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    Algae Tech Conference   —   September 4-5, 2019   —   Madrid, Spain

Algae Tech Conference — September 4-5, 2019 — Madrid, Spain

Algae are called the green gold of the future as they became a valuable and sustainable feedstock for numerous industies. They are used in producton of biofuels, novel food,animal feed, chemicals, materials, cosmetics, biofertilizers or CO2 utilization. The market is rapidly growing and it is still far from reaching it’s

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Report: EU Ethanol Consumption to Increase in 2019

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A recent report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network discusses the current use of biofuels in the European Union and the potential for increased use in the future. According to the report, the EU has set a 10 percent target

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Presentations Available from Altfuels Iberia 2019: Sustainable Energies for the Land and Sea Transport — June 11-14, 2019 — Madrid, Spain

Efforts to reduce the harmful effects on air quality produced by petroleum-based fuelscontinue throughout Europe . To this vital need is added the strategic objective of reducing dependence on oil in all energy uses. All this, as well as the economic advantages and independence and energy security, is driving the adoption of alternative fuels for

July 16, 2019 Read Full Article

European Research Project Claims Breakthrough in Production of Renewable Jet Fuels from Sunlight

(GreenAir Online)  A project funded by the EU and Switzerland claims to have made a breakthrough in producing renewable jet kerosene from sunlight, water and CO2. The SUN-to-LIQUID project follows on from an earlier project, SOLAR-JET, that developed the technology to achieve the first-ever production of solar jet fuel in a

June 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Catalonia: HAM Offers Biomethane from Wastewater at New Fuel Station

(HAM/NGV Journal)  HAM Group has designed, installed and commissioned its third HAMikro station, which allows the refueling of biomethane obtained from wastewater treatment. The facility, owned by Aqualia, is located at the municipal water service facilities that the company has in Lleida and features a fuel compression system, using a low

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Storage for a Growing Product Market

(Tank Storage Magazine)  With plans to invest further in used cooking oils capacity as well as improve infrastructure for bioethanol storage, Tepsa explains why storage for biofuels is increasingly important With EU directives in place to achieve 10% fuel consumption from renewable energies by 2020, the need for biofuels products and

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Mallorca: Europe’s Largest Hydrogen Production Plant Will Open in 2021

(Cemex/NGV Journal)  The president of the Government Francina Armengol headed the presentation of the Power to Green Hydrogen Mallorca project promoted by the regional government and the companies CEMEX, Enagás, Acciona and Redexis. The execution of the project will provide a green hydrogen production plant in 2021 to supply vehicles with

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomethane Business Is Booming – From Waste to Watts and Wonder Chemicals

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … First, let’s make sure we aren’t confusing biogas with biomethane. Biogas is mostly methane and carbon dioxide but that doesn’t mean it’s biomethane. You see, biogas is produced from organic matter breaking down in the absence of oxygen, but biomethane is biogas that has been upgraded

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Yes, Tin Lizzie Was an Alcoholic

by Marc J. Rauch  (The Auto Channel)  Correcting Bad Revisionist History About Ford’s Model T Automobile  —  The most venerated automobile of all time is Henry Ford’s Model T. Nicknamed “Tin Lizzie,” “Leapin’ Lena,” and sometimes “Flivver,” the Model T went into production in 1908 and the last models rolled off the assembly

May 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Spain: Chiclana Launches First Minibus Powered by Biomethane

(Chiclana Natural/NGV Journal)  The mayor of Chiclana José María Román presented the first minibus fueled by the biogas generated at the WWTP of Torno, through the All Gas project. This renewable fuel has already been experienced in the fleet of the municipal company Chiclana Natural. In addition to the city council

May 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Solar Fuel Turns to Plants for Inspiration

(European Commission)  An ‘artificial leaf’ being developed by EU-funded researchers to produce fuel from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, could tackle soaring global energy demands, the growing impact of climate change, and dwindling supplies of fossil fuels.  —  Developing new sources of clean, renewable energy that can compete against fossil fuels is

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

BioEnGas and Suma Capital Team up on the Development of Biogas Plants

(Enagás/NGV Journal)  The start-up created and participated in by Enagás, BioEnGas, and the independent investment manager, Suma Capital, have signed an agreement for joint investment in projects to develop biogas from efficient waste recovery, contributing to developing the circular economy. The aim of the partnership is to develop and construct a

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

CENER is Developing Technology for Future Urban Biorefineries, to Move towards a Circular Bioeconomy

(Bio-based News)  CENER is involved in 4 specific initiatives, in order to develop the most adequate management and valorization routes of different urban biowastes  —   The Biomass Department of CENER (National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain) is convinced of the need to move towards a circular bioeconomy, in which the society

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

SEAT Unveils Project to Turn Organic Waste into Biofuel for Vehicles

(SEAT/NGV Journal) SEAT launched the Life Methamorphosis initiative, whose aim is to achieve biomethane from organic waste, turning it into renewable natural gas in the following 5 steps: 1. Recycling. Each inhabitant of the city of Barcelona generates about 1.5 kilos of waste daily. 2.5 million kilos of rubbish every day

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Spanish Biomethane Technology Gains Momentum in Swedish Market

(Calvera/NGV Journal)  The Industrial Group Calvera is gaining momentum in the Swedish market with the sale and delivery of its first transport module of biomethane to E.ON Biofor Sweden, one of the main Swedish suppliers of biogas. E.ON will use Calverá’s “easy-lift” equipment to supply renewable natural gas to cars and

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Promising Opportunities for Circular Agro-Food Industries 

 (BioRescue) Education, training and awareness raising were identified as key factors to unlock the potential of 62 million tonnes of agricultural residues available annually in Europe during a policy conference organised by eco-innovation expert group Greenovate! Europe, where innovative examples of circular economy in the agro-food sector were presented. … Whilst a traditional industry,

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Asturias and Enagás Sign Agreement to Develop Renewable Energies

(Enagás/NGV Journal)  The Regional Minister for Employment, Industry and Tourism of the Principality of Asturias Isaac Pola Alonso and the Chief Transformation Officer of Enagás Antón Martínez signed an agreement in Oviedo to develop projects for non-electric renewable energies such as biomethane and green hydrogen in Asturias. This collaboration protocol between

April 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Spain: CNMC Approves Mechanisms for Biofuel Certification

(Competition Policy International)  The National Commission of Markets and Competition of Spain approved this week the norms for the organization and operation of the certification mechanism for biofuels and other renewable fuels. Certain operational aspects of the system have also been determined.   The approved operating rules establish procedures, rules and

March 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Global Bioenergies Greets the French Parliament’s Proposal Aiming to Promote a French Bio-Jet Fuel Industry

