In France, Total has ended months of speculation by at last confirming plans to revamp its La Mede oil refinery into a 500,000 metric ton per year biodiesel facility. The company will invest more than €200 million to convert the facility while cutting 178 jobs, a decision that has led workers to go on strike […]
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In Ireland, Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Biodiesel: 2015 World Market Outlook and Forecast up to 2019″ report to their offering. The report covers data on global, regional and national markets including present and future trends for supply and demand, prices, and downstream industries. In addition to the analytical part, the report provides […]
In Switzerland, the head of the European Biodiesel Board says that biofuels need policy support in order to compete with fossil fuels. He also demanded a clear definition for advanced biofuels to help drive development of those fuels to bring them to market. He said the biofuels industry needs to work together with the automotive […]
In the UK, the Department of Energy and Climate Change says that biodiesel accounted for 3.4% of diesel consumption in 2014, with ethanol accounting for 4.6% of gasoline, according to its provisional reporting. A total of 466.79 million gallons of biofuels were consumed, up 11.5% on the year. Biodiesel consumption rose 25% but ethanol consumption […]
In South Africa, Swiss-based PhytoEnergy International has halted development of its $428 million canola biodiesel plant until the South African government puts laws into place to promote the fuel. The blending mandate is meant to come into place on Oct. 1 but the required position paper hasn’t been published yet, giving the project developer pause. […]
In Germany, a project at the University of Rostock is investigating the technical feasibility of using certified sustainable rapeseed oil to produce biodiesel. In order to pave the way for manufacturers, the University of Rostock plans to investigate the basic performance characteristics of biodiesel in stage IV engines. The current obstacle standing in the way […]
In Iowa, Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and other lawmakers participated in the Iowa Biodiesel Board’s first Ride & Drive event during its annual “Biodiesel Day on the Hill” event. Lawmakers got to drive biodiesel blends in a diesel Chevy Cruze, the only small domestic diesel car; a Ford F-250 Superduty pickup; […]
In California, Viridis Fuels is expecting to receive notice of a $3.4 million grant from the California Energy Commission to build a 20 million gallon per year biodiesel plant at the Port of Oakland that will use low quality feedstocks. SRS Engineering will build the turnkey facility. The company has a 35-year offtake agreement with […]
In Brazil, ANP’s biodiesel tender on March 27 saw 671.3 million liters sold of which 99.7% had the social seal attached, signifying that feedstock was supplied by family farmers. The average price was 65 cents per liter, down more than 18% from the cumulative average of 80 cents per liter. A total of 824.6 million […]
In the UK, a study commissioned by Convert2Green (C2G), an energy-from-waste group funded by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK, says that used cooking oil-based biodiesel can account for tank to wheel GHG savings of 86%, well-to-wheel GHG savings of 84% and a substitution rate of 85%, with no efficiency loss.