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Plans for £150m UK Bio-Resources-to-Fuel Facility Approved

(Bioenergy Insight)  Plans to build the UK’s first commercial-scale Bio-Substitute Natural Gas (BioSNG) plant have been approved by the council. Cheshire West & Chester Council’s planning committee gave the green light to the £150 million (€174.2 million) project at Peel Environmental’s Protos site in Ellesmere Port, which will generate renewable

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Charlotte Morton

“If the investment currently put into shale gas extraction was redirected to biogas production, we could make a major leap forward in achieving net zero emissions targets whilst helping meet the UK’s energy needs and developing an invaluable asset for exports,” said Charlotte Morton, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association’s chief

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Biogas Is a ‘Viable, Renewable’ Alternative to Shale Gas, says ADBA

(Bioenergy Insight)  The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) is urging the UK Government to consider biogas as a viable alternative to shale gas following the ‘indefinite suspension’ of fracking across England, Scotland and Wales. Fracking – the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into the ground to open

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Never Knowingly Undersoiled – John Lewis Trucks to Run on Cow Manure

by Jillian Ambrose (The Guardian)  Retailer’s fleets will use carbon neutral renewable biomethane  — Hundreds of John Lewis delivery trucks will begin running on cow power from 2021 as the retailer weans its fleet off polluting diesel fuel and switches to carbon-neutral cow manure. The retailer will begin using renewable biomethane

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

UK Leading Consumer Delivery Specialist Adds 42 NGVs to Green Fleet

(CNG Fuels/NGV Journal)  A total of 42 Iveco Stralis CNG tractor units will be added to the operation over the coming weeks, taking the total to 72 across the Hermes’ fleet. Once introduced, the new vehicles will account for more than 40% of the company’ first mile delivery fleet. These have

November 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Air BP Promotes Sustainable Aviation Fuel at Industry Event, Expands Offering to Swedish Airport

(Biofuels International) Aviation fuel provider Air BP has highlighted the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at the recent NBAA-BACE industry event in Las Vegas, US. The company highlighted how solid waste from homes and businesses, including packaging, paper, textiles and food scraps that would otherwise go to landfill or

November 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Entries Now Open for 2020 National Recycling Awards DEADLINE: February 14, 2020

(MRW) For over two decades, MRW’s National Recycling Awards has been on a mission to find, recognise and celebrate those making a difference in the recycling and waste management industry. The MRW National Recycling Awards are the most prestigious awards in the recycling and resource management sector, with winning projects

November 11, 2019 Read Full Article

UK’s First Net Zero Emissions Biofuel for Heavy Trucks Will Arrive in 2021

(CNG Fuels/NGV Journal) CNG Fuels announced plans to become the UK’s first supplier of carbon neutral fuel for HGVs, using manure to help fleet operators achieve Net Zero emissions. The company is also consulting on how its network of refueling stations can best accommodate low-carbon hydrogen and battery electric technologies for

November 8, 2019 Read Full Article

The Long Haul to Getting Aviation Biofuel off the Ground

by Angeli Mehta (Ethical Corporation) With the IPCC warning against growing crops for fuel, Angeli Mehta reports on how LanzaTech, SkyNRG and Velocys are trying to get the next generation of aviation biofuels to scale The first flight using a blend of kerosene and biofuel took place back in 2008. Eleven

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Green Light for BEACON Project Boosts Wales’ Bio Economy

(Welsh Government)  The Counsel General and Brexit Minister, Jeremy Miles, visited Aberystwyth University today to open the new Bio-refining Centre and Seed Biobank buildings at the University’s Innovation and Enterprise Campus.  Mr Miles, who is responsible for EU funding in Wales, announced a £3.7 million EU investment to extend the

November 4, 2019 Read Full Article

New Biogas Truck Helping Us Work towards a Cleaner, Greener Tomorrow

(Warrens Group) Warrens Group have announced another first for the industry and the North East Region. As a third generation family business of over 70 years standing, we have grown from humble beginnings to become one of the region’s foremost providers of agricultural and food waste recycling services. In recent years,

October 31, 2019 Read Full Article
    International Plant Science and Molecular Biology Conference (IPMB-2020)   —   May 25-26, 2020  —   London, UK

International Plant Science and Molecular Biology Conference (IPMB-2020) — May 25-26, 2020 — London, UK

This conference aims to aggregate community and to create a platform for an exchange of information on new scientific innovations, technological developments and the effectiveness of various regulatory programs towards Plant Science and Molecular Biology. An understanding of the functional biology of plants and the mechanisms that shape and modify

October 25, 2019 Read Full Article

SIMEC Acquires Fleetsolve to Expand Biodiesel Genset Deployment throughout the UK

(Fleetsolve) Fleetsolve receives major boost with buyout SIMEC – October 2019  — SIMEC, part of Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance, has accelerated plans for the deployment of its biodiesel generators through the acquisition of Fleetsolve, an award-winning company with 17 years of experience developing, operating and maintaining biofueled combined heat and power

October 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Shipping Industry Must Cut Sulphur Emissions before 2020, Says IMO Secretary-General

by Varsha Saraogi (Ship Technology)   International Maritime Organization (IMO) secretary-general Kitack Lim has urged the shipping industry to boost its efforts to cut sulphur emissions by using IMO 2020-compliant fuels before the regulation deadline on 1 January 2020. The IMO has limited the amount of sulphur in fuel oil used

October 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Artificial Leaf, Renewable Fabric, Hydrogen Truck, Edible Tray, Plant Bags, Mushroom Textiles: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of October 24th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week we lead with an artificial leaf, which kinda sorta goes with plant-based shopping bags — seems as if we’re going one way, then the other, as The Pretenders once sang. Also in the news this week are renewable fabric, a hydrogen-based truck as Renault

October 24, 2019 Read Full Article

‘Artificial Leaf’ Successfully Produces Clean Gas

(University of Cambridge)  A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an ‘artificial leaf’ that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could eventually be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to petrol. The carbon-neutral device sets a new

October 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Robotic ‘Mayflower’ to Cross the Atlantic on 400th Anniversary of Pilgrims’ Journey

by Denise Chow (NBC News) … The Mayflower Autonomous Ship will set sail from Plymouth, England, on Sept. 6, 2020, and is expected to make landfall in Plymouth, Massachusetts, about 12 days later. The futuristic ship — powered by solar and wind energy and guided by GPS — will make

October 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Beans Means Fuel at Stansted Airport

by David Vincent (East Anglican Daily Times) Passengers at Stansted Airport drink millions of cups of coffee every year. Now, in a new green scheme, coffee grounds will be turned into fuel. … Stansted is becoming the first airport in the world to convert all its coffee grounds into solid biofuels