(Global Bioenergies)  Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE) greets the proposal made by France’s parliament to establish a public support programme to promote the emerging French bio-jet fuel producing channels. The draft Mobility Orientation Law includes ambitious measures for the sustainable development of different forms of mobility: road, rail, maritime and river, for example. Air transport should

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Supply Chains and Status: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biomass Torrefaction

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Michael Wild, from Wild & Partner LLC and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of the torrefaction process, implementation indicators, understanding the product, energy balance and GHG comparisons, and more. READ MORE        

March 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Scania: Natural Gas & Biogas, the Only Option to Decarbonize Heavy Transport

(Scania/NGV Journal)  Scania, an automaker that is leader in alternative fuels and that has been developing engines designed from factory to operate with natural gas for more than a decade, has noticed the increase in the use of natural gas in road transport during 2018 and offers an analysis of the

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

SABIC and Customers Launch Certified Circular Polymers from Mixed Plastic Waste

(SABIC)  o  SABIC and customers Unilever, Vinventions and Walki Group will introduce ISCC certified circular polymers in 2019 during a market foundation stage. SABIC’s certified circular polymers will be produced in The Netherlands from a recycled plastic waste feedstock developed by PLASTIC ENERGY and offer a drop-in alternative for customers

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Spain: Chiclana’s Municipal Fleet Speeds up Transition to Biomethane

(City of Chiclana/NGV Journal)  The mayor of Chiclana José María Román headed the presentation of the new Volkswagen Caddy Trendline, acquired by Chiclana Natural, the third biogas powered vehicle that joins the municipal company’s fleet. The 110 HP van will provide service to the Municipal Delegation for the Environment. The other

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Europe’s Largest Green Hydrogen Generation Plant under Construction

(Enagás/NGV Journal)  The President of the Balearic Government, Francina Armengol, and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, presented the agreements that the Government of the Balearic Islands has reached with Enagás, ACCIONA and CEMEX to promote several industrial projects in the Lloseta area of Mallorca. The agreements involve

January 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Sanchez Plans to Impose on Airlines a Pioneer Green Fee of 2% on the Use of Biofuels

by Victor Martinez (El Mundo Google Translation)) The Spanish Government plans to introduce a goal of biofuel consumption to the airline sector within its environmental policies against climate change. The Ministry of Ecological Transition completes a draft Climate Change Law in which the Executive is authorized to establish annual biofuel targets in air transport

January 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Finnish Pilot Develops a New Solution for Sustainable Forestry

(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd/EurekAlert)  Finnish pilot develops a new solution for sustainable forestry New unique mobile application puts forest Big Data to more efficient use The whole of Europe is feverishly looking for new ways to use farm, forest and fishery resources more responsibly and sustainably and to

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Outlook 2019: European Fuel Ethanol Market to Focus on Supply Side

by  Sophie Byron and Chrysa Glystra (S&P Global Platts)   The dawn of 2019 will find European fuel ethanol trying to rebalance supply, while awaiting key developments with Brexit and US antidumping duties. … Logistics have also been a headache not only for biofuels but also the broader fuel and petrochemical

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Retrofits for Europe’s Industry

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe) BIOFIT (www.biofit-h2020.eu) is an EU project that aims to facilitate the introduction of bioenergy retrofitting in Europe’s industry. The BIOFIT project will – during its 3-year duration – facilitate the introduction of bioenergy retrofitting in five specific industries, namely first-generation biofuels, pulp and paper, fossil refineries, fossil firing power

December 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Researchers at IT Tralee Secure over €1.2m in Funding for Research in Bioeconomy and Marine Sectors.

(Institute of Technology Tralee) Institute of Technology Tralee has been awarded €1.26 million in new funding to partner in two new research initiatives. This brings to over €11m the total value of research grants secured by IT Tralee from competitive national and EU funding bodies in the past 12 months.

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

BioLNG EuroNet Will Drive forward Decarbonisation of Road Transport across Europe with LNG

(BioLNG EuroNet) BioLNG EuroNet today (December 6, 2018) announced a commitment to the further expansion of LNG (liquefied natural gas) as a road transport fuel across Europe with new infrastructure that should ensure the long-term success and mass scale adoption in Europe. The consortium, comprising Shell, DISA, Scania, IVECO, CNH

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

The Hypocrisy Award II, EU Edition: 

(American Energy Society) 2nd place: More than nine countries and a dozen cities in Europe have announced they are going to ban internal combustion engines or diesel powered vehicles (including Paris, Madrid, Athens, Norway, France the United Kingdom); however, none have passed a law prohibiting anything.  1st place: Despite Energiewende policies that require

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

SouthCoast a Possible Site Location for Waste-to-Ethanol Company

by Jennette Barnes (The Standard-Times/Herald News)  A Canadian waste-to-ethanol company is looking for its first U.S. location, and the SouthCoast is on the list of possibilities. Montreal-based Enerkem confirmed to The Standard-Times Friday that it has been speaking with local officials and with waste hauler ABC Disposal about using material generated by ABC’s

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Purple Bacteria Can Turn Human Waste into Clean Hydrogen Energy

(ResearchGate)  The new method reduces carbon emissions and turns wastewater treatment plants into green generators. A significant downside to wastewater treatment plants is their carbon footprint. Now, researchers have found a way to reduce carbon emissions from sewage and produce hydrogen energy at the same time. Their method uses purple bacteria and electrical

November 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Spanish Energy Companies Increase Efforts towards Renewable Gas Development

(Enagas/NGV Journal)  Enagás’ CEO Marcelino Oreja and Ence’s CEO Ignacio de Colmenares have signed an agreement to develop projects that aim to obtain renewable gases from biomass. The goal is to use excess biomass to generate green hydrogen and synthetic natural gas. These non-electric renewable energies can be used in industrial

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Report on the Thermochemical Sciences Symposium at Auburn University

by Leyla Battista-Channell*  (Advanced Biofuels USA) Auburn, Alabama: Home to the Auburn tigers, the “loveliest village on the plains,” and this year’s host to the Thermochemical Sciences Symposium. Previously held at other universities, why Auburn University this year? The Biosystems Engineering department at Auburn University has been on the rise

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

APPA Claims Biofuel a Key Ingredient in Spain’s Energy Plan

(Renewable Energy Magazine)  Even if the ambitious goal to reach five million electric vehicles in Spain by 2030 is fulfilled, the reality is that, according to all forecasts, between 70 percent and 80 percent of the circulating fleet of light vehicles will continue to operate with combustion engines. According to APPA,

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

AlgaEnergy and Yokogawa Sign Strategic Partnership & Equity Agreement to Accelerate Growth of the Microalgae Biotech Sector

