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Top 10 Biodiesel Trends 2018: What’s up with the World’s Favorite Advanced Biofuel?
June 7, 2018 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We’ve organized the state of biodiesel into 10 areas of vital interest ranging from the development of markets to the entry of ancillary products and new feedstocks.
#1 Tax & Trade
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Ethanol Summit of The Asia Pacific Showcases Global Ethanol Opportunities
May 22, 2018 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(GrainNet)  Industry and government officials from 17 countries in Asia and Oceania are meeting with members of the U.S. ethanol industry and U.S. officials in Minneapolis this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Asia Pacific …

Air Canada, Red Rock and SkyNRG Move forward on biofuel Initiatives While Air New Zealand Takes Longer View
April 27, 2018 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  … Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI) is a three-year project between 14 stakeholder organisations, including Air Canada, which are working to enable a biojet supply chain in the country, with testing the feasibility of …

Chemicals, a Second Life for Carbon: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech
April 19, 2018 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use.
LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts the …

Lumber’s Lure: Thanks to Physics, Viable Biofuel May Grow in the Woods
April 6, 2018 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Chris Lee (Ars Technica)  Future biofuel production requires new catalysts—or better training for stubborn enzymes.  … I thought New Zealand would offer some chemistry-minded contrast. The country makes a lot of money on timber exports, but this profit is …

Air New Zealand Says It Will Be at Least 10 Years before Aviation Biofuels Commercial
March 30, 2018 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In New Zealand, Air New Zealand says that despite talking with 30 companies following its call to source 20 million liters of aviation biofuels last year, no one is scalable at …

New Zealand Could Dent Emissions by Switching to Biofuels
March 13, 2018 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A study from a government-owned research group is urging increased biofuel use to develop a renewable low-carbon transport sector.
The report follows two years of research by Crown Research Institute Scion and looks at how New Zealand …

NZ Could Forge a Green Transport Fuels Future
February 27, 2018 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(Scion/Scoop)  Study proves New Zealand could forge a green transport fuels future  —  New Zealand could build a renewable low-carbon transport fuels industry – but only if the nation decides to act.
A report by Crown Research Institute …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2018
January 2, 2018 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 65 countries.
The bulk of mandates continue …

Report from EUBCE 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden
November 9, 2017 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Maija Sihvonen* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Participants from over 70 countries gathered at Stockholm’s Älvsjömässan for the annual European Biomass Conference, EUBCE 2017 in June 12-15. In the field of advanced biofuels two years is …

New Regulations for Fuel Specifications
August 23, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(  New regulations for New Zealand’s fuel specifications will support the growth of lower-emission fuels that are better for people, the environment and cars, Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins announced today.
The Regulations set out …

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia Attract International Interest in Developing Homegrown Jet Biofuels
April 7, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  A year after issuing a joint Request for Information (RFI) from parties interested in supporting the development and production of sustainable aviation fuel in the region, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia say …

Virgin, Air NZ Working to Develop Biofuel
March 28, 2017 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Lilly Vitorovich (The Australian)  Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand are hopeful aviation biofuel can be produced locally, in a bid to cut carbon emissions and fuel costs.
The airlines have spent the past year …

Bugs Delay Z’s Biodiesel
March 6, 2017 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Grant Bradley (New Zealand Herald) Z Energy hopes to get its biodiesel plant producing commercial fuel within the next two months after months of delays. The company had hoped to start supplying partners from the plant at …

Government Policy Action Is Key to the Large-Scale Deployment of Aviation Biofuels, Hears ICAO Seminar
February 24, 2017 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Although sustainable alternative fuels are key to meeting the aviation sector’s long-term emissions goals, supportive government policies are required to bring these fuels to global deployment. This was a central theme of last …

Second Chance Carbon: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech
December 13, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use.
LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts …

