, has revealed plans to begin building... [Read more]
Biobutanol, an alcohol produced from various renewable feedstocks (including sugar, starch and cellulosic biomass), can be used in the production of a variety of products, including fuels. To manufacture... [Read more]
Total butanol production by the top ten manufacturers accounts for almost 80% of the total world production. In terms of chemical properties, butanol has inherent advantages over ethanol for use as a liquid... [Read more]
As a four-carbon alcohol, isobutanol has a higher energy density, approximately 26% higher than ethanol. This high energy density means that a 16% volume blend of butanol displaces the same amount of fossil... [Read more]
In 2013, mineral oil represented about one third of global energy consumption. The burning of fossil fuels has a major share in global CO2 emissions that are currently estimated at 34.5 billion tonnes... [Read more]
Companies in the process industries have used computers to solve mathematic models of processes since the late 1950s. Steady state simulation or flowsheeting packages soon became standard tools for the... [Read more]
When taking biofuel production from pilot scale to commercial reality it is critical to analyse certain factors, including oil yield, energy usage, valorisation of by-products and wastewater generation.... [Read more]