(AlgaEnergy/Yokogawa/BusinessWire)  AlgaEnergy, a Spanish biotechnology company specializing in the production and commercial applications of microalgae, and Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6841), a leading provider of industrial automation, control, and measurement technology, announce the signing of a partnership & equity participation agreement. The strategic agreement involves an approximately 10 million euro investment by

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Spain: New Collaboration Will Develop H2 and Biogas Projects

(Enagás/NGV Journal)  The Regional Minister for Economy, Industry and Employment of the Government of Aragon Marta Gastón and the CEO of Enagás, Marcelino Oreja signed in Madrid an agreement to develop projects for renewable gases such as hydrogen, biogas, and biomethane. Furthermore, they visited the company’s Control Center where the operation

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Galicia Government Opens Renewable Gas Unit, Able to Supply 3,000 NGVs

(Xunta de Galicia/NGV Journal)  The Minister of Economy, Employment and Industry, Francisco Conde, said the new Mixed Research Unit (UMI) of Renewable Gas, located in A Coruña, has the potential to change the energy model of urban mobility in the region. Thus, according to the official, through this initiative, in which

November 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Israeli Scientists Develop Method to Produce Fuel from Olive Waste

(Xinhua)  Israeli researchers have discovered a method to turn the waste generated by olive oil production into fuel used by vehicles, the news website Ynet published Friday. During the olive oil production process, of every 1,000 kg of olives squeezed in the olive press, only 200 kg of olive oil are

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Olivia Petroleum Carries out First Biodiesel Shipment at Cádiz Port in 15 Years

(Ports Europe/Dairio del Puerto)  The Free Trade Zone of Cádiz has recovered energy product traffic operations, absent since 2003, thanks to the Olivia Petroleum company, which has unloaded 7,000 metric tonnes of biodiesel at the Ribera dock. The operation, involving biodiesel imported from the Malaysian port of Port Klang, has been developed in

October 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Enagás and Ferrovial Partner to Develop New Biogas Projects in Spain

(Enagás/NGV Journal)  Enagás and Ferrovial have signed a collaboration agreement in order to explore together opportunities that boost the production and distribution of biogas. Specifically, both companies will analyze projects for the development and operation of plants where biogas, produced at some of the waste treatment facilities managed by Ferrovial, turns

October 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Chemists Develop Nanocatalysts for Continuous Biofuel Synthesis

(RUDN University/Phys.Org)  A chemist from RUDN synthesized new catalysts with ruthenium (Ru) nanoparticles for producing biofuel from organic biowaste. Nanocatalysts support more intensive and sustained reactions than the compounds currently available in the market. The results of the study were published in the ChemSusChem journal. Rafael Luque, an external specialist from RUDN, works

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Abengoa, Alcogroup Face Charges of Ethanol Benchmark Rigging: Sources

by Foo Yun Chee (Reuters)  Spanish ethanol producer Abengoa and Belgium peer Alcogroup have been charged by European Union antitrust regulators with rigging ethanol benchmarks and are likely to face fines next year, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The move by the European Commission followed a near three-year

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

27 Technologies to Produce Lower Carbon Fuels from “Second Chance Carbon” — and Its Practicioners. Who’s Doing What, Where, When, Why and How?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, perhaps the most comprehensive and useful guide to fuels and chemicals produced from “Recycled carbon fuels”, such as those produced from waste plastics or waste industrial gases, appeared from the gurus at E4Tech. And, there’s the world of alternative fuels and chemicals produced from

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Spanish Collaboration Will Develop More Renewable Gas Projects

(Enagás/NGV Journal)  The Director General for Industry, SMEs, Commerce and Crafts of the Government of Aragón Jesús Sánchez Farraces and Enagás’ CEO Marcelino Oreja have signed an agreement at Fundación Hidrógeno Aragón by which Enagás seeks to join the entity’s board of trustees. The regional government of the Spanish autonomous community

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI) is a leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. The company is a major  international producer of biomass-based diesel, a developer of renewable chemicals and North America’s largest producer of advanced biofuel. REG utilizes an integrated procurement,

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article
    Altfuels Iberia 2019: Sustainable Energies for the Land and Sea Transport   —   June 11-14, 2019   —   Madrid, Spain

Altfuels Iberia 2019: Sustainable Energies for the Land and Sea Transport — June 11-14, 2019 — Madrid, Spain

Efforts to reduce the harmful effects on air quality produced by petroleum-based fuelscontinue throughout Europe . To this vital need is added the strategic objective of reducing dependence on oil in all energy uses. All this, as well as the economic advantages and independence and energy security, is driving the adoption of alternative fuels for

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Repsol Is Developing Technology to Produce Renewable Hydrogen

(Enagás/Repsol/NGV Journal)  Repsol and Enagás have signed an agreement to continue developing technology that allows for the production of renewable hydrogen. This technology, which was originally developed by Repsol, will drive progress toward a medium-term objective for both companies: incorporating the gas obtained through this new low-carbon process into their respective

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Carbon Capture, Solar Fuels, Fossil Bubble

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Spain, BIOCON-CO2, a new €7 million EU Horizon 2020-funded research project, has recently kicked-off with intentions of supporting EU leadership in carbon dioxide (CO2) re-use technologies. BIOCON-CO2 aims to re-use excess CO2 produced from the iron, steel, cement and electric power industries to create value-added chemicals and

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Fueled for the Future Red Rock Biofuels Facility Breaks Ground in Lakeview

by Kurt Liedtke (Herald and News)  On Wednesday, members of Red Rock Biofuels, political dignitaries, corporate representatives and a large community contingent gathered on the outskirts of Lakeview for a groundbreaking ceremony for the $320 million renewable fuels facility. Taking woody biomass waste products such as pine needles, agriculture waste,

July 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Spain’s Billion-Dollar Ethanol-Powered S-80 Super-Submarines Are Too Big to Fit in their Docks

by Sebastien Roblin  (The National Interest/Yahoo!) …Originally the S-80 was going to be a joint development of the French Scorpene-class submarine, which uses the MESMA steam turbine to provide air-independent propulsion. However, the DCN partnership eventually dissolved as Madrid sought a larger, longer-range design. Spanish shipbuilder Navantia, though lacking recent submarine

July 24, 2018 Read Full Article
    International Conference on Biofuels and Bioenergy 2019   —   March 4-5, 2019   —   Barcelona, Spain

International Conference on Biofuels and Bioenergy 2019 — March 4-5, 2019 — Barcelona, Spain

EuroSciCon Ltd invites participants from all over the world to attend ‘International conference on Biofuels and Bioenergy 2019 ‘ during March 4-5, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain, which includes prompt Keynote Presentations, Oral Talks, Young Research Forum, Technical Workshops, Poster Presentations and Exhibitions. Biofuels & Bioenergy-2019 is a platform to meet insightful leaders

