In Finland, the government wants to boost the share of renewable fuels to 40% by 2030 compared to current use of 8%. The national industry represented by the petroleum and biofuels association, a recent expansion to the petroleum association indicating the fossil fuel industry’s recognition of biofuels’ role in the transport energy mix in Finland, support the government’s plan as bold and commendable.
In Washington state, Texas-based Riverview Energy is looking to set up a mixed refinery in Longview that would refine 45,000 barrels per day of shale oil from North Dakota and half again as much of used cooking oil and vegetable oils for advanced biofuels and aviation jet fuel.
The USDA Soil Conservation Research Lab in Morris, Minnesota, found encouraging results when growing Camelina sativa with soybean in the Midwest. The researchers experimented with double- and relay-cropping. In double- cropping, soybean enters the field after the camelina harvest in June or July. Relay- cropping, however, overlaps the crop’s time. Soybean grow between rows of camelina in April or May before the camelina plants mature and flower. The benefits were numerous. Relay-cropping actually used less water than double-cropping the two plants. Camelina plants have shallow roots and a short growing season, wich means they don’t use much water. “Other […]
Ensyn has signed a contract with Youngstown Thermal LLC for the supply of RFO, Ensyn’s advanced cellulosic biofuel. Ensyn Fuels is to provide Youngstown Therman up to 2.5 million gallons of RFO per year, with deliveries to begin as soon as fourth quater of 2015, in time for the 2015-2