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The Sunliquid Technology – A Unique and Validated Pre-treatment Approach to 2G Ethanol
February 21, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Markus Rarbach (Clariant)  … Our approach at Clariant when developing the sunliquid® technology was to deliver an entirely integrated process from feedstock to finished product including our proprietary enzyme and fermentation organism platform, where all process …

Ground Delay: Where Are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?
February 21, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (S)omething less than $200 million has been so far positively and affordably earmarked by lenders to revolutionize the entire supply chain of US air transportation fuels. Which is to say, …

Fact Sheet: Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2017)
February 17, 2017 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) defines green jobs as either “jobs in businesses that produce goods and provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources” or …

French, German Farmers Urge EU to Keep 7 Percent Biofuel Target
February 8, 2017 – 8:28 pm | No Comment

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine)  … UFOP and FOP focused their meeting in Berlin on the last energy proposals from the European Commission. In its “winter package,” the commission proposed to limit first-generation biofuels from 7 percent in 2020 …

Report: Global Biodiesel Market to Surpass $41 Billion by 2021
February 8, 2017 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Dublin, Ireland-based Research and Markets is offering a new 168-page report, “Biodiesel Market—Global Forecast to 2021,” in which the analysts find that the global biodiesel market is projected to surpass $41 …

New Enzyme Has Potential to Turn Plant Biomass into Biofuel
February 8, 2017 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Kenny Walter (R&D Magazine)  …  Scientists have studied these enzymes in pure cultures of microorganisms, despite the fact that microorganisms break down cellulose as communities in the environment.

To examine this further, a multi-institutional team …

First Production in History of Fully Renewable ETBE
February 7, 2017 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)   In a historic first, Global Bioenergies today announces the production of ETBE purely from renewable resources. The breakthrough heralds a new opportunity for increasing the proportion of biofuels in gasoline.

Current standards limit …

Land-Use Change Possibly Produces More Carbon Dioxide than Assumed So Far
February 6, 2017 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)  Climate Researchers Study Impacts of Land-use Change on Carbon Dioxide – Reforestation Is Important to Climate Protection and Species Diversity – Study in Nature Geoscience  —  CO2 emissions caused by changes …

SUNLIQUID® 20: Fleet Test with Mercedes-Benz Vehicles Proves Fuel Quality
February 6, 2017 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(Clariant)  A plus for the environment: Improves particle count emissions and guarantees significant reductions in CO2 emissions using sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol; Field test confirms: Excellent combustion characteristics without additional consumption  —  Clariant, a leading global specialty …

A 20-Year-Old Startup
January 23, 2017 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Gene Gebolys (World Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Trying to make a living in biodiesel for two decades now, the hard way is about the only way it happens.

2016 was a breakthrough year for the biodiesel industry, and …

REG Marks 10 Years of Growth, Success & Continuous Improvement
January 23, 2017 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Hulen (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S.’s largest biodiesel manufacturer, Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group Inc., matures from its single plant, single feedstock origins to a multifeedstock, multinational business.  —  …  “For the petroleum and …

Germany Cuts Palm Oil Use for Biodiesel by 1/3: Report
January 23, 2017 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Germany, the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food published an English-language edition of its Evaluation and Progress Report 2015 under the Biomass Energy Sustainability Ordinance.

Biofuel Sustainability Ordinance The FOAF reports …

Biofuels Set to Benefit from Germany’s ‘Climate Protection Rate’
January 4, 2017 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  The ‘climate protection rate’ in Germany is set to rise this year from 3.5 to 4% and biofuels is set to benefit from this, according to Germany’s biofuels trade association …

Replacing Diesel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
January 2, 2017 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is facilitating the growth of the DME transportation industry by converting biogas and other hydrocarbon rich waste streams to higher valued commodities such as DME. Using its proprietary …

Birdlife and T&E to Release Anti-Biofuel Documentary in January
December 28, 2016 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, following on from the November release of their joint publication “The Black Book of Bioenergy”, Birdlife Europe and Central Asia has again teamed with Transport & Environment on …

Hydrocarbons from Cheap Renewable Carbon: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies
December 23, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Global Bioenergies is a pioneer in the development of one-step fermentation processes for the direct and cost-efficient transformation of renewable resources into light olefin hydrocarbons, the key building blocks of …

Global Bioenergies to Acquire Gas Fermentation Start-Up Syngip
December 23, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Syngip talked here about the possibility of producing liquid hydrocarbons from waste feedstocks at costs as low as €100 per ton. … What’s this deal all about? In two words, cheaper …

Volkswagen to Recall 83,000 3.0 Liter Diesel Vehicles and Fund Mitigation Projects to Settle Allegations of Cheating Emissions Tests on Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche Vehicles
December 20, 2016 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Settlement requires Volkswagen to offer to buy back older vehicles, and spend $225 million to mitigate NOx pollution. Volkswagen will also repair newer vehicles to comply with the standards to which they …

Fossil Fuel Divestments Now Represent $5.2 Trillion
December 19, 2016 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by  Brian Kahn  (Climate Central)  Investing heavy weights are moving their assets and funds out of fossil fuels at a record pace. A network of local governments, pension funds, faith organizations, philanthropies and wealthy individuals representing …

BMW Sees Battery Costs Causing Years of ‘Tears’ on E-Cars
December 12, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Elisabeth Behrman (Bloomberg)  With driving ranges limited by current technology, BMW expects it to take about seven years to double the amount of energy stored in a battery.  —  BMW AG (IW 1000/27) sees …

