Author Archive: Meghan Sapp

rss feed

Vietnam to mandate E5 after failure to encourage consumer preference

Vietnam to mandate E5 after failure to encourage consumer preference

November 30, 2016 |

In Vietnam, after failing to encourage voluntary consumption of E5, the government will mandate its use at the pump instead of the current A92 unleaded fuel, but an exact timeline for implementation of the mandate has yet to be released. The ministry of trade says the mandate will be in place nationwide by mid-2017, however […]

Read More

RFA says more than 80% of new 2017 model cars E15 compatible

RFA says more than 80% of new 2017 model cars E15 compatible

November 30, 2016 |

In Washington, more than 80 percent of new 2017 model year (MY) vehicles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use 15 percent ethanol blends (E15), according to an analysis of warranty statements and owner’s manuals conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). That is up from last year, when approximately 70 percent of MY2016 […]

Read More

Berkeley Lab researchers use atomic science to improve biofuel production

Berkeley Lab researchers use atomic science to improve biofuel production

November 30, 2016 |

In California, researchers have revealed new atomic-scale details about pesky deposits that can stop or slow chemical reactions vital to fuel production and other processes. This disruption to reactions is known as deactivation or poisoning. The research team employed a combination of measurements, including X-ray experiments at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory […]

Read More

EU pits conventional biofuels against advanced biofuels in new 2030 policy

EU pits conventional biofuels against advanced biofuels in new 2030 policy

November 30, 2016 |

In Belgium, Novozymes came out swinging against the European Commission’s 2030 biofuels proposals, saying it’s a move backwards rather than forward, while the Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels from Clariant to Dong Energy welcomed the policy, especially it’s binding target for advanced biofuels. The policy proposal would limit first generation biofuels to 3.8% by 2030 while […]

Read More

Biodico makes first biodiesel delivery to UCSB

Biodico makes first biodiesel delivery to UCSB

November 29, 2016 |

In California, Biodico Inc. announced Nov. 29 that it has made its first delivery of biodiesel to the University of California, Santa Barbara. The biodiesel, which was produced from used cooking oil collected at the university, will fuel tractors and other diesel-powered equipment at UCSB. Biodico produced the biodiesel at its Zero Net Energy Farm […]

Read More

Biogreen Diesel wins the 2016 South Africa Company of the Year Award

Biogreen Diesel wins the 2016 South Africa Company of the Year Award

November 29, 2016 |

In South Africa, based on its recent analysis of the biofuels market, Frost & Sullivan recognized Biogreen Diesel with the 2016 South Africa Company of the Year Award. Biogreen has risen to eminence in the biodiesel industry for pioneering a closed-loop system wherein cooking oils no longer fit for human consumption are removed from the […]

Read More

Irish livestock association slams leaked EU biofuels plans

Irish livestock association slams leaked EU biofuels plans

November 29, 2016 |

In Ireland, the Irish Cattle and Sheep Association president Patrick Kent has slammed leaked EU Commission proposals that would undermine previous biofuel policy. The leak is from a new renewable energy plan from the Commission that apparently will slash the target for the crop biofuel component of EU transport fuels from 7% to 3.4% by […]

Read More

Brazil to launch Biorenova 2030 plan in Q1 but how it will promote ethanol still unknown

Brazil to launch Biorenova 2030 plan in Q1 but how it will promote ethanol still unknown

November 29, 2016 |

In Brazil, the government is aiming to target sugar mills’ reticence to produce ethanol in light of high sugar prices by releasing a Biorenova 2030 policy during the first quarter of next year but no concrete proposals have been communicated yet. Part of the policy’s aim is to increase ethanol consumption in line with the […]

Read More

Germany biodiesel blending rate falls in September and for the year

Germany biodiesel blending rate falls in September and for the year

November 29, 2016 |

In Germany, biodiesel blending fell in September to 172,728 metric tons, accounting for about 5.07% of the diesel fuel consumed during the month, compared to 187,090 tons in August that achieved a 5.63% rate. The volumes include both conventional biodiesel and HVO. Even so, total biodiesel blending is up more than 4% on the year […]

Read More

GAO report says advanced biofuel production far below RFS requirements

GAO report says advanced biofuel production far below RFS requirements

November 29, 2016 |

In Washington, the General Accounting Office said that given that current advanced biofuel production is far below Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) targets and those targets are increasing every year, it does not appear possible to meet statutory target volumes for advanced biofuels in the RFS under current market and regulatory conditions. Current production of cellulosic […]

Read More