Feb. 19, 2015 - The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association is beginning the New Year with new leadership, a growing membership and an evolving focus.
Feb. 18, 2015 - The University of New Brunswick will receive a grant for technology to improve the process of developing renewable fuel from biomass, Pulp and Paper Canada reports. The $306,200 will be parceled out over three years in the hopes of improving quality, yield and reduce the amount of energy required in producing biofuels.
Feb. 10, 2015 - The advanced biofuel that is being fired in OPG's Thunder Bay Generating Station is steam-treated pellets made from sustainably-sourced sawmill residuals. This advanced biofuel is produced in Norway where it has been in use for a number of years.
Feb. 9, 2015 - This year’s big story has been the plunge in oil prices followed quickly by a fall in the Canadian dollar. As analysts watch to see how low prices will go, there has been a flurry of prediction about who will be the winners and who will be the ultimate losers in this altered economy. The energy sector looks glum while manufacturers are predicted to find some relief.
Feb. 3, 2015, Sao Paulo — The Brazilian government will raise the mandatory ethanol blend to 27 per cent from a current 25 per cent on 16 February, according to the presidential chief of staff Aloizio Mercadante.
Feb. 2, 2015 – Seed giant Syngenta has produced a hybrid corn that has an enzyme required to produce ethanol within the kernel, StarTribune reports.
Jan. 29, 2015 - A blog written by a senior scientist on the Union of Concerned Scientists website says a lot has changed to make biofuels a better choice in the past seven years of scientific discovery.
Jan. 29, 2015 - A new report brings up the subject of bioenergy competing with food for land use. It recommends policy changes to phase out forms of bioenergy that use crops or that otherwise make dedicated use of land.
Jan. 28, 2015 - U.S. regulators have given the green light for Argentina's biofuel makers to qualify for U.S. biofuel credits, Reuters reports. This will pave the way for South American exporters to sell into the U.S. market and it could price pressures on U.S. biofuel producers.
Jan. 21, 2015, Houston — Sheetz Convenience Stores, a Pennsylvania-based retailer, said it will introduce E15 fuels in its North Carolina stores this week.
Jan. 14, 2015 - A Finnish company that owns the first cargo ship in the world to operate on biofuel has ordered two 4,700 dwt VG EcoCoaster general cargo ships from Dutch shipbuilder Royal Bodewes.
Jan. 12, 2015 – Iris Solutions, part of waste-to-product business Shanks Group, in a consortium led by Orgaworld Canada has been chosen to design, build, maintain and operate the first closed-loop, fully-integrated organics waste management system in North America.
Jan. 6, 2015 – Researchers at the Univerity of Guelph are pressure cooking farm waste to make it more feasible for energy production. The university told Waste Management World that cooking the farm waste yields compact, easily transportable material that won't degrade during transport.
Jan. 5, 2015 – Lufthansa has announced their intent to switch to a biokerosene mixture in its aircraft at Oslo airport as of March 2015. This fuel switch will be used for approximately 5,000 flights from the Norwegian airport. The contract with Statoil Aviation will supply 2.5 million gallons of cerfitied biofuel.
Dec. 18, 2014 --The global second generation biofuels market (also known as advanced biofuels) will reach $23.9 billion by 2020, according to a new report by Allied Market Research titled, "Global Second Generation Biofuels - Size, Industry Analysis, Trends, Opportunities, Growth and Forecast, 2013 - 2020." Currently, Biodiesel garners the largest market share; however, the latest and the most commercially viable cellulosic ethanol would surpass biodiesel and eventually lead the market by 2020. North America generated largest revenue, as it has over 50% of the globally installed capacity base.
Dec. 18, 2014 - University of Guelph researchers are looking into whether farm waste can be transformed into energy cost-effectively. The focus is on creating a demonstration site before establishing commercially-viable operations.
Dec. 18, 2014 - Iogen Corporation, a leading developer of cellulosic biofuel technology, and Raízen, one of the world's largest producers of sugarcane ethanol, have begun production of cellulosic ethanol on schedule at Raízen's newly expanded Costa Pinto sugar cane mill in Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil.
Dec. 8, 2014 – An economic research group released a report stating that the proposed rules on rail tank cars could cost the U.S. economy as much as $60 billion. The projected costs for the ethanol industry would increase by almost $5.3 billion at its peak year in 2019.
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November 25, 2014, Belgium - Researchers at Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, in Belgium, have successfully converted sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. Using a new chemical process, they were able to convert the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These hydrocarbons can be used as an additive in gasoline, or as a component in plastics. The researchers reported their findings in the journal Energy & Environmental Science.
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