Volume 9, Issue 6
Published: November 9, 2015
The US biofuels scene keeps boiling. Uncertainty over the future direction of the industry has hampered growth, caused political turmoil, and sparked protest against government policy from both pro- and... [Read more]
Time is running out for many biofuel tanker owners. A recent report by Rivertrace Engineering, a UK-based environmental consultancy concentrated on oil and water, says that many tankers may be declared... [Read more]
On 30 October DuPont officially opened the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada in the US state of Iowa. Jan Koninckx, who has worked at DuPont for over 20 years and has been the... [Read more]
The European ethanol market extended its period of sustained high prices into October as shortages of physical material were still outstripping historically lower demand in the fourth quarter. October’s... [Read more]
US B100 soya methyl ester biodiesel spot prices at key trading hubs got a boost in early October from a rallying oil futures market on the New York Mercantile Exchange, with the ultra-low sulfur diesel... [Read more]
Biodiesel leaders in North America are waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to release its final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule with mixed feelings on how much real progress the sector... [Read more]
In little more than a decade, the US biodiesel industry has grown from a meager 25 million gallons of production to an industry that turned out more than 1.7 billion gallons in 2014 and is projected to... [Read more]
Our 8th Biofuels International Conference went down a storm on 22-24 September 2015 when, for the first time, we took it to Portugal – the home of our key sponsor and co-host IncBio. Over the course... [Read more]
Commercial aviation is in a rapid growth phase. With aircraft order books spilling over, the number of jets flying is set to increase dramatically over the next decade. As airlines grow, more planes mean... [Read more]
In the last decades, governments and industry have had a strong focus on the development of a bio-based economy. This trend has emerged for three reasons: the need for carbon emissions reductions, energy... [Read more]
In ethanol production, yeast (Saccaromyces cerevisiae) is used to convert sugar into ethanol. Other microorganisms can compete with the yeast for the sugars. These microorganisms include, but are not limited... [Read more]
Transesterification is the most common process to convert vegetable oil (edible/ inedible), animal fat, algae oil, or waste cooking oil to biodiesel. It can be classified based on the associated phase... [Read more]
The production of biodiesel from vegetable oil or animal fat by adding an alcohol and a base catalyst has been successfully implemented in a wide variety of process systems. Some involve very powerful... [Read more]
Producing biomassbased drop-in fuels such as petrol, diesel and jet can be done so effectively via pyrolysis followed by a chemical catalyst. There are other ways of converting biomass into liquid. Enzymatic... [Read more]