Biofuel
October 29, 2014, Ottawa, Ont. - W. Scott Thurlow today announced he has stepped down as President of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) to pursue new opportunities. During his tenure, Mr. Thurlow oversaw the introduction of Ontario's milestone Greener Diesel mandate and unveiled the CRFA's new vision document and action plan, Evolution and Growth.
October 29, 2014, Montreal, Qué. – A researcher at Montreal’s Concordia University is working on finding a way to turn sulfite liquor, a by-product of pulp and paper manufacturing, into biofuel.
October 28, 2014 - At the Agricultural Research Service’s Bioenergy Research Unit in Peoria, Illinois, field work and bench investigations keep ARS scientists on the scientific front lines of converting biomass into cellulosic ethanol.
October 28, 2014, Montréal, Qué. – Enerkem has reached two deals to build waste-to-biofuel plants in China, similar to the one that recently came online in Edmonton.
October 23, 2014, Hangzhou, China - Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) have opened a demonstration facility that will turn waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as "gutter oil" in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel. The two companies estimate that 1.8 billion liters of biofuel could be made annually in China from used cooking oil.
October 22, 2014, Paris, France – Air France-KLM have announced that they will run weekly flights from Paris to Toulouse using biofuel.
October 16, 2014, Pullman, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a new catalyst that could lead to making biofuels cheaply and more efficiently.
October 16, 2014, St. Catharines, Ont. – The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association is lauding the efforts of Gale's Gas Bars in bringing E30 gasoline to Ontario. Gale's has sixteen sites throughout Niagara and E30 will be offered at 143 Welland Avenue, in St. Catharines, beginning October 16, 2014. E30 is a blend of 30 per cent ethanol and 70 per cent petroleum fuel for use in "FlexFuel" vehicles, which are specially designed to run on higher ethanol blends (like E30).
October 9, 2014, Chatham, Ont. – GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc. will be in a stronger position to serve global markets thanks to a $40 million investment in its Chatham, Ont. production facility.
September 26, 2014, Gatineau, Que. – Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. announced the first closing of its Series A financing round, expected to total $8 million through 2014. The funding round was led by Cycle Capital Management and included participation of BDC Venture Capital, one of Agrisoma’s current equity investors.
September 25, 2014, Vancouver, B.C. - A new poll shows that three in four British Columbians support BC's renewable and low carbon fuels regulation.
September 24, 2014, Dallas, Tx. - Southwest Airlines has signed an agreement with Red Rocks Biofuels LLC to purchase low carbon renewable jet fuel. The airline's agreement with RRB covers the purchase of approximately three million gallons per year. The blended product will be used at Southwest's Bay Area operations with first delivery expected in 2016.
September 23, 2014, Simcoe, Ont. – Norfolk County Council has rejected a proposal from Norfolk Disposal for the construction of a biofuel production plant at its Waterford, Ont. waste management facility.
September 23, 2014, New York, N.Y. - Finnair will operate its flight from Helsinki to New York on 23 September with an Airbus A330 using environmentally sustainable biofuel, coinciding with the UN Climate Summit taking place in New York on the same day.
September 9, 2014, Waterford, Ont. – Norfolk Disposal is hoping to enter into the biofuel business by adding a processing facility at its property south of Waterford.
August 28, 2014, London, UK  - The U.S. is considering reducing its biofuels target for 2014 from 18.2 billion to 15.2 billion gallons, while the EU has lowered its ceiling on food-based biofuels used in the transportation fuel mix from 10% to 7%, in moves that slow the urgency around the industry’s growth and biofuels’ role in wider renewable targets, according to GlobalData.
August 18, 2014 – Boeing recently announced a pair of international investments targeted at the development of low-emission biofuels for its aircraft.
August 5, 2014, Edmonton, Alta. - A University of Alberta researcher is trying to find out how efficient it is to transport agricultural waste used in biofuels to biorefineries by pipeline.
August 5, 2014, Davis, Calif. – The efficiency and process improvements that are taking place at existing U.S. biorefineries should be considered when setting new renewable fuels standards, according to a new study released last week by the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis).
July 25, 2014, Enschede, Netherlands - Oil produced from biomass - such as wood chips or plant residues - seldom has the same quality and energy content as ‘classical’ crude oil. A new, simple catalyst, developed at the University of Twente, improves the quality of this oil before it is even transported to the refinery.

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