Motorists ‘losing out due to government hesitancy on green fuels’

That’s according to the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, which says the delay is unwarranted

New enzyme-based biofuel technology? Scientists break it down

Researchers at Imperial College London have enhanced the process of turning plant-based biomass into valuable products

BP and DuPont joint firm buys new ethanol business

A joint venture between BP and chemical firm DuPont has bought a new ethanol business in the US. Butamax Advanced Fuels hopes the acquisition of Nesika Energy and its manufacturing site will advance the commercialisation of bio-isobutanol, which it plans to start producing alongside the ethanol already being made at the facility. Bio-isobutanol is a cost […]

US sees record ethanol exports in 2015

Exports of ethanol from the US reached their highest level in four years in 2015. They totalled 844 million gallons, a slight increase from the previous year and second to the 1.2 billion gallons exported in 2011, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). The nation’s imports of ethanol also rose from 73 million […]

UK engineering firm wins US cleantech deals

A specialist engineering firm in the UK has won a contract for cleantech projects in the US. Whitefox Technologies has made a breakthrough in the US market with its energy and water efficient solution for ethanol production. The London-based business is supported by Innovate UK, the country’s innovation agency which is sponsored by the Department […]

US sees ‘huge jump’ in ethanol exports to China

The US has seen a “record increase” in ethanol exports to China. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the figure has jumped from $8 million (£5.4m) to more than $86 million (£58m) since May 2014. In October, the country exported 32.5 million gallons of the renewable fuel to China – more than the […]

EU regulators raid bioethanol firms

EU antitrust regulators have raided a number of bioethanol companies over alleged price-fixing concerns. The European Commission today announced it undertook “unannounced inspections” last month over concerns they may have violated EU antitrust rules “that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices”. The products concerned are bioethanol used as a biofuel additive in the production of […]

US proposes reducing biofuels target

The US Government is inviting public views on its proposal to slash the amount of renewable fuels which must be blended in the nation’s gas and diesel supply. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  has proposed to set ethanol use at 15.21 billion gallons in its 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards. That figure is 16% lower than the […]

Brazil could face transport fuel shortage by 2017

Brazil needs to pump substantial cash into refining gasoline or it could fail to meet its fuel demand for domestic vehicles “as soon as 2017”. That’s the conclusion from a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), which suggests demand in the nation could outstrip supply by 2021 by as much as nine to […]

US researchers turn ‘beer’ into biofuel

US engineers have developed a process of turning beer into biofuel, which they claim outperforms industry standard ethanol. The researchers at the University of Cornell are technically not using the beer that people would drink but ‘fermentation broth’, which is chemically identical to it from which the fuel ethanol is produced. Ethanol is a widely […]