Tag: biofuels

Congress and Tax Legislation: It is Not Just About Biofuels.

Congress and Tax Legislation: It is Not Just About Biofuels.

November 20, 2017 |

By Brent Erickson, Head, Industrial & Environmental Section, Biotechnology Innovation Organization Special to The Digest It is clear that industrial biotechnology innovation is unlocking the potential to produce renewable building blocks for everyday products. The United States has become a leader in renewable chemical technology and has a wealth of low-cost, renewable feedstocks. BIO has […]

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Indian researchers create comprehensive database of known biofuel enzymes

Indian researchers create comprehensive database of known biofuel enzymes

November 7, 2017 |

In India, researchers developed a comprehensive database of known enzymes with proven or potential applications in biofuel production through text mining of PubMed abstracts and other publicly available information. A total of 131 enzymes with a role in biofuel production were identified and classified into six enzyme classes and four broad application categories namely ‘Alcohol […]

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Shell providing advanced biofuels for 100% renewables father-son South Pole trek

Shell providing advanced biofuels for 100% renewables father-son South Pole trek

October 30, 2017 |

In the UK, Shell is providing advanced biofuels produced from wood chips to the father and son duo who will make the trek to the South Pole come November as a way to raise awareness about the viability of renewable energy. The trek will be the first entirely powered by renewable energy including wind and […]

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Lallemand acquires Lactic Solutions LLC

Lallemand acquires Lactic Solutions LLC

October 28, 2017 |

In Georgia, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, acquired Lactic Solutions LLC. Lactic Solutions has been developing genetically modified lactic acid bacteria products specifically for the biofuels industry. According to their press release, these new products will create value for fuel ethanol producers through higher ethanol production yields and reduced consumption of antibiotics. This acquisition will […]

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Canadian government developing new clean fuel standard

Canadian government developing new clean fuel standard

October 21, 2017 |

In Canada, the government is looking at potential low-carbon fuels and liquid drop-in biofuels to replace fossil fuels through their clean fuel standard that could require 10 to 15 percent decrease in fuels’ carbon intensity. Their goal is to cut carbon emissions by 2030 by 30 million tons. Canada currently imports biodiesel to meet their […]

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EPA ditches changes to RFS, says biofuel mandates will remain same or even increase

EPA ditches changes to RFS, says biofuel mandates will remain same or even increase

October 21, 2017 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter to lawmakers that they are abandoning the proposed changes to biofuels policy after Midwestern GOP Senators, the White House, and others in the biofuels industry pushed them to reconsider. The letter from Pruitt states that the “EPA has not taken any formal action […]

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St1 moves forward with advanced biofuel investments

St1 moves forward with advanced biofuel investments

October 12, 2017 |

In Finland, St1 continues its series of investments targeting to begin the production of renewable diesel in 2020 at its refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. The company has now signed an engineering design package and license agreement with Haldor Topsoe for a renewable diesel production unit, which would be integrated with the St1 Refinery. The construction […]

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$6 million goes towards universities working on biofuels and carbon capture technologies

$6 million goes towards universities working on biofuels and carbon capture technologies

October 8, 2017 |

In Wyoming, University of Wyoming agricultural economists will generate models of what economies in the Upper Missouri River Basin might look like if raising biofuels and carbon capture technologies were implemented. UW is part of the four-year, $6 million National Science Foundation project working with Montana State University and the University of South Dakota to […]

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Proposed RED II reduction of biofuels sparks more criticism

Proposed RED II reduction of biofuels sparks more criticism

October 8, 2017 |

In Europe, the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive for 2021-2030 (RED II) proposed biofuels reduction on first-generation biofuels made from food crops from 7% in 2020 to 3.8% in 2030 is being debated in the European Parliament’s committees in preparation for a January 2018 vote. While some say the move will reduce pressure on food prices, […]

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IEA sees biofuels as main renewable fuel through 2022 despite increased EVs

IEA sees biofuels as main renewable fuel through 2022 despite increased EVs

October 4, 2017 |

In France, the International Energy Agency says in its new Renewables 2017 report that biofuels are expected to remain 90% of the renewable energy used in transport by 2022 despite a growing share of electric vehicles. Biofuel production is expected to grow 16% during the period as well with Asia taking the lead thanks to […]

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