Monthly Archives: December 2010

US Biodiesel industry primed to flourish

Boom times are ahead for a biodiesel industry that struggled just to stay alive in 2010. The industry could produce as much as a billion gallons in 2011, nearly triple this year’s production, said Gary Haer, chairman of the National

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Oil Palm Plantations Expand on Degraded Land in Amazon

Brazil hopes to eventually become a major producer of palm oil, thanks to the expansion of this new exotic monoculture crop in the eastern Amazon jungle, where eucalyptus plantations are also mushrooming on broad swaths of already deforested land. The

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China to exempt consumption tax on biodiesel

China’s Finance Ministry has retroactively exempted consumption tax on pure biodiesel made from waste animal fats or vegetable oils, and will refund taxes already paid over the last two years. The policy is backdated to January 1, 2009, the ministry

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A golden handshake for China’s biofuel industry

Friendly policies for overseas investors to invest in China’s biofuel sector have influenced partnerships between domestic and foreign companies to develop the alternative to fossil fuel. Green Biologics (GBL), a British biotech company, has signed deals with two Chinese biochemical

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New biofuel standard coming to German pumps in 2011

As of January 1, 2011, German drivers will have the option to fuel up their cars with new Super E10, a biofuel with higher ethanol content. The change is part of Germany’s plan to incrementally decrease its carbon emissions, with the goal of

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Engineered Yeast Boosts Biofuel Production

Researchers have engineered a strain of yeast that simultaneously consumes two sugars found in plants, a process that could make biofuel production faster, cheaper and more efficient. The researchers tweaked Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a yeast commonly used to convert plant sugars to

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Court Rejects Refiners’ Challenge to EPA Biodiesel Blending Rules

An appeals court rejected a challenge today by petroleum industry groups to U.S. EPA’s biodiesel blending requirements, in a move affirming the agency’s implementation of the renewable fuel standard (RFS2). A three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

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BEAUTY project developing new bioethanol engines

An EU-funded collaboration between universities and industry in Europe, Israel and the US is working to develop new engines, combustion technologies and fuels that will allow a substantial increase in the use of bioethanol in an urban context. Co-ordinated by

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Canada Pulls Ahead With Biofuels

Although the Obama administration slowed U.S. efforts on biofuels in favor of electric vehicles, a new report card on the renewable fuels industry shows that ethanol and biodiesel are delivering tangible economic and environmental results — in Canada, at least.

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European report admits doubts over ‘green’ biofuels

Europe’s green fudge over biofuels is set to continue for another six months after an official report out today acknowledges growing biofuels can create carbon emissions. The European Commission’s Report on Indirect Land Use Change admits that the environmental credentials

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