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Khazaen in Pact for Oman’s First Sustainable Waste Cooking Oils-to-Biofuels Unit

(Zawya/Times of Oman)  Khazaen Economic City continues to attract investments as Oman is fast emerging as a promising market in the region. One of the latest innovative projects to select Khazaen as the preferred location is Wakud which will set up a facility for recycling waste cooking oil into biofuels.

July 9, 2020 Read Full Article

UK Government Sets out Plans for Including Aviation in Its Own Emissions Trading Scheme from next year

(GreenAir Online) The UK government has released details on how it intends to incorporate aviation into a UK Emissions Trading System (UK ETS) and link with those of the EU and Switzerland, as well as the global CORSIA offsetting scheme. Following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU and the

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Three New Biomethane Plants and BioCNG Fuelling Station “on track”, Says Cadent

(Bioenergy Insight) Three biomethane production plant projects involving Cadent Gas remain on track despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The firm said the projects are on course to start sending low-carbon “gas from trash” into Cadent’s network this year, as its teams “kept the wheel in motion” during

June 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Jan De Nul’s Dredger Becomes the First to Sail 2,000 Hours on 100% Sustainable Marine Biofuel

(Marine Insight) Jan De Nul Group has completed, in close collaboration with MAN Energy Solutions and GoodFuels, 2,000 hours using 100% renewable 2nd generation Biofuel Oil (BFO) on board the Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Alexander von Humboldt. This major milestone represents the longest continuous use of 100% sustainable marine biofuel in

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Justin Laney

“The evidence of climate change is all around us, so it’s important we act now using available technology rather than wait for unproven solutions to appear.”  Justin Laney, Partner & General Manager of Central Transport at the John Lewis Partnership in the UK   READ MORE

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Own Biogas Station for UK Chain of Supermarkets & Department Stores

(John Lewis Partnership/NGV Journal) The John Lewis Partnership is stepping up its commitment to reducing carbon emissions by building a dedicated biomethane filling station to enable its largest heavy goods vehicles to use a low-carbon alternative to diesel. The new facility is expected to open in December 2020. Alongside this, the

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Bogus Sustainable Energy Companies Wound-up in Court

(U.K. Government Insolvency Service)  Three companies connected to bogus sustainable energy processing schemes have been wound-up in court after eliciting at least £525,000 from investors.  — Elcourt Ltd, WSR Hawker Ltd and Devo Group Ltd were wound up in the public interest on 9 June 2020 in the High Court before

June 17, 2020 Read Full Article
    Argus Biomass Conference   —   April 2021   —   London, UK

Argus Biomass Conference — April 2021 — London, UK

SAVE THE DATE   READ MORE

June 15, 2020 Read Full Article

15 Hot Tech Case Studies: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to The Digest’s #BetterWithBiology Top 15

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Everything’s better with biology, so here’s The Digest’s newly released Top 15 case studies of today’s hottest technology and new markets for traditional oil and gas refiners. What are our top picks? Spoiler Alert: The top 15 may include converting oil refineries to biorefineries, something to

June 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Relight the Fire – Stoking our Economy with Heat

by Martin Freer (Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI)/Biofuels Digest) As the Bank of England predicts a decline in the UK’s economy with a shrinkage of 14%, the worst recession on record, with dramatic impact for UK jobs, there is a feeling of helplessness as the country emerges cautiously from the lockdown. This

June 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Carbon Capture and Storage Pipeline Grows by 10 Large-Scale Facilities Globally

(Global CCS Institute)  The Global CCS Institute, an international think tank, has added 10 carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities to its global database, bringing the total number of CCS facilities in various stages of development to 59 with a capture capacity of more than 127 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). There are now 21 facilities in operation, three under construction, and 35 in

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

UK Aviation Coalition Calls for Sector to Be at Heart of Government’s Green Recovery Plan

(Biofuels International) The Sustainable Aviation coalition has called for UK aviation to be at the heart of the Government’s economic recovery strategy in a letter to the Transport Secretary.  The coalition said there needed to be a joined-up approach to decarbonising aviation that will enable the country to rapidly bounce

June 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Scientists Develop New Chemicals Process to Recycle Bioplastics

(BioMarket Insight) The UK-based scientists at the Universities of Birmingham and Bath have developed what they describe as a “faster, more efficient way” of recycling plant-based bioplastics. The team has shown how their chemical recycling method not only speeds up the process, it can also be converted into a new product

June 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Blow for Commercial Aircraft Electric Propulsion as Airbus and Rolls-Royce Cancel E-Fan X Programme