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels That Could Be Made from Seawater

(University of Manchester/Phys.org)  Researchers from the University of Manchester are using synthetic biology to explore a more efficient way to produce the next generation of biobased jet fuels—partly made from seawater. — The Manchester research group, led by Professor Nigel Scrutton, director of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) and supported

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

10 Countries Moving toward a Green Hydrogen Economy

by Jason Deign (Green Tech Media)  It’s early days for renewable hydrogen, but the potential is enormous, and several nations have an eye on the driver’s seat.  — Air Liquide had a special gift for the U.S. on the little-known National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day this month: The French industrial

October 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Guidance Issued for Farmers Suffering Biodiesel Problems

(Farmer’s Weekly) Fuel suppliers have issued guidance for farmers and contractors who say biodiesel is causing low fuel pressure and blocking filters in tractors. Some farmers have suggested the problems are related to an increase in the fatty acid methyl ester (Fame) content of diesel fuel, which influences its performance. … But

October 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Catch & Kill: The Velocys, Oxy, Cemvita, Carbon Engineering, BHP, Ginkgo Chase to Catch Waste, Kill Emissions, Armed with New Organisms to Liberate Value

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Mississippi, Velocys’ Bayou Fuels project has signed with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to capture carbon dioxide from Velocys’ planned Bayou Fuels biomass-to-fuels project in Natchez, Mississippi, and securely store it underground in a geologic formation. OLCV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Occidental, will take,

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Faux Snow, Faux Fur, Wool Surfboards, Green Hydrogen, Hawaiian Algae, Next-Gen Mirai: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of October 10th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week there’s faux snow, there’s faux fur, wool-based surfboards and seaweed pods filled with a burst of Glenlivet whisky. Not to mention some biogas based fuels cells, an algae-based solar startup, news on the next-gen Toyota Mirai, and a skincare line that harnesses the

October 10, 2019 Read Full Article

UK Tweaks Tariffs Amid No-Deal Brexit Countdown

by Kate Proctor and Lisa O’Carroll (The Guardian)  Adjustments made for duties on trucks, bioethanol and clothing in effort to keep prices down  — The government has announced changes to British tariffs on lorries, bioethanol and clothing in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Revisions to the temporary tariff schedule are an

October 9, 2019 Read Full Article

CNH Industrial & Ricardo Develop Biomethane Tractor for UK Project

(Ricardo/NGV Journal) This collaboration forms part of the APC (Advanced Propulsion Centre) UK funded Low Carbon Tractor (LoCT) project, which aims to design and demonstrate a commercially viable agricultural tractor capable of operation on sustainable locally sourced biomethane, while conforming to the latest European & US emissions standards. The first examples

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article
    Greener by Design Conference 2019   —   November 7, 2019   —   London, UK

Greener by Design Conference 2019 — November 7, 2019 — London, UK

Climate Change is the aviation industry’s biggest environmental challenge. The industry can already boast the first global, sector-wide, market-based climate measurement in CORSIA and is also committed to a net 50% reduction in emissions by 2050. However, there is growing evidence of climate warming and the latest IPCC report urges

October 7, 2019 Read Full Article

UK Government’s Climate Advisers Suggest a Pathway towards Net-Zero Aviation Emissions by 2050

(GreenAir Online) Emissions from international aviation and shipping must be included in the country’s net-zero emissions by 2050 climate target, says the UK government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change (CCC). However, the body accepts that even with improvements to fuel efficiency and the use of sustainable and novel fuels, zero-carbon aviation

October 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomass Pioneer Secures £2.3m to Launch Demo Plant

(Mercia Asset Management) A Teesside business which has developed a new way to generate fuel and chemicals from waste biomass has secured a further £2.3million investment to commercialise its technology. Nova Pangaea Technologies has completed a funding round led by NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance, which is managed by Mercia and

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

UK Gas Supplier FloGas Adds Liquid Biomethane to Its Range

(Bioenergy Insight)  FloGas, a supplier of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and liquid natural gas (LNG) in the UK, has added liquid biomethane to its range, claiming to be the first to supply this type of fuel off-grid. The company provides energy solutions to homes and businesses that are not connected

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Velocys Wins $0.5 Million Order in Japan for Fischer-Tropsch Technology

(Biofuels International) Velocys has secured a purchase order and technical service agreements with Toyo Engineering (Toyo) for its biomass-to-jet fuel technology in a demonstration facility in Japan. The company has also secured an advanced deposit for the use of the same technology by Toyo in a subsequent commercial plant, Velocys

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

World’s First Combined 2G Ethanol and Crude Lignin Oil Biorefinery Inches Closer to Reality

(PressAT/Vertoro) Sainc Energy Limited (Sainc), a London-based developer of biomass refineries, has entered into a definitive supply contract for 180,000 tons per annum of local olive tree prunings for its planned advanced bio-refinery at Villaralto, in Cordoba Province, Andalusia, Spain. The bio-refinery will produce second generation (2G) ethanol alongside so-called crude lignin

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Synthetic Fuels Could Shrink Carbon Footprint

by Vicky Just (University of Bath/Phys.org)  Synthetic fuels, made using carbon captured from the air, farm waste or biomass, could help the transport sector reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and meet “net-zero” greenhouse gas emission goals. A policy briefing by the Royal Society, published on 16 September, set out the

October 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Fungus Fashion, BMW i Hydrogen NEXT Unveiled, Spider Silk and Cellulose Composite, Nestlé Opens Packaging Research Center, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of September 25th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) With Climate Week on many minds this week, it’s good to see innovations being developed to take a step in a better direction. Take CPI Card Group which is launching credit cards made from waste plastic recovered from the ocean. Or researchers who have created a

September 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Netherlands Mulls End to Used Cooking Oil Double-Counting

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com) An analysis of the “weak” points of the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), combined with the results of an ongoing criminal investigation, will determine whether it is possible to end double-counting of used cooking oil (UCO) in energy used in transport, a Dutch spokesperson told EURACTIV.com.