Science Symposium: International Biofuels Developments — November 10, 2016 — Rotorua, New Zealand
October 21, 2016 – 7:09 pm | No Comment
Science Symposium: International Biofuels Developments   —   November 10, 2016   —   Rotorua, New Zealand

The Bioenergy Association and Advanced Biofuels Research Network have combined to host a symposium including international and local speakers providing an update on the latest research and market activities for liquid biofuels.
A number of international …

Biofuel a Long-Term Bet: Luxon
October 6, 2016 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Grant Bradley (New Zealand Herald)  Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon says using biofuel in aircraft is a long-term bet as the industry struggles to find a sustainable alternative to traditional aviation fuel.
Speaking at …

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 …

Car Care: Biodiesel a Viable, Green Choice
October 4, 2016 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

(AA Motoring/Driven)  Biodiesel offers motorists a choice  —  Like the cars we drive, fuels have evolved — to the point that it feels like we have more choice than before.
As car manufacturers strive to reduce …

New Zealand Culture Collection Moves to New Home
August 11, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  In New Zealand is an internationally significant collection of microalgae cultures known as the Cawthron Institute Culture Collection of Microalgae (CICCM). The CICCM was recently moved into a new home in Cawthron …

New Zealand’s First Commercial Biodiesel Plant Prepares to Open
August 4, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Z Energy, a $26 million biodiesel processing facility in New Zealand, has begun the commissioning phase at its 5.3 MMgy plant in Wiri, Auckland. On Aug. 2, the company received …

Advance Australia Air: Byogy Steps up in Australia in Drive for Low-Carbon Jet Fuels
July 5, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Australia comes the news that the country’s former Federal Resources and Energy Minister, Martin Ferguson, is now the chairman of the advisory board for Byogy Renewables, the California-based alcohol-to-jet …

Fonterra Launches the Switch to Z Biodiesel
July 1, 2016 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

(Fonterra)  Fonterra has taken another step forward in its commitment to environmental sustainability, today launching its switch to new Z biodiesel – as a foundation customer for the ZBioD fuel. Fonterra and Z were joined …

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 …

Latest Diesel Quality Trends Revealed in Biennial Survey
April 28, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(Infineum International Ltd./Biodiesel Magazine)  Infineum has revealed the initial results from its latest biennial global Winter Diesel Fuel Quality Survey, offering a unique update on the current trends in the industry across the global marketplace.
The …

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 …

Air NZ and Virgin Australia Launch Search for Aviation Biofuel Opportunities
March 14, 2016 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(Scoop Independent News/Air New Zealand)  Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia today announced a partnership to investigate options for locally produced aviation biofuel.  The trans-Tasman alliance partners are issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to …

Leaf Resources Expands Equity Stake in ZeaChem, Signs JV to Develop Celluosic Sugars Project in US
March 1, 2016 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, Leaf Resources and ZeaChem signed a joint venture agreement to establish a Glycell based project in the USA. The new agreenent advances the relationship between the two companies …

TechStory: ZeaKal’s Series B Points the New Way of Accelerating Biotech Companies to Infinty and Beyond
February 24, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  It’s Toy Story all over again. You remember Woody’s struggle to avoid being tossed onto the shelf when Buzz Lightyear arrives.  So it is with biotechnology. It takes years, …

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 …

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 …

Biofuel Way We Can All Aid Climate Goals, Says Z
December 14, 2015 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Jamie Gray, Sophie Ryan (New Zealand Herald)  Z Energy says committing to using biofuel is one way people can contribute to the global effort to reduce climate change outlined in the Paris Agreement.
New Zealand …

New Zealand Biofuels Roadmap Takes Off
December 10, 2015 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(Scion)  A Scion initiative to understand the true potential of a biofuels future for New Zealand has attracted serious players from industry, government and sector interest groups plus the research community.
The project, called the New …

Recycling All that Waste Carbon: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to LanzaTech
December 2, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use.
LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts …

Global Markets and Technologies for Biofuel Enzymes
November 18, 2015 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(PR Newswire/BCC Research)  This BCC Research report explores present and future strategies within the biofuel enzymes market, which includes amylase, cellulose, xylanase, lipase and other enzymes such as protease, lysomax, FermaSure, etc. Forecasts provided through …

Merging Refinery Tech with Biofuels: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP
October 30, 2015 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating …

Fuelling Mackay’s Job Market into the Future
September 4, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Emily Smith (Daily Mercury)  NOTHING creates jobs like the resource industry.  It’s a widely held view in the Mackay region but Carl Morton is throwing it up for debate.  The national operations manager for …

IEA Bioenergy Newsletter Features New Zealand Biofuel Prospects
September 4, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  IEA Bioenergy Task 39, a group of international experts working to commercialize sustainable transportation biofuels, recently released its latest newsletter, featuring an update on opportunities for biofuels in New Zealand.
Newsletter …

Top 10 Low Carbon Fuels Made from Greenhouse Gases All Around You
September 2, 2015 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  No fossil fuel, no biomass, low carbon, no kidding. —  …  The top 10 new technologies.
Note: Some amazing technologies such as Industrial Microbes, Trelys, Kiverdi and Mango Materials fell outside the …

Some Of The Coolest Biofuel Stories Of The Year (So Far)
August 21, 2015 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Meagan Parrish (  …It’s always a fun game to see what’s being used to make new fuels — so let’s play it, with a look at some of the coolest biofuel stories to hit the …

Beer-Based Fuel: It’s One for the Road
July 6, 2015 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Susan Strongman (New Zealand Herald)  In what is claimed to be a world first, from today Aucklanders can top up their cars with Brewtroleum.
Kiwis can now use a beer byproduct to fill their cars, with …

Researchers Examine Alternative Switchgrass Breeding Methods to Increase Biofuel Production
June 22, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(AZO CleanTech)  Using switchgrass to produce biofuel is one way to decrease the United States’ dependence on oil, but growing it and making it profitable can be complicated.
Switchgrass is an excellent candidate for biofuel production. …

Beer By-Product Turned into Biofuel
June 16, 2015 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Scoop Culture/DB Export)  Drink Beer And Save the World — Today (June 15, 2015), DB Export is announcing it is on a mission to harness the power of drinking beer to save the world. In a …

China Steel Green-Lights Commercial-Scale LanzaTech Advanced Biofuels Project
April 28, 2015 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Taiwan, China Steel Corporation announced formal Board approval of a $46M capital investment in a LanzaTech commercial ethanol facility. This follows the successful demonstration of the revolutionary carbon recycling …

Engineered Softwood Could Transform Pulp, Paper and Biofuel Industries
April 24, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  Scientists have demonstrated the potential for softwoods to process more easily into pulp and paper if engineered to incorporate a key feature of hardwoods. The finding, published in this week’s …

Lake Weed May Turn into Biofuel
March 27, 2015 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Aaron Leaman (Waikato Times)  Invasive weeds choking the region’s waterways could be harvested and turned into valuable biofuel in an idea being floated by Waikato Regional Council.  The health of the river’s hydro-lakes has …

Digital Soil: The Four Secrets of the New Agriculture
March 10, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To make fuel, chemicals, fiber, food more productively than ever before — it starts in the field with the New Agriculture.  Here’s what’s happening as Silicon Valley converges with Silicon …

Car Care: Is Ethanol Fuel Okay to Use?
February 8, 2015 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Jack Biddle    (The New Zealand Herald)  Blended fuel is fine in suitable cars.  … Ethanol blended biofuel was introduced by Gull in August 2007 amid controversy over its suitability for a high percentage of …

The Worldwide Push for Aviation Biofuels
January 16, 2015 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Keith Campbell  (Engineering News)  On October 19, 2004, the world’s first exclusively biofuel powered production aircraft received its certification, allowing it to be flown operationally. That aircraft was (and is) the Neiva (now Embraer) …