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article
    Altfuels Iberia 2019   —   June 11-14, 2019   —   Madrid, Spain

Altfuels Iberia 2019 — June 11-14, 2019 — Madrid, Spain

Efforts to improve air quality and reduce emissions produced by petroleum-based fuels continue throughout Europe. In addition, there is a strategic objective of reducing dependence on oil for all energy uses and applications. All this, as well as the economic and energy security advantages, is encouraging all countries to further

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

The Carbon Rescuers: 20 Top Waste Projects and Breakthroughs that Capture Used Carbon from the Waste Pile for New Uses

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In these top 20 projects, we usually say that we are using waste, but really we are converting something from a state of waste to a state of value — and that’s not just good for the project owners in question, it’s good for every stakeholder

June 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Biomethane Production Project Can Supply 10,000 Vehicles in Spain

(Aqualia/NGV Journal)  Aqualia is developing numerous projects aimed at the production of renewable energy from the use of wastewater. Thanks to the technology developed within the CIEN Smart Green Gas project, Aqualia has managed to produce 17.5 million cubic meters of biogas in a year, enough to supply a fleet of

May 30, 2018 Read Full Article

SEKAB Receives Major EU Funding to Demonstrate the Production of Isobutene-Derived Gasoline and Jetfuel from Wood

(SEKAB)  European financing package amounting to €13.9 million, of which €4.2 million for SEKAB E-Technology AB. Industry consortium led by Global Bioenergies and bringing together SEKAB E-Technology, Graanul Invest, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol, PEAB, SkyNRG, Ajinomoto Eurolysine, IPSB, TechnipFMC and Linz University. Aim at converting softwood residues into isobutene derivatives for

May 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel from Algae: CUK Scientist Finds Key to Increase Yield by 30 Per Cent

by George Poikayil (Indian Express)  The “path-breaking” findings were published in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Plant Physiology in May.  —  A team of 14 scientists from Korea, Spain and India discovered a key to increase biofuel from algae by 30%. Their “path-breaking” findings were published in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Plant Physiology

May 21, 2018 Read Full Article

New Hydrogen Project Launched on Scotland’s Orkney Islands

(Grupo Industrial Calvera/NGV Journal)  The equipment for the road transport of gases at high pressure developed by Grupo Industrial Calvera, company based in Zaragoza (Spain), are a key element for the European BIG HIT (Building innovative green hydrogen systems in an isolated territory: a pilot for Europe) project, whose launch took

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Artificial Intelligence Combats the Noise from Diesel Engines

(Unidad de Cultura Científica y de la Innovación (UCCi))  Several University of Cordoba research teams have created a new system to predict the sound from these engines depending on the chemical physical composition of the biofuel  —  For years now, diesel engines have been one of the greatest competitors in the car

May 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuel Plant Planned to Open in 2022

(Catalan News)  Pioneering Canadian/French joint project aims to build recycling centre in Tarragona region for €250m  —  A Canadian company and a French firm are together planning to open a plant in Catalonia to turn solid urban waste into biofuel. The joint project involving Montreal-based firm Enerkem and the Suez utility company would

May 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Siemens Unveils Natural Gas Engines Capable of Running on Different Fuels

(Siemens Spain/NGV Journal)  Siemens  presented  its  new  high-efficiency,  low-emission  gas  engines  at  the  6th China International Bioenergy and Biomass Utilization Summit in Shanghai. One of the advantages of these new engines is that they can use a wide range of fuels to generate electricity and heat. They can be powered by natural

May 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Project to Produce Industrial Products from Olive Mill Wastewater Gets EU Support

by Sevil Erkuş (Hurryiet Daily News)  A project initiated by Turkish experts to turn olive mill wastewater from olive production into industrial raw materials and products such as biodiesel and animal feed has received the support of a European Union program. In the production of olives and olive oil, the management of

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

The H2020-Funded Project greenGain Was Successfully Completed

(International Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e. V)  The project greenGain was funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union for research, technological development and demonstration under Grant Agreement No 646443. Eight institutions from Germany, Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic participated, including research institutions, chambers of agriculture and

February 27, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article
    2nd Edition of Global Summit on  Renewable Energy & Emerging Technologies   —   October 5-6, 2018   —   Barcelona, Spain

2nd Edition of Global Summit on Renewable Energy & Emerging Technologies — October 5-6, 2018 — Barcelona, Spain

Welcome to Barcelona, the cosmopolitan city with a rich cultural heritage spread throughout the corners. Experience the core the renewable energy as never before. EuroScicon is proud to host the 2nd Edition of Global Summit on Renewable Energy & Emerging Technologies with the theme of “Preserving energy is preserving future”.

February 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Alkol Biotech Agrees to Supply 500,000 Tonnes of Biomass to Europe’s ‘Largest’ Biorefinery

(Biofuel International)  Alkol Biotech and Bio Refinery Development have signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the sourcing of up to 500 thousand tonnes of non-woody lignocellulosic biomass for what would be Europe’s ‘largest’ biorefinery. UK based Alkol Biotech adapts plant varieties to grow in colder and drier climates, have better

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

A New Catalyst to Produce the Biodiesel of the Future

(FGUSAL/DICYT)  Researchers at the University of Salamanca test a catalyst to produce biodiesel more efficiently and economically in accordance with the requirements imposed by the regulations for the coming years —  … However, the problem is that nowadays it is only possible to use a 7% of edible oils to obtain biodiesel

December 29, 2017 Read Full Article

TO-SYN-FUEL Project: First Consortium Meeting in Rotterdam, Netherlands

(TO-SYN-FUEL) Members of twelve SME, industrial, and scientific partners, co-ordinated by Fraunhofer UMSICHT, and representatives of the European Commission participated in the first consortium meeting in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on the 26th of October 2017. Discussions took place regarding the progress of activities relating to the research project TO-SYN-FUEL which will

November 28, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Abengoa to Build MSW-to-Biofuels Plant for Fulcrum BioEnergy

(Abengoa/Biomass Magazine)  Abengoa, the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in infrastructures, energy and water sectors, has received notice to proceed on what will be the first plant that will produce biofuels from municipal solid waste (MSW) in the United States with gasification technology. Prior to this, Fulcrum

November 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Are Electrics a Bridging Technology, and Hydrogen Fuel Cells the Future?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Recently, Lexus’ Paul Williamsen told Australia’s CarAdvice team: “Both hybrid and EVs are merely bridging technologies on the way to the solution, which is hydrogen. The problem with EVs is a simple matter of chemistry – we won’t be able to get the charging times down. I’ve