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Achieving NET ZERO — Farming’s 2040 Goal

(National Farmers Union)  The NFU has set the ambitious goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the whole of agriculture in England and Wales by 2040. This is our contribution to the UK’s ambition of net zero by 2050. Agriculture is uniquely placed to be part of

September 12, 2019 Read Full Article

BCB International Awarded Military Rations Contract

by Harry Lye (Army Technology) UK military and survival equipment innovator BCB International has won a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to supply environmentally-friendly fuel for cooking and reducing the British Army’s carbon footprint. The fuel called ‘FireDragon’ will be supplied to the British Army with a foldable

September 11, 2019 Read Full Article

United Kingdom: Flogas Debuts Bio-LNG Trucks to Cut Carbon Emissions

(Flogas/NGV Journal) Flogas has recently introduced two, new, innovative trucks that operate with bio-LNG. These vehicles, which provide an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the conventional diesel engine alternative, are part of the company’s 2040 ambition of providing their customers with 100% renewable energy solutions. Flogas’ extensive fleet of

September 6, 2019 Read Full Article

France Doubles Its Contribution to the Green Climate Fund

(Green Climate Fund) The Green Climate Fund (GCF) welcomes France’s announcement to contribute EUR 1.548 billion to the replenishment of the Green Climate Fund made at the recently concluded G7 Summit in Biarritz, France. At the final press conference of the G7 Summit, President Emmanuel Macron announced that France will double

September 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Biobased Battery, Starch-Based Gift Cards, Future Fashion, Plant-Based Flame Retardants, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of September 5th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week is a merry mix of biobased innovations around the world. From the creation of artificial reefs made from PLA in Israel and Spain’s starch-based gift cards to the U.S. where biobased battery materials are reality in Washington state and where flame retardants made from

September 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Oil Giant’s £4m Biofuel Pledge

by Peter Magill (Bury Times) A leading oil company has invested £4 million in a bid to persuade customers to ditch diesel and gas oil and opt for an environmentally-friendly alternative. Crown Oil is throwing its weight behind biofuels as a synthetic alternative to fossil fuels. Major road users like Mercedes-Benz, Scania

September 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Zero-Emission Hydrogen Beer Trucks, Algae to Generate Clean Water, Cheesy Biogas, Algae Backpacks, Bamboo Toothbrushes, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of August 30th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Pumpkin spice everything is already appearing in stores across the U.S. and so is beer for Oktoberfest, but Anheuser-Busch’s beer will be delivered using zero-emission hydrogen beer trucks! Have some cheese with that beer as cheese waste is now being converted to biogas in the UK.

August 30, 2019 Read Full Article

The Impact of Biodiesel Fuel on Ethanol/Diesel Blends

by Nawar Hasan Imran Al-Esawi, Mansour Al Qubeissi and Ruslana Kolodnytska (Coventry University/Energies)  The interest in biofuels was stimulated by the fossil fuel depletion and global warming. This work focuses on the impact of biodiesel fuel on ethanol/diesel (ED) fuel blends. The soybean methyl ester was used as a representative

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Crown Oil Invests in HVO Biofuel to Help Sector Be Greener

(Green Fleet) Crown Oil has invested in a stock of Hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) biofuel in a bid to shift demand in UK transport sector from diesel and gas oil to an environmentally-friendly alternative. Hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) is a second-generation premium biofuel made from renewable and sustainable sources, and reduces

August 27, 2019 Read Full Article

9 Constellations to Watch: A Look at the Rising Stars in the Race to SAF

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)oday we explore 9 of those constellations building around Sustainable Aviation Fuels. Some of them are young protostars in the earliest stage of stellar evolution, while others are like the Earth’s sun, a main-sequence mid-size star, and a few are superstars like, well,

August 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Fossil Fuels Offer a Poor Return on Energy Investment

(University of Leeds) An evaluation of the global energy return on investment for fossil fuels and renewable sources reveals a much more level playing field than previously believed. An enduring argument for the ongoing use of fossil fuels is their high energy return on energy investment – the ratio of

August 23, 2019 Read Full Article

NFU Writes to Government for Biofuel Policy

(National Farmers Union) The NFU has written to Government ministers calling for E10 – a type of petrol which contains 10% renewable bioethanol – to be introduced by 2020 to help the UK reach its net zero targets. Currently commonplace on UK forecourts is E5 which only contains 5% renewable bioethanol.

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Three UK Companies Join Forces to Create Waste Plastic to Hydrogen Facilities

(Bioenergy Insight)  Three companies have joined forces to create waste plastic to hydrogen facilities across the UK. Peel Environmental has signed a collaboration agreement with Waste2Tricity and PowerHouse Energy which will see 11 waste plastic to hydrogen facilities developed. The £130 million (€140 million) investment follows the announcement that the

August 20, 2019 Read Full Article

British Airways and Shell to Build Europe’s First Facility to Convert Rubbish into Jet Fuel

by Oliver Gill (The Telegraph) British Airways and Royal Dutch Shell have submitted plans to build Europe’s first plant that converts household waste into jet fuel. The duo will work with Velocys, a sustainable fuel specialist, on the site near to the Humber estuary in North Lincolnshire. It is hoped that around

August 20, 2019 Read Full Article

World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit — October 15-16, 2019 — London, UK

The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit takes place each year in London and San Francisco. It is acclaimed as the most international gathering of agribusiness leaders, VC investors and agri-tech innovators, with incisive debate, fresh insights and high value networking. Connecting Business & Innovation for a Healthy, Sustainable Food System The

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Project of Domestic Scientists of Turning Algae into Biodiesel Succeeds – Serbia Could Have Its Own Oil

(eKapija)  Scientists at the Institute for Multidisciplinary Research of the University of Belgrade have managed, according to the first results of a three-year project, unique in the world, to increase the production of fats in algae for around 30% through the method of “stressing”, which will have a great impact

August 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Dalradian Rules out Cyanide Use, Says Sperrins Gold Mine Will Be First in Europe with Zero Carbon Footprint

by Kevin Mullan (Derry Journal) Dalradian has said its proposed mine and processing plant in the Sperrins will be cyanide-free and that the mine will be the first in Europe with a zero carbon footprint. The company, whose proposals to prospect for gold and silver in the Sperrins has run into

August 15, 2019 Read Full Article

FuelCell Energy, Drax Announce New Carbon Capture Project

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  FuelCell Energy Inc. announced June 27 it has entered into a contract with Drax Power Station for an application of its carbon capture solution. Drax secured £500,000 ($633,503) in government funding to support the project. Under the contract, FuelCell Energy will support Drax with a front

August 7, 2019 Read Full Article

3F BIO Secures €17m Backing from European Commission for First Integrated Bio-Based Protein Biorefinery

(3F BIO) … The project addresses the protein challenge by integrating two established processes into a flagship, large-scale, first-of-its-kind, biorefinery producing bioethanol and sustainable food protein. The process takes a proportion of the sustainable cereal crops that feed the biorefinery to create a feedstock for the fermentation process that produces ABUNDA®

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

UK Government Urged to Utilise Anaerobic Digestion Opportunities to Help Climate

(Bioenergy Insight) The UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) is urging the government to maintain momentum on building a more sustainable circular economy. The plea follows new appointments to the cabinet by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, including Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers, and Business, Energy and Industrial Secretary Andrea Leadsom. ABDA