How United Leads the Airline Industry in Reducing Carbon Emissions
December 7, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Ted Reed (The Street)  United Airlines leads the global airline industry in its commitment to biofuel, targeting the use of 900 million gallons over the next 10 years. —  United Airlines (UAL) , which …

Hi-Performance Tech Package: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Process
December 2, 2016 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for …

Global Biobased Business Competition (G-BiB)
December 1, 2016 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(BE-Basic Foundation)  The Global Biobased Business competition (G-BiB) is a competition for Master and PhD students from universities and universities of applied sciences in Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil. The objective of G-BiB is to stimulate entrepreneurship and innovation producing a biorenewable …

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference on Bio-Based Materials — May 10-11, 2017 — Cologne, Germany DEADLINE: Unclear
December 1, 2016 – 2:26 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  International Conference on Bio-Based Materials — May 10-11, 2017 — Cologne, Germany    DEADLINE: Unclear

The 10th International Conference on Bio-based Materials is aimed at providing international major players from the bio-based building blocks, polymers and industrial biotechnology industries with an opportunity to present and discuss their latest developments and …

International Conference on Bio-based Materials — May 10-11, 2017 — Cologne, Germany
December 1, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment
International Conference on Bio-based Materials   —   May 10-11, 2017   —   Cologne, Germany

The 10th International Conference on Bio-based Materials is aimed at providing international major players from the bio-based building blocks, polymers and industrial biotechnology industries with an opportunity to present and discuss their latest developments and …

Renewable Diesel Powers Hamburg Airport’s Heavy-Duty Ground fleet
November 25, 2016 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Neste Corp. announced that Hamburg airport in Germany has started using its renewable diesel to reduce the airport’s reliance on fossil fuels and significantly reduce its carbon footprint.
Renewable diesel will power heavy-duty …

Global Bioenergies Completes Construction of German Demo-Scale Plant
November 17, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, Global Bioenergies has completed construction of its 100 tons/year demonstration-scale plant, a project which commenced in mid-2015.

It is located in the facility owned by the Fraunhofer CBP, on the …

New Biofuel Cell with Energy Storage
November 15, 2016 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum)  Researchers have developed a hybrid of a fuel cell and capacitor on a biocatalytic basis. With the aid of enzymatic processes, what’s known as a biosupercapacitor efficiently generates and stores energy. The trick: the …

Use of Bacteria to Produce Valuable Substances from Carbon Dioxide
November 9, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(Goethe University Frankfurt/EurekAlert!)  Goethe University Frankfurt coordinates European two million Euro project  —   Microbes are already used on a wide scale for the production of fuels and base chemicals, but for this most of …

Primordial Genetics, Bayer Form New R&D Collab for Crop Performance
November 7, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At ABLC Next in San Francisco, Primordial Genetics and Bayer CropScience LP announced the establishment of a research collaboration to evaluate Primordial Genetics’ proprietary Function Generator technology.  Bayer will provide …

HORIZON 2020 – ZELCOR – Zero Waste Ligno-Cellulosic Biorefineries by Integrated Lignin Valorisation”
November 7, 2016 – 10:09 am | No Comment

(nova-Institute)  Its concept is to combine chemical and enzymatic catalysis with insects-based biological conversion via termites, within a biorefinery integrated approach. The project is conceived to avoid waste production by recycling waste bio-based products and …

Workshop: SuperBIO – Support and Partnership in the Bio-based Economy — November 9, 2016 — Düsseldorf, Germany
November 7, 2016 – 10:00 am | No Comment
Workshop:  SuperBIO – Support and Partnership in the Bio-based Economy   —   November 9, 2016   —  Düsseldorf, Germany

The workshop provides information about funding opportunities in the SuperBIO project and prerequisites for participation. In addition, the project partners and their services are presented and suggestions for the formation of new value chains are …

E-Diesel Cars Will Have Same Carbon Footprint as Electric, Says Audi
October 28, 2016 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(Wired)  Audi’s German plants are working on climate-neutral fuel alternatives, e-gas and e-diesel  —  …

One such smart solution is Audi e-gas. The fuel, which is produced through a combination of electrolysis and methanation, is being …

VW Billions to Foster Natural Gas Vehicles?
October 26, 2016 – 10:54 pm | No Comment

by Rich Piellisch  (Fleets & Fuels)  NGVAmerica Urges States to Take Advantage of Settlement  —  States should take advantage of the big diesel emissions settlement with Volkswagen to promote natural gas vehicles to reduce pollution, …

German American Bio Energy Business Conference — November 1, 2016 — Atlanta, GA
October 13, 2016 – 6:46 pm | No Comment
German American Bio Energy Business Conference   —   November 1, 2016   —   Atlanta, GA

The conference is featuring German and U.S. industry and policy experts.Our keynote speakers include decision makers representing German and American companies as well as representatives from leading research institutions, government agencies and industry associations. In addition, …

14th International Conference on Renewable Mobility “Fuels of the Future 2017” — January 23-24, 2017 — Berlin, Germany
October 13, 2016 – 5:44 pm | No Comment
14th International Conference on Renewable Mobility “Fuels of the Future 2017”   —   January 23-24, 2017   —   Berlin, Germany

The program of the 14th International Conference on Renewable Mobility “Fuels of the Future” is now available for you at www.fuels-of-the-future.com. On behalf of the co-organizers, the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP), …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to BASF, Audi
October 12, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, we looked …