Z Plant Turns Meat Waste into Diesel
January 13, 2015 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Adrien Taylor (3News)  Z Energy has started construction on a south Auckland plant to convert meat waste into biofuel.   The plant will produce 20 million litres of the fuel every year, but Z …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2015
January 5, 2015 – 7:11 pm | 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 …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014: Asia and Oceania
December 29, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The East is Green. Asia is confirmed as “the new Brazil” as project developers head en masse to the friendly receptions in Asian countries — based on energy diversification and …

Chicago Based NZ Company LanzaTech Has Helped Develop a Process that Turns CO2 Emissions into Omega-3 Rich Fatty Acids.
November 10, 2014 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(The New Zealand Herald)  A leading carbon recycling company has developed a way to turn CO2 emissions into essential omega-3 fatty acids – offering a sustainable alternative to feeding the world’s demand for fish oil.
Now …

Two Forestry PGP Programmes Completed
October 15, 2014 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand)  Work by two recently completed Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programmes will pave the way for future efforts towards a potential biofuels industry in New Zealand from forestry residues and …

‘Green Bank’ Would Fund Private Eco-Energy Projects
May 15, 2014 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Hamish Rutherford (Stuff Business Day)  Increased royalties from oil and gas would be used to create a profit-oriented Green Investment Bank under Green Party proposals.
Co-leader Russel Norman has unveiled plans for “an enduring, government-owned, …

$21 Million New Zealand Biodiesel Plant Plans Announced
April 17, 2014 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Z Energy has revealed plans to build a $21 million (€15 million) domestic biodiesel plant that will produce fuel from inedible tallow feedstock.

The Wellington-based company hopes to produce 20 million litres of sustainable …

The Fuel that Keeps on Growing and Growing
February 7, 2014 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Michael Daly (Fairfax NZ News/The Nelson Mail)   Researchers at Lincoln University trying to boost the biofuel industry have found ways to lift yields of crops that can be turned into fuels, while reducing inputs. …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2014
January 2, 2014 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 62 countries.
The bulk of mandates …

New Zealand Company to Open Kearney Plant, Office
December 11, 2013 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

(Sioux City Journal/Associated Press)  A New Zealand company plans to move its headquarters to Kearney and set up a production plant for its biomass resin product.
The plant will use distillers grains to produce a functional …

Report: Carbon Taxes, Trading Bring Most Cost-Effective Pollution Cuts
October 15, 2013 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (The Hill E2Wire)  A new report finds that the most cost-effective climate change policies are the ones with the least political traction in the United States.
Imposing an explicit cost on carbon pollution …

Cost of Biofuels No Longer Sky High
May 23, 2013 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Peter Hannam (The Age)  Whether it’s the use of organisms first found in the guts of rabbits in New Zealand or converting the mountains of rubbish disposed of by Londoners, airlines around the world are …

Camelina on the Move: Global Clean Energy Holdings Acquires Sustainable Oils
March 15, 2013 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In California, Global Clean Energy Holdings announced that it has acquired Sustainable Oils, a leader in Camelina genetics and production. The acquisition includes 100% ownership interest of Sustainable Oils and the …

Beta Renewables Sees 2015 as Boom Year for Cellulosic Biofuels
March 5, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Nina Chestney (Reuters)  * U.S. cellulosic biofuel goals not reached
* Beta sees industry stepping up output by 2015
* New players could emerge from eastern Europe
Biofuels made from wood waste and sugarcane have languished well …

Licella’s Fibre Fuels – Drop-In Biofuels, in Pictures
February 25, 2013 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is fibre fuel, how does it displace petroleum via supercritical technology, and what does the plant look like?
… For those less familiar with New Zealand’s energy brands, Z Energy …

Solid Energy Sells Its Biofuel Arm to Management
February 19, 2013 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Michael Berry (The Press/  Solid Energy’s biofuel company has been sold to its management, two Christchurch men who are confident of making a profit with the business that stumped the state.
Biodiesel New Zealand has …