(GreenAir Online) Airbus and Rolls-Royce have announced an ending to their joint hybrid-electric E-Fan X demonstrator programme, a pioneering project directed towards the electrification of commercial passenger aircraft. A BAe 146 RJ100 test aircraft with one of its four jet engines replaced by a 2.5MW motor was due to embark on

May 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Liquid Fuels Trade Association Adds to the Government’s E10 Debate

(Biofuels International)  The trade association for the liquid fuels distribution industry UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA) has submitted its views on the Government’s consultation on the introduction of E10 petrol at filling stations across the country. The consultation closed on 3 May and called for views from industry

May 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Government Launches New £40 Million Clean Growth Fund to sSupercharge Green Start-ups

(U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP) Clean Growth Fund launched as a venture capital vehicle to accelerate early-stage green businesses. — Government to contribute half of initial £40 million fund pot together with one of the UK’s largest charity investors, CCLA

May 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuel Bolsters Economy and Environment – Humber LEP Responds to E10 Consultation

by David Laister (Business Live)  Department for Transport gets response from home of UK’s largest bioethanol plant  —  … Biofuels are being explored as Net Zero commitments loom large, with the Humber  home to the UK’s largest bioethanol plant, mothballed due to delays in target implementation. Now the Department for

May 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Velocys Receives further Backing for Waste-to-Fuels Project

(Biofuels International)  Velocys, the sustainable fuels technology company, has announced it has secured a further £1m funding for the Altalto waste-to-fuels project from British Airways and Shell. The proposed Altalto Immingham plant is to convert hundreds of thousands of tonnes per year of residual waste into sustainable fuels – mainly

May 18, 2020 Read Full Article

United Kingdom: 80% of Dispensed CNG in 2019 Was Biomethane

(Gas Vehicle Network/NGV Journal) UK’s industry trade body Gas Vehicle Network (GVN) has unveiled new statistics showing that in 2019 almost 80% of the total dispensed volume of natural gas for transport fuel was biomethane*, which represents a 22% increase compared to 2018. “Clean, low carbon, natural gas powered vehicles

May 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Move to E10 Fuel Presents Benefits but Union Calls for Lessons to be Learned from Filter Blocking Issues

(National Farmers Union of Scotland/Press Release Point) NFU Scotland has welcomed the opportunities that switching to E10 petrol on forecourts could bring but consumers must be protected to ensure problems like those encountered in agricultural vehicles last winter are to be avoided. The Union was responding to a Department for Transport

May 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Extend Biofuel Subsidies to Get Moving on Transport Emissions

(UK Haulier) The Gas Vehicle Network, GVN, has called on the Department for Transport to extend a key component of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) which are due to expire at the end of 2020. Current plans will see subsidies awarded to road transport biofuels which reduce greenhouse gas (GHG)

May 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Solve Invasive Seaweed Problem by Turning It into Biofuels and Fertilisers

(University of Bath/Phys.Org) UK researchers have developed a cheap and simple way of creating biofuel and fertiliser from seaweed, whilst removing plastic from the oceans and cleaning up tourist beaches in the Caribbean and Central America. Millions of tonnes of rotting seaweed washes up on beaches of Mexico, the Caribbean and

May 13, 2020 Read Full Article

NFU Responds to Government E10 Consultation

(National Farmers Union) The government’s proposal to introduce E10 petrol in 2021 came after years of NFU lobbying to introduce the biofuel to petrol stations across the UK.  Last year the NFU wrote to various government departments outlining how implementing E10, maintaining Britain’s bioethanol processing infrastructure and supporting a thriving

May 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Drax Launches Biomass Carbon Calculator to Measure Supply Chain Emissions

(Biofuels International)  Drax has launched a Biomass Carbon Calculator to help the industry accurately measure emissions in the biomass supply chain. The new tool will allow the sector to identify where emissions reductions can be made and help to make a greater contribution to tackling climate change, according to Drax.

May 5, 2020 Read Full Article

New UK Statistics Reveal Biofuels Boost

(Biofuels International)  The UK government has announced that 2,351 million litres of liquid biofuels were used in transport last year, which was an increase of 24% on the year before. In 2018, 1,899 million litres were consumed. The Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTCO) put up the percentage of biofuel production

May 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Make Key Advance toward Production of Important Biofuel

(Oregon State University/Phys.Org) An international research collaboration has taken an important step toward the commercially viable manufacture of biobutanol, an alcohol whose strong potential as a fuel for gasoline-powered engines could pave the path away from fossil fuels. The key breakthrough is the development of a new metal organic framework, or MOF,

April 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Recycling Technologies’ First Site in Europe Will Be Located at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in the Netherlands