August 6, 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

Licella Ignites Carbon Re-Use Week with Oji Deal to Make Fuels, Chemicals from End-of-Life Plastic

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Licella signed a memorandum of understanding with New Zealand’s pulp, paper and packaging business giant Oji Fibre Solutions to investigate plastic recycling technology for New Zealand. Specifically, the physical and chemical recycling of what they’re terming End-of-Life Plastic. That is to say, conventionally end of

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Lincolnshire Fish and Chip Company Launches New Biogas Venture with Veolia

(Bioenergy Insight)  A Lincolnshire fish and chip company is launching a new biogas project as part of its zero waste to landfill pledge. The Elite Fish and Chip Company will now ensure all of its waste is reused, recycled, composted or converted into energy. The 30-year-old business has partnered with resource

August 6, 2019 Read Full Article

BP, Rosneft Join German Sustainable Aviation Fuels Initiative

(Biofuels International)  The Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany (aireg) has welcomed two new members: Rosneft Deutschland and BP Europa. …  Oil major Rosneft’s biofuels commitment:  “Rosneft Deutschland currently produces around 300,000 tonnes of jet fuel annually and implements into-plane aviation fuel supply in Munich, Berlin-Tegel, and Berlin-Schönefeld airports,” commented Brian Chesterman,

August 5, 2019 Read Full Article

China Uniquely Placed to ‘Green’ Shipping

by Ned Molloy (China Dialogue Ocean) As the world’s largest exporter and shipbuilder, China could pave the way to a carbon-neutral global trading system  —  The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, said last month that his country’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to stimulate global trade and integration must be “green and

August 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Cleaning up Plane Pollution for the Future: Interview with Hector Pollitt, Cambridge Econometrics

(The Naked Scientists)  … Adam – Now we heard about the issues and challenges behind electric flight, but are there any other solutions being tested or implemented right now that can help? Hector – Yeah. And I think when it comes to climate change we’re always looking to technology for

July 31, 2019 Read Full Article

How Nature Builds Hydrogen-Producing Enzymes

(Ruhr University Bochum)  The heart of the biological catalyst is introduced in the last step. The process is complex.  A team from the Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Oxford has found out how hydrogen-producing enzymes, the so-called hydrogenases, are activated during their biosynthesis. They showed how the cofactor – a

July 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Norfolk Farmer Diversifies Income and Boosts Soil Health with Miscanthus

(Terravesta)   Norfolk farmer, Adam Brewer, is planning for the future by diversifying his income and looking after his soils with Miscanthus.  Farmers wanting to learn more about the many environmental and financial benefits presented by the crop are invited to attend a Miscanthus farm walk hosted by Adam and Miscanthus specialist, Terravesta on

July 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Heathrow Calls for Air Passenger Duty to Be Invested in Biofuels

by Victoria Bryan (Flight Dashboard/Flight Global)  Heathrow Airport has recommended that targets be set for the use of sustainable biofuels and is urging the UK government to use air passenger duty for investment in such fuels. The call came as the airport operator reported results for the first six months of

July 23, 2019 Read Full Article

APPG for British Bioethanol Publishes FINAL Report on E10 Inquiry

(British Bioethanol)  The APPG for British Bioethanol has launched its final report on the introduction of E10 today (July 16, 2019). Stemming from the launch of an Inquiry in March into the lack of progress made by the DfT to publish its Consultation into E10, which closed in September 2018. The

July 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Fossil Fuels Are Far Less Efficient Than Previously Thought

by Luke McGrath (Bloomberg)  Fossil fuels, long regarded for their high-energy return on investment, are not as efficient as once thought. In fact, their final yields are not much better than those of renewable options, according to a new study. Oil, coal and natural gas have generally returned energy at a

July 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Press Release: Implications of Imported Used Cooking Oil as Biodiesel Feedstock

(National Non-Food Crops Centre) Increasing imports of UCO to the EU for use as biodiesel feedstock could have unintended and significant environmental consequences. — NNFCC release a new report on the ‘Implications of Imported Used Cooking Oil as Biodiesel Feedstock’. The report discusses how UK biofuels policy: Is driving the growing use of

July 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Sea Lettuce Could Make an Ideal Future Biofuel

by Ian Heath (Jersey Evening Post) But now experts are claiming that the annual ‘plague’ of slimy green sea lettuce in St Aubin’s Bay could actually become a blessing in disguise – in the form of a source of renewable energy for Jersey. A government report published today on seaweed harvesting

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

New Biomethane Station Opens in the UK to Fuel Bristol Bus Fleet

(Bristol Community Transport)  A new permanent biomethane station for the city’s metrobus fleet has been opened by West of England Mayor Tim Bowles and Cllr Kye Dudd, Bristol City Council Cabinet member for Energy and Transport. The facility, located at Bristol Community Transport (BCT) depot in Bedminster, will be used to

July 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Total Starts Up the La Mède Biorefinery

(Total)  Total has started up production at the La Mède biorefinery in southeastern France, with the first batches of biofuel coming off the line. It is the final step in converting a former oil refinery into a new energies complex. Launched in 2015, the project represents a capital expenditure of

July 5, 2019 Read Full Article

LPG Industry Aims for 100% Transition to BioLPG by 2040

(Liquid Gas UK)  Full switch to bioLPG could deliver up to 90% reduction in carbon emissions; Liquid Gas UK calls for re-think on EPC methodology; Trade association announces re-brand from UKLPG to Liquid Gas UK Liquid Gas UK, the newly re-branded trade association representing the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry in

July 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Birmingham Biogas Trade Event to Show the Way on Bio-LNG

(Bioenergy Insight)  … Bristol City Mayor Martin Rees announced on Thursday last week a consultation on proposals to ban diesel cars from the city to tackle air pollution, which is now a bigger killer than tobacco and three times larger than Aids, tuberculosis and malaria combined. The UK government has said

July 2, 2019 Read Full Article
    UK AD and World Biogas Expo and World Biogas Summit   —   July 3-4, 2019   —   Birmingham, UK

UK AD and World Biogas Expo and World Biogas Summit — July 3-4, 2019 — Birmingham, UK

The future of Bio-LNG will be a key theme at both UK AD and World Biogas Expo 2019 and its co-located thought-leadership forum World Biogas Summit on 3–4 July in Birmingham. CNHi Industrial will display its IVECO Stralis Natural Power truck and latest FPT Industrial Natural Gas engines, whilst New Holland will showcase the innovative Methane-Powered Concept Tractor, combining visionary design with

July 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Glastonbury Festival to Be Powered by Biofuels and Sunshine

