Latin America

December 16, 2014

Amyris renewable jet fuel receives regulatory approval in Brazil

BY Amyris Inc. Amyris Inc. welcomed the approval of its renewable jet fuel by Brazil's fuels regulator, ANP, clearing the way for the commercialization in Brazil of the Amyris renewable jet fuel in blends of up to 10 percent. READ MORE

August 13, 2014

Abatec introduces system to convert glycerol into methanol

BY Ron KotrbaAbatec SA has introduced its Savoia BD4-MG system that can treat 1,000 liters (250 gallons) per day of glycerol to produce around 35 percent dry methanol, 25 percent free fatty acids and balance of glycols. The only inputs are water and power. READ MORE

August 04, 2014

Int'l commercial flight completed with Amyris-Total biojet fuel

BY Amyris Inc. On July 30, Amyris partnered with Brazilian airline GOL to fly the industry's first commercial flight with farnesane, the recently approved renewable jet fuel. The first flight, GOL flight 7725, departed from Orlando and traveled to Sao Paulo. READ MORE

July 09, 2014

GOL to use farnesane biojet blend in US-to-Brazil flights

BY Ron KotrbaBrazilian airline GOL has committed to flying its Boeing 737 fleet with up to 10 percent farnesane biojet fuel on its U.S. to Brazil routes later this month. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Alleged biodiesel RIN fraud fugitive Rivkin caught, indicted

BY Ron KotrbaAfter more than two years since an NOV was issued by EPA against Green Diesel LLC for fraudulent RIN activity, CEO Phil Rivkin, a fugitive from justice since 2012, has been caught and indicted by a federal grand jury in Houston READ MORE

June 16, 2014

IncBio delivers 36 MMgy biodiesel reactor for South America

BY Ron KotrbaIncbio announced delivery of a 120,000 ton per year (36 MMgy) ultrasonic biodiesel reactor to be installed in South America. The unit will be used in an existing plant originally supplied by one of the world's largest biodiesel plant manufacturers. READ MORE

June 03, 2014

Renewable oil plant begins commercial production in Brazil

BY Ron KotrbaSolazyme announced that its JV with Bunge Global Innovation has begun commercial production at its Solazyme Bunge Renewable Oils plant in Brazil, where renewable oil and Encapso, a trademarked encapsulated lubricant, are being manufactured. READ MORE

June 02, 2014

Brazil ups biodiesel mandate to 7 percent starting November

BY Ron KotrbaOn May 28, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff signed an increase in the nation's biodiesel mandate starting in July, from 5 to 6 percent, and moving to 7 percent in November, according to Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy. READ MORE

May 13, 2014

Boeing, Embraer to open joint biojet research center in Brazil

BY Ron KotrbaUnder the MOU, the two companies will perform joint biofuel research, in addition to funding and coordinating research with Brazilian universities and other institutions. The research will focus on technologies that address supply chain gaps. READ MORE