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UK Bioethanol Industry Boosted by Launch of Parliamentary Group
September 21, 2017 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A new All-Party Parliamentary Group has been launched for British bioethanol.
The committee of MPs and Peers with an interest in promoting the benefits of the bioethanol industry and its products, will hold events …

UK Government Introduces Proposals for Cap on Crop-Based Biofuels
September 21, 2017 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  The UK government has made proposals to introduce a cap on crop-based biofuels in order to meet its renewable fuel obligations.
The maximum level for the use of fuels made from …

UK Department for Transport Announces Biofuel Reforms
September 20, 2017 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(NNFCC Ltd./Biodiesel Magazine)  Following years of policy uncertainty and market stagnation, the U.K.’s Department for Transport has announced its intention to raise the target under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, paving the way for future …

Monster Whitechapel Fatberg Given New Lease of Biodiesel Life
September 20, 2017 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(Thames Water)  The monster 250-metre long Whitechapel fatberg will be converted into around 10,000 litres of biodiesel, Thames Water has confirmed today.
The congealed mass of fat, oil, grease, wet wipes and sanitary products discovered blocking …

British Airways Tries Again on Waste-Based Biofuels​
September 19, 2017 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Victoria Moores (Air Transport World)  UK carrier British Airways (BA) has partnered with renewable fuels company Velocys, after an earlier waste-to-fuel initiative—named GreenSky—with Washington-based Solena Fuels fell through.
This latest venture uses fuel derived from waste biomass, similar to the GreenSky …

Vivergo Fuels: 2% Biofuel Crop Cap Would Be ‘Disastrous’ and Hit Feed Hard
September 12, 2017 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Kacey Culliney (Feed Navigator)  The UK government’s 2% biofuel crop cap proposal would be disastrous for bioethanol producers, farmers and the feed sector, says head of government affairs at Vivergo Fuels.  READ MORE
Vivergo Fuels …

Second Generation Transport Biofuels Can Play a Significant Role in Meeting UK Carbon Reduction Targets, Says Report
September 11, 2017 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

(Green Air Online)  A viable second generation liquid biofuel industry and market has a significant role in helping to meet UK long-term carbon reduction goals, particularly in sectors like aviation where alternative low-carbon options are …

UK Government Recommits to Funding Support for Development of Advanced Aviation Biofuels
September 11, 2017 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Green Air Online)  The UK government has recommitted to providing up to £22 million ($28m) towards funding for projects to develop advanced low carbon, waste-based advanced fuels for planes and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). The …

Planes Fuelled by Waste Could Take off from British Airports
August 30, 2017 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(UK Department of Transport)  Planes could take off from British airports using fuels made from rubbish that gets sent to landfill, under a new government scheme.  —  As part of plans to promote clean alternative …

Scottish Growers Could Cash in on Green Biofuel Crisis
August 25, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Brian Henderson (Scotsman)  It became clear yesterday that Scottish wheat growers could have a major opportunity to supply grain to biofuel plants south of the Border – as the farm assurance scheme SQC moved …

IRENA Technology Brief: Biogas for Road Vehicles
August 24, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe/IEA Bioenergy Task 37 Newsletter)   This brief highlights the technologies available – both established and newly emerging – for biomethane production and biogas-driven vehicle fleets. It evaluates costs, performance and sustainability and outlines the …

Biotechnology Researchers Turn to Landfill Sites
August 24, 2017 – 10:26 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Bangor University)  Far from being a load of rubbish, landfill sites should be considered one of the great untapped resources in the search for new enzymes for biotechnology, and could fuel more efficient biofuel production.
A …

Solar Plants Take Root on Farms
August 22, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jeremy Deaton (Nexus Media) … Many are leasing their fields to solar developers in need of flat land clear of trees and other obstructions. This practice has become so popular that the Solar Energy Industries Association published …

Brexit Fears of Biodiesel Firm
August 18, 2017 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

(Motherwell Times)  Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows visited the Newarthill factory of Argent Energy to discuss the effects of Brexit on the business. The plant produces biodiesel and aims to continue contributing to the …

UK Releases 2016 Ethanol Data, REA Calls for Enforcement of E10
August 16, 2017 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The U.K. Renewable Energy Association has spoken out in response to the data, noting it shows the use of biofuels has been stagnant in the U.K. since 2013.
According to …

Study Shows Seaweed Succumbs to Viruses
August 11, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Plymouth)   Scientists are warning the UK kelp biofuel industry to beware of viruses. Whilst known to infect certain types of seaweed, a new study published in the ISME Journal is the first to describe …

New Biofuel Bus Powered by Food Waste Set to Hit Bristol Streets
August 10, 2017 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Krishan Davis (Bristol Post)  … Following on from last year’s ‘poo bus’ experiment, Bristol will soon have a new form of low-emissions public transport, powered by an unusual gas.
On August 21, a double-decker bus …

UK’s Largest Trial of Biogas Trucks Includes Six Major Fleet Operators
August 10, 2017 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(Cenex/NGV Journal)  Cenex (UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon technologies) announced the UK’s largest trial of biomethane-fueled trucks. Led by Air Liquide and funded in part by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles …

