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Biofuels International 12/20/2019 06:15
The US Environmental Protection Agency has issued its final renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which fails to uphold President Trump’s promised biofuel deal, according to American biofuel trade associations. In addition to setting final RVOs, the EPA finalised supplemental rulemaking that addresses how the agency will handle small refinery exemption (SRD) provision in the programme moving forward.
Biofuels International 12/20/2019 05:02
Ireland-based Specialist Nutrition has secured a five-year deal worth €135 million to supply by-products from a US ethanol plant as sustainable feed to farmers in New York. Part of the Arvum Group, Specialist Nutrition converts co-products produced in the distilling, brewing and biofuel industries into sustainable animal feed. The deal with US-based Attis Industries will see the company establish a base in the US, in Syracuse, New York, to market and distribute 500,000 tonnes of feed annually into the state’s dairy farming sector from a corn ethanol plant in Fulton. Through the agreement, Attis will be able to market to wet cake and syrup co-product streams into speciality feed applications, which is the company’s first step towards transfo.
Biofuels International 12/20/2019 04:29
On 19 November, the US House of Representatives passed the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which was signed by all three nations to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. The new deal solidifies a multi-billion dollar US ethanol export market, while providing more certainty to farmers and instilling confidence in other countries that the US is a reliable trade partner.
Biofuels International 12/19/2019 06:38
Researchers led by the University of Manchester in the UK have designed a catalyst that converts biomass into fuel sources with very high efficiency, offering new possibilities for manufacturing advanced renewable materials. Neutron scattering experiments at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) played a key role in determining the chemical and behavioural dynamics of a zeolite catalyst to provide information for maximising its performance.
Biofuels International 12/19/2019 06:08
US clean fuel association Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has thanked Congressional leaders for renewing and extending certain biofuel tax provisions in an agreement reached earlier this week. The amendment would retroactively reinstate the second-generation biofuel producer credit, the special allowance for second-generation biofuel plant property and the alternative fuel refuelling property credit for 2018 and 2019, extending them through 2020. In addition, the biodiesel tax credit was reinstated for 2018 and 2019 and extended through 2022. “This is welcome news for the entire renewable fuels industry, and we thank Senator Grassley, Speaker Pelosi and other congressional leadership who made this important compromise possible,” commented.
Biofuels International 12/18/2019 09:43
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) for the provision of training for ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, or CORSIA. The scheme is the first global market-based measure for any sector, and contributes to the achievement of ICAO’s goal of carbon neutral growth from 2020.
Biofuels International 12/18/2019 05:45
Fuel company Broco Oil has been contracted to provide bio-based heating oil for use in the US city of Boston’s city-owned buildings, including fire stations, police stations and other municipal facilities. The heating oil is a B20 Bioheat® fuel blend, containing 20% biodiesel, which significantly reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared with petroleum-based diesel fuel and heating oil. Under a partnership announced in May 2019, Broco Oil will purchase its biodiesel from Renewable Energy Group (REG).
Biofuels International 12/17/2019 10:09
US airline Delta has signed a long-term offtake agreement with renewable fuel producer Gevo for the purchase of 10 million gallons per year of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). SAF provides significant environmental benefits, as the lifecycle carbon footprint of the fuel can be up to 75% lower than conventional jet fuel. The agreement complements the airline’s recent $2 million (€1.79 million) investment in Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels for a feasibility study of a facility to produce SAF and other biofuel products in the US state of Washington. Delta’s investment in sustainable fuel is just one element of its commitment to carbon neutral growth and the reduction of emissions by 50% by 2050. “Long-term investments such as our agreement with G.
Biofuels International 12/17/2019 06:31
Airplane manufacturer Bombardier has announced that California, US-based private jet charterer Latitude 33 Aviation has taken delivery of the first customer aircraft to be powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Latitude 33 Aviation will manage and charter the Challenger 350 business jet in Seattle on behalf of the aircraft owner. "We are very pleased that the customer and Latitude 33 Aviation joined us in demonstrating that SAF can become a mainstream, drop-in alternative to traditional jet fuel for general aviation aircraft," said Peter Likoray, senior vice-president, worldwide sales and marketing at Bombardier Business Aircraft.