Come to Bioenergy Country: or, the Bioenergy Countries’ Report
October 6, 2016 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, the International Energy Agency has released its Bioenergy Countries’ Report, outlining the national renewable energy targets, total primary energy supply and contribution of bioenergy.  We’ve presented the information …

Global Bioenergies, Clariant Produce Isobutene from Wheat Straw
September 30, 2016 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies/Biomass Magazine)  Global Bioenergies and Clariant are proud to announce the first isobutene production from a wheat straw hydrolysate, in the industrial pilot of Pomacle Bazancourt. This success is the result of a collaboration …

Value-Add(itive): The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the Lanxess-Chemtura Merger
September 29, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, we reported today (September 26, 2016) that Lanxess will acquire the US-based speciality chemical maker Chemtura, one of the major global providers of high-quality flame retardant and lubricant additives, …

Lanxess to Acquire Chemtura for $2.69B
September 29, 2016 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, Lanxess will acquire the US-based speciality chemical maker Chemtura, one of the major global providers of high-quality flame retardant and lubricant additives, for $2.69B, a 18.9% premium to …

Distributed Biogas: $11.8 Billion Market Hidden in Plain Sight
September 26, 2016 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Warren Weisman (American Future Energy/Biomass Magazine)  The mountains of bureaucratic red tape involved in urban food waste biogas projects, where this hidden $11.8 billion market lies, can be easily avoided or greatly reduced by …

KLM and Lufthansa Sign Long-Term Agreements with US Sustainable Biofuel Producers AltAir and Gevo
September 23, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) European airlines KLM and Lufthansa have each signed agreements with US biofuel companies for supplies of locally-produced sustainable fuels. KLM has agreed to purchase through a three-year offtake agreement an undisclosed quantity of used cooking …

Ogun 6,000-Hectare Cassava Farm to Produce 1.5m Tonnes of Ethanol, Starch
September 20, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

(Vanguard)  Over 130 farmers were present at the official launch of Mokk Investments 6,000 hectares of cassava farming project, an empowerment programme organized in the catchment of Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority, in Oke Odan …

Global Biofuels Market Will Gain Momentum Due to Increasing Energy Security Until 2020, Says Technavio
September 18, 2016 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Technavio)  The global biofuels market is expected grow at a CAGR of nearly 6% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest report.

In this report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the …

Renewable Energy CEO Declares Hunger Strike
September 14, 2016 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Warren Weisman (American Future Energy)  My name is Warren Weisman, I am the former CEO of the failed renewable energy manufacturer Hestia Home Biogas. Hestia was the first-of-its-kind company in the world to offer …

Gevo (GEVO) Enters ATJ Supply Heads of Agreement with Lufthansa
September 9, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Street Insider)  Gevo, Inc. (Nasdaq: GEVO) announced that it has entered into a heads of agreement with Deutsche Lufthansa AG (“Lufthansa”) to supply Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) from its first commercial hydrocarbons facility, intended to …

Gevo, Lufthansa Rock Markets with Renewable Jet Fuel Deal
September 9, 2016 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Gevo has entered into a heads of agreement with Lufthansa to supply Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel from its first commercial hydrocarbon facility, intended to be built in Luverne, MN. …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Evonik in the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 8, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.

In this slide deck, we looked at …

SuperBIO Project to Support EU Bioeconomy Innovation
September 3, 2016 – 10:21 am | No Comment

(Bio Base Europe/Biomass Magazine)  SuperBIO is an innovation project supported through the EU Horizon2020 funding program. The € 3.8 million ($4.24 million) project supports the development of promising industrial value chains in the bioeconomy. It …

Henkel, BASF and Solidaridad Ally to Improve Sustainable Supply Chains for Palm Oils.
August 31, 2016 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(Bio-Based World News)  Palm oil has become one of the world’s most versatile and controversial raw materials. Found in approximately 50% of products on supermarket shelves, including food and non-food items it’s harvesting has been …

Germans Developing Flower-Power Biofuel
August 30, 2016 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Brian Parkin (Bloomberg News/Arkansas Online)  A giant form of a flowering daisy plant that can grow 10 feet high may become the favored fuel of Germany’s biogas industry.

The plant, with small yellow flowers, whose …

EPA Signals It Will Start Looking at Mandating Higher Octane Gasoline
August 25, 2016 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Richard Truett (Automotive News)  Raising the octane in gasoline — seen as a way to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions in today’s high-tech turbocharged, direct-injected engines — looks like it will get some …

King of the Corn Drag Racing Highlighs Ethanol
August 25, 2016 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Nationals shines a spotlight on high ethanol blends in inaugural street car race.  —  Larry Larson made history this summer when he won the Ethanol Nationals, the first …

Weltec to Develop AD Plant for Colombian Egg Producer
August 16, 2016 – 9:08 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  German bioenergy developer Weltec Biopower will shortly start building an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant for Colombia‘s largest egg producer.