This New Teesside Company Needs 50 Tonnes of Birch – EVERY DAY!
August 3, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Mike Hughes (Gazette Live)  Nova Pangaea Technologies at Wilton will convert trees into sugars to make household items  —  … One of the region’s newest tech companies needs 50 tonnes of it EVERY DAY to …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
August 3, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

In commenting to Biofuels International about the UK government’s decision to ban new petroleum and diesel cars by 2040, Devin Walker, chief technical officer of Renovare Fuels based in London noted that in some circumstances …

Electric Cars Have Higher Lifecycle Emissions than Liquid Fuels, Says Renewables Expert
August 3, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The UK government’s decision to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040 risks “handcuffing” the country to an “unrealistic policy”, according to renewable energy expert Devin Walker. Significantly, Walker also notes that in …

‘We’ll Have to Become Electricity Traders’ – Biofuels Market Reacts to UK Petrol Ban
August 2, 2017 – 9:54 am | No Comment

by Vicky Ellis (ICIS)  European biofuels market participants are wondering what their role will be in the future after the UK became the latest country to announce on Wednesday a ban on all conventional petrol and …

OFTEC’s Future Vision Launched at Annual Conference
August 2, 2017 – 9:45 am | No Comment

(OFTEC)  … OFTEC CEO Paul Rose formally shared OFTEC’s vision for the future with attendees on Tuesday 20 June at The Hilton Puckrup Hotel near Tewkesbury. The vision focuses on a two-stage approach, looking at …

HGVs Fuelled with Compressed Biomethane Emit 84% Less CO2
August 1, 2017 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Lorries using the UK’s first gas filling station emitted 84% less carbon dioxide (CO2) than equivalent diesel vehicles, a newly released study claims.

The UK’s biggest gas network, Cadent, commissioned independent analysis of the …

Will the 2040 Ban Mean the End of Biofuels?
July 31, 2017 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Raffaella Ocone (Heriot-Watt University/The Eidenburgh Reporter)    Does the 2040 ban on new petrol and diesel cars mean the death of biofuels?  —  One question that arises from the announcement by the UK government that new …

Cassava Bioethanol Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2021
July 28, 2017 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

(Absolute Reports)  Cassava Bioethanol Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2021 is a professional and in-depth research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North …

British Operator Will Trial Biogas Trucks under Demanding-Duty Cycle
July 25, 2017 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Cenex (UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon technologies) announced logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel Ltd will trial the effectiveness of low-emissions natural gas heavy-goods vehicles (HGVs) operating as parts of large …

Motorists Give Green Light to E10 Fuel
July 25, 2017 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) … A survey of over 25,000 motorists by Fair Fuel UK, the ‘independent voice of UK drivers’, revealed that over 82% of motorists supported the Government promoting E10 – a more environmentally friendly …

New Report Calls for Cap on Biofuels Crops Grown by Farmers
July 24, 2017 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(FG Insight)  A new report commissioned by the Government has called for a cap on the amount of crops which can be grown for biofuels to avoid inadvertently increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Instead, the researchers from …

International Intensive Biogas Training – Practical Digester Biology 2017 — November 22-24, 2017 — Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
July 23, 2017 – 4:09 pm | No Comment
International Intensive Biogas Training – Practical Digester Biology 2017   —   November 22-24, 2017   —   Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

Learn about Anaerobic Digester Biology, Practical Biogas Training, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. This training will feature a specific focus on bio waste and food waste digestion as well as gas upgrading and gas injection.
Draft programme and registration the …

Major New UK Report Argues Biofuels, Especially Second Generation, Are Needed to Mitigate Climate Change
July 20, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Biofuels are needed to meet the UK’s commitments to mitigating climate change, according to a new report requested by the county’s government.
Second generation biofuels, made from wastes and by-products of other sectors, will …

Political Barriers Hampering Onsite Biodiesel Production
July 19, 2017 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Matt Mace  (edie.net) EXCLUSIVE: Biomethane generated from food and drinks process residues is emerging as a viable low-carbon alternative to diesel used in commercial vehicles, but a lack of political clarity has left the food …

France Plans to End Sales of All Gasoline, Diesel Vehicles by 2040 (and UK)
July 11, 2017 – 9:20 am | No Comment

by Bate Felix and Simon Carraud  (Reuters)  France aims to end the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 and become carbon neutral 10 years later, Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot said on Thursday at a …

Cambridge Researcher Dr Matt Davey on How Algae Could Be Used for Energy, Healthcare and Monitoring Penguins from Space
July 7, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Paul Brackley (Cambridge Independent)  If you thought algae was just sludge, think again as we venture inside The Algal Innovation Centre at Cambridge Univerity’s Botanic Garden.  —  … Defying the inhospitable temperature, Dr Matt Davey bravely …

DuPont and Bock Announce Strategic Partnership, Expanding Biogas Enzymes Distribution Footprint
June 30, 2017 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(DuPont/PR Web)  DuPont intends to provide its OPTIMASH® AD-100 enzyme biotechnology to Bock for distribution of the biogas enzymes to customers across the United Kingdom.  —   DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) and silage storage specialists Bock UK Ltd (Bock) …

The Winners of the National Recycling Awards Have Been Announced
June 29, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

