US EPA busts VW on diesel emissions cheat device; VW responds

The EPA issued Volkswagen a notice of violation Sept. 18 alleging that 2009-'15 four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesels include software that circumvents EPA emissions standards for NOx. VW admitted the wrongdoing and apologized to its customers.
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Report: Biofuels capacity to grow to 61 BGY in 2018

Global annual biofuel production capacity will expand by 6 billion gallons from 2014-'18. Ethanol and biodiesel will dominate with 96 percent of capacity in 2018, but novel fuels and feedstocks will help drive capacity growth, says Lux Research.
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EU extends duties on US biodiesel as US imports surge

After a year-long investigation, the EU has extended duties on U.S. biodiesel, a move that the U.S. biodiesel trade association says is unfair. The decision comes at a time when U.S. biodiesel imports more than doubled from May to June.
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Used cooking oil from KFCs in India to be converted to biodiesel

Yum! Restaurants India Pvt Ltd., which operates KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut in India, has signed an agreement with Advait to collect its used cooking oil from KFC in the Andhra and Telangana regions. The UCO will be converted in India or Europe.
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Researchers in Wales synthesize methanol from crude glycerin

Researchers from U.K.-based Cardiff Catalysis Institute in Wales developed a way to convert glycerin from the transesterification process into methanol. They reacted glycerin with water, to provide hydrogen, with a magnesium oxide (MgO) catalyst.
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D4 RIN prices suggest traders predict tax credit reinstatement

According to University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin, a precipitous drop in biodiesel RIN prices, which outpaces the blend margin decline by more than two-fold, suggests that traders are banking on reinstatement of the biodiesel tax credit.
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REG holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for 100 MMgy Grays Harbor plant

Renewable Energy Group Inc. celebrated the formal opening of the newest addition to its fleet of biomass-based diesel refineries Sept. 14 with a ribbon cutting at REG Grays Harbor LLC. The plant is REG's 11th, and largest, biorefinery.
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MSU, PHYCO2 partner in algae development, CO2 absorption

Michigan State University and PHYCO2 have entered into a partnership to develop algae technologies produced from PHYCO2's revolutionary and patented concept that promotes algae growth and sequesters carbon dioxide from power plant emissions.
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Universal Biofuels converts bulk customers to B100 in India

Aemetis announced distilled biodiesel produced by its subsidiary in India has been used by bulk customers to replace 100 percent petroleum diesel with 100 percent distilled biodiesel, reducing emissions by 80 percent and providing cost savings.
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October 26-28, 2015
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April 11-14, 2016
Charlotte Convention Center
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