Biofuels International 12/17/2019 05:05
Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered a novel oxygenate molecule that can be produced from biomass to be used as a blend for diesel fuel. The NREL team is working with scientists from Yale University, Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory as part of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Co-Optimisation of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. The research of the initiative focuses on improving fuel economy and vehicle performance while reducing emissions. "If you look at biomass, 30% of it is oxygen," explained Derek Vardon, a senior research engineer at NREL.
Biofuels International 12/16/2019 10:54
Shipping and logistics provider CMA CGM Group has partnered with Shell for the supply of tens of thousands of tonnes of marine biofuel to its fleet. The volume of fuel will allow CMA CGM’s vessels to travel almost one million kilometres, equivalent to over 80 round-trips between Rotterdam in the Netherlands and the US city of New York. In 2019, CMA CGM became the world’s first shipowner to successfully test the use of a marine biofuels onboard its containerships White Shark and Alexander Von Humboldt. The fuel to be supplied under the new partnership with Shell is comprised of 80% low sulphur fuel oil and 20% biofuel, sourced from used cooking oil.
Biofuels International 12/16/2019 04:40
In an effort to reduce carbon emissions, Swedish waste power plant Renova has upgraded its eight start-up and support burners to operate on biofuel. By switching to biofuel from fossil oil, emissions will be reduced by around 960 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. The start-up and support burners head Renova’s four waste heat boilers after annual auditing, or when otherwise needed, for example if the waste is very wet.
Biofuels International 12/13/2019 06:57
Researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark have discovered an unusual enzyme in microalgae that can be used to convert waste oils and fat into drop-in biofuels. Supported by a grant of DKK 3 million (€0.4 million) from the Novo Nordisk Foundation, the research project at Aarhus University’s Department of Engineering aims to develop a system that converts organic waste into sustainable biofuels via natural processes. The special light-dependent enzyme, which was first discovered around two years ago, exists in microalgae.
Biofuels International 12/13/2019 04:57
Biomass process systems provider Caribou Biofuels has teamed up with the Research Foundation for SUNY (the State University of New York) to develop and commercialise a rotary gasifier that converts combustible waste into biofuel, with a soil supplement as a by-product. The technology was invented at SUNY Cobleskill by Professor David Waage, with initial research funded by a joint Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Defense (DOD) programme. This year, SUNY Cobleskill received a grant worth $1.6 million (€1.43 million) from the two government agencies to build and demonstrate a fully automated, portable rotary gasifier waste-to-energy system at a military base in the US. The gasifier is able to produce both gaseous and liq.
Biofuels International 12/12/2019 06:30
The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) has launched a new report on the role of biofuels in the decarbonisation of the shipping sector at the United National Climate Change Conference (COP25). The report, titled ‘The role of sustainable biofuels in the decarbonisation of shipping: the findings of an inquiry into the sustainability and availability of biofuels for shipping’, was commissioned by the SSI in January 2019. It reflects a broad stakeholder consultation process to explore the potential role of biofuels in the decarbonisation of shipping.
Biofuels International 12/12/2019 05:14
Gulfstream Aerospace has officially opened its second maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Southern California, US. The new service centre at Van Nuys Airport has customer resources including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and sizeable ramp space. The facility also serves the local operating base for Gulfstream FAST. Field and Airborne Support Teams, a rapid response unit that specialises in troubleshooting grounded aircraft. "We are excited and proud to add Gulfstream Van Nuys to our rapidly growing worldwide service centre network," said Derek Zimmerman, president of Gulfstream customer support.
Biofuels International 12/11/2019 09:52
Biodiesel producer Greenery has announced that the company and its employees are no longer suspects in an ongoing investigation by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO). In May 2019, the it was investigating certain aspects of biodiesel trading at Greenergy and various third parties as part of a broader investigation. According to a release from the SFO at the time, searches were carried out at the end of April at five sites across the UK, as well as sites in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Biofuels International 12/11/2019 06:35
US ethanol association Growth Energy has hailed the announcement of a long-awaited deal on the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on trade. The USMCA modernises the previous trade pact, strengthens the trade relationship between the three countries, and provides critical market access for US agriculture. Commenting on the news, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said: "This is welcomed news for US agriculture and biofuel producers across North America.

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