(Materials Recycling World)  The winners of the National Recycling Awards 2017 were revealed on 28 June at the prestigious London Hilton, Park Lane, where the industry came together for a night to celebrate excellence, innovation …

Bioethanol Demand Pushes UK to Become Net Wheat Importer
June 29, 2017 – 10:17 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Expanding growth output at the UK’s bioethanol plants is driving up wheat consumption, contributing to the country becoming a net wheat importer for only the fourth time in 25 years, according to an …

Getting Clever with Fatbergs and Biodiesel – Features Video
June 29, 2017 – 10:06 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Congealed lumps of fat, sanitary items and wet wipes stalk the sewers of London and the surrounding area, causing blockages and damage to water infrastructure. Now, Thames Water is working on an innovative …

N-butanol and Beyond: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics
June 28, 2017 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, …

Outfoxing Dehydration
June 27, 2017 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Following a successful installation at Pine Lake Corn Processors in Iowa, Whitefox Technologies is poised to eliminate molecular sieve regeneration cycles from ethanol plants forever.  —  Every day in …

New Approach to Unlock the Genetic Potential of Plant Cell Wall
June 23, 2017 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of York)  Researchers from the University of York and the Quadram Institute have unlocked the genetic secrets of plant cell walls, which could help improve the quality of plant-based foods.
Recent developments in genome sequencing …

UK AD & Biogas and World Biogas Expo 2017 — July 5-6, 2017 — Birmingham, UK
June 23, 2017 – 10:14 am | No Comment
UK AD & Biogas and World Biogas Expo 2017    —   July 5-6, 2017   —   Birmingham, UK

With the global biogas market estimated at £1trn and energy security, climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals driving the need to rapidly increase the uptake of biogas, UK AD & Biogas and World …

Are Waste-Based Biofuels Ready for Take Off?
June 13, 2017 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Madeleine Cuff  (Business Green)  Green Fuels makes biofuels from waste oils – and it’s planning to take its invention to the skies  —  In business, sometimes there is no substitute for face-to-face meetings. Skype, FaceTime …

Let’s Not Rush with Diesel
May 25, 2017 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Seppo Mikkonen (Neste)  According to recent estimates, there will be a stop to diesel-fueled traffic. The resistance to diesel increased before Easter, when Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, predicted that diesel …

Landfill Gas Group Launched by REA
May 23, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Association)  REA establishes landfill-gas group; Despite being a declining renewable resource, landfill gas generates enough electricity for over 1 million homes; Ian Morrish of Viridor appointed group’s Chair
In response to demand from its …

ADBA Comments on Election Manifestos
May 23, 2017 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Chris Noyce (Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association)  Following the launch of the Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative manifestos, ADBA has commented on the energy, climate change and environmental policies outlined by the major parties.
Conservative …

New Nottingham Buses Show Need for Greater Biomethane Support
May 23, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Chris Noyce (Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association)  ADBA has called for greater government support for low-carbon transport fuels such as biomethane following the launch today of Nottingham City Transport’s (NCT’s) new £17m double-deck ‘Bio-Gas’ …

Strong and Stable for Biofuels and Bioenergy? Conservatives Publish Manifesto
May 19, 2017 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Biofuels International)  The Conservative party has published its 2017 manifesto. The pledges on energy and fuel supply from the incumbent party and bookies’ favourite for the upcoming general election paint an ambiguous …

Liberal Democrat Manifesto – A Mixed Bag for Biofuels and Bioenergy
May 19, 2017 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Biofuels International)  …  The manifesto from Tim Farron’s party makes a number of bold claims on issues ranging from a second Brexit referendum to drug legislation. The most significant for the biofuels …

Future of Biogas Europe 2017 — November 15-16, 2017 — London, UK
May 18, 2017 – 2:50 pm | No Comment
Future of Biogas Europe 2017   —   November 15-16, 2017   —   London, UK

ACI’s Future of Biogas Europe 2017 Summit will be taking place in London, UK, on 15th — 16th November 2017. The two day event will bring together senior executives and experts from the full value …

Is the Labour Party Manifesto an Opportunity for Biofuels and Bioenergy?
May 18, 2017 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Bioenergy Insight/Biofuels International)  The UK Labour Party has published its manifesto for the forthcoming General Election, placing significant emphasis on renewable and sustainable energy sources.
Three principles guide the party’s energy policy: security …

Biomass Crops Could Provide Unexpected Wildlife Benefits
May 17, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight) A biomass crop could be providing unexpected ecological benefits, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Wildlife Research.
The authors of the study say that elephant grass (Miscanthus), which is commonly …

Turning Sewage Sludge into Fuels and Hydrogen
May 17, 2017 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(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 …

New Breakthrough Makes It Easier to Turn Old Coffee Waste into Cleaner Biofuels
May 10, 2017 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Lancaster University)  … However, spent coffee grounds, which have a high calorific value, offer a good low-cost alternative feedstock. However, most used coffee grounds are currently just dumped. In 2014 more than nine million tonnes …

UK Pension Scheme in Hot Water over Investments in Failed Jersey Biofuel Company
May 10, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, pension scheme provider James Hay is in hot water over a Jersey-based biofuels company known as Elysian Fuels after clients invested $70 million in retirement savings between …