Fracking Success Hits Biofuels Investment
February 15, 2013 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Jason Krupp (EIN News)  Petrol retailer Z Energy says world oil prices could plunge by almost half in the next five years, as United States oil and gas production booms because of “fracking”.
Fracking is …

Z Energy Renews Quest for Biofuels
February 14, 2013 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(Radio New Zealand News)  Service station chain Z Energy is expecting a new push to replace some of its fossil fuels with renewables will be a struggle.
The company wants to revive a biofuel project in …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2012
November 28, 2012 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Brazil, India, the US, China and the EU point the way towards a 60 billion gallon biofuels market by 2022 – but can the capacity be built, and can the …

The New Syngas: New Catalysts, Opportunities for Advanced Biofuels
November 27, 2012 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … In the biofuels revolution, the primary focus has been not on producing methanol (and, ultimately, gasoline) from syngas, but primarily on the production of ethanol. Three of the major …

NZ’s Key Green Growth Areas Outlined
November 27, 2012 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Grant Bradley (The New Zealand Herald)  …A major report out today reviews New Zealand’s green growth opportunities and outlines how the Government and the private sector can best complement each other in helping New …

Z Energy Says It May Switch to Ethanol-Blended Petrol
November 17, 2012 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

(Radio New Zealand)  Z Energy says it may switch to ethanol-blended petrol, but this could cost the Government up to $180 million in lost revenue if other major players follow suit.
The New Zealand-owned fuel retailer …

The GM Tree Plantations Bred to Satisfy the World’s Energy Needs
November 16, 2012 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by John Vidal (The Guardian)  Israeli biotech firm says its modified eucalyptus trees can displace the fossil fuel industry
It’s a timber company’s dream but a horrific industrial vision for others: massive plantations of densely planted GM eucalyptus …

Solar Power, Coconut Biofuel to Meet 150% of Pacific Nation’s Electricity Demand
October 30, 2012 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Mridul Chadha (Clean Technica)  Solar power plants and coconut biofuel-powered generators will be switched on in Tokelau next week as the three-atoll administered region of New Zealand gears up to become the ‘the world’s first truly renewable …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World – Who Is Moving the Targets?
October 25, 2012 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … United States   Concerns over the price impacts of a devastating US drought have led to call for a waiver in the US Renewable Fuel Standard volumetric targets. Proposed waivers have …

The Top 10 Advanced Biofuels and Biorefining Companies in Asia
September 4, 2012 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …While the economic growth in China has been drawing virtually all the headlines in recent years, the “Tiger” economies of Southeast and South Asia have been fast-growing for a long …

Aviation Biofuels: Which Airlines Are Doing What, with Whom?
June 5, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …(M)ore than 30 airlines now trialing, deploying biofuels – but who’s doing what, exactly?
In Brazil, Azul Airlines announced that Amyris’s innovative renewable jet fuel sourced from Brazilian sugarcane has passed all required testing …

Pacific Nations under Threat from Rising Seas Vow to Abandon Diesel
May 24, 2012 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(Radio New Zealand International)  Pacific nations which are most under threat from rising seas have vowed to abandon diesel and other dirty, expensive fuels and replace them with clean sources of energy.
Using coconut biofuel and …

Otago University Has Begun a Trial of a Large Asian Grass with the Aim of Using It as Biofuel to Power Its Heating Systems.
April 25, 2012 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Radio New Zealand)  The researchers are putting 7000 Miscanthus giganteus plants on sites near Port Chalmers and Oturehua in central Otago to test its growth patterns and frost-resistance.
Lead botanist Janice Lord says the grass has great potential …

Corrections Signs on to Supply Biodiesel New Zealand
April 19, 2012 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Scoop/Solid Energy NZ)  The Department of Corrections has signed on to supply used cooking oil from all 18 of its prison kitchens across the country to Biodiesel New Zealand.
The deal will see about 5,000 litres …

