Tag: biofuels

Illinois’ US Senators ask Ag Secretary to support state’s biofuels industry

Illinois’ US Senators ask Ag Secretary to support state’s biofuels industry

August 12, 2015 |

In Washington, U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) wrote to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in support of Illinois’ application for additional federal funding to advance the Illinois biofuels industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering up to $100 million in competitive grants to states that are testing innovative ways […]

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Philippines could see $770 million in biofuels investment in 2016

Philippines could see $770 million in biofuels investment in 2016

August 11, 2015 |

In the Philippines, investments in biofuels are meant to double to $770 million in 2016 from $386 million in 2015 and from $206 million in 2012. The 10% ethanol mandate led to displacement of about $75 million worth of fossil fuels in 2014. The implementation of the E5 and later E10 blending mandates has encouraged investment in […]

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EU biofuels to “stagnate’, says USDA, citing import tariffs’ impact on competitiveness

EU biofuels to “stagnate’, says USDA, citing import tariffs’ impact on competitiveness

July 27, 2015 |

In Germany, Agrimoney is reporting on the USDA report, isssued out of The Hague, predicting a stagnation in biofuels unless there is some postive moment on improt tariffs — the report noting, critically, that the EU has been walling itself off from interamtional markers with a series of -anti-dumping measures. Critics from exporting nations have […]

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The 50 Top Advanced Bioeconomy Stories of the Year

The 50 Top Advanced Bioeconomy Stories of the Year

July 26, 2015 |

Here are the 50 most-read stories, out of the 3,400 we covered last year in The Digest. 1  Where are we with algae biofuels? The page view champ this year, clocking in at 17,821 reads — though the “algae fuels” story is starting to look like a verse out of the song “In the year 2525”. […]

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Spain to push for higher biofuel blends but only to 8.5% by 2020

Spain to push for higher biofuel blends but only to 8.5% by 2020

July 23, 2015 |

In Spain, the government has announced a new plan to reach 8.5% blending of biofuels by 2020, short of the EU Renewable Energy Directive’s 10% mandate by that date. Since 2013 the country has blended a minimum of 4.1% in diesel and 3.9% in gasoline. The national renewable energy producers association has called the shift […]

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New IMO rules from Jan. 1 could keep unprepared vessels from shipping biofuels

New IMO rules from Jan. 1 could keep unprepared vessels from shipping biofuels

July 20, 2015 |

In the UK, Rivertrace Engineering says new changes to the International Maritime Organization’s updated rules require that as of Jan. 1, 2016 vessels that haven’t upgraded to IMO standards for oil discharge monitoring equipment won’t be allowed to transport biofuels or biofuel blends. About 2,600 vessels worldwide are required to calibrate to biofuels, which for […]

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A price premium for sustainable biofuels could boost consumption in Bulgaria

A price premium for sustainable biofuels could boost consumption in Bulgaria

June 25, 2015 |

In Bulgaria, an audit of the country’s compliance with EU biofuels blending targets between 2008 and 2012 shows the consumption is not only behind schedule but is decreasing. What’s more, compliance with sustainability criteria is not being achieved, something the report says could be improved if a price premium were attached to sustainable biofuels. It […]

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Finnish government wants 40% renewable fuels by 2030

Finnish government wants 40% renewable fuels by 2030

June 4, 2015 |

In Finland, the government wants to boost the share of renewable fuels to 40% by 2030 compared to current use of 8%. The national industry represented by the petroleum and biofuels association, a recent expansion to the petroleum association indicating the fossil fuel industry’s recognition of biofuels’ role in the transport energy mix in Finland, […]

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Alaska Airlines to fly on wood-based aviation biofuels next year

Alaska Airlines to fly on wood-based aviation biofuels next year

June 3, 2015 |

In Washington state, Alaska Airlines is teaming up with the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) to advance the production and use of alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals, the tree limbs and branches that remain after a forest harvest. Gevo will provide isobutanol that made from wood waste, which will then be […]

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Danish researchers modifying bacteria to produce biofuels from CO2

Danish researchers modifying bacteria to produce biofuels from CO2

May 25, 2015 |

In Denmark, researchers at the University of Southern Denmark are developing a bacteria that can eat surplus electricity produced from solar and wind or other renewable energy sources to convert CO2 into biomaterials and biofuels. Currently the bacteria can only turn CO2 into methane and acetate but the researchers believe with some small genetic mutations […]

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