Improving Policies in Support of Shared Pilot Facilities to Increase Their Impact on the Key Enabling Technology Industrial Biotech and the European Bio-Economy
May 3, 2017 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

(Smart Pilots/Interreg Europe)  SmartPilots’ objective is to improve regional policies in support of Shared Pilot Facilities (SPF) to increase their impact on the Key Enabling technology (KET) Industrial Biotech and the bio-economy.
The bio-economy adresses societal challenges …

Aviation Carbon 2017 — December 4-5, 2017 — London, UK
April 28, 2017 – 1:34 pm | No Comment
Aviation Carbon 2017   —   December 4-5, 2017  —   London, UK

Aviation Carbon 2017  will take place on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th December 2017 at London Heathrow Airport!
Our venue will be the Heathrow Marriot Hotel where we held our previous two events and which has since improved …

RWM — September 12-14, 2017 — Birmingham, UK
April 14, 2017 – 11:46 am | No Comment
RWM   —   September 12-14, 2017   —   Birmingham, UK

RWM is the leading community for the Waste, Energy, Recycling and Water sectors to network, learn and trade. With over 500 exhibitors and 11,000 visitors from the UK and international reach from retail, leisure, construction …

AB Mauri Introduces AB Biotek in North America
April 7, 2017 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(AB Mauri) AB Mauri, a global leader in yeast and bakery ingredient products, has launched a new business division – AB Biotek – in North America and globally.
Specializing in fermentation science and yeast innovation, AB …

Enzymes Offer Waste-to-Energy Solution
April 6, 2017 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Mark Peplow (Science Magazine)  A cutting-edge waste-to-energy plant is taking shape in the industrial heartland of the United Kingdom. When the £60 million facility opens in May, it will be the world’s first commercial-scale plant …

Addressing Biomass Energy ‘Alternative Facts’
April 5, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by William Strauss (FutureMetrics/Biomass Magazine)  …  The recently released paper by the Chatham House is a study that contains many inaccurate statements about the use of wood for energy. Those statements are presented as facts, or …

Sizing Them Up
April 4, 2017 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  A close look at export data for wood pellets, fuel ethanol and biodiesel reveals a varying reliance on export markets for U.S. producers. —  The combined export value of wood …

China New Energy Scores $12.5 Million in Contracts to Build Cassava Ethanol Plant in Ghana
March 30, 2017 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, China New Energy announced it has won a number of contracts with Supercare Group Limited of Ghana and CNBM General Machinery Co., Ltd in China to construct …

3rd International Conference on Enzymology & Molecular Biology — March 5-6, 2018 — London, UK
March 30, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment
3rd International Conference on Enzymology & Molecular Biology   —   March 5-6, 2018  —   London, UK

Team Enzymology is delighted to invite all the participants across the globe to the prestigious event, 3rd International Conference on Enzymology & Molecular Biology which is going to be held during March 05-06, 2018 at …

VanEck Joins Climate Bonds Initiative Partners
March 27, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In England, global asset manager VanEck has joined the Climate Bonds Initiative Partnership Program to support the development of green finance markets. VanEck manages $43 billion in assets, and last …

Nutrition and Energy from Methane: The Digest’s 2017 Muti-Slide Guide to Calysta
March 23, 2017 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In December, we reported that Cargill and Calysta will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional ingredients …

Extra! Extra! Read All about It!
March 14, 2017 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Mandy Stoker (E4 Environment/Bioenergy Insight)  …  The agricultural industry is becoming increasingly mechanised and technical, yet is seems public perceptions lag behind, preferring not to view farms as centres of production, algorithms, and computer-driven …

Academics and IEA Slam ‘Misleading’ Chatham House Bioenergy Report
March 14, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  More than 125 academics have joined the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Bioenergy) slamming Chatham House’s recent report on bioenergy, calling it ‘misleading.
The group of academics from across …

Whisky Business: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Celtic Renewables
March 13, 2017 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In uniquely combining the whisky by-products, Celtic Renewables Ltd adapt the traditional Weizmann Fermentation process (also known as ABE fermentation) to a brand new and entirely sustainable novel substrate – …

UK Biofuels Industry Faces Shutdown Due to Government Crop Cap
March 6, 2017 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(FG Insight)  Vivergo Fuels, which converts 1.1m tonnes of feed-grade wheat a year into bioethanol, has said it could face closure if the Government ploughs on with plans to restrict crop-based biofuels in petrol.
The UK …

FutureMetrics Has Published a New White Paper: “Alternative Facts” in the Recent Chatham House Study
March 6, 2017 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(FutureMetrics)  Providing misleading, inaccurate, and sometime outright fiction as facts could be called propaganda. With overtones of Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the term “alternative facts” has recently been coined.
Either way, it is information that is …

UK Claim That Burning Biomass Is Clean Seen as ‘Flawed’
February 28, 2017 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)  The U.K. government’s view of biomass as a carbon-neutral energy source is a “flawed assumption,” according to report from Chatham House. The U.K. counts emissions from the supply chain that …

European Parliament Votes for Reforms to the EU ETS from 2020 that Would Tighten Aviation Emissions Cap
February 24, 2017 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) The European Parliament has voted to increase the ambition of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for the next phase of the scheme starting in 2021, which includes tightening the emissions cap of …

