Europe

July 29, 2015

New algae study 'sheds light' on importance of IBS light availability

BY Ron KotrbaResearchers establish guidelines and show increasing initial-biomass-specific light availability to algae increases lipid production READ MORE

July 15, 2015

EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council adopts ILUC biofuel rules

BY Erin Voegele The Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the European Union has officially adopted the new rules to address indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts associated with biofuels. The directive was accepted by the European Parliament in late April. READ MORE

July 13, 2015

Germany's obligation to reduce GHGs drives competition

BY UFOP With biofuels possessing an average GHG reduction of 60 percent compared to fossil fuels, the competition for the highest GHG efficiency is starting, confirmed the first quarterly report by the German Federal Office for Food and Agriculture. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Italian firm ready to license glycerin-to-bioplastics technology

BY Ron KotrbaItalian intellectual property company Bio-on S.p.A. announced a recent advancement in development of technology for making polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) from glycerol. The company says it is ready to grant licenses for this new technology. READ MORE

June 05, 2015

German biodiesel exports down 23 percent

BY Ron KotrbaGerman biodiesel exports for Q1 2015 dropped to about 97 million gallons, down 23 percent from Q1 2014 exports of nearly 127 million gallons, according to an appraisal by AMI based on data from the German Federal Statistical Office. READ MORE

May 12, 2015

BDI successfully completes biodiesel retrofit project in Spain

BY BDI-BioEnergy International AG ecoMotion Biodiesel S.A., a company of the international SARIA Group, commissioned BDI for installation of a high-FFA esterification unit in its Barcelona biodiesel plant, which was recently completed. The plant can now use low-grade feedstocks. READ MORE

May 05, 2015

Dumeignil honored with 2015 Glycerin Innovation Award

BY Ron KotrbaDr. Franck Dumeignil, a professor at Lille University in France, has been honored with the 2015 Glycerin Innovation Award for his work to overcome industrial processing issues for mass production of high-value chemical products from glycerin READ MORE

May 01, 2015

Neste Oil reports more renewable diesel capacity in Q1 results

BY Katie Fletcher Renewable diesel producer Neste Oil released financial results for the first quarter of 2015, reporting that a strong refining environment, favorable currency rates, and good internal performance made for an excellent first quarter. READ MORE

April 28, 2015

Parliament votes to approve EU biofuels cap, provides closure

BY Ron KotrbaThe European Parliament voted April 28 to approve the 7 percent cap on first-generation biofuels, providing a degree of closure to the long-debated measure. European biofuel trade associations now want talks to focus on post-2020 policy. READ MORE