The 800kW biogas plant is to go live in early 2017. In terms of the …

Interactive Workshop on Biomass Feedstocks – After the End of the Sugar Quota — September 8, 2016 — Cologne/Bonn Airport, Germany
August 12, 2016 – 7:44 pm | No Comment
Interactive Workshop on Biomass Feedstocks – After the End of the Sugar Quota   —   September 8, 2016   —   Cologne/Bonn Airport, Germany

The European Union is the world’s biggest producer of beet sugar and the principal importer of raw cane sugar for refining. The EU sugar market is regulated by production quotas, a minimum beet price and …

SuperBIO-Workshop — August 30, 2016 — Hürth (near Cologne), Germany
August 12, 2016 – 7:31 pm | No Comment
SuperBIO-Workshop   —   August 30, 2016   —  Hürth (near Cologne), Germany

The workshop aims to spark new ideas on value chains to be submitted to the SuperBIO project. It will inform SMEs about possibilities of participation, eligibility and available services:

IP and patent filing
Technological scale …

Gasoline Additives from Sugar
August 12, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Fuel additives such as isooctane have so far been produced from mineral oil. Commissioned by the French-German company Global Bioenergies, the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna will soon be producing biobased …

SuperBIO: Building and Supporting New Bio-Based Value Chains with SMEs
August 11, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(SuperBIO) The project runs from 1st of June 2016 until 30th of November 2018. Applications can be submitted until 31st of July 2018.  Project background and aim:  SuperBIO is a Horizon2020 innovation project that aims to …

Report Features Data on EU Pellet, Biogas Markets
August 2, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the European Union’s biofuel market, including data on wood pellets and biogas.

Regarding …

International Conference Progress in Biogas IV — March 8-11, 2017 — Stuttgart, Germany
July 21, 2016 – 5:14 pm | No Comment
International Conference Progress in Biogas IV   —   March 8-11, 2017   —   Stuttgart, Germany

The conference is organized by the IBBK Fachgruppe Biogas GmbH in cooperation with the University of Hohenheim.
The developments in the fields of production and process engineering, frame conditions and use possibilities will be presented and …

International Biogas Study Tour in Germany with Focus on Various AD-Plant Concepts — September 19-22, 2016 — Stuttgart, Germany
July 21, 2016 – 5:11 pm | No Comment
International Biogas Study Tour in Germany with Focus on Various AD-Plant Concepts   —   September 19-22, 2016   —  Stuttgart, Germany

IBBK Fachgruppe Biogas offers a 4-day study tour starting in Stuttgart and ending in Stuttgart. The tour will lead you to several plant operators and biogas companies in Germany. Programme currently in development and still …

International Biogas Operating & Engineering Course — September 12-16, 2016 — Stuttgart, Germany
July 21, 2016 – 5:07 pm | No Comment
International Biogas Operating & Engineering Course  —  September 12-16, 2016   —   Stuttgart, Germany

IBBK tailor made Biogas Training Improved concept – this years course will feature 2 blocks: Basics of the Biogas production and layout/calculation of YOUR plant based on the preconditions with the help of calculation tools.

Have intensive …

A Paradigm Shift in Microalgal Biotechnology Could Be On The Cards Thanks To A University of Cologne Breakthrough
July 19, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Gaynor Selby  (FoodIngredientsFirst)  A team of scientists and researchers at the University of Cologne believe they have made a breakthrough which could lead to cultivating algae on a commercial scale in a much cheaper …

Three U.S. States Plan Lawsuits over Volkswagen Diesel Pollution
July 19, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  Three U.S. states plan to unveil new lawsuits against Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) on Tuesday tied to the automaker’s sale of diesel vehicles with emissions-cheating software, even after they announced settlements with …

Porous Substrate Bioreactors: A Paradigm Shift in Microalgal Biotechnology?
July 18, 2016 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Björn Podola, Tong Li, Michael Melkonian  (Cell/Trends in Microbiology)  Many of the demands in the production of microalgae at a technical scale cannot presently be met by state-of-the-art cultivation technologies based on suspensions. Immobilized cultivation …

In Germany More than 60 Million Euros for the Carbon2Chem Project
July 5, 2016 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(Il Bioeconomista)  In Duisburg yesterday (June 27, 2016) Johanna Wanka, German Minister of Education and Research, announced funding of more than 60 million euros for the Carbon2Chem project initiated by thyssenkrupp. The aim of Carbon2Chem …

Global Bioenergies Obtains a EU400,000 Grant from the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) to Produce Renewable Gasoline Additives – Audi Will Use These for Engine Testing
July 5, 2016 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Global Bioenergies) Global Bioenergies announces today that its German subsidiary, Global Bioenergies GmbH, secured a €400.000 grant from the BMBF (the German federal ministry for research and education) to finance a 14 month-project aimed at …

Environment-Obsessed Berlin Divests Fossil Fuels
June 24, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Chris White (The Daily Caller)  Berlin’s parliament voted Thursday to divest its $852.8 million public pension from oil and gas companies. The decision to purge fossil fuel assets makes Berlin the second capital to divest …

Final Preparations for the World’s First Electric Road Project
June 24, 2016 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(Scania)  Outside Gävle in central Sweden, the last preparations are being made at the test strip for an electrically powered truck from Scania operating under real traffic conditions. “It’s amazingly quiet,” says test driver Therése …

Water Gunks up Biofuels Production from Bio-Oils
June 22, 2016 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org) A jar of bio-oil, an alternate “crude oil” for transportation fuels currently made from petroleum, is created by first rapidly heating plant matter in a process called pyrolysis. Scientists then use catalysts to remove oxygen …

Modernizing the Electric Grid and Its Integration with the Transportation Sector
June 21, 2016 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Biofuels Digest/)  … Some, like Mark Z. Jacobson, assert battery electric vehicles (BEV) are “the key transportation solution”. … Just deploying BEVs does not guarantee they will be clean. The Dutch effort to push …

Why Airbus Wants Slime from Green Algae to Fuel Its Planes
June 17, 2016 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Ben Rosen (Christian Science Monitor)  Algae grows faster and produces higher energy yields than other plants, but is much more expensive to turn into fuel than traditional petroleum byproducts.   —  …   Airbus researchers …

Biofuels Are Vital to Decarbonising the EU’s Road Transport
June 16, 2016 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Robert White (ePure/EurActiv)  The Stone Age did not end because humans ran out of stones – it ended because we found better alternatives. The same must become of the Oil Age, if we are …

More than Two Thirds of Palm Oil used in Germany Is Sustainably Certified, Trade Group Finds
June 16, 2016 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  More than two thirds of the palm oil used in Germany is sustainably certified, according to German biofuels industry group VDB (Verband der Deutschen Biokraftstoffindustrie.