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

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

UK Grocer First in Europe to Use New Trucks Fuelled by Food Waste
February 15, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Umberto Bacchi (Reuters)  A British supermarket has become the first retailer in Europe to use a new type of tank that keeps trucks motoring on fuel made from food waste for 500 miles, almost twice …

Waste to Fuels Viability: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys Economics
February 8, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.
After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, …

ENVIA Energy’s GTL Plant Is Underway, Produces First Biofuels
February 8, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Oklahoma, the team behind the ENVIA Energy gas-to-liquids plant confirmed that the first Fischer-Tropsch product has been successfully produced at the company’s first commercial-scale plant in Oklahoma City.
What makes it …

Fuel Made from Plastic Waste Aids ‘On Wings of Waste’ Flight in Australia
February 3, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Jeremey Roswell, a UK-based pilot and environmentalist, has made history by flying a light aircraft more than 500 miles from Sydney to Melbourne, Australia, using fuel made from plastic waste.
Conventional …

Green Fuels Key to Low-Carbon Future, UK’s Transport Minister Says
January 25, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by  Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)   Renewable fuels will play a critical role in decarbonising the transport sector, and will complement the role of electric vehicles — Transport Minister John Hayes has said. The UK’s Department for …

Environmental Friendly Methodology for Production of Ethanol from Bagasse by Sequential Bio-Processing
January 24, 2017 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Prabhuraj Balakrishnan (University of Manchester/Nanowerk News)  … In a research work by The University of Manchester academics (Prof. Colin Webb’s research group at the School of Chemical Engineering), a new methodology have been developed, that …

UK Company Makes Breakthrough with Sustainable Diesel Fuel Production
January 24, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  A UK sustainable energy company is the first ever to have successfully converted actual landfill gas into usable diesel fuel with no fossil fuel additives, during recent trials.
Renovare Fuels, which …

How a Biofuels Phase-Out Would Hit Europe’s Struggling Farmers
January 23, 2017 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Mark Chesworth (Vivergo Fuels/Politico)  Growers in the EU are helping meet climate and energy goals. Don’t abandon them now  —  Biofuels are essential for meeting EU climate and energy goals by helping to decarbonize …

Government ‘Tried to Bury’ Its Own Alarming Report on Climate Change
January 23, 2017 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Ian Johnston and Tom Batchelor (The Independent) The five-yearly assessment of what will happen to the UK as the world warms says one of an array of potential threats is the ‘significant risk’ to supplies of …

UK-Based Researcher Gains European Grant to Fund Work on Lignin Biomass Production
January 19, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Roberto Rinaldi FRSC, a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant to fund his world-leading …

EU Carbon Targets at Risk from Conventional Biofuels Phase-Out: Experts
January 16, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In the EU, energy experts told members of the European Parliament in hearings this week that   the European Commission’s proposed phase-out of conventional biofuels by 2030 threatens to remove one …

Converting Disposable Nappies into Bio-Fuel and Textiles
January 13, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Aberystwyth University)  … Now a new eco-friendly process developed by Aberystwyth University biology graduate Joe Freemantle could provide a solution.
Joe has devised a process to turn disposable nappies, incontinence pads and sanitary products into valuable products …

London Man Says Burners He Invented that Run Mainly on Ethanol Can Help Families and Businesses Cut Energy Costs
January 4, 2017 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Hank Daniszewski (The London Free Press)  A London entrepreneur has invented new cooking equipment he says doesn’t fatten your carbon footprint.  Michael George’s cooking burners look like those on a natural gas or propane stove …

Major Boost for UK Biojet as Government Proposes to Extend Renewable Transport Fuel Incentives to Aviation
January 2, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  The UK aviation industry has welcomed a proposal by the government to extend one of its main policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport to include aviation, which could provide a major …

The Carbon Negative Power Machine. Get One While Supplies Last.
December 30, 2016 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) News has arrived from Denver (the company) and the UK (the project and partners) that SynTech Bioenergy will build what it terms “a revolutionary clean-energy plant in the United Kingdom …

Biofuel Market Must Remain Competitive for UK Farms, NFU Says
December 23, 2016 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

(NFU Online) The NFU has met with ministers to urge the Department for Transport to keep biofuel markets as open as possible for UK farmers to remain competitive with their European neighbours.
NFU North East combinable …

‘Glue’ That Makes Plant Cell Walls Strong Could Hold the Key to Wooden Skyscrapers
December 22, 2016 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(University of Cambridge)  Molecules 10,000 times narrower than the width of a human hair could hold the key to making possible wooden skyscrapers and more energy-efficient paper production, according to research published today in the …

Costa and UCL Start-Up Transform Coffee Waste into Renewable Fuel
December 22, 2016 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(University College London)  UCL start-up bio-bean is turning more than 3,000 tonnes of waste coffee grounds into low-carbon fuel in a new partnership with coffee giant Costa.
Waste grounds from more than 850 Costa stores are …

World Petroleum Council Guide to Biofuels
December 20, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(World Petroleum Council)  ‘Biofuels’ will be the 6th in the series of the WPC’s educational guides and will focus on the use of biofuels and their role in our current and future global energy supply.
It …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: SynBioBeta — April 4-6, 2017 — London, UK DEADLINE: January 20, 2017
December 19, 2016 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