(Biofuels International)  Energy services provider Aggreko has renewed its contract with Glastonbury Festival to offer a number of emission-reducing power solutions at this year’s music festival. The company has been the exclusive power supplier for the UK festival since 2007, with this year seeing the introduction of generators powered by hydrotreated

June 27, 2019 Read Full Article
    Argus Biofuels   —   October 8-11, 2019   —   London, UK

Argus Biofuels — October 8-11, 2019 — London, UK

Join the market-makers at the industry’s number one event — Argus Biofuels is your critical opportunity to meet and network with the full value-chains of biodiesel and ethanol. Join with traders, brokers, producers, political authorities, farmers, marketing and distribution professionals, storage and logistics experts, technology providers, and oil companies for four

June 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Europe, US Aim to Boost Ethanol Share in Gasoline, but Obstacles Remain

by Solomon Lanitis, Chrysa Glystra and Wesley Swift (S&P Global Platts)  Ambitious emissions targets are driving governments across the globe to mandate greater use of biofuels in gasoline, and higher-ethanol blends of gasoline look set to make further inroads in the EU in the coming year. Electric vehicles and hybrids have dominated

June 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Households Who Use Heating Oil Should Be Preparing to Transition to Biofuel, Says Industry Body

by  Ross Bentley (East Anglian Daily Times)  OFTEC recommends thousands of homeowners in East Anglia who use heating oil to warm their homes should consider a new fuel made from food waste as a low carbon alternative. OFTEC, which stands for the Oil Firing Technical Association, represents the oil heating and

June 22, 2019 Read Full Article

APPG for British Bioethanol Publishes Interim Report on E10 Inquiry

(British Bioethanol)  Chair of the APPG for British Bioethanol Nic Dakin MP today launched the publication of the interim report into introduction of E10 in Westminster. … Interim recommendations: Green solution needed to address increasing petrol usage in UK Calls for DfT to host emergency summit on E10 before the summer The

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Thousands of Jobs ‘at Risk’ if Government Does Not Act Fast on Green Road Fuel

by Kelley Price (Teeside Live)  Ensus at Wilton wants more of its biofuel to be added at the pumps as ‘trend’ for gas-guzzling SUVs grows  —  … Ensus wants more of its fuel to be added to the blend motorists buy at the pumps – otherwise the UK’s £1bn bioethanol industry is

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Federation of Petroleum Suppliers ‘Cleans up’ with Future Focus on Biofuels

(Biofuels International)  UK and Ireland liquid fuels distribution trade association the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) has unveiled its future vision for cutting carbon through the development of biofuels. With a focus on clean growth and decarbonisation, the new vision was announced during its annual exhibition FPS EXPO 2019, which took

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Government Launches Greener Fuels Campaign

by Gareth Roberts (Fleet News)  A Government campaign aims to help educate drivers about greener fuels, with filling stations clearly identifying biofuel content.  New labels are being rolled out across the UK. Petrol, which contains up to 5% renewable ethanol, will be labelled ‘E5’, while diesel, which contains up to 7% biodiesel, will

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

CNG Fuels to Open Five New Renewable Biomethane Refuelling Stations

(Bioenergy Insight)  CNG Fuels has commenced construction of two new public access renewable biomethane compressed natural gas (Bio-CNG) refuelling stations, two of five due to open in 2019 to cater for soaring demand from HGV operators switching from diesel, the company announced today. The new public access Bio-CNG stations will serve

June 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Consistent Collections Needed to Reduce and Recycle Food Waste, ADBA

(Bioenergy Insight)  The UK trade body for anaerobic digestion (AD) is highlighting the need for universal food waste collections in England to reduce food waste levels and allow inedible food waste to be recycled into renewable energy and natural fertiliser. Responding to the government consultation on recycling consistency in England, the Anaerobic Digestion &

June 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Farming Seaweed to Make Biofuel

(AZO Cleantech)  Seaweed can be broadly termed as marine macroalgae, and belongs to one of the many groups of multicellular red, green and brown algae. Seaweed is widely used to produce vitamin supplements, cosmetics, plastics and animal feed in many parts of the world. The importance of seaweed has skyrocketed ever

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article
    Aviation Carbon 2019   —   November 4-5, 2019   —   London, UK

Aviation Carbon 2019 — November 4-5, 2019 — London, UK

Since 2012, the Aviation Carbon series of conferences have become widely recognised as a leading international event specialising in aviation market-based measures of CORSIA and the EU ETS. Our events are open to all airlines, business jet and other categories of aircraft operators from around the world, regardless of their

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Emissions from International Aviation Must Be Included in a UK Net-Zero by 2050 Target, Says Government Advisors

(GreenAir Online)  The UK’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which advises the government on climate policy and action, has recommended that to be line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, the UK should set a 2050 net-zero target to cover all greenhouse gases and all sectors, including international aviation and

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

British Airways and Velocys Anticipate Starting UK Sustainable Jet Fuel Production in 2024

(GreenAir Online)  The British Airways project with renewable fuels company Velocys is “well advanced”, say the two partners, and production of waste-to-jet fuel is slated to start in 2024 from a new facility in north-east England. An 80-acre (32ha) brownfield site near Immingham on the Humber estuary, with a direct fuel

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article
    UK & Brazil: Partners in Energy   —   June 4, 2019   —   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

UK & Brazil: Partners in Energy — June 4, 2019 — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The UK & Brazil: Partners in Energy is an annual event that aims to promote and strengthen the partnership between UK and Brazil in the energy sector, through knowledge sharing, best practice and commercial exchange. It is a platform for British and Brazilian companies and government agencies to discuss the

May 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Dutch Company Embroiled in Biodiesel Scandal, Earning Millions: VK

(Dutch News)  Officials are investigating the role of a Dutch biodiesel company in a major fraud involving the alternative energy source, the Volkskrant said on Thursday. According to the Volkskrant, the Dutch arm of the investigation focuses on one company – Biodiesel Kampen – which makes the fuel out of old

May 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Air BP and Neste Offer Sustainable Aviation Fuel at Stockholm Arlanda and Caen Airports in Support of SAJF Industry Initiative

(British Petroleum)  Air BP is offering sustainable aviation fuel at Stockholm Arlanda and Caen Carpiquet airports for both general and business aviation customers and aircraft manufacturers. -Through this offer Air BP is supporting the business aviation sector’s Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) initiative and helping drive its adoption with operators and

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Sourcing Waste Oils for Biodiesel Production

(Biofuels International) Greenergy gives a behind the scenes look of its UCO (used cooking oil) supply chain with Patrick Lynch, biofuels sustainability manager. WATCH VIDEO

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel Project Set to End as Greenergy Exits Joint Venture with Brocklesby

by Phil Winter (Hull Live)  The partnership with East Yorkshire firm Brocklesby was launched back in 2011, but has seen ‘a lack of commercial success’  —  A biofuel project launched to transform food waste into ‘green’ diesel for cars looks set to end. North Cave-based edible oil and fats specialist Brocklesby teamed up

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

UPS Makes Largest Purchase of Renewable Natural Gas Ever in The U.S.