Around 1.5 million tonnes of palm oil has been …

REN21 Report Shows Global Increase in Ethanol Production
June 15, 2016 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  REN21 recently published its annual overview on the state of renewable energy, reporting 2015 was a record year for renewable energy installations. Renewable power and renewable heat both increased, …

Boeing in Europe: Supporting Development and Commercialisation of Sustainable Aviation Biofuels
June 13, 2016 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

(Boeing/EurActiv)   Boeing is encouraging regulators to create a strong policy framework to advance sustainable aviation biofuels.

2016 is Boeing’s centennial year: in the past century we have united the world through more efficient air travel and …

Cellulose: New Understanding Could Lead to Tailored Biofuels
June 9, 2016 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

(University of Cambridge/University of Melbourne)  In the search for low emission plant-based fuels, new research may help avoid having to choose between growing crops for food or fuel.

Scientists have identified new steps in the way …

How to Heal Broken Bonds, Catalyst Style
June 8, 2016 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  While popular catalysts called zeolites could help turn paper manufacturing waste and other biomass into fuel, the catalyst crumbles after just two days in hot water. And that’s a problem because hot water is …

G7 Nations Pledge to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies by 2025
June 6, 2016 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Karl Mathiesen (The Guardian)  Leaders of the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the EU urge all countries to join them in eliminating support for coal, oil and gas in a decade …

Where Did Biofuels Technologies Come from?
June 2, 2016 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Gerald Kutney  (Lee Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood and the advanced biofuel of the day, charcoal – reigned supreme.  Both fossil fuels and …

CAAFI Celebrates 10th Anniversary!
May 27, 2016 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) We are proud to announce the 10th Anniversary of the initiation of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) as of May 24, 2016, and more importantly, to reflect on the …

Sweden Takes the Lead in Biofuel-Use in Europe
May 20, 2016 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Tomas Ekbom (Task 39 May 2016 Newsletter)  The production and use of biofuels in Sweden have increased substantially since the mid-2000s. According to preliminary statistics from SPBI, the share of renewable energy in the road …

Scania Trucks Use Ethanol Made with Clariant’s Sunliquid Process
May 20, 2016 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(Clariant/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and Scania, one of the world’s top heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers, are celebrating the results and the opportunities generated by the partnership established last year, which …

Start-up to Scale-up: An Interview with Global Bioenergies CEO Marc Delcourt
May 19, 2016 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(ACS Green Chemistry Institute)  Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies in the world and the only one in Europe to develop a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation. The company …

Alkol Biotech Sells Large Batch of Sugarcane Bagasse for 2G Ethanol Testing
May 17, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Alkol Biotech, a UK-based biofuels research specialist, has announced that it has sold 500 kilos of EUnergyCane’s sugarcane bagasse for scientific cellulosic ethanol technology testing.

The EUnergyCane consortium is a group of companies, universities, …

Reliable, Affordable, Scalable, Sustainable: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to NexSteppe
May 4, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, …

Renmatix Turns Biomass into Sugars for Industrial Use
May 3, 2016 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(NewBIO/Cooperative Extension System)  Technology patented by Renmatix enables the manufacture of industrial sugars from biomass on a scale that is commercially cost-effective.

Table of Contents

Introduction
From Biomass to Sugars
Benefits of Supercritical Water
Customers Rebuild …

CALL FOR POSTERS AND PAPERS: 5th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers — December 6-7, 2016, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany DEADLINE: uncertain
April 27, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR POSTERS AND PAPERS: 5th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers — December 6-7, 2016, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany  DEADLINE: uncertain

In the last years the explosion of interest in CO2 has led to a new awareness at industrial, societal and scientific levels with the result that CO2 is no longer a mere waste product, but …

5th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers — December 6-7, 2016, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany
April 27, 2016 – 12:11 pm | No Comment
5th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers   —   December 6-7, 2016, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany

One of the leading events on Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) in Europe 2016  —  In the last years the explosion of interest in CO2 has led to a new awareness at industrial, societal and …

nova Session on Technology of the Future: Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) — May 4, 2016 — Cologne, Germany
April 27, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment
nova Session on Technology of the Future: Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU)  —  May 4, 2016  —  Cologne, Germany

Interested experts from industry, associations, policy and civil society are now invited to get up-to-date and thoroughly discuss the latest developments in CO2 utilization. Participants will have the chance to actively shape content and form …

C-Sharp: Spring’s 3 Hottest Markets Start with C
April 26, 2016 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  California and the green premium  —   One of the biggest myths running is that there is no green premium, which is to say that customers will not pay a cent …

Clariant’s Sunliquid Technology Price Competitive with Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol
April 25, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, testing on Clariant’s sunliquid technology has confirmed that the cost per liter of cellulosic ethanol can achieve price competitiveness with sugarcane ethanol prices in Brazil. Clariant’s testing evaluated …

Biodiesel Catalyst Ranks to Expand
April 18, 2016 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

By Michael McCoy (Chemical and Engineering News)  Seeing more growth ahead, two small companies invest in new plants —  Growth in the biodiesel market is spurring two small companies to invest in U.S. production of …

Circling Opportunity
April 7, 2016 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Blue Sphere Corp.’s two-prong business development strategy in the global waste-to-energy industry is proving to be fruitful.  —  … Blue Sphere’s first two stateside anaerobic digestion (AD) projects have reached final …

BiobasedWorld — February 15-16, 2017 — Cologne, Germany
April 7, 2016 – 2:49 pm | No Comment
BiobasedWorld   —   February 15-16, 2017  —  Cologne, Germany

CANCELLED FOR 2017  See http://www.biobasedworld.de/en/home.html for current information.