(Recycling Technologies) Recycling Technologies Ltd (‘Recycling Technologies’), a specialist plastic recycling technology provider and Brightlands Chemelot Campus, an innovation, research and technological growth hub announce today they have signed the first agreement towards the installation of Recycling Technologies’ first European plastic chemical recycling machine, the RT7000, within the Campus in the

April 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Don’t Look to Mature Forests to Soak Up Carbon Dioxide Emissions: Results of Australian Study May Have Impact on New York State Carbon Neutrality Goals

(Suny College of Environmental Science and Forestry) Research published today in Nature suggests mature forests are limited in their ability to absorb “extra” carbon as atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations increase. These findings may have implications for New York state’s carbon neutrality goals. Dr. John Drake, assistant professor in ESF’s Department of

April 23, 2020 Read Full Article

UK Biofuel Consumption up 24% in 2019

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.K. government recently released updated energy statistics that show liquid biofuel consumption reached 2.351 billion liters (621.07 million gallons) last year, up approximately 24 percent from 2018. Ethanol consumption fell slightly, from 753 million liters in 2018 to 753 million liters in 2019. Biodiesel

April 22, 2020 Read Full Article

15 Newest Projects – Who’s Got What Underway?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) While the world may be at a standstill,there are still many projects going on and moving forward. But where are these projects? Who’s involved? How far along are they? What are they working on? From VTT BioFlex in Finland working on fuels oils and plastics

April 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Project: Blockchain Database for Sustainable Biofuels

(Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials) The “Blockchain database for sustainable biofuels” project is jointly led by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Bioledger and aims to demonstrate the feasibility of a blockchain-based database solution for the European sustainably-certified biofuels market, with an initial focus on the used cooking oil (UCO) biodiesel

April 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Opportunity Knocking: BioEconomy Solutions Plans to Create 200 Jobs in South Carolina through Operation of a New Crush Facility while Commercializing a Little-Known Crop for the Biomass-Based Diesel Industry

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Most people in the U.S. have probably never heard of cyperus esculentus, but Victor Garlington, managing partner at BioEconomy Solutions, believes it is the next big thing in biomass-based diesel feedstock. The company has grand plans for this obscure crop, including a signed 10-year offtake

April 15, 2020 Read Full Article
    ACI’s 11th Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Summit   —   September 26-27, 2020   —   Manchester, UK

ACI’s 11th Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Summit — September 26-27, 2020 — Manchester, UK

After an exciting & successful CO2 conference in Reykjavik last year, ACI’s 11th Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Summit is now heading to Manchester, UK on the 26th & 27th September 2018. During this 6th European edition (11th of the global series), the conference will explore innovation developments and projects regarding CO2 utilisation

April 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Coral-Inspired Biomaterials Could Lead to Highly Efficient Biofuel Production

(University of San Diego Scripps Institute of Oceanography)  Biologists and engineers design 3D printed corals that could help energy production and coral reefs  —  Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, and the University of Cambridge, U.K., have 3D printed coral-inspired

April 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Bringing Green Hydrogen to Market

by Sandra Enkhardt (PV Magazine Germany) Uniper plans to use its gas power plants and storage facilities for green hydrogen.   — Siemens and the Uniper fossil fuels business spun out of German energy giant E.on have been working together for years and have announced a cooperation agreement aimed at decarbonizing

April 10, 2020 Read Full Article

The Straw Man: Looking Critically at Claims about EV Emissions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A completely interesting example of what is known as the Straw Man fallacy appeared in coverage of a study that appears in this month’s Nature Sustainability, on electric vehicle emissions. The lead author of the study, University of Nijmegen’s Dr Florian Knobloch told the BBC: “The idea that electric

April 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Hope New Seed-Based Miscanthus Hybrid Can Be Used as Feedstock for Biochemicals

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights) “These seeded hybrids are vital to our future business model and the rapid deployment of miscanthus as part of the climate change solution.”  —  Researchers at the Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS) Aberystwyth University, with funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

April 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing Shipping and Freight, Road Vehicles, Rail, Aviation, Maritime: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to UK’s Plan for Decarbonizing Transport

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The United Kingdom’s Department of Transportation just released this plan for decarbonizing transportation across the board, from rail and aviation to road vehicles like buses, cars, freight and heavy duty trucks. The UK’s plan includes ways to become a hub for green transport technology and

April 2, 2020 Read Full Article

New Study Evaluates Map and State of Biomethane Market in Europe

(European Biogas Association/NGV Journal) The European Biogas Association (EBA) has participated in a research on the state of play of the biomethane market in Europe. The report provides a general European overview, together with an in-depth mapping at country level of 23 European countries covered by the REGATRACE project. The study