For the 5th year in a row, SynBioBeta London 2017 will bring together thought leaders and entrepreneurs from multiple facets of the synthetic biology industry. Our focus is to unite attendees through thought-provoking talks, panels …

SynBioBeta — April 4-6, 2017 — London, UK
December 19, 2016 – 3:29 pm | No Comment
SynBioBeta   —   April 4-6, 2017   —   London, UK

For the 5th year in a row, SynBioBeta London 2017 will bring together thought leaders and entrepreneurs from multiple facets of the synthetic biology industry. Our focus is to unite attendees through thought-provoking talks, panels …

Accelerated Cassava Breeding Coming Via OHV Technology Collaboration
December 12, 2016 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Dow AgroSciences/Business Wire) Dow AgroSciences, Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University and Agriculture Victoria Working Together on Essential African Root Crop  —  More productive cassava plants, a root crop that is foundational for food security in Africa, …

Minnesota n-butanol Plant Comes Online
December 12, 2016 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  A United Kingdom company has successfully converted a Minnesota ethanol plant into an n-butanol production facility, which is now online after two years of development.
David Anderson of Green Biologics Inc., …

DfT Proposals Risk £1Bn of Investment in the North-East
December 7, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Association)  DfT publishes consultations on the future of renewable transport, setting out long term targets towards 2030.  Consultation proposes capping fuel crops to below EU levels, risking existing UK plants and supply chain. …

UK Firm Develops Innovation to Determine Biodiesel Blend Content
December 6, 2016 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  UK engineering specialist Salunda has developed an advanced sensor technology for the accurate determination of the biofuel content of diesel blends used in a wide range of automotive and industrial power applications.
According to …

CNG Fuels Adds 100% Renewable Biomethane to Fueling Stations
December 6, 2016 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  NG Fuels, which develops, owns and operates natural gas fueling infrastructure in the U.K., says that Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO)-approved renewable biomethane for transport is now available to customers at all …

UK Students Solve a Real-Life Problem, Win Cargill Innovation in Engineering Award
December 6, 2016 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Grant-Brown (Cargill)  Students Rachana Halasabele and Alessia Xu from The University of Manchester in the UK recently triumphed with their innovative and practical winning solution to a real-life industry problem set by Cargill’s ethanol …

Government Prepares for Green Transport Revolution with EV and Sustainable Aviation Frameworks
December 5, 2016 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Alex Baldwin (edie.net)  British transport is set for a significant low-carbon boost with several new Government consultations and funding schemed announced over the past few days in a bid to drive a green transport …

Open Consultation — Motor Fuel Greenhouse Gas Reporting: Amendments
November 30, 2016 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(UK Department for Transport)  Consultation seeking views on proposed changes to motor fuel greenhouse gas reporting regulations.
The changes suggest:

creation of a certificate trading scheme to reduce the greenhouse gas emission levels of transport fuels
allowing suppliers …

Open Consultation — Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation: Proposed Changes for 2017
November 30, 2016 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(UK Department for Transport)  This consultation seeks the views of the public and stakeholders on proposed changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation Order (RTFO).  In particular it concerns increases to the obligation level, the …

Lost Generation: ICCT’s Financing Scheme to Jump Start Advanced Biofuels at Scale
November 25, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One thing that is clear in hindsight from the flow of energy project investment between 2010 and 2014 is that investors believed in three predictions that didn’t come true:

All of …

Bristol ‘Poo Poos’ Number Two Bus Plan
November 23, 2016 – 10:33 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Plans to roll out a fleet of “poo buses” have gone down the toilet after the government turned down a funding bid, according to media reports.
The UK’s first “Bio-Bus” launched on the number …

East Hull Company Vivergo Fuels Calls for E10 Fuel to Support UK Farming
November 17, 2016 – 8:28 pm | No Comment

by Debbie Hall  (Hull Daily Mail)  Vivergo Fuels is calling on the Government to provide greater certainty to UK farmers by pushing forward with the introduction of E10 fuel, which will cultivate an alternative domestic …

Hydrogen Vehicles Challenging Biofuels in the UK
November 14, 2016 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A new competitor to biofuels may be creeping up from the left field in the form of hydrogen-powered vehicles, which are breaking into the UK market.
Arcola Energy, the UK’s hydrogen energy specialists, have …

Bioenergy with CCS Is a Credible Decarbonisation Technology
November 9, 2016 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Geraldine Newton-Cross and Dennis Gammer  (ETI) To tackle the causes of climate change, the UK has committed to an 80% reduction in its greenhouse gas (GHG ) emissions by 2050, compared to 1990 levels. Meeting these targets will require …

Air BP, BP Ventures Invest $30M in Biojet Producer Fulcrum Bioenergy; Ink 500M Gallon, 10-Year Offtake Deal
November 8, 2016 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, BP announced the creation of a strategic partnership between its BP Ventures and Air BP businesses with Fulcrum BioEnergy, a pioneer in the development and production of low-carbon …