November 4, 2017 Read Full Article

These Countries Want to Ban Gas and Diesel Cars

by Alanna Petroff (CNN) China, the world’s largest car market, is working on a plan to ban the production and sale of vehicles powered only by fossil fuels.  It has plenty of company: India, France, Britain and Norway want to ditch gas and diesel cars in favor of cleaner vehicles. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has

October 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Growing Diesel-Side Demand: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) is the biggest US-based producer of biomass-based diesel, and leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. REG utilizes an integrated procurement, distribution, and logistics network to convert natural fats, oils, greases, and sugars into lower carbon

September 26, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Getting to the Point (Mutations) in Re-Engineering Biofuel-Producing Bacterial Enzymes

(Newswise/U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers from Spain, Poland and Ireland have developed a new computational method to rapidly screen the effects of point mutations in bacteria to make biofuel production more efficient  —   Converting fibrous plant waste, like corn stalks and wood shavings, into fermentable simple sugars for the production

September 15, 2017 Read Full Article

New Wastewater Treatment System Runs on Algae

by  Julia Mericle (The Hawk Eye)  If Columbus Junction City Council approves the project, they could be first to install new technology in Iowa.  —  Columbus Junction could count itself among pioneering cities in the struggle to treat wastewater if the city council approves new technology that favors algae over

August 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Report Discusses Future of Ethanol Market in Spain

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Information Network provides insight into the future ethanol market in Spain following the 2016 expiration of the ethanol-specific biofuel blending target. The report indicates that ethanol consumption in Spain was driven solely by

August 29, 2017 Read Full Article

How Gold Can Recycle Biofuel Waste into Useful Additive

(Phys.Org/Tomsk Polytechnic University)  Gold nanoparticles serve as catalysts for obtaining valuable chemical products based on glycerol. Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University and their international colleagues are developing gold catalysts to recycle one of the main byproducts of biofuel production. The obtained products are in high demand in medicine, agriculture, the

May 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Turning Sewage Sludge into Fuels and Hydrogen

(Recycling Magazine)  TO-SYN-FUEL is a project funded by Horizon 2020 EU’s new research and innovation programme, with the aim to build-up, operate and demonstrate the production of Synthetic Fuels and Green Hydrogen from waste biomass. … Twelve SME, industrial, and scientific partners, co-ordinated by Fraunhofer UMSICHT, are participating in a

May 17, 2017 Read Full Article

EC Drops Antitrust Investigation into Ethanol Firms

(Argus Media) The European Commission (EC) says it has closed an antitrust investigation that involved unannounced inspections of premises of ethanol producers and trading companies in April 2015. The investigation concerned EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices. … While the EC investigation does not name the

May 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Orchard Waste Could Be a Fruitful Source of Biofuel

(IneffableIsland.com)  Waste prunings from orchards, vineyards and olive groves could be a valuable source of biomass energy and help boost rural economies, say EU-funded researchers. The key ingredient is a sustainable supply chain. As the EU seeks alternatives to fossil fuels, there is increasing interest in biomass for heating and

May 3, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

From Wastewater to Sustainable Fuel

(SEAT)  Turning wastewater into sustainable fuel. This is the answer to two environmental challenges, namely reusing an increasingly scarce resource, water, and finding alternative energies to counter episodes of severe pollution that impose traffic restrictions in cities such as Madrid and Paris. The production and consumption of this new biofuel,

April 11, 2017 Read Full Article
  Dropet Ethanol Conference    —   May 10-11, 2017   —  Marbella, Spain

Dropet Ethanol Conference — May 10-11, 2017 — Marbella, Spain

With a decade of solid presence in the global industrial and fuel ethanol markets, Dropet is proud to keep the tradition and to bring you this important market event on these days in the spring every year. The Conference will last for 2 days on May 10th and 11th, 2017

April 10, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Breakthroughs for Biofuel in Aviation and Transport Sectors

(Edie.net)  SEAT originally partnered with Spanish firm Aqualia to launch the SMART Green Gas project, aimed at creating 100% renewable biofuels to be used in compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. The partnership sees wastewater turned into biomethane at Spanish treatment plants in a process that separates water from sludge before

March 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Zaragoza: Continuous Commitment to Recycle Used Oil with Labor Integration

by Javier Rico (Energias Renovables)  Despite the fact that the European Commission is not very likely to focus on biodiesel from waste oils in the reform of the directive on renewable energies, its collection and treatment continues to offer opportunities for employment and integration for people with disabilities. Zaragoza City

December 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Researchers Collaborate with AST to Develop Lignin-Based Products

(American Science and Technology/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  American Science and Technology, a sustainable technology company, has teamed up with Terma Group, a team of Waste and Environmental Technology researchers at the University of Malaga in Spain, to continue efforts on the development of new lignin-based products. Led by professors Tomás Cordero

December 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Mayors of Paris, Madrid, Athens & Mexico City Stumble; African Nations Get It Right on Policies for Cleaner Air with Cleaner Diesel Fuel & Technology

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Last week, the mayors of four cities – Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens – announced they had pledged to remove diesel vehicles from their cities by 2025.  Last week, five African countries – Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Nigeria and Benin – announced they would reject shipments of

December 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Bacteria Turn Trees into Pollution-Eating Machines

by Anthony King (Horizon Magazine)  Hacking trees by adding bacteria to their roots could help scrub contaminated soil clean of chemicals and metals from industrial spillages and fallouts, a process known as gentle remediation. Once the approach is refined, it could provide an alternative way of cleaning up at least

November 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Green Hydrogen, Courtesy of Algal Proteins

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Since hydrogen fuel cells produce electricity, we are increasingly thinking about hydrogen as a successor to crude oil. But where will the hydrogen come from? Its ecologically cleanest source could be from algae bioreactors, partly thanks to an international team of researchers who have for the first

October 21, 2016 Read Full Article

AlgaEnergy Wins Business Award for the Environment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  AlgaEnergy, a Madrid, Spain-based company that develops and commercializes high-quality nutritional, cosmetic and energy products derived from microalgae, has been awarded the European Business Awards for the Environment 2015/2016 – Section Spain, by the Biodiversity Foundation under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The biannual awards

October 11, 2016 Read Full Article

FCC and Seat Partner in Project to Drive Biogas Production for Vehicular Use

(Bioenergy Insight)   …  The project seeks to develop an innovative process for enhancing bioenergy production from municipal, agricultural, and industrial waste, and a progress report was presented at Biometa 2016, held in Barcelona in May. Methamorphosis, which was granted funding in 2014 by EU’s LIFE programme supporting actions to

October 4, 2016 Read Full Article
  Algae Europe   —   December 13-15, 2016   —   Madrid, Spain