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Mazda Backs Carbon-Neutral Biofuel Research

(Mazda) Mazda is currently involved in joint research projects and studies as part of an ongoing industry-academia-government collaboration to promote the wide-spread adoption of biofuels from microalgae growth. As part of its ‘Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030’ long-term technology development programme, the company is committed to reducing its average ‘Well-to-Wheel’ CO2 emissions to 50%

March 31, 2020 Read Full Article

LowCVP News: New Guide Highlights Low Carbon and Sustainable Fuel Opportunities for Decarbonisation of Commercial Fleets

(Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) A new guide from the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) for fleet operators shows how renewable fuels can immediately cut greenhouse gas emissions in road transport, particularly from commercial vehicles for which few low emission solutions are currently available.  While the focus has been mainly on vehicle

March 27, 2020 Read Full Article
    World Biogas Summit   —   October 7-8, 2020   —   Birmingham, UK

World Biogas Summit — October 7-8, 2020 — Birmingham, UK

Sessions will discuss the contribution of AD and biogas across many sectors (waste, energy, transport, agriculture, water and more..) and how to stimulate growth through policy, finance, innovation and public engagement.  READ MORE

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomethane Demand Increases by 800%, Thanks to Major UK Companies

(Bioenergy Insight)  Demand for renewable biomethane compressed natural gas (Bio-CNG) has increased by 800%, thanks to major companies adopting alternative fuels, according to CNG Fuels. The news follows the announcement that CNG Fuels is building to new refuelling stations to deliver the low-carbon, low-cost alternative for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs),

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

PODCAST: Europe Industrial Ethanol Demand, Prices Spike as Coronavirus Disrupts Market

by Will Beacham (Independent Commodity Intelligence Services) Spot prices for Europe industrial ethanol are spiking and the market is facing disruption as demand soars for disinfectant and cleaning products linked to coronavirus. Biofuel producers, gin distilleries and perfume manufacturers are switching to ethanol production to help meet the spike in demand.

March 20, 2020 Read Full Article

ENGIE to Supply Biomethane from AD to Heathrow Airport

(Biofuels Internationa)  ENGIE has teamed up with Heathrow Airport in the UK to replace natural gas with 100% green biomethane. Under the agreement, ENGIE will supply Heathrow Airport with biomethane from anaerobic digestion (AD) to all meter points across all terminals until March 2022. The agreement builds on an existing

March 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Europe’s Largest Renewable Natural Gas Station for HGVs Opens in the UK

(NGV Journal) CNG Fuels has put into operation Europe’s largest refueling station offering low-carbon alternative to diesel for heavy transport in Warrington, UK, which can refuel up to 800 HGVs daily and serve 12 vehicles simultaneously. This new facility, along with another one recently opened in Northampton, will be capable of

March 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Vegetable Oil Fuel a ‘Faultless Solution’ to Construction’s Woeful Emissions

by Joshua Stein (New Civil Engineer) Construction’s carbon footprint could be significantly reduced by use of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as fuel, according to civil engineering and environmental firm Land & Water. The company trialled the HVO supplied by company Crown Oil to run its machinery at a site in Rainham,

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Nova Pangaea Partners with Pakistan’s JS Group to Licence Biofuel Technology

(Biofuels International)  Teeside, UK-based Nova Pangaea Technologies (NPT) has signed a partnership contract with Pakistan’s JS Group to licence NPT’s technology, which converts waste plant biomass into natural platform chemicals and biofuels. The deal includes a licence for the use of NPT’s REFNOVA end-to-end fractionation process, as well as a

March 12, 2020 Read Full Article
    6th Global Congress and Expo on Biotechnology   —   November 12-13, 2020   —   London, UK

6th Global Congress and Expo on Biotechnology — November 12-13, 2020 — London, UK

We invite you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to reach decision-makers in the corporate and scientific community.  READ MORE

March 11, 2020 Read Full Article

E10 ‘Cleaner Petrol’ Could Cut Transport CO2 by 750,000 Tonnes per Year

(Transport Xtra) Drivers across the UK could soon be filling up their cars with a greener, lower emission fuel, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced. The government is consulting on plans for E10, a lower carbon fuel made with up to 10% ethanol, to become the standard grade of petrol at UK

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste and Mirova Back Recycling Technologies to Accelerate Transition to Circular Economy for Plastic

(Recycling Technologies) Neste, the world’s leading provider of renewable diesel, renewable jet fuel, and an expert in delivering drop-in renewable chemical solutions, and Mirova, a pioneer impact investor in the natural capital space and an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers, today announce a combined EUR 10 million investment into Recycling Technologies