Reverdia, Gingko BioWorks, Rennovia, Leaf Resources, Mango Materials Take Top Slots in The 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2016-17
November 4, 2016 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   In Florida, Reverdia took the #1 spot in the 2016 “40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy” rankings, published today in The Digest and Nuu, the world’s most widely-read advanced …

Sustainable Sugarcane: How Companies Can Deliver — December 1-2, 2016 — London, UK
November 2, 2016 – 9:21 pm | No Comment
Sustainable Sugarcane: How Companies Can Deliver   —   December 1-2, 2016   —   London, UK

Structured debate on the creation of thriving, sustainable producer communities and resilient, assured supply chains  —  Created in partnership with Bonsucro, the global platform for sugarcane, this forum is designed for all stakeholders in the …

The National Recycling Awards 2017 Are Open for Entries
November 2, 2016 – 8:56 pm | No Comment

(MRW) The UK’s biggest celebration of recycling and waste management excellence — The National Recycling Awards recognise excellence across the industry and beyond in addressing recycling, reuse and waste reduction – and are judged by their …

Air BP Achieves Carbon Neutral Status across 250 Airport Operations
November 2, 2016 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(British Petroleum)  Air BP has become the first aviation fuel supplier to achieve carbon neutrality for its into-plane fuelling services across an international network of over 250 Air BP operated facilities. The achievement follows a …

Awards of £5m for New UK-Brazil Joint Projects in Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Research
October 21, 2016 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A joint investment between UK’s BBSRC and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in Brazil has been made to support collaborations between UK and Brazilian scientists in advanced biofuels research.
The funding – £3.5 …

UK Government Responds to CCC Decarbonisation Recommendations
October 21, 2016 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) The UK government has released its response to the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) recommendations to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. The CCC’s progress report, published in June 2016, focused on its priorities for …

Green Hydrogen, Courtesy of Algal Proteins
October 21, 2016 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

(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 …

UK Promises to Support Advanced Biofuels and Use in Aviation and Freight
October 19, 2016 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, in advance of the forthcoming emissions reduction plan, the Government response set out the Government’s commitment to its domestic climate change targets and provides background to our …

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

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

Studies Link Biofuel Demand, Habitat Loss
October 4, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Brad Rich (Coastal Review Online)  As the U.S. and other countries have ramped up development of bio-energy as an alternative to fossil fuels, demand is rising for trees for wood pellets, or biomass, and agricultural …

Editorial: Green Plains Fuels High Hopes for Area’s Ethanol Plant
October 1, 2016 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(Progress-Index)  For Hopewell’s fledgling ethanol industry, it appears the third time may be the charm.  —  For Hopewell’s fledgling ethanol industry, it appears the third time may be the charm.  Ten months after Green Plains …

Whale Carcass on Devon Beach to Be Used for Biofuel
October 1, 2016 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(BBC News)  Teignbridge District Council said the 30ft (9.1m) fin whale on Red Rock Beach near Dawlish is being taken apart in small pieces by dumper trucks.
A local rendering plant will remove the oil from …

Argus Biomass 2017 — April 25-27, 2017 — London, UK
September 29, 2016 – 8:04 pm | No Comment
Argus Biomass 2017   —   April 25-27, 2017   —   London, UK

Biomass remains a key commodity within the renewable energy mix and the industry is working hard to manage current low prices, optimise the supply chain and explore new opportunities abroad as new capacity comes on …

Velocys Presses Ahead with Envia GTL Plant as It Announced HY Results
September 29, 2016 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Velocys, a UK-based gas-to-liquids (GTL) has announced that it is pushing ahead with the operational start-up of its Envia GTL plant in Oklahoma City, US.  The company recently announced that it completed the …

Sustainable Sugarcane: How Companies Can Deliver — December 1-2, 2016 — London, UK
September 22, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment
Sustainable Sugarcane: How Companies Can Deliver   —   December 1-2, 2016   —   London, UK

Structured debate on the creation of thriving, sustainable producer communities and resilient, assured supply chains  —  Created in partnership with Bonsucro, this forum is designed for all stakeholders in the sugar value chain to discuss …

UK’s Argent Energy Wins Awards for Waste-Based Biodiesel Supply
September 21, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

(Argent Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  Argent Energy, one of the U.K.’s leading suppliers of sustainable biodiesel, has won two awards at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) Low Carbon Champions Awards 2016: the Low Carbon Fuel Initiative …

RISI Forest Investment Conference — May 4-5, 2017 — London, UK
September 19, 2016 – 10:21 pm | No Comment
RISI Forest Investment Conference    —   May 4-5, 2017   —   London, UK

RISI and DANA have combined forces to bring together the most compelling conference for the financial community and those engaged in tracking companies and assets or who own and manage timberlands. The Investment conference will …

New Pilot-Scale Facility Opens to Create High-Value Products from Municipal Waste
September 19, 2016 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

(Biorenewables Development Centre)  Wilson Bio-Chemical1 have opened their Micro Autoclave Fibre Production Plant for turning municipal solid waste (MSW) into biomass fibre that can be converted into a range of useful products. The facility has …

Low Carbon Fuel Project Achieves Breakthrough as LanzaTech Produces Jet Fuel from Waste Gases for Virgin Atlantic
September 15, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Virgin Atlantic)  For the first time ever, 1,500 US gallons of jet fuel has been produced from ‘Lanzanol’, LanzaTech’s low carbon ethanol; Producing the world’s first jet fuel derived from waste industrial gases from steel mills via …