Algae Europe — December 13-15, 2016 — Madrid, Spain

Algae Europe offers a unique opportunity for the exchange between academia and industry will be established in a networking based environment that will allow to discuss the evolution of the Algae Biomass sector worldwide and understand the role of the main European Players. Algae are the new crop for the future. Algae

September 19, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

The High-Flown Fantasy of Aviation Biofuels

by Almuth Ernsting (Biofuelwatch/The Biomass Monitor)  …  As far as Branson and his airline, Virgin Atlantic, were concerned, the flight was indeed no more than a stunt: The “biofuel test flight” burned 95% ordinary kerosene and just 5% biofuels, made from coconut and Brazilian babassu nut oil. Virgin Atlantic has not

September 12, 2016 Read Full Article

SuperBIO Project to Support EU Bioeconomy Innovation

(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 therefore engages with the EU biobased business community. The project provides 10 different types of

September 3, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Andalusian Researchers Create Bricks with Biodiesel Waste

(ABC Andalusia (Google Translation))  The element is used to make bricks glycerin, a fatty organic byproduct production companies  —  Researchers of the group ‘ Advanced Materials ‘ Institute of Materials Science of Seville (ICMS-CSIC) and the University of Jaen in collaboration with the University of Patras (Greece) and experts from

August 16, 2016 Read Full Article
  1st Thematic SuperBIO Workshop —   September 12, 2016   —   Seville, Spain

1st Thematic SuperBIO Workshop — September 12, 2016 — Seville, Spain

The 1st Thematic SuperBIO Workshop”, titled “Valorization of Residues from Intensive Horticulture: A Business Opportunity for Bio-Based Industries”, which will take place in Seville (Spain) the 12th of September 2016 from 15h30 to 18h. The workshop offers the opportunity to inform you on the opportunities of the SuperBIO project for

August 12, 2016 Read Full Article

SuperBIO: Building and Supporting New Bio-Based Value Chains with SMEs

(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 develop and support at least 10 new, innovative, cross-border and cross-sectorial industrial value chains in the

August 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Direct Conversion of Methane to Aromatics in a Catalytic Co-Ionic Membrane Reactor

(Science Magazine)  Methane gas is expensive to ship. It is usually converted into carbon monoxide and hydrogen and then liquefied. This is economically feasible only on very large scales. Hence, methane produced in small amounts at remote locations is either burned or not extracted. A promising alternative is conversion to

August 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Report Features Data on EU Pellet, Biogas Markets

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 pellets, the report explains that the EU is the world’s largest wood pellet market,

August 2, 2016 Read Full Article

The European CYCLALG Project Will Develop an Algae-Based Biorefinery

by Elhuyar Fundazioa (EurekAlert!) A consortium of six R&D centres in the Basque Autonomous Community, Navarre and France -NEIKER-Tecnalia, National Centre of Renewable Energies (CENER), Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Association of Industry of Navarre (AIN), Association for the Environment and Safety in Aquitaine (APESA) and the Centre for the Application and

July 26, 2016 Read Full Article

A Paradigm Shift in Microalgal Biotechnology Could Be On The Cards Thanks To A University of Cologne Breakthrough

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 way than is currently possible. Head of botany and algae specialist professor Michael Melkonian speaks

July 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Abengoa’s Hugoton Cellulosic Ethanol Project Goes on the Block

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Missouri, Ocean Park Advisors has been retained by Abengoa Bioenergy to find a strategic partner or to complete a sale of Abengoa cellulosic ethanol plant, electricity cogeneration plant and related assets in Hugoton, Kansas. Additionally, there is an opportunity for interested parties to acquire the

July 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Report Provides Update of India’s Ethanol Industry

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A decline in Indian sugarcane acres during the past two growing seasons is expected to result in a decline in the country’s ethanol production in 2017, a report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network said. The recently released GAIN

July 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Volkswagen Showcases Algae Biogas-Powered Vehicles at Green Project in Spain

(Bioenergy Insight)  German carmaker Volkswagen has showcased its algae biogas-powered vehicle at a biogas project based in El Torno Chiclana, a town in south-west Spain. The presentation of the test vehicle was unveiled at a biogas development named ‘All-gas biogas project’, which is run by Aqualia, a water management subsidiary

June 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Sevilla Buses Tested in 2017 a New Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil

(Geregras (Google translation))  The ecological fuel obtained from recycling used cooking oils is becoming a reality thanks Life Bioseville an EU – funded project that will be tested in the fleet of city buses in Sevilla and whose pilot plant for the production of biofuels is located in Gerena. The

June 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Banana Power: Researchers Explore Use of Banana Waste to Boost Bioenergy in Ecuador

(Bioenergy Insight)  Researchers from the Agro-Energy Group at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have used geographic information systems to assess the potential use of the residual biomass of bananas produced in the province of El Oro, based in the south east of Ecuador, for bioenergy applications. According to the academics, results show that the

June 22, 2016 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  International Conference on Sustainable Bioplastics — November 10-11, 2016 — Alicante, Spain   —   DEADLINE: uncertain

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Conference on Sustainable Bioplastics — November 10-11, 2016 — Alicante, Spain — DEADLINE: uncertain

International Conference on Sustainable Bioplastics, will be organized around the theme“Bioplastics: A Genuine Alternative”  Bioplastics 2016 is comprised of 12 tracks and 62 sessions designed to offer comprehensive sessions that address current issues in Bioplastics 2016. Conference Series LLC Conferences invites all the participants from all over the world to

June 16, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article
  International Conference on Sustainable Bioplastics  —   November 10-11, 2016   —  Alicante, Spain

International Conference on Sustainable Bioplastics — November 10-11, 2016 — Alicante, Spain

With the successful journey of Bioploymers & Bioplastics conferences in USA, Conference Series LLC conferences planned to continue its Biopolymers conference series in Europe from 2016. International Conference on Sustainable Bioplastics, will be organized around the theme“Bioplastics: A Genuine Alternative”  Bioplastics 2016 is comprised of 12 tracks and 62 sessions

June 16, 2016 Read Full Article

CAAFI Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

(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 success we’ve achieved to date, and to similarly look ahead to solving the challenging issues

May 27, 2016 Read Full Article

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong– Parts 1 and 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels DIgest)  … Old KiOR was exciting, dramatic, and fast, and the headlines it produced between 2008 and 2011 were candy for a renewables-hungry world. A Breakthrough in Catalytic Pyrolysis to make cost-competitive, drop-in renewable fuels. A “Magic Catalyst”. The backing of a celebrity investor in Vinod Khosla.