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Green Jobs Could Increase by 85% in 10 Years with Government Support, Says REA

(Bioenergy Insight)  Green jobs could increase by 85% in 10 years with government support, according to the Renewable Energy Association (REA). Employment in the renewables and clean technology sector stood at 128,954 in 2017/18, but there is potential to boost the number to 238,000 by 2030. The REA predicts that

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

UK-Based Future Biogas Launches AD Consultancy Service

(Bioenergy Insight)  The UK’s biggest green gas producer, Future Biogas, will launch a subsidiary consultancy service focused on anaerobic digestion (AD). Launching on 8 April, Fern AD will focus on the biological expertise required to optimise AD plant efficiency, helping operators to benefit from Future Biogas’ industry-leading biologists and in-house laboratory. Future

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomethane Could Deliver 30% of the UK’s Carbon Budget, Says ADBA

(Bioenergy Insight)  Biomethane could deliver 30% of the UK’s carbon budget in the hardest-to-decarbonise sectors, according to the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA). In a newly-released report, launched by Alan Whitehead MP at the House of Commons in London on 2 March, ADBA claims that biomethane could provide ‘green

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

ERM Gets Go ahead to Develop Green Hydrogen at Scale from Offshore Wind

(ERM)  ERM has been awarded £3.12m from the UK Government to further develop its ERM-Dolphyn project, concerning the production of ‘green’ hydrogen at scale from floating, offshore wind turbines. To meet carbon targets in the UK and more widely around the world, it is now widely accepted that hydrogen needs

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Could Government Biofuel Drive Bring £350m Hull Plant Back to Life?

by David Laister (Business Live)  Saltend facility was mothballed after 11 years of “inaction” over petrol pump policy — … Vivergo, an employer of 150 at Saltend Chemicals Park, closed in September 2018, with only a skeleton maintenance team remaining.  The sprawling plant, owned by AB Sugar, had operated for

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Grant Shapps

“Before electric cars become the norm, we want to take advantage of reduced CO2 emissions today. This small switch to petrol containing bioethanol at 10% will help drivers across country reduce the environmental impact of every journey.” Grant Shapps, the UK transport secretary, in a statement announcing plans to make

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

E10 Petrol: UK to Standardise Higher Ethanol Blend

(Press Association/The Guardian)  Government says ‘cleaner’ fuel will help cut carbon dioxide emissions before electric cars become the norm  — The government is set to introduce E10 fuel containing 10% ethanol as a new form of “cleaner” petrol aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions. Grant Shapps, the transport secretary said the

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Liverpool Launches UK’s Biggest Biogas-Powered Refuse Vehicle Fleet

(Bioenergy Insight) Liverpool has launched the UK’s biggest eco-friendly fleet of refuse vehicles powered by biomethane a compressed natural gas (CNG). The 20-strong fleet will help to cut Liverpool City Council’s carbon footprint, as they produce 80% fewer carbon emissions and 90% less nitrogen oxide than the previous diesel vehicles.

March 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Beans Grown with Urine and Martian Soil, New Cosmetic Ingredient Produced by Fermentation, Plant-Based Superglue, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of February 27th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) What a weird week – yummy string beans fertilized with human urine in the form of struvite and cultivated using artificial Martian and lunar soil, making Marvin the Martian hungry for some beans. If that’s too gross for you though, how about superglue made from plant-derived

February 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Carolina Opportunity Funds Chooses BioEconomy Solutions

(Carolina Opportunity Funds/PR Newswire)  Inaugural Investment for IMPACT Carolina QOZ Fund  — Carolina Opportunity Funds is pleased to announce that BioEconomy Solutions, a technology leader in sustainable agricultural crops for biofuels, animal feed, and food products such as Tiger Nut flour, as the first investment from the company’s IMPACT Carolina Fund,

February 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Low Carbon Hydrogen on the Way in the UK

by Jim Lane (Hydrogen Digest)  From the UK, news is arriving out of research circles about a project called HyPER project (Bulk Hydrogen Production by Sorbent Enhanced Steam Reforming), that will construct a state-of-the-art 1.5 MWth pilot plant at Cranfield University to test an innovative hydrogen production technology that substantially

February 21, 2020 Read Full Article

From Wind Power to Cow Manure: Oil Traders Seek New Profit Recipe

by Julia Payne (Reuters) The world’s largest oil traders are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into climate-friendly projects – including wind farms, cow manure plants and blue hydrogen – as they seek to match the profits they make from trading oil.  The energy industry as a whole faces an

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Bristol Transit Operator Launches 77-Biogas-Bus Scheme and CNG Station

