Tag: biofuel

Chevron’s biofuel search explored 100 feedstocks and 50 processes

Chevron’s biofuel search explored 100 feedstocks and 50 processes

September 17, 2014 |

In Minnesota, Chevron says having invested sizeable sums in finding economically viable biofuels at scale having investigating more than 100 feedstock types and 50 processing technologies have failed. The company’s chairman and CEO also questioned the viability of the corn-based ethanol blending mandate.  

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University of Wyoming research looks at metal catalysts for biofuel production

University of Wyoming research looks at metal catalysts for biofuel production

September 17, 2014 |

In Wyoming, researchers at the University of Wyoming are exploring the use of platinum on nickel and platinum on cobalt as catalysts to speed up biofuel production from lactose at low temperatures. Research has shown that the metal combinations are effective catalysts to convert lactose to liquid fuel. In fact, the combinations are essentially creating […]

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Frost & Sullivan says higher vehicles sales driving biofuel consumption

Frost & Sullivan says higher vehicles sales driving biofuel consumption

September 16, 2014 |

In the UK, increasing sales of commercial and passenger vehicles, especially flex-fuel vehicles that allow end users to choose customised biofuel-fossil fuel blends, are expected to drive the consumption of automotive biofuels around the globe. The enforcement of higher biofuel percentage blend mandates will spur use of solutions higher than the standard E10 ethanol blend, […]

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Feedstock access may make-or-break biofuel industry, says Frost & Sullivan

Feedstock access may make-or-break biofuel industry, says Frost & Sullivan

September 12, 2014 |

In the US, Frost & Sullivan has released an analysis predicting the market revenues from biodiesel and ethanol industries will total $149.25 billion by 2018, up from $94.61 billion in 2013. According to the analysis, Europe will remain the primary consumer and producer of biodiesel. Asia-Pacific will be the fastest-growing market. The report recognized the […]

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What do we know about the 2014 US biofuels mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard?

What do we know about the 2014 US biofuels mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard?

September 5, 2014 |

In Washington, it’s getting to be like waiting for a Pope to be elected, trying to figure out the EPA’s timing andintentions on the 2014 RVO (renewable volume obligation). If industry figures are sounding diplomatic and hopeful notes in public, that could be generally ascribed to their “don’t upset the applecart” policy. Privately, they’re changing […]

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Novozymes: “Oil companies are the only interface to consumers” for advanced biofuels.

Novozymes: “Oil companies are the only interface to consumers” for advanced biofuels.

September 3, 2014 |

In Denmark, Novozymes CEO Peder Holk Nielsen said that the issue facing the advancement of next-generation biofuels is “access to consumers and you see that clearly in the U.S.,” and told Bllomberg that “Oil companies don’t promote this technology and they are the only interface to the consumers as they control gas stations.” Neilsen added […]

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Europe biofuels consumption declines for the first time, says EurObserv’ER

Europe biofuels consumption declines for the first time, says EurObserv’ER

August 28, 2014 |

In Europe, the EurObserv’ER has released its annual Biofuel Barometer, reporting a decline in consumption of biofuels in Europe for the first time. The decline was attributed to Spain’s incorporation target cuts and Germany’s abolishment of tax exemptions for the biodiesel sector. Some countries, including the U.K., Sweden and Denmark, significantly increased their incorporation rates, […]

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Indonesian airline Garuda to deploy aviation biofuel blend by 2016

Indonesian airline Garuda to deploy aviation biofuel blend by 2016

August 28, 2014 |

In Indonesia, airline Garuda expects to be using an aviation biofuel blend by 2016 comprised of biofuel and avtur (aviation turbine fuel). The aircraft are already equipped to use biofuel and the carrier aims to run a trial flight soon. However, the state-owned carrier’s commitment to supporting the use of clean energy will be highly […]

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Motley Fool says Navy biofuels still have a way to go

Motley Fool says Navy biofuels still have a way to go

August 25, 2014 |

The Motley Fool Online has profiled the US Navy’s biofuel initiative, explaining the motivations for their investment in the industry. The article is hesitant to award positivity to the program, concluding: “There still is a pretty big disconnect between the price and availability of drop-in biofuels when compared to petroleum-based products. However, the hope is […]

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Algae Systems completes demonstration of new process

Algae Systems completes demonstration of new process

August 20, 2014 |

In Alabama, Algae Systems LLC completed demonstration of a new biofuel production approach in early-August jointly with Japans IHI Corporation. The process is based on the conversion of algae and wastewater to energy and clean water. A demonstration plant, located in Daphne Alabama, combines wastewater with algae to produce the worlds first energy-generating wastewater treatment […]

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