May 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Alkol Biotech Sells Large Batch of Sugarcane Bagasse for 2G Ethanol Testing

(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, and government entities directly involved in the improvement of cold-resistant sugarcane, which is also

May 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Scania Delivers 51 Biodiesel And Vegetable Oil Hybrid Buses to Madrid

(The Auto Channel)  In a major commercial breakthrough, Scania will in June start delivering 51 hybridised Scania Citywide buses to Madrid. These complete buses feature cost saving and emission educing hybrid technology that meets the EU suburban and short distance Class II regulations. “We are delighted that Madrid has recognised

May 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Boom-boom: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel’s Growth and Horizons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on the boom on in Renewable diesel. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from Will Thurmond, President of Emerging Markets Online — highlights from the upcoming Drop In Fuels 2020: A Global Market Study.  The recorded version

April 11, 2016 Read Full Article

“Lack of Collateral” Damage: Abengoa’s Descent into Fiscal Hell, and Its Hopes for Redemption

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Last week, we reported that potential buyers of Abengoa Bioenergy’s six first generation ethanol facilities have been looking at acquiring the assets even before the company’s announcement that they would be put up for sale. We reported last month that company has already received possible

March 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Abengoa Bioenergy Files for Chapter 11 for Parent and 5 Subsidiaries

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Missouri, Abengoa Bioenergy US Holding, LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on behalf of itself and 5 of its US bioenergy subsidiaries. The companies involved in the filings include the US holding company; companies

February 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Analyst: Biofuels Consolidation Will Continue in 2016

(Ocean Park Advisors/Ag Professionals)  … “Our experience leads us to believe there will be an increased number of owners and boards of renewable fuel companies evaluating their options in 2016, if not testing the market for reasonable assessments of the value of their plants,” said Bruce Comer, founder and managing director

February 22, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Ultimate Review: The Unlimited Biotech Potential of Algae

(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 been established as incredibly valuable to the biotech industry, in part due to their

February 8, 2016 Read Full Article

SAS Takes off with Biofuel in the Tank

(SAS)  SAS is the only Scandinavian airline to be taking part in Avinor’s biofuel project at OSL, which from January 22 will ensure regular delivery of the most eco-friendly aircraft fuel. This will make OSL the first international airport where biofuel is available on a regular basis. SAS is joined

January 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Abengoa to Sell off Bioenergy Arm for a Billion Bucks

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 $1.08 billion dollars. The company has already received possible offers from investment funds, as well

January 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biofuels Outlook: Abengoa Doubts May Not Affect Biofuels Industry

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) Although the cellulosic ethanol industry has had some challenges, there is hope for the year ahead.  For some Midwest farmers, cellulosic ethanol’s launch in the past two years has allowed them to put their corn crops to wider use by providing stover to companies such

January 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Spanish Company Receives Patents for 2G Biodiesel from Glycerin

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Spain, the European patents office has approved a Europe-wide patent forInKemia IUCT Group’s production process that creates second-generation biodiesel from glycerin through 2033. The patent was developed as part of the European-funded 2G Biofuel project that saw trials of the fuel pass the EN590

December 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Kansas Ethanol: Closing of Abengoa Plant at Hugoton Shouldn’t Dash Hopes for Cellulosic Ethanol

by John Montgomery (The Hutchinson News)  …  Abengoa shut down the plant last month – eliminating about 50 jobs – a little more than a year after a grand opening celebration featuring high-level state and federal officials. The company also shut down its small traditional ethanol plant in Colwich. It’s

December 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Spain Mandates 8.5% Biofuel Mix in Gasoline and Diesel by 2020

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg)  Spain approved a mandate for biofuels in its transportation sector with a target of blending at least 8.5 percent of the cleaner fuel in with gasoline and diesel by 2020. The mandatory minimum target will begin at 4.3 percent for biofuels next year, scaling up to the

December 7, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Abengoa Contagion Spreads to U.S. Biofuel Plants, Causing Layoffs and Shutdowns

by Rob Nikolewski (Kansas Watchdog.org)  … “I think we have to see how this thing plays out. In the short run, of course, it’s a devastating blow,” said Neal Gillespie, Stevens County Economic Developmentdirector. “In the long run, I think there’s a lot of value in that plant out there, and I

December 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Rep. Pompeo Investigates Failing Obama-Backed Green Energy Company

(The Daily Caller News Foundation)  Rep. Mike Pompeo is demanding information on Abengoa, a Spanish green energy firm on the brink of bankruptcy that could leave U.S. taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars. The Kansas Republican is worried Abengoa’s bankruptcy could stick taxpayers with the bill in light

December 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Abengoa Shuts Down Hugoton, Colwich, St Louis HQ

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Kansas, Abengoa has decided to suspend production at its new cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton as well as its corn-based ethanol plant in Colwich as part of the recent financial troubles the company is suffering from that may eventually lead to bankruptcy. The company

December 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Abengoa Seeks Insolvency Protection, Takes a Voyage to the Bottom of the Bond Markets

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, NASDAQ shares in Abengoa SA plunged 49% in Wednesday trading after the embattled renewable energy developer said it would seek bankruptcy protection as it seeks to reorganize nearly $9.4 billion in debt. The protective filing was announced after an expected infusion of

November 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Abengoa to Launch Bio-Alcohols Production in Early 2016

by  Yana Palagacheva (ICIS News)  … After successfully establishing its alternative ethanol production route, Abengoa is now seeking to diversify its portfolio with its bio-alcohols project, particularly bio-butanol. “We have quite a wide branch of final products and right now we want to come within the bio-chemical sector through the butanol project,”

October 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Uncertainty for Alleged Fraud in the Biodiesel Plant Barajas de Melo

(El Dario (Google translation))  …  “What matters to Barajas de Melo and all its neighbors is that this plant is definitely over. They take four or five years building it and are talking about an investment of 30 million euros. What we want is that the plant begins operation ,

October 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuels Maker Paid Back Its Federal Loan Without Selling Any Ethanol

by Michael Bastasch (Daily Caller)  Abengoa Bioenergy got nearly $230 million in federal loans and grants to build a massive cellulosic biofuel refinery capable of producing 25 million gallons of ethanol every year. The company, however, says it has paid back its federal loans without selling any cellulosic ethanol. “We have

October 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Spanish Company Launches Energy Island Project Using 100% Renewables

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Spain, PlanetEnergy has launched its energy island project, producing 100% of household energy requirements from organic waste, wastewater, and manure waste with solar, wind, batteries and biodiesel backup. The company says the project is applicable for any household size in rural applications and in

September 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Nidera Earns RSB Certification For Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil

(Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials)  Nidera has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production and trading of biofuels from used cooking oil. Nidera operates worldwide as a commodity service and solutions provider for the global agricultural markets and has an active presence in more than 18 countries.