(NGV Journal/First Group) As part of its ongoing commitment to improving air quality and tackling the Climate Emergency, First West of England launched its 77 new biomethane bus scheme, including a major natural gas station at Lawrence Hill depot. Earlier this year, the first ten of the new buses came into

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Circular Solution for Bioplastics, McDonald’s Fryer Oil to 3D Printing Resin, Human Hair to Fertilizer, Crab Shells and Seaweed to Yarn, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of February 6th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The infinity symbol…a figure 8 on its side, a lemniscate…no matter what you call it, it signifies the concept of limitlessness or eternity which is what the bioeconomy has been doing lately in its limitless innovations. It’s been a big week for bioplastics with Danimer Scientific

February 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Teresa Kok to Engage Europe on Direction of Malaysian Oil Palm Industry

(The Edge Markets/Bernama) Malaysia will engage four European countries next week on the direction of the Malaysian oil palm industry, to address the widespread anti-palm oil campaign in the continent. Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said she would expound on the four policies of the national oil palm industry to government representatives

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

UK Aviation Commits to Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

(Sustainable Aviation) Executives back plan to cut aviation net carbon emissions to zero by 2050, in line with UK Government targets; Follows thorough review published today in a new net zero Road-Map which shows where emissions reductions can come from; Ground-breaking commitment will cut carbon whilst accommodating 70% growth in

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Velocys Contracts Worley to Deliver Technology Package for Waste-to-Fuel Projects

(Biofuels International)  Sustainable fuels technology company Velocys has appointed engineering contractor Worley to manage the delivery of its fully integrated technology package. Worley will act as partner in the development of pre-feasibility, feasibility and front-end engineering design (FEED) packages for all of Velocys’ projects. This will enable Velocys to ‘leverage

February 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Food and Market Waste–A Pathway to Sustainable Fuels and Waste Valorization

by Miloud Ouadi, Muhammad Asif Bashir, Lais Galileu Speranza, Hessam Jahangiri, Andreas Hornung (American Chemical Society) Food and market waste (FMW) is one of the most abundant unrecycled products which poses waste management issues and negative environmental impacts. Thermo-catalytic reforming (TCR) is a pyrolysis based technology which can convert a

January 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Synthetic Carbon Based Fuels for Transport

(The Royal Society)  The need to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from all human activities has never been clearer. One area requiring urgent action is the transition from the use of fossil fuels for transport. Whilst the decarbonisation of electricity is progressing and many transport modes can feasibly be electrified,

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Soaring Demand Seen Driving French Ethanol Sales to New Record This Year

by Sybille de La Hamaide (Reuters) Ethanol sales in France should continue to rise sharply this year after reaching a new record in 2019, mostly boosted by tax breaks and a wider availability in petrol stations, French ethanol producer group SNPAA said on Tuesday. A decline in diesel demand and the

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Trade Associations Launch Liquid Biofuel Supply Chain Strategy and Taskforce to Tackle Carbon Emissions

by Nunzia Florio  (Tank Storage Association) Trade Associations OFTEC, the Tank Storage Association (TSA) and the UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA) have kicked off 2020 with the launch of a future vision for liquid fuels ‘Supply Chain Strategy for Liquid Fuels’, which details the steps to be taken toward a transition to

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Green Van Man! Ford Approves the Use of Eco-Friendly Biodiesel Made from Recycled COOKING OIL in Its Transits Claiming It Will ‘Help Everybody Enjoy Improved Air Quality’

by Joe Pinkstone (Daily Mail)  Hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) produces a high-quality ‘biodiesel’; Ford Transit’s fitted with the 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine can now run on this fuel; The fuel produces up to 90 per cent less greenhouse gases than regular diesel  —  … Hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) produces a high-quality fuel

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

New Fuel Storage Facility Proposed

by Ed Taylor (Jersey Post) A NEW fuel farm capable of storing ethanol could be built at La Collette, if planning permission is granted.  —  ATF Global Ventures has applied to create a storage facility on Route du Veule, complete with two 750,000-litre tanks and a two-storey office building. According

January 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Living Robots, Fungus Homes, Biobased Aquaculture Ropes, Biopolymer Food Films, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of January 23rd

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It was a week of lots of deal-making, like edible straw startup Loliware’s raising of $5.9 million to scale production, and deal-breaking, like Itaconix and Nouryon’s break-up over biobased chelating agents for detergent applications. But it was also a week of innovating like the development of

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

UK’s Post-Brexit Farm Subsidies Will Prioritize Carbon Sequestration

(Our Daily Planet)  …Under the bill, introduced to Parliament this week and expected to become law within a few months, farmers will be given subsidies not simply for cultivating land—the current EU system—but for delivering “public goods.” These include sequestering carbon in trees or soil, enhancing habitat with pollinator-friendly flowers,