From Farm to Fingernails: GreenBiologics Remakes Little Falls Ethanol Plant
September 11, 2016 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Zach Kayser  (Pine and Lakes Echo Journal)  A multi-million dollar conversion project in Little Falls aims to bear uncommon, environmentally sustainable fruit when it’s completed later this year.  Green Biologics, which is based in the …

Tapping the Unused Potential of Photosynthesis
September 11, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  …Photosynthesis in plants and algae consists of two reactions, the light-reactions absorb light energy from the sun and use this to split water (H2O) into electrons, protons and oxygen and the dark-reactions which use …

Seaweed Farms Could Become Important Source for Biofuels Production in UK, Report Suggests
September 6, 2016 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Large-scale seaweed farms could become an important source for biofuels production in the UK, a new report by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) suggest.
The government department …

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

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

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont in the Advanced Bioeconomy
August 31, 2016 – 10:53 am | No Comment

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

Investors Urge G20 Nations to Ratify Paris Climate Deal This Year
August 30, 2016 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Alister Doyle (Reuters)  Investors managing more than $13 trillion of assets urged leaders of the Group of 20 on Wednesday to ratify a global climate deal by the end of 2016 and to step …

£1.7m Boost for Biofuel Firm
August 24, 2016 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(Motherwell Times)  A Newarthill project promoting the use of biodiesels has been awarded £1.7 million in EU funding. Argent Energy will coordinate partners from Austria, France and two from the UK, Perth-based Stagecoach Bus and …

Dabbling in Duckweed: Environmental Uses for a Green Menace
August 12, 2016 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Paul Simons  (The Guardian)  Despite its troublesome reputation, the weed blanket smothering ponds and waterways also has its virtues as a biofuel and food  —  … Despite its troublesome reputation, duckweed also has its virtues. …

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

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

New Department for Transport Data Shows No Palm Oil Used in the UK
August 8, 2016 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Association)  Also shows growth in UK feedstocks, as well as increase in greenhouse gas savings;  Data shows no need for the Government to introduce excessive curbs on the use of crop-based biofuels   …

New Approach Could Lower Cost and Eliminate Need for Antibiotics During Biofuel Production
August 5, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  The cost and environmental impact of producing liquid biofuels and biochemicals as alternatives to petroleum-based products could be significantly reduced, thanks to a new metabolic engineering technique.

The fuels and chemicals are often produced using …

New Research Launched to See if Fuel Made from Recycled Plastic Could Power Ship Engines
August 4, 2016 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The University of West England is working with waste-to-energy specialist Recycling Technologies to test if a fuel, called Plaxx,  made from mixed plastic waste can be used to power ship engines.
The UK-based research, …

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

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

Adopting a Circular Economy: The Biorefinery Concept
July 27, 2016 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Paul Hudman (Renewable Energy World)  … For many governments, part of this shift involves adopting a circular economy approach, utilising all aspects of ‘waste’ throughout the production chain.
The concept of the biorefinery embraces this standard by …

Oil Majors Lost One Engine; Now the Second One Is Sputtering
July 27, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Javier Blas (Bloomberg)  BP says second-quarter refining margins drop to 6-year low; Downstream business was key last year in cushioning cheap oil  —  If Big Oil was a two-engine airplane, you could say it’s been flying …

Scientists Discover New Way to Make Energy from Garden Grass
July 26, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A team of UK researchers, including experts from Cardiff University’s Cardiff Catalysis Institute, have shown that significant amounts of hydrogen can be unlocked from fescue grass with the help of sunlight and a …

UK Policy Uncertainty Stalls £350m Teesside Biofuel Plant
July 20, 2016 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

by Chris Tighe (Financial Times)  … But almost as soon as it was finished, the UK cooled on biofuels, fretting about high carbon emissions, high cost and higher food prices as crops were diverted into fuel …

UK Government Eliminates Department of Energy and Climate Change
July 19, 2016 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Newly appointed U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has abolished the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change. The functions of the department will be transferred to other government departments, including …

World Agri-Tech Investment Summit — November 2-3, 2016 — London, UK
July 18, 2016 – 2:21 pm | No Comment
World Agri-Tech Investment Summit   —   November 2-3, 2016   —   London, UK

In November 2016, the World Agri-Tech Investment Summit returns to London for two days of networking and debate. Global agribusinesses, VC investors and technology start-ups from around the world come together to uncover the most …

UK Plant Hosts Scientists, Farmers Interested in Miscanthus
July 17, 2016 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(BWSC North Lincs/Biomass Magazine)  This month the Brigg Renewable Energy Plant hosted a visit from scientists and farmers to explore the use of miscanthus as a fuel for renewable energy and support groundbreaking research into …

CropEnergies Calls for Clarity on EU Ethanol Policy, as It Restarts UK Plant
July 8, 2016 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Agrimoney)  Ethanol producer CropEnergies called on the European Union to update its biofuel policy, as it brings its UK plant out of mothballs.  CropEnergies, which is controlled by German sugar group Suedzucker, noted a “pleasing …