September 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Algae Fuel, Algae Research Clusters: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to BIOFAT

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BIOFAT is a microalgae-to-biofuel FP7 demonstration project that integrates the entire value chain of algae process from optimized growth, starch and oil accumulation, to downstream processing (biorefinery) including biofuel production . The BIOFAT approach integrates and scales up complementary technologies and skills from each partner

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Abengoa Advancing: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the Hugoton Cellulosic Ethanol Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The goal of the Abengoa project in Hugoton, Kansas? To design, build and operate a commercial scale bioethanol facility that uses sustainable biomass feedstock, drastically reduces green house gas emissions while achieving output production, yield and cost targets. READ MORE

September 16, 2015 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2015 6-Minute Country Guide to Spain’s Advanced Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mandates and national consumption  — Key takeaway: Spain is part of the EU and the overall Renewable Energy Directive; the country has struggled to meet its targets, but is ramping up national targets. Consumption in 2014 hovered around 1.16 million tons. … Key Producers Key takeaway:

September 16, 2015 Read Full Article

The New Tobacco Road: A Path beyond Smoking for America’s Traditional Cash Crop

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Tobacco’s been re-thought, re-engineered and re-invented as a platform for sustainable, low-carbon fuels, and green chemicals – who’s doing what, where and how?  … If tobacco’s reputation has fallen into disrepute on soil sustainability and smoking application grounds (and George Washington abandoned the crop in his

September 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Is HVO the Holy Grail of the World Biodiesel Market?

(Greenea)  Overcapacity, shortage of sustainable feedstock, blending wall… they all contribute to the increasingly challenging situation on the biodiesel market in Europe. At the same time, new HVO investments start to pop up like mushrooms after a rain. But can this be the golden mean to what is happening in

September 8, 2015 Read Full Article

Abengoa: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Abengoa is active in three areas in biofuels: a. Traditional fermentation of cereal grains and sugar cane for the commercial production of bioethanol; b. Traditional transesterification for the production of biodiesel from cereal and vegetable oils.; and c. Commercial scale cellulosic fuel production.  READ MORE

July 31, 2015 Read Full Article

Spain Increases Biofuel Targets to Meet European Standards

(PetrolPlaza)  Spain´s government is setting an increased national target for biofuel or ethanol composition of gasoline and diesel fuels to 8.5% by the year 2020, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism  —  In an effort to meet new European standards, which target a 10% rate of transport energy to

July 27, 2015 Read Full Article
  International Congress and Expo on Biofuels & Bioenergy — August 25-27, 2015  —  Valencia, Spain

International Congress and Expo on Biofuels & Bioenergy — August 25-27, 2015 — Valencia, Spain

The theme of the conference is “Accelerating Advancements and Frontiers in Biofuels & Bioenergy”  Biofuels-2015 is an extraordinary event designed for the International professionals to facilitate the dissemination and application of research findings related to Biofuels and Bioenergy as replacement fuels. The conference invites participants from all leading universities, research

June 12, 2015 Read Full Article

BDI Successfully Completes RetroFit Project in Spain

(BDI)  BDI – BioEnergy International AG has successfully completed the expansion of a BioDiesel plant in Spain. Oils and animal fats with very high FFA-content will in the future be converted into second-generation standards-compliant BioDiesel. Implementation of the latest “High-FFA esterification” BDI technology Expansion allows the processing of the most

May 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Beyond Boats To China

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  After halting distillers grains imports late last year, the world’s top DDGS buyer is poised to resume business, but on what terms? The prospect of China reissuing distillers grains import permits bodes well for the product’s American exporters, but Randy Ives isn’t ready to

January 19, 2015 Read Full Article

The Worldwide Push for Aviation Biofuels

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) EMB-202A Ipanema crop duster. This is the most recent version of a design that first

January 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Aided by Controversial Federal Program

by Henry C. Jackson (Capital Press/Associated Press)  The refinery in Hugoton, Kan., built by Seville, Spain-based Abengoa, is the largest cellulosic biorefinery in the world. At the RV Park he owns in a remote corner of southwestern Kansas, Jan Leonard is seeing the benefits of one of the federal government’s

December 30, 2014 Read Full Article

Fuel4me Consortium Targets 2017

(Algae Industry Magazine)  … The overall aim of Fuel4me is to establish a sustainable chain for continuous biofuel production using microalgae as a production platform, thereby making 2nd generation biofuels competitive alternatives to fossil fuels. More specifically, they intend to “develop a sustainable, scalable process for biofuels from microalgae and

December 15, 2014 Read Full Article

Consortium Creates Sugarcane Research Center in Spain

(Global BioBusiness)  The EunergyCane Consortium officially started operations with the signing of an agreement with the city of Motril in Spain which will create Europe’s first sugarcane research center. The consortium is a group of public and private European entities such as the University of York, Aberystwyth University, Polytechnic University

November 25, 2014 Read Full Article

To Use Sewage Sludge to Obtain Bioenergy

(Nanowerk News) Researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Universidad Miguel Hernández of Elche have found a way to increase biomass production by using sewage sludge as energy crop fertilizers. The Agroenergy Group from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and researchers of the Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH)

November 21, 2014 Read Full Article

‘Welcome to the Future’

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Construction on Abengoa’s self-powered cellulosic ethanol facility is complete. But that doesn’t mean efforts to innovate are over. Javier Garoz Neira, CEO of Abengoa Bioenergy, told attendees at the company’s grand opening celebration they were witnessing the first step into the start of a

November 20, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article
  European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy   October 20-22, 2015   Madrid, Spain

European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy October 20-22, 2015 Madrid, Spain

As always at EFIB, we are on the eternal quest to create more dynamic biobased markets, jobs and growth and products that bring real benefits to communities and to the environment. SAVE THE DATE   READ MORE

November 14, 2014 Read Full Article

PhD Thesis Proposes Use of Ethanol and Heterogeneous Catalysts for Biodiesel Production

(Basque Research)   … Chemical engineer Inés Reyero Zaragoza proposed the substitution of methanol by ethanol for the production of biodiesel and the use of a heterogeneous catalyst, which will “result in a reduction of costs and in the environmental impact associated with the production of this biofuel”. One of the

November 12, 2014 Read Full Article

4 Minutes With…Sebastian Scaparro, Business Developer and Administration Manager, ALS Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … ALS Bioenergy is a company that develops and commercialize technologies for biofuels, agroindustrial and bioproducts. Our technology is multifeedstock, glycerin free and has a much lower cloud point then the traditional process. … We really need to have one or two companies that really makes

October 21, 2014 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Companies Want Stricter Regulation on Waste Oil

by Elaine Yau (South China Morning Post)  The recent gutter oil scandal leads to calls to set up a licensing system Last month’s scandal over sales of tainted lard from Taiwan has been a source of bitter satisfaction for Hong Kong’s handful of biodiesel producers. It’s helped shine a spotlight

October 21, 2014 Read Full Article

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