(UPS) Seven-Year 170 Million Gallon Equivalents Purchase from Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Will Reduce GHG Emissions by More than 1 Million Metric Tons  —  UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp.(NASDAQ: CLNE) to purchase 170 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) through 2026. This is the largest

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Business Aircraft Operators Need to ‘Demand’ Biofuel

by Ian Sheppard (AIN Online)  Capacity for aviation biofuel is now at a stage where it is down to operators to start saying they are willing to buy and use it, according to a panel of experts gathered at the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAFJ) conference hosted by TAG Farnborough Airport

May 21, 2019 Read Full Article

World Fuel to Supply Gevo’s Sustainable Jet Fuel for First of Its Kind European Demonstration Event

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) announced today that it is supplying its sustainable and renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to World Fuel Services Corporation, for use in business jets at the first ever European Fueling the Future: SAJF demonstration held at TAG Farnborough Airport. Although World Fuel has delivered nearly 17k tons

May 21, 2019 Read Full Article

The Guardian Changes the Way It Will Talk about Climate Change

(Our Daily Planet)  Last Friday, British daily newspaper the Guardian updated its style guide and is now recommending to its writers that they use “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” instead of “climate change” and “global heating” instead of “global warming.” As Editor-in-Chief Katharine Viner explained, “We want to ensure that we

May 21, 2019 Read Full Article

LanzaTech Aims to Fuel Jets and Make Consumer Goods from Recycled Carbon Pollution

by Tom DiChristopher (CNBC) -LanzaTech sells technology that transforms carbon pollution into ethanol, a renewable fuel and feedstock for chemicals. -Founded in 2005, the start-up is now aiming to produce sustainable jet fuel and chemicals that can be used in consumer goods. -The company ranks No. 15 on CNBC’s 2019 Disruptor

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Signing Ceremony of MoU between UNCTAD and Stockholm Environment Institute: SEI and UNCTAD to Cooperate on Trade and Environment

(UNCTAD)  Stockholm Environment Institute and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement is an overarching mechanism to foster cooperation on trade and environment, backed up by the research and convening capacities of SEI and UNCTAD. The main purpose of collaboration

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Four Arrested as UK, Dutch Authorities Launch Joint Biodiesel Investigation

(Reuters)  Four people were arrested and addresses raided in Britain, the Netherlands and Belgium in a joint Anglo-Dutch investigation into biodiesel trading at British road fuel supplier Greenergy, the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said on Thursday. The SFO said the individuals had been released without charge and that five British

May 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Olleco Is Awarded the Ultimate Seal of Approval

(Olleco)  Olleco, the renewables arm of ABP Food Group and the UK’s leading supplier of cooking oils and collector of used cooking oils, has become the first dedicated circular economy company to be granted a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty The Queen. The Warrant has resulted from our work to create

May 16, 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

Experts Secure £200,000 from the Department for Transport for Research into Greener Travel

(Loughborough University)  Loughborough University has been awarded £200,000 for two projects which aim to make the transport sector more environmentally friendly.  Dr Jin Xuan, a Senior Lecturer in Low Carbon Processes, Dr Tanja Radu, a Lecturer in Water Engineering, and Dr Jonathan Wagner, a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, successfully bid for the grant which

May 9, 2019 Read Full Article

UK’s Net-Zero Carbon Proposal for 2050 Sees Big Role for BECCS and Aviation Biofuel

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, the UK Committee on Climate Change’s new report seeking to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 sees CCS tied in with bioenergy production as key, as well as 21TWh of biofuels for aviation, roughly between 5% and 10% of 2017 aviation fuel consumption. That

May 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Scientists Making ‘Aviation Fuel of the Future’ in Scotland

by Kevin Keane (BBC News)  … The fuel is made from waste wooden pellets which are heated, turned into a gas and mixed with other ingredients. A team from Heriot-Watt University is close to working with a major airline on piloting the biomass fuel. … The Edinburgh-based university is one of three which

May 1, 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

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

Biofuel Market Is Nearing a Tipping Point

by Kerry Reals (Aviation Week & Space Technology)  After years of talking about the potential of biofuels and conducting sporadic demonstration flights powered partially by alternatives to kerosene, experts in the field of sustainable aviation detect that the industry could be moving toward a tipping point where more meaningful volumes are

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel Made from Roadkill, Cardboard Café, Wheat Straw Transformed to Isobutene, 3D Printed Biobricks, Algae Plastic, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of April 25th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of April 25th. In today’s Digest, biofuel made from roadkill, cardboard café, wheat straw transformed to isobutene, 3D printed biobricks, algae plastic — these and more,

April 25, 2019 Read Full Article

John Lewis Launch Biomethane Trucks to Reduce Emissions

(Bioenergy Insight)  Since being put in motion last year, the phasing out of diesel-powered vehicles by The John Lewis Partnership continues gaining momentum. This week, the Partnership pledges to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, using biomethane-powered heavy goods vehicles as part of the initiative. According to

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

London Waste Collection Fleet Debuts Biogas Trucks to Meet UK’s New Rule

(Bio Collectors/NGV Journal)  Bio Collectors, London’s largest independent food waste collector, has completed preparations for the capital’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) by revealing plans to convert all 25 of its vehicles to run solely on renewable CNG, a zero fossil fuel produced by its anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in South

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Eastern Europe Backs Locally Produced Biofuels to Save Climate and Farmers

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com)  Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic have signed a joint declaration saying that Europe will be able to de-carbonise transport through the use of locally produced clean biofuels, which will also boost rural areas and farmers. “We believe that the targets under Renewable Energy Directive (RED II)

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

McDonald’s Boosts Biofuel Generation with Grease Recovery Partnership

by Sarah George (Edie.net) Fast food giant McDonald’s UK has inked a deal with commercial laundry and dishwashing appliances manufacturer Miele which will see it recover more of its used grease for recycling into biofuels. Miele claims that the move will boost McDonald’s annual biofuel production by one-fifth. The restaurant chain has been

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

High Velocity Excitement: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys has developed proprietary and commercially-proven Fischer-Tropsch technology that can cost effectively produce low-carbon fuels from a variety of waste materials, including woody biomass and municipal solid waste, at a scale that matches feedstock collection logistics. Philipp Stratmann, Vice President of Biofuels at Velocys, gave this