BiobasedWorld is all about practical application. Invited keynote speakers give a broad perspective on the most important topics in industrial biotechnology and the bioeconomy – exhibitors add their view and …

Importing to Meet California Demand
April 6, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. imported a record volume of biomass-based diesel in 2015.  …  This increase in imports is particularly interesting because 2015 was a year with no forward-looking $1-per-gallon blender’s tax …

AGQM, FAM Invite Participants in Biodiesel Round Robin Testing
April 6, 2016 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(AGQM/Biodiesel Magazine)  … The analysis of components and the final product forms a major part of the quality assurance of fuels. Therefore, reliable monitoring and testing of the product properties of biodiesel and rapeseed oil …

Up, Up & Away: The Top 10 Magic Moments in Aviation Biofuels in 2016
April 6, 2016 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia formed a partnership to investigate options for locally produced aviation biofuel. The trans-Tasman alliance partners are issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to the …

Germans Give Thumbs up to Biofuels
April 5, 2016 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  More than two thirds of Germans view biofuels in a positive light, a new study suggests.  The representative survey, conducted by market survey analysts TNS Infratest, questioned more than 1,000 German residents and …

RSB Certification of Jatropha Oil from Manabi/Ecuador as Sustainable Fuel for Combustion Engines on Galapagos Islands
March 21, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) In the small country of Ecuador, all environmental risks of the production and consumption of fossil fuels can be observed by damages through oil exploration in the amazon rainforest and tank …

Life As We Might Have Known It: What If Ethanol Was Our Primary Engine Fuel
March 16, 2016 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by  Marc J. Rauch  (The Auto Channel)  … Our exchange began with his comments that government should not decide which fuel is the winner; that fossil fuels dominance over alternative fuels was due to consumer choice; …

Study Undermines EPA, Blames Rising Methane Levels on Farming, Not Fracking
March 15, 2016 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Valerie Richardson (The Washington Times)  A newly released international study finds that farming, not fracking, is the likely culprit behind rising global methane levels, undermining the Obama administration’s crackdown on methane from oil-and-gas production …

BDI Subsidiary Reopens Expanded Distillation Research Center
March 9, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) UIC GmbH, a subsidiary of Austrian biodiesel technology provider BDI-BioEnergy International AG, has just reopened its expanded and modernized research center near Frankfurt, Germany, in Alzenau. According to BDI, UIC is …

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Obligation Reduces Biodiesel Sales
March 8, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(Union for Promoting Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) google translation) The Union for Promoting Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) feel their expectations to those established in Germany by 1 January 2015 greenhouse gas mitigation through the …

Biogas in Europe: Current Situation and Perspectives
March 4, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Dan Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This article is the result of a technical trip to Germany and the UK to participate in strategic meetings and visit labs; to attend seminars, an expo, a short …

IEA and GBEP Launch Bioenergy and Water Paper
February 24, 2016 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Italy, IEA Bioenergy and the Global Bioenergy Partnership have published the “Examples of Positive Bioenergy and Water Relationships,” which includes examples that illustrate an encouraging variety both in terms …

Powerful Crap: The Quest to Turn Smelly Sewage into Sweet Biodiesel
February 23, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by David MacNeal (Ars Technica)  The facility smell? “That’s money,” Todd French says. “That’s what it smells like.” —  “By the time it gets here, David, it’s no longer my poop,” says microbiologist Todd French …

From February 2016: Approval for Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO): Mercedes-Benz Truck Models Approved for Alternative Fuel HVO
February 23, 2016 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Daimler)  Approval for trucks with heavy-duty OM 470, OM 471 engines as well as medium-duty OM 936 and OM 934 variants; Use of HVO validated by extensive testing; maintenance intervals unchanged; The HVO raw material is sourced …

German Sugarbeet Consumption for Ethanol Jumps 9% in 2015
February 23, 2016 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, sugarbeet led the way in 2015 with 9% more used for ethanol production than the previous year, while production from feed grain fell nearly 2%, with overall production …

Bioethanol Made from Agricultural Residues Used for the First Time in Cleaning Agents
February 22, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(Clariant)  Clariant and Werner & Mertz collaborate; Clariant supplies cellulosic ethanol made with sunliquid® technology for Frosch® Bio-Spirit Multisurface-Cleaner; Second-generation bioethanol is produced from local agricultural residues without competing with food sources

Clariant, a world leader in specialty …

Drop-In Renewable Fuels, Competitive with $30 Oil: The Digest’s 20-Slide Guide to the Correia Process
February 10, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany and Portugal, a new drop-in biofuels process has emerged which is cost compettive with $30 oil, according to the inventors. The process breaks even with crude oil, on …

A New, Renewable, Drop-In, Waste-Based Fuel Emerges, Competitive with $30 Oil
February 10, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Out of the EU comes a biogasoline blendstock made from waste residues in a novel process that promises to radically slash the cost of bioconversion. The Digest reports.