LanzaTech Seeks Success Where Another Failed
February 6, 2012 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by S. Heather Duncan (Macon Telegraph)  Although the company that purchased a defunct ethanol refinery in Soperton has some of the same financial backers as previous owners who lost the plant to foreclosure, leaders of …

Hundreds of Jobs Planned by New Owner of Range Fuels
February 2, 2012 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by S. Heather Duncan (  The new owner of a shuttered ethanol plant in Soperton plans to eventually add hundreds of jobs there to produce ethanol and other chemicals, a company official said this week.
That …

Eye-Catching Rape Crop Fuelling the Country’s Future
January 6, 2012 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by John Lewis (ODT)  Large colourful crops of oil-seed rape may become a more common sight on Otago farms in the future as the biofuel revolution gathers momentum.
A warm growing season has turned a 23ha …

LanzaTech to Convert Acquired Ethanol Plant for Biochemicals
January 6, 2012 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg)  LanzaTech NZ Ltd., a closely held biofuels company backed by billionaire Vinod Khosla, will convert a U.S. cellulosic ethanol plant it bought from Range Fuels Inc. to produce chemicals from biomass.
The $5.1 million deal completed …

Licella, Air NZ, Virgin, Norske Skog Ink Pacts to Develop Aviation Fuels from Bio-Oil
December 14, 2011 – 9:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, Licella had a big day, announcing the opening of its demonstration plant, a JV with Norsk Sko called Licella Fibre Fuels to commercialize the technology, and MOUs with …

A Tiny Pacific Island Is Now Powered By Coconuts
December 8, 2011 – 9:34 am | No Comment

by Michael J. Coren (  It’s not a joke. Coconuts—and not much else—are plentiful on the islands of Tokelau. So they’re making good with what they have, and converting the entire region to solar and …

Monster Mash, or the Case of the Micro-Spider’s Web
November 28, 2011 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Philippe Marlière, co-founder of Global Bioenergies and president of its Scientific Advisory Board, comments: “Carbon monoxide combines the attractive features of biochemical versatility and virtuous sourcing. Most importantly, carbon monoxide …

Solid Energy/Christchurch City Council Biodiesel Research a success
October 25, 2011 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(Scoop/Christchurch City Council)  A wastewater treatment process that recycles biodiesel glycerol and produces ‘green’ renewable energy is now underway in Christchurch.
The process, which is the result of three years’ of testing and research between the …

Conversion Pathways for Bioenergy: Upgrading of Intermediates: Hybrid Routes to Fuels and Chemicals
September 20, 2011 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

Laurel Harmon (LanzaTech Inc.) LanzaTech, Inc., was founded in January 2005 by CSO Dr. Sean Simpson in New Zealand. Funds were mainly from New Zealand government US$ 10M, Khosla Ventures US$ 12M in …

Uttarakhand to Replicate Kiwi Biofuel Experiment
September 20, 2011 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Shishir Prashant (Business Standard)  Ruchi Soya, an oilseed company, with a Rs 13,000-crore turnover, wants to replicate the experiment done by New Zealand — of using biodiesel as an alternative green fuel from Jatropha plants, …

How To Choose What To Plant For Biofuel
September 16, 2011 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

By: Sarah Zielinski  (Smithsonian Magazine)   If one of the goals of growing plants for biofuel is to be kinder to the environment than you are by extracting oil from the earth, you wouldn’t want to plant anything …

New Zealand, Texas Companies Collaborate on Algae Process
August 31, 2011 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biodiesel Magazine)  Aquaflow Bionomic Corp., a New Zealand-based algae technology developer, is taking a broad approach to algae-to-fuel development—one the company’s director Nick Gerritsen said may include nonalgae feedstocks. Aquaflow recently agreed …

