Tag: biofuel

Argonne study looks at water sustainability in light of cellulosic biofuel production

Argonne study looks at water sustainability in light of cellulosic biofuel production

January 28, 2016 |

In Illinois, Argonne National Laboratory released a study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) that examines the potential effects of future biofuel production on freshwater resources in the Missouri River Basin—a region that could play a central role in the production of cellulosic biomass like switchgrass, a perennial energy crop. […]

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Masdar’s halophyte aviation biofuel project to launch in March

Masdar’s halophyte aviation biofuel project to launch in March

January 21, 2016 |

In the UAE, the Sustainable Biofuel Research Consortium’s long-awaited halophyte aviation biofuel project will at last launch in March. Eight fields over two hectares will be fed with nutrient rich wastewater from fish and shrimp production that will grow native Salicornia plants. The project will run for three years and then will be scaled up […]

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UK looking to boost biofuel blending under revised RTFO

UK looking to boost biofuel blending under revised RTFO

January 19, 2016 |

In the UK, the Transport Secretary plans to put forward more use of renewable fuels in transport under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation as part of his attempts to decarbonize transport. A taskforce within the ministry set up last year determined that E10 and likely higher biodiesel blends were going to be required in order […]

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Japan Airlines teams with space agency on aviation biofuel for 2020

Japan Airlines teams with space agency on aviation biofuel for 2020

January 18, 2016 |

In Japan, Japan Airlines has teamed with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to develop waste-based aviation jet fuel that will use hydrogen and carbon monoxide to produce the fuel. The new plant to be sited outside Tokyo in Chiba Prefecture should be online in time for the airline to use the fuel in 2020 when […]

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New wild bee research blames biofuels for destroying bee habitat

New wild bee research blames biofuels for destroying bee habitat

December 24, 2015 |

In Vermont, researchers led by the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont in Burlington have released a study looking at wild bee populations across the United States, which they say are in decline in part due to increased demand for biofuel that has boosted corn production—a crop known to be poor […]

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House unveils spending bill that includes extenders for many biofuel programs

House unveils spending bill that includes extenders for many biofuel programs

December 17, 2015 |

In Washington, members of the House of Representatives has released the $1.1 trillion, 2009-page spending bill that includes extending several bioenergy tax credits for two years including the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance program, and Rural Energy for America Program. The extension of the biodiesel credit was […]

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Lithuanian parliament votes to scrap excise exemptions on biofuel blends

Lithuanian parliament votes to scrap excise exemptions on biofuel blends

December 10, 2015 |

In Lithuania, the national parliament has voted to eliminate excise duty exemptions on E85 and B100 as well as all over levels of biofuel blends, which is expect to add EUR66 million per year to state coffers. Of the 104 legislators who voted or abstained, 90 voted in favor of scrapping the tax breaks. Excise […]

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Spain approves 8.5% biofuel blend for 2020

Spain approves 8.5% biofuel blend for 2020

December 7, 2015 |

In Spain, the government has approved an increase in biofuels blending to 8.5% for 2020, below the European Union’s mandated 10% blend but higher than the 4.3% minimum blend set for 2016. Though the country expects to achieve 20% renewable energy consumption by 2020 despite having slashed support for the renewable energy industry in recent […]

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South Africa seeking indigenous second and third generation biofuel demos

South Africa seeking indigenous second and third generation biofuel demos

November 27, 2015 |

In South Africa, the Department of Science and Technology has launched a Statement of Interest call related to a possible call for proposals to demonstrate second and third generation biofuel production technologies. Proposals are sought from South African nationals who have already reached proof of concept with their technologies, have an existing company and can […]

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India calling on industrial sectors to take up biofuel consumption

India calling on industrial sectors to take up biofuel consumption

November 27, 2015 |

In India, the transport minister who has long favored a transition to biofuels is now taking a sectoral approach, encouraging individual sectors to switch to biofuels such as the construction equipment industry. He is calling for a major push to boost national highways to 150,000 km from the current 90,000 km and wants to see […]

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