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Ireland’s First Biomethane Bus Starts Passenger Operations in Cork

(Gas Networks Ireland/NGV Journal)  Bus travelers in Cork were the first passengers to ride a ‘green bus’ in Ireland on March 25.  With zero carbon emissions, this biomethane vehicle is a viable alternative for Ireland’s public bus fleet, and the bus has been part of national trials looking at its performance,

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Surrey Catalyst IP Set to Ignite Innovation in Modern Bio-Refineries

(University of Surrey)  The University of Surrey has developed a new, cost-effective type of catalyst that it hopes will ignite innovation in bio-derived added value chemicals and bring about the next generation of bio-refineries. As the world is looking to combat the catastrophic effects of climate change, many hope that bio-based

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

UK Launch of E10 Won’t Be until 2021: Government Official

by Chrysa Glystra Huw Shortland (S&P Global Platts)  The UK government will not be rolling out use of E10 gasoline before 2021, a representative of the Department for Transport told the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation Quarterly Stakeholder Workshop in London Thursday. The introduction of the fuel – in which ethanol makes

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

5 Minutes With… Bram Gräber and Rebecca Groen from SHV Energy.

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights)  “In use, bio LPG is identical to conventional LPG and therefore has the benefit of being able to be blended and used by all existing appliances.” 123 years. That is how long family-owned multinational organisation SHV Energy has been established for. The Netherlands-headquartered company has recently

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

SEKAB’s Ylwa Alwarsdotter on International Bioeconomy List for the Third Time

(SEKAB) “I feel very privileged to be celebrated in this context. We need more strong women working to develop the bioeconomy in order to break the fossil fuel dependency,” says Ylwa Alwarsdotter, Strategic Market Development Officer at SEKAB Biofuels & Chemicals. Il Bioeconomista is an international web magazine covering the bioeconomy.

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

UK: New Labels to Identify Ethanol, Biodiesel Content of Fuel

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.K. Department for Transport recently announced new labeling requirements that aim to help motorists identify the correct fuel for their needs while informing them of the biofuel content of both gasoline and diesel. The new labeling requirements are related to the U.K. government’s recent public

March 9, 2019 Read Full Article

The Energy 202: Oil Giant Makes Business Case for Taking Climate Change Seriously

by Steven Mufson (Washington Post)  The chief economist of one of the world’s biggest oil companies is urging other companies to take climate change seriously — and sooner rather than later.  If not, it might be bad for business. That’s the warning from BP’s Spencer Dale, who made the rounds in Washington

March 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Weltec Begins Construction of UK Biomethane Plant

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Weltec Biopower, a biogas plant manufacture based in Germany, recently announced it has started building a biomethane plant in Pontefract, U.K. for Lanes Farm Energy, a gas-to-grid project developed by Aqua Consultants. The plant is expected to begin operations later this year and will deliver 7.3

March 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Attis Industries Looks to Expand Production and Add Approximately $160M in Revenues with Recent Acquisition: Management Aims to Setup a World-Class Green Tech Campus in New York

(Attis Industries/Globe Newswire)  The Company aims to harness their proprietary technology through multiple biomass processing facilities to cater to the rising demand of ethanol, carbon fibre, and other products.   Attis Industries (ATIS) took its first big step in the field of renewable energy when the Company acquired the ethanol production facility

March 5, 2019 Read Full Article

BP Partners with Virent and Johnson Matthey on Virent’s Bioforming® Process for Production of Bio-Paraxylene

(Virent)  BP, Virent Inc. and Johnson Matthey (JM) have signed an agreement that will further advance the commercialization of Virent’s Bioforming® process for production of bio-paraxylene (PX), a key raw material for the production of renewable polyester. Virent’s Bioforming® technology, which is being developed with JM, produces drop-in reformate product from

March 4, 2019 Read Full Article

BioSNG Bulletin: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biomass to Synthetic Natural Gas (BioSNG)

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mark Robertson, from Small Planet Engineering and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of renewable natural gas via biomass gasification and methanation, biogas upgrading to RNG, BioSNG developments, challenges, opportunities and more. Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group

March 1, 2019 Read Full Article

New Labelling Requirements to Help Motorists Pick the Right Fuel at Home and Abroad

(UK Department for Transport)  New rules will help motorists identify the right fuel and tell them the biofuel content of petrol and diesel.  —  All filling stations to roll out new labels by September 2019; Labels will help motorists pick the right fuel, whilst informing them of the biofuel content of

February 28, 2019 Read Full Article

UK’s AD Industry Welcomes Weekly Food Waste Collection in England

(Bioenergy Insight)  The UK government have published a consultation in which ministers have financially committed to funding local authorities to introduce weekly food waste collections for all households in England from 2023. The Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) has welcomed the consultation, describing it as a ‘huge environmental win’. According

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Bioeconomy Initiative BioYork Gets the Royal Seal of Approval

(N8 Research Partnership)  Princess Anne was guest of honour at the official launch of University of York’s new bioeconomy initiative, BioYork. The project, BioYork, has been established as a focus for bioeconomy activity in the North of England as part of an interdisciplinary approach to research into health, food and bio-based fuel

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

ICAO’s Technical Committee Agrees Increase in Stringency Level on Particulates and CORSIA Sustainable Aviation Fuel Methodologies

(GreenAir Online)  ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) has agreed to increase the stringency level of a standard limiting emissions of non-volatile Particulate Matter (nvPM) from aircraft engines. The technical committee’s 11th (CAEP/11) triennial meeting just concluded also delivered new technology goals for the sector, covering aircraft noise, NOx emissions and fuel

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Dutch Finance Ministry Argues for EU-Wide Single Aviation Tax to Cover the Sector’s Environmental Costs

(GreenAir Online)  The Dutch finance ministry has released a paper suggesting the EU should adopt a Europe-wide aviation tax in response growing emissions from the sector. Such a coordinated approach could prevent a shift in air passengers to neighbouring countries, avoid the accumulation of regulations and administrative burdens for airlines,

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Monster 80 Metre Fatberg Found in Liverpool Sewer

(United Utilities) A 90-tonne bung of congealed fat is set to be hacked out of a Liverpool sewer by hand. The 80 metre-long blockage of congealed fats, oils and other nasties under Birchall Street wouldn’t budge with traditional high powered water jets. So a team of hardy United Utilities sewer engineers are

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Circular Economy Mapping Tool for Wales

(WRAP Cymru)  Commissioned by WRAP Cymru, Anthesis has developed this user-friendly Circular Economy Mapping Tool for Wales – a useful resource for those operating within the Welsh bioeconomy; particularly food and drink producers and processors. It provides an interactive, visual representation of the extent of Wales’ thriving bioeconomy, plotting where different types