Biofuel Firm’s US Deal Paves Way for Major Plant
August 24, 2011 – 8:04 am | No Comment

by Bill Moore (  Nelson-based biofuel company Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation has announced a deal with a Texas-based renewable fuel company that paves the way for the building of a multimillion-dollar biofuels plant.
Its agreement is with …

Is New Zealand’s New Government Killing Biofuels?
August 9, 2011 – 8:45 am | No Comment

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest Asia)  Months are passing but New Zealand ’s new government still won’t say whether or not it will incentivise biofuels production and new plant construction. Latest in this shoot-your-own-economy-in-the foot …

Gull Biofuels Launches E85 Amid Fading Support for New Zealand’s Biofuels Subsidy
July 29, 2011 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest Asia)  In New Zealand, the government’s policy to promote biofuels is facing the axe on the same day that Gull New Zealand launches GullForcePro, its new E85 offering for Kiwi …

Asia Scrambles to Hasten Biofuels Scale-Up
June 27, 2011 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest Asia)  Suddenly it’s scale-up time in Asia and everyone is scrambling for biofuels. Only a few years ago no one believed this could happen. Indian Railways was the only national-scale …

Study Shows How Australia and New Zealand Can Establish Their Own Sustainable Aviation Biofuels Industry
June 10, 2011 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  A study to determine the feasibility of the Australian and New Zealand aviation sector using sustainable biofuels to meet industry carbon reduction targets concludes that a bio-derived jet fuel industry could decrease aviation emissions …

More Advances in Producing Inexpensive Hydrogen
May 31, 2011 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Glenn Meyers (CleanTechnica)  There is now more good news on producing hydrogen, the clean-burning fuel that leaves behind water as an emission.
An international scientific team has announced creating hydrogen using ambient temperatures and pressure …

New Sustainable ‘Bio-Derived’ Jet Fuel Industry Is Achievable
May 27, 2011 – 10:08 am | No Comment

(CSIRO)   Establishing an economically and environmentally beneficial, ‘bio-derived’ Australian and New Zealand aviation fuels industry is a viable proposition, according to a report compiled by CSIRO in collaboration with the region’s major aviation industry …

Biodiesel New Zealand Establishes Nelson Distribution Hub
May 24, 2011 – 7:42 am | No Comment

(Scoop)  Biodiesel New Zealand is establishing a bulk distribution facility in Nelson to supply upper South Island customers with both its Biogold™ NZ20 renewable fuel blend and Biogold™ NZ100 pure biodiesel.
General Manager Andrew Simcock says …

DGs Could End up in Plastics if Biocomposite Facility Is Built
May 19, 2011 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Distillers grains as a component in plastics? You bet, if two Nebraska companies achieve their goals.
It will start by building a manufacturing facility, Laurel BioComposite LLC, in Laurel, Neb. …

Biofuel Drive Will ‘Fundamentally Change’ Dairying
May 3, 2011 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

(Radio New Zealand) /…Stuart Locke, who heads Waikato University’s Institute of Business Studies, says the need to free up land to produce ethanol will put pressure on farmers to house cattle and feed out supplements, …

A Peculiar Sign of Success
April 29, 2011 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest Asia)  It was quite a shock to return from the exciting and very sustainability-oriented Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference in Washington, DC to headlines like “Are our biofuel mandates fueling Islamic …

Biofuel Subsidy Scheme in Doubt
April 18, 2011 – 8:52 am | No Comment

(TVNZ)  …ONE News has discovered the programme to subsidise the fledgling biofuels industry isn’t delivering, even though at least one oil company is trying to make it work.
The news comes on the day Gull launched …

New Bio-Fuel Launched in Hamilton
April 15, 2011 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Simon Shepherd  (3News)  The first of a new bio-friendly fuel has gone on sale in New Zealand.
The new fuel, called E85, was launched in Hamilton this morning. The fuel is made up of 85 …

Supply of Commercial-Grade Biodiesel to Start
April 15, 2011 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Helen Murdoch (Nelson Mail)  …Biodiesel New Zealand general manager Andrew Simcock yesterday told 60 people at a Nelson seminar on the fuel that it was examining a proposal to deliver commercial-grade biodiesel into the …