In Germany and …

US Files Civil Complaint against VW for Clean Air Act Violations
February 9, 2016 – 8:37 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Magazine/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. EPA, filed a civil complaint Jan. 4 in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, against Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group …

HOW TO SHAPE The Next Level of The European Bio-Based Economy?
February 9, 2016 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(Bio-based News)  What Does the Concept of Bio-Based Economy Promise?  The idea of creating a Bio-based Economy is exciting for the material sector: It promises to introduce new chemicals, building-blocks and polymers with new functionalities; …

Ultimate Review: The Unlimited Biotech Potential of Algae
February 8, 2016 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

(Labiotech.eu)  Is the Future of Biotech…Green? The Algae Industry ranges from Biofuels to Nutrition to Fashion and Microalgae hold lots of potential for the industry to expand. But why? And do Venture Capitalists agree?

Microalgae have already …

Why More And More Airlines Are Going Green
February 8, 2016 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Josh Lew (Travel Pulse)  There has been an movement over the past few years to place limits on the amount of pollution caused by commercial air travel. Certain forms of manufacturing and the practice of …

Communique from Global Bioeconomy Summit: “Promoting Technologies, Governance, Cooperation” Are Key to Sustainable Bioeconomy.
February 8, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin Germany released a communique:

“We, a community of experts and stakeholders from more than 50 countries, met in Berlin to review the state of …

Our Commitment to a Sustainable Future
January 27, 2016 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Carlos Araujo (Biodiesel Magazine/Evonik Corp.)  Biodiesel is a real solution to reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the threat of climate change the world over. Many countries are adopting plans to reduce greenhouse gases, and biodiesel …

Biofuels for Transport in Germany
January 27, 2016 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(Task 39 Newsletter) …  This article briefly introduces the regulative framework in the EU and in Germany before addressing current developments and perspectives of conventional and advanced biofuels.  …  The main instruments for decarbonizing the …

Sunliquid Is Awarded the 2015 German Innovation Prize for Climate and Environment
January 22, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

(Clariant)  Sunliquid prevailed against 14 competitors in the category Process Innovations; Cellulosic ethanol made with sunliquid® technology is groundbreaking for climate and environmental protection; Biofuel enables up to 95% savings in greenhouse gas emissions without competing with …

Abengoa to Sell off Bioenergy Arm for a Billion Bucks
January 22, 2016 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Spain, as part of its complete restructuring to avoid bankruptcy, Abengoa has decided to sell off Abengoa Bioenergy—possibly in three parts: Europe, Brazil and the US—for a total of roughly …

BiobasedWorld — February 15-16, 2017 — Cologne, Germany
January 19, 2016 – 7:53 pm | No Comment
BiobasedWorld  —  February 15-16, 2017  —  Cologne, Germany

If converting renewable biological resources into bio-based products or bioenergy is your business, BiobasedWorld is the trade show for you.  At BiobasedWorld, you have all the space you need to exhibit your technologies and products.

Fermentation …

Biofuels Company Industrializes Photosynthesis
January 18, 2016 – 9:19 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For eight years, Joule has been working under the radar to develop and commercialize its CO2-to-fuel technology. —  When it comes to ethanol production volumes per acre of land, …

This Couple Is Driving Cross-Country To Return Their Polluting Jetta To VW Headquarters
January 18, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by David Tracy (Jalopnik) Upset that Volkswagen deceived them into buying a not-so-clean diesel, Marcus Moench and Elisabeth Caspari are driving from Colorado to VW’s headquarters in Virginia to return their Jetta SportWagen TDI and drop …

Audi Beefs up Collaboration with French Biotech to Extend Biofuels Scope
January 14, 2016 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Car giant Audi is entering a renewed collaboration agreement with French renewable energy firm Global Bioenergies to promote the development of biofuels.

The two companies recently announced the delivery by Global Bioenergies to Audi …

Facing U.S. Storm, VW Set for Easier Ride in Europe on Emissions Scandal
January 11, 2016 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Lewis and Kirstin Ridley (Reuters) Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) is unlikely to face U.S.-style fines in Europe over its emissions scandal because of a softer regulatory regime and its home country Germany’s determination to protect its …

Always Something to Learn at the Keystone Farm Show
January 8, 2016 – 9:24 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Beginning the new year with a few days steeped in agriculture proved a great winter tonic, raising optimism that the seemingly ordinary people tromping through the York County Fair …

Project Aims to Lower Cellulase Cost through Enzyme Recycling
January 4, 2016 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(Autodisplay Biotech GmbH)  In November, an international consortium led by Autodisplay Biotech GmbH started Pathway EFB, a €1.6 million ($1.75 million) collaborative research and development project to significantly lower cellulase cost in the production of …

United States Files Complaint Against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche for Alleged Clean Air Act Violations
January 4, 2016 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  The Department of Justice, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), today filed a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, against Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group of …

Large-Scale Reaction Screening Study of Advanced Cellulosic Biofuel Pathways Finds ethyllevulinate and 2-MTHF Promising Alternatives to Ethanol
January 4, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A team at RWTH Aachen University has identified ethyllevulinate and 2-methyltetrahydrofuran as promising alternatives to cellulosic bioethanol with respect to cost and environmental impact based on a large-scale reaction screening study.

In addition, …

IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Group Releases Germany Country Profile in Year End Newsletter
January 4, 2016 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Group released its end of year newsletter, which included a comprehensive  country profile for biofuels activity in Germany, authored by Franziska Müller-Langer (DBFZ and Nicolaus Dahmen …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2016
January 4, 2016 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what?

In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates …

Decarbonising Transport Must Take Centre Stage in Europe’s Efforts to Meet Historic COP21 Ambitions
December 21, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(ePURE)  On 12 December, 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change agreed to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and strengthen global action to fight climate change. The Paris Agreement includes an objective …

The Countries That Produce The Most Biofuels [Infographic]
December 18, 2015 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

by Niall McCarthy (Forbes) In 2010, global biofuel production reached approximately 28 billion gallons. Produced when biomass is converted directly into liquid fuel, ethanol and biodiesel are the two most common forms of biofuel in use …

Study: Bioethanol Lowers CO2 Emissions From German Traffic, Creates Added Value
December 18, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Bioethanol and petrol blends lowered CO2 emissions from road traffic in Germany by around 1.2 million tonnes in the first three quarters of 2015, a new study says.

According to the findings of a …

HeidelbergCement, Joule Exploring Carbon-Neutral Fuels from Cement CO2
December 15, 2015 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The quest for affordable, sustainable, point-sourced CO2 brings Joule to Germany and the cement business. Here’s the how and why.

Most of the time, power plants get the attention when it …

U.S., Japan, Germany Among 18 Nations to Build Carbon Markets
December 15, 2015 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Mathew Carr (BloombergBusiness)  Markets will help drive emission reductions under Paris deal;
Rules needed to ensure markets have environmental integrity —  Eighteen nations including the U.S., Japan and Germany will work together to develop international …

VW Staff Began Working on Cheat in 2005 to Break into U.S. Market
December 11, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by David Rising and Kerstin Sopke (The Washington Post/Associated Press)  A small group of Volkswagen engineers began working as early as 2005 on emissions cheating software after they were unable to find a technical solution …

6th Annual European Algae Biomass Conference — April 20-21, 2016 — Berlin, Germany
December 10, 2015 – 7:49 pm | No Comment
6th Annual European Algae Biomass Conference  —  April 20-21, 2016 — Berlin, Germany

ACI’s 6th annual European Algae Biomass Conference taking place 20th & 21st April 2016 in Berlin, Germany will once again bring together senior executives from industry and academia to discuss the latest commercial and technical …

Used Cooking Oil Collection and Use in Finland
December 10, 2015 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Aino Siirala* and Maija Sihvonen* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Current UCO market:  In Europe, UCO (used cooking oil) collection and reuse has increased steadily during the past decade, reaching its peak in 2016. The most …

Rich Nations’ Fossil Fuel Subsidies Exceed Climate Aid 40 to 1: Researchers
December 4, 2015 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Chris Arsenault (PlanetArk.org/Reuters)  Wealthy nations spend 40 times as much money subsidizing fossil fuel production as they contribute to the Green Climate Fund to help poor countries adapt to global warming, a research group said …

MP Schindler: More Bioethanol in Gasoline Required for Better Climate Protection in Traffic
December 3, 2015 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Federation of German Bioethanol Industry, Google Translation)   The Federation of German bioethanol industry (BDB e) informs that according to the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE) which produced and certified biofuels in Germany have …

Research Delivers Insight into Global Biodiesel Market Analysis and Forecasts to 2020: MarketResearchReports.Biz
December 3, 2015 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(HydrogenFuelNews)  MarketResearchReports.Biz has announced addition of new report “Global Biodiesel MarketAnalysis and Forecasts to 2020″ to its database.

This report gives an in-depth analysis of the global biodiesel market and provides forecasts up to 2020. The …

Volkswagen Allocates 20 Billion Bridge Loan to 13 Banks: Sources
December 3, 2015 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Arno Schuetze (Reuters)  Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) has split a 20 billion euro ($21.1 billion) bridge loan between 13 banks to help shoulder the costs of its emissions scandal, two people familiar with the matter said.

Eight banks …

20-Nation Mission Innovation Coalition Launches to Spur Clean Energy R&D, Investment
November 30, 2015 – 9:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In France, President Obama and French President Hollande, along with a wide range of other top global leaders, are announcing today the launch of “Mission Innovation,” a 20-country initiative to …

Mathieu Flamini’s No Fuel
November 19, 2015 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(The Sun)  Mathieu Flamini has kept a big secret from family, friends and team-mates for SEVEN years.  But today in an exclusive SunSport interview the Arsenal ace reveals that, along with a close pal, he …

Base Oils & Lubricants Forum — May 10, 2016 — Hamburg, Germany
November 12, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment
Base Oils & Lubricants Forum   —   May 10, 2016  —   Hamburg, Germany

GNF’s Base Oils & Lubricants forum will take place on the 10th May in Germany, the forum will bring together base oil and lubricant experts from oil majors, base oil and lubricant manufacturers, additive companies …

Biofuels Still Have to Solve Economic Conundrum
November 9, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Thierry Dubois (AIN Online)  Biofuels for aviation are still facing multiple challenges, the greatest being finding ways to make production economical, according to a report jointly released in September by the French Académie des …

Open-Bio: Creation of a Bio-Based Products Database for Public Procurement
November 4, 2015 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

Present your bio-based products on a new, public information platform  —  The EU is currently seeking ways to promote the market uptake of bio-based products through standards, labels and public procurement. nova-Institute – together with …