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Firm Claims Breakthrough in Sustainable Diesel Production

(Envirotech Magazine)  New technology could displace billions of litres of fossil fuel annually  —  A new technology that converts biogas into a high-grade liquid fuel that can be used as a direct replacement for fossil fuels is being showcased at Alliance Dairies in Florida on February 18, 2019. The process developed by

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Carbon Dioxide Now Being Captured in First of Its Kind BECCS Pilot

(Drax) The first BECCS pilot project of its kind in the world at Drax Power Station – the UK’s biggest renewable power generator, has started capturing carbon dioxide. — The first carbon dioxide has been captured using C-Capture technology at Drax Power Station in their innovative bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS)

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Thames Enterprise Park Ltd Invests further £8.5m in Next Stage of Land Preparation for New Superhub

(YourThurrock) … The plans for Thames Enterprise Park comprise; • A Food Hub bringing processing, packaging, storage and distribution. A range of innovative – warehouses is proposed with high levels of automation. • An Energy Hub leading the way in the production of advanced forms of biofuel and renewable energy, the

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Generators of Biomethane Can Claim RHI and RTFO Payments

(Bioenergy Insight)  AD plants can now viably maximise biomethane production, benefitting from the highest Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariff and “top up” with additional Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) payments, as part of a government incentivised policy for decarbonising the transport sector. … “Up until recently, biomethane producers have generally either

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

UK Calls for Long-Term International Aviation Emissions Goal as It Unveils Its Draft ‘Aviation 2050’ Strategy

(GreenAir Online)  The UK government will press for a long-term goal on international aviation climate emissions to be negotiated and ideally agreed by ICAO’s 41st Assembly in 2022 that is consistent with the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. In line with the goal, the government says it will work to

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Nouryon Partners with Unilever, Investment Companies and Startup Networks to Accelerate Innovation in Chemistry

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) has officially launched the third edition of its Imagine Chemistry collaborative innovation challenge. Through this program, the company invites startups, scale-ups, university spin-outs, and other potential partners to tackle chemistry-related challenges and uncover new ways to create value

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Ocado Invests £3 Million into Biomethane

(Bioenergy Insight)  UK fuel supplier Gasrec announced in a press release that British online supermarket Ocado has launched a £3 million (€3.4 million) investment into a natural gas refuelling station at its Hatfield Customer Fulfilment Centre. According to Gasrec, Ocado now leads the industry with 20% of its Heavy Goods Vehicle

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

UK Commercial Truck Fleets Can Now Access Liquefied Biomethane

(Gasrec/NGV Journal)  Commercial vehicle fleets running on LNG can now take advantage of the same huge CO2 savings being achieved by CNG trucks running on biomethane, following a significant move by fuel provider Gasrec. The firm has become the first in the UK to offer customers access to Renewable Transport Fuels

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

E. coli Takes On Biofuels

by Jessica Velez, Angel Fernando Cisneros Caballero and Narjes Alfuraiji (Science Trends) … In the genetic engineering world, E. coli is a valuable user-friendly host with a well-known growth metabolism and the largest set of genetic engineering tools available. Many people may be surprised to know that this bacteria has been studied

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

REA Launches Bioenergy Review with New Call for Evidence

(Renewable Energy Association)  The Renewable Energy Association has launched a major new review of the future of bioenergy in the UK;  The new review follows the Committee on Climate Change’s estimate that bioenergy could provide up to 15% of UK energy by 2050.  REA requests inputs from experts in industry, academia and NGOs.

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

From Take-Off to Offtake – Driving Sustainable Aviation Fuels to Commercial Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a tale of two Washingtons, the sustainable aviation fuels movement will gather in Washington state in March and in Washington, D.C. in April to seek breakthroughs in the adoption rate of jet biofuels, which have been stalled for some time between the successful certification/demonstration efforts

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

2019: We Need an All-In Climate Strategy

by Seth Ginther (U.S. Industrial Pellets Association (USIPA)/Biofuels Digest)  … There is no one panacea for climate change; rather, we need an all-of-the-above renewable energy strategy that includes wood biomass combined with other renewables like wind and solar. … In the United Kingdom, where wood biomass is replacing coal, the government’s Environment

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Why Investors Ditched Sh2tr Biofuels Projects

by Ludger Kasumuni (The Citizen)  Several investors have abandoned their $1 billion (Sh2.3 trillion) biofuels projects in Tanzania, according to a survey by BusinessWeek. Mtamba Biofuel Farm in Kisarawe, Coast Region. It has been estimated that between 2007 and 2008, the Southern African Development Community got more than $3 billion in

January 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Study Argues Sustainable Palm Oil Should Be Easily Accessible

(Biofuels International)  A new research study from the University of Cambridge is arguing that sustainable choices on palm oil should be made easier to understand and more accessible to consumers. The study is to be published in Environmental Research Letters. The study outlines how consumer goods companies and retailers need to be

January 10, 2019 Read Full Article

British Supermarket Opens First CNG Station and Unveils Biogas Truck Fleet

(Gasrec/NGV Journal)  Online supermarket Ocado has opened its first natural gas refueling station at its Hatfield Customer Fulfilment Centre. Ocado is the first UK retailer to self-fund the purchase of an onsite grid connected station outright. The site launched with 29 trucks powered by blended biomethane, totaling an investment of £3

January 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Expanded Centre for Synthetic Biology Launches at Imperial

by Hayley Dunning (Imperial College London)  The Centre brings together researchers using synthetic biology to solve challenges such as in healthcare, biomaterials and sustainable energy. Synthetic biology is the application of engineering principles to biology; designing and creating biological components and systems that do not already exist in the natural world.

January 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Top 18 of 2018 – Looking Back to Look Forward

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … So on this last day of 2018, join the Biofuels Digest in looking back at our most visited and popular stories of 2018. … In today’s Digest, the hottest technologies, aviation developments we only dreamed of, cash out of trash innovations, biogas, cellulosic biofuels, lignin,

December 31, 2018 Read Full Article

B100 Helps Phil Sharp Take 3rd Place in Route du Rhum Ocean Race

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel produced by Renewable Energy Group Inc. and purified with Cynersorb—a surface-functionalized diatomaceous earth from Imerys—helped skipper Phil Sharp of the U.K. take third place out of dozens of participants in this year’s Route du Rhum yacht race in the Class40 category. The solo transatlantic race

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Leads UK in Biofuels that Meet Sustainability Criteria

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.K. Department for Transport has published preliminary data on its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation for a portion of 2018, including data on how much biodiesel met U.K. sustainability requirements. The quarterly report, published in early November, covers the supply of renewable fuels from April

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
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