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Waste2Tricity Awarded Grant for Pioneering Waste Plastic to Hydrogen Technology

(Power House Energy Group)  Waste2Tricity, the UK technology company developing pioneering hydrogen production from waste plastic, has been offered a conditional £1.25m grant for its planned Plastics to Hydrogen Facility at Protos, near Ellesmere Port. The grant award follows a successful application to the £4.1m Energy Fund competition, run by

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Union Drives Forward on Fuel Issues: NFUS Presses Politicians to Find Solution to Biofuel Problems

by Bob Carruth (National Farmers Union Scotland)  NFU Scotland is pursuing high level solutions to the machinery problems many Scottish and UK farmers have been experiencing linked to the biofuel content in fuel. Fuel is a reserved issue and the Union is therefore seeking support from both the Scottish and

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Shell Aviation Inks Deal to Supply Sustainable Aviation Fuel to Lufthansa in US Airport

by Madeleine Cuff (Business Green) Firm promises to develop ‘scalable supply’ of sustainable aviation fuels under new multi-year partnership with World Energy  —  Shell Aviation, the jet fuel arm of the Dutch oil giant, has today announced a new deal with World Energy and Lufthansa Group that will see the

January 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Preventing FAME-Related Disruption

(Certas Energy)  To help customers prepare for the potential impact of increased FAME content, Certas Energy has developed a free guide that covers the problems caused by FAME, best practice maintenance and storage guidance, and FAME-free alternatives to gas oil and road diesel.  READ MORE   Request Guide

January 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Converting Waste to Synthetic Crude Oil: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Licella’s Thermochemical Tech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Licella is transforming plastic and biomass waste into high value sustainable resources. Their Cat-HTR platform uses water at high temperature and pressure to transform wastes and residues to synthetic crude oil, chemically equivalent to fossil crude. Steve Rogers from Licella shared this illuminating presentation at

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Orange Peel, Rubbish and Fatbergs: The Fuels behind the Future of Green Transport: New Funding to Boost the Advanced Fuels Industry.

(U.K. Department for Transport, George Freeman MP, and The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP)  Technological advances towards net-zero to be made through 4 new UK-based advanced biofuel plants; pioneering projects will receive government funding and could lead to greener flights and road freight; latest move in the government’s green transport

December 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels – Where Are the Gallons?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From what is an advanced biofuel to why, we take a look at the gallons, the ethanol blend wall, the residue capacity, and over 30 advanced biofuels projects from around the world to watch. In today’s Digest, a Digest 2020 Multi-Slide Guide on advanced biofuels that

December 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Biorefining Start-Up Wins Significant EU Funding to Scale-Up Business

(Bioenergy Insight)  Biorefining start-up Chrysalix Technologies has won significant funding from the EU to scale-up its business. The company uses waste wood and agricultural by-products as well as sustainably-grown biomass to produce biofuels, biomaterials, greener chemicals and bioplastics. Its BioFlex process separates the various naturally-occurring components of wood – lignin,

December 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomethane-Powered Machinery to Fix Potholes in Cornwall, UK

(Bioenergy Insight)  Potholes in Cornwall, UK will be fixed by machines powered by biomethane. Construction firm Cormac is trialling the new equipment powered by biogas derived from cow manure. Cornwall Council has been working with local clean energy company Bennemann to convert one of its road-surfacing machines to run on

December 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Neutrons Optimize High Efficiency Catalyst for Greener Approach to Biofuel Synthesis

(U.S. Department of Energy/Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Science Daily) Researchers used neutron scattering in the development of a catalyst that converts biomass into liquid fuel with remarkably high efficiency and provides new possibilities for manufacturing renewable energy-related materials. Researchers led by the University of Manchester have designed a catalyst that converts

December 17, 2019 Read Full Article

The Kodak Moment: The World’s Airlines Consider Their Low-Carbon Options in an Era of Flight-Shaming

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Now, the airlines were just about the first customers to clamor for advanced biofuels. In 2006, Richard Altman of the recently-formed Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative showed up at one of the earliest advanced biofuels events, and when he laid out the intent of the

December 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Major Investment Firm Macquarie Acquires UK AD Company

(Bioenergy Insight)  Macquarie Capital Principal Finance (Macquarie) – the largest infrastructure investor in the world – has completed the majority acquisition of BioCow, a leading producer and innovator in the UK biogas sector. BioCow uses anaerobic digestion (AD) to create energy from agricultural waste by producing biomethane, which can be

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Britain, Brexit and the Bioeconomy: It’s Going to Be about Scoxit, Too

