Energy firms cook up clean fuel with old oil

  A new pilot plant in the UK is converting used cooking oil into biodiesel. Innovation provider CPI has partnered with Green Lizard Technologies (GLT) to turn old oils into low-sulfur biodiesel feedstocks and a range of other useful chemicals that can be used to make soaps, healthcare products and detergents. The facility in Teesside […]

London’s fatberg monster to be melted down to biofuel

A 250-metre long fatberg blocking a London sewer will be converted into around 10,000 litres of biodiesel. That’s according to Thames Water, which says the congealed mass of fat, oil, grease, wet wipes and sanitary products in Whitechapel will create enough green energy to power 350 double-decker buses for a day. Around a third of […]

US biomass diesel imports up 65%

US imports of biomass-based diesel, which include biodiesel and renewable diesel, rose by 65% last year. They reached a record level of 916 million gallons, according to new figures from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). On a monthly basis, biodiesel imports exceeded 100 million gallons for the first time last December. Both biodiesel and renewable […]

Biofuel output to hit 67bn gallons a year by 2022

The biofuels industry will grow to a capacity of 67 billion gallons a year (BGY) by 2022. That’s according to a new report from Lux Research, which says the sector will also see first-generation fuels like traditional biodiesel being replaced by newer low carbon fuels. First-generation biofuels’ 91.5% market share is forecast to drop nearly 6%, which is predicted to be filled by rapidly growing advanced biofuels as they […]

No palm oil used to make biodiesel in UK

No palm oil has been used to make biodiesel in the UK. That’s according to the Department for Transport which analysed data from April last year to the same month this year. It added, biodiesel is now largely made from waste feedstocks, in particular used cooking oil. Feedstocks are also the major contributor to renewable […]

UK fuel supplier buys major biodiesel facility

British independent fuel supplier Greenergy has bought what is claimed to be the largest biodiesel facility in the UK. Located in northeast England, the facility in Seal Sands – sold by Harvest Energy – has an annual capacity of 250,000 tonnes a year. Greenergy already operates a waste-based biodiesel plant (pictured) at Immingham located on […]

Food into fuel

Taxi! How are London cabbies faring with biodiesel as fuel? Hit the back streets of London with ELN to find out.

Boris styles London as future biodiesel hub

Mayor of London Boris Johnson sees a capital role for used cooking oil – he believes it could make London a future hub for biodiesel. That’s after a report found the city creates between 32 and 44 million litres of used cooking oil every year. A paper called ‘The market for biodiesel production from used […]

‘Bioenergy Zones’ to be created across Haiti

‘Bioenergy zones’ are to be created across Haiti to produce biofuel using a plant called Pongamia. Haiti’s Energy Ministry has granted access to large tracks of barren land where other plants are unable to grow. The plant will be used to make biodiesel, cooking briquettes and high-protein animal feed. It’s hoped the scheme will bring […]

Biofuel use rises in Europe – but unevenly

Biofuel use in the transport sector rose to 14.4million tonnes of oil equivalent (toe) last year despite an uncertain political backing for the fuel. That represents a rise of 0.4million toe since the year before, meaning 2012 saw a 4.7% boost. However the growth has been “anything but even” across the EU according to the […]