LanzaTech, LCY Partner for Chems, Biofuels Plant Construction
April 7, 2011 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New Zealand, LanzaTech is partnering with China’s LCY Chemical Corporation to identify key bio-based chemicals to produce for global fuels and chemicals markets. Mr Lee says LCY plans to …

Neste Oil Celebrates the Grand Opening of Its ISCC-Certified Renewable Diesel Plant in Singapore
March 11, 2011 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil)   Neste Oil with Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Mr. Teo Chee Hean, Finnish Minister for Ownership Steering Mr. Jyri Häkämies, and some 200 guests celebrate the grand opening of …

USDA Approves Corn Amylase Trait for Enogen(TM)
February 21, 2011 – 3:42 pm | No Comment


First corn output trait for ethanol industry
Enables ethanol industry to improve efficiency and profitability
Significant environmental benefits

Syngenta announced February 11, 2011,  it has received full deregulation for its corn amylase trait from the U.S. Department of …

Biofuel Sales Reach New Record Levels
February 8, 2011 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

(Scoop)  Independent fuel retailer Gull New Zealand has today reported record bio fuel sales volumes.
Over the past three years, Gull has expanded its biofuel range and its distribution and now sells bio fuels at 39 …

Biofuel Truck Quietly Proves Nothing Need Go to Waste
January 19, 2011 – 8:29 am | No Comment

by Isaac Davison  (    …The truck, launched in Rodney yesterday by Auckland Mayor Len Brown, is the result of the first successful New Zealand project to turn landfill gas into a transport fuel. …

Fill Her up with Super Pine
January 5, 2011 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Rose Stirling (Dargaville News)   Pine plantations in the Kaipara can be converted into biofuels as part of a nationwide proposal which will save the economy billions of dollars each year.
Scion, formerly the New Zealand Forest …

LanzaTech Gets DOE OK on Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel R&D
November 22, 2010 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New Zealand, LanzaTech announced that its cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with PNNL has been given final approval by the DOE.  The first phase of the CRADA work will …

The Culturing Revolution: LanzaTech Extends to Chemicals as Year of SynthBio Gains Pace
August 24, 2010 – 8:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech announced that it has produced 2,3-Butanediol (2,3-BD), a key building block used to make polymers, plastics and hydrocarbon fuels, using the company’s waste steel gas fermentation technology.
LanzaTech is a …

Marlborough (New Zealand) Businesses Commit to Biodiesel
August 10, 2010 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(Business Day)  Fourteen Marlborough companies have joined forces to buy 2.5 million litres of biodiesel.
Marlborough Biodiesel User Group’s co-ordinator, Kevin Parker of Blenheim, said that by October, the wine, aquaculture and transport industry operators who had …

Some Biofuels Are Better than Others: Thinking Strategically about Biofuels
July 30, 2010 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment)  The purpose of this report is to take a fresh look at biofuels – to think strategically about how they might lessen our dependence on fossil fuels and thus …

Subsidy Extended to 100 Per Cent Biodiesel
July 5, 2010 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by  Grant Bradley  (New Zealand Herald)  The Government is boosting support for the growing number of biofuel makers by extending its subsidy scheme to 100 per cent pure biodiesel.
Under the present criteria, to qualify for a …

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Road Map Commences
June 1, 2010 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(CSIRO)   CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) together with Australasia’s major aviation players is leading a study to help plan a sustainable future for aviation fuels and reduce the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions.  The Sustainable …

Biofuel Pilot Scheme Faces Winding Road
April 26, 2010 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Nina Fowler (National Business Review)   Queenstown tourism operators are scrambling to establish a viable local biofuel industry before government assistance expires.
The Queenstown Lakes Biodiesel Consortium’s pilot scheme has been the beneficiary of a two-year government …