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … For sure, Britain has historic opportunities in the bioecononmy to take a leadership position by jettisoning the worst of the EU restrictions and adopting new measures to add value to British agriculture, increase British food and energy security, and decarbonize its economy. The EU

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Australia, U.S., to Cooperate on Critical Minerals, Rare Earths

(U.S. News and World Report/Reuters) Australia and the United States will support projects to develop critical minerals and rare earths, an Australian government minister said on Wednesday (November 20, 2019), signaling deeper cooperation in a market dominated by Chinese supplies. Australian Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan and

December 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Consolidated Production of Coniferol and Other High-Value Aromatic Alcohols Directly from Lignocellulosic Biomass

by Robson Tramontina, James L. Galman, Fabio Parmeggiani, Sasha R. Derrington, Timothy D. H. Bugg, Nicholas J. Turner, Fabio M. Squin and Neil Dixon (Green Chemistry)  Sustainable production of fine chemicals and biofuels from renewable biomass offers a potential alternative to the continued use of finite geological oil reserves. However,

December 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Production and Consumption in Denmark: Status, Advances and Challenges

by Sune Tjalfe Thomsen and Henning Jørgensen (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  1. Status of transportation biofuel industry in Denmark — In Denmark, a considerable part of the total energy demand is derived from renewable sources. In 2017, 26% of Denmark’s primary energy production of 658 PJ was from renewable

December 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Fuel from MSW and Biomass: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys’ Aviation Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For 17 years, Velocys has been working on XTL projects and their FT technology has operated on syngas derived from natural gas, landfill gas, coal and biomass. Philipp Stratmann, VP Biofuels at Velocys shared the latest from Velocys at the recent IATA Sustainable Aviation Fuel Symposium.

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Scotland’s Carbon Reduction Ambitions Move forward with Groundbreaking New Charter Signed by Government and Industry

by Joanna Sampson (Gas World) A new alliance of industry, academics and government will today officially launch a programme to deliver industrial decarbonisation in Scotland through the deployment of the UK’s first carbon capture, usage and storage technology. The industry led coalition, known as NECCUS, will be instrumental in driving forward

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Bombardier Reinforces Commitment to Environment and Receives First Shipment of Sustainable Aviation Fuel in Montreal

(Bombardier)  Aviation  — -Avfuel Corporation supplied inaugural shipment of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to be deployed to Bombardier customers upon aircraft delivery;  -Shipment represents another step in Bombardier’s commitment to secure long-term SAF supply, a key pillar of working toward a sustainable future for business aviation;  – Bombardier has used

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

From Waste Woody Biomass to Carbon Negative Transportation Fuels via CCUS

by Philipp Stratmann (Velocys/Biofuels Digest) At this year’s ABLC Next Conference in San Francisco Velocys presented on the opportunity to produce negative emission fuels at our planned Bayou Fuels facility in Natchez, Mississippi. Whilst we were not the only company presenting on advanced biofuel products at the conference, our integration of

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Sludge Tanker Powered by Biomethane Completes Successful UK Trial

(Bioenergy Insight)  A sludge tanker powered by bio-CNG (compressed natural gas) from CNG Fuels has completed a successful trial with UK firm GENeco, Wessex Water’s renewable energy company. The truck runs on 100% renewable and sustainable biomethane which is derived from waste and approved under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel to Slash Emissions at Cairngorm Mountain

(Cairngorm Mountain)  Snow making, road clearing and other diesel-fuelled machinery at Cairngorm Mountain is set to be powered by biofuel in the new year.  —  The move is expected to cut carbon emissions from the equipment by up to 90%.  Operator, Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Limited (CMSL), has issued a tender to biofuel

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Biotech Breakthrough Turns Waste Biomass into High Value Chemicals

(University of Manchester)  A move towards a more sustainable bio-based economy has been given a new boost by researchers who have been able to simplify a process to transform waste materials into high value chemicals. A collaboration between the UK and Brazil has shown that waste sugar cane and wheat

November 26, 2019 Read Full Article

LanzaTech Moves Forward on Sustainable Aviation Scale Up in the USA and Japan

(LanzaTech) Carbon recycling pioneer, LanzaTech, continues to make strides in scaling up its alcohol to jet (ATJ) platform. Commercialization of the ATJ process has been years in the making, starting with the partnership between LanzaTech and the U.S Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. PNNL developed a unique catalytic process to

November 26, 2019 Read Full Article

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)   —   POSTPONED to October 29-30, 2020  —   London, UK

International Plant Science and Molecular Biology Conference (IPMB-2020) — POSTPONED to October 29-30, 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
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