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RFA issues new equipment guidance for E15 retailers

RFA issues new equipment guidance for E15 retailers

April 26, 2016 |

In Washington, U.S. EPA gave final approval in 2012 to the use of E15 fuel and the fuel blend is now sold in 23 states. With many new retailers preparing to offer E15, the Renewable Fuels Association is concerned that retailers could potentially order equipment that cannot legally dispense E15.  In a new RFA communication […]

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Desmet Ballestra sells Cavitation Technologies facility in South America

Desmet Ballestra sells Cavitation Technologies facility in South America

April 26, 2016 |

In California, Cavitation Technologies, Inc. announced that Desmet Ballestra Group, CTi’s strategic partner since 2010, has entered into a new sales agreement with a bio-diesel refinery in South America. This sales contract becomes fully effective after Desmet Ballestra and the refinery fulfill certain technical specifications. This particular refinery processes approximately 100MGPY of Bio-Diesel and the […]

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MIT to use drones for tracking sorghum growth in hopes of boost bioenergy capacity

MIT to use drones for tracking sorghum growth in hopes of boost bioenergy capacity

April 26, 2016 |

In Massachusetts, researchers at MIT will next month undertake a season-long experiment by using three drones—one from the air and two by land—to monitor sorghum production every two weeks in an attempt to pinpoint the exact moment of the plant’s peak as a biofuel feedstock. The hope is that using drones and their on-board sensors […]

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Norway reclassifies PFAD so it complies with EU sustainability criteria

Norway reclassifies PFAD so it complies with EU sustainability criteria

April 26, 2016 |

In Norway, the government has changed the way it regulates biodiesel produced from PFAD, or palm-fatty-acid-distillate, so that as of Jan. 1, 2017 it will be classified as a byproduct feedstock rather than a waste, meaning that it will then be subject to the European Union’s sustainability criteria. Neste in particular uses PFAD as a […]

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WestJet takes lead on developing sustainable aviation biofuel in Western Canada

WestJet takes lead on developing sustainable aviation biofuel in Western Canada

April 25, 2016 |

In Canada, WestJet announced it has teamed up with Alberta-based, Clean Energy Technology Centre (CETC) to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation biofuel in Western Canada. The location and proximity of Drayton Valley can help solve many of the challenges that face the development of the biofuel – namely finding an efficient and economical way of […]

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Argentine biofuel industry says E26 policy impossible to achieve in 2017

Argentine biofuel industry says E26 policy impossible to achieve in 2017

April 25, 2016 |

In Argentina, the country’s biofuel industry says the government’s ambitions to boost the ethanol blend to 26% next year are impossible to achieve. The government’s commitment to the industry is appreciated, but more time and significant amounts of investment are required in order to achieve the targets for 2017. The government has raised the blend […]

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Environmentalists go after carbon neutrality claims of forest biomass

Environmentalists go after carbon neutrality claims of forest biomass

April 25, 2016 |

In Washington, dozens of environmental NGOs have sent a letter to the chairwoman of the voicing concern over the definition of forest-derived biomass as “carbon neutral” as included in an amendment to the Energy Policy and Modernization Act, Senate Bill 2012 approved last week, as well as an amendment that refers to “net carbon” negativity […]

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China’s March ethanol imports more than double while Q1 up more than 25x

China’s March ethanol imports more than double while Q1 up more than 25x

April 25, 2016 |

In China, ethanol imports jumped again in March more than doubling their February figure to 99,661 cu m thanks to a boost in trade from the US. Nearly all of the volume was denatured and came from the US with small bits from Japan, Europe and South Korea sprinkled in. Imports during Q1 are more […]

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Pacific Biodiesel and its Big Island Biodiesel get sustainability certified

Pacific Biodiesel and its Big Island Biodiesel get sustainability certified

April 25, 2016 |

In Hawaii, Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance announced that it has certified Pacific Biodiesel and its Big Island Biodiesel plant for showcasing sustainable biodiesel production and distribution practices. Big Island Biodiesel earned “Gold Certified” status as a Biodiesel Producer with a score of 78 of 100. Pacific Biodiesel/Big Island Biodiesel earned “Platinum Certified” status as a Biodiesel […]

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Bahamas Waste brings on strategic majority investor

Bahamas Waste brings on strategic majority investor

April 25, 2016 |

In the Bahamas, Bahamas Waste has sold 51% of its shares to locally-owned 700 Islands Energy for $180,433 in a strategic partner the loss-making company hopes will turn around the waste oil-to-biodiesel company. All of the assets have been transferred to the new Bahamas Sustainable Fuels who will produce the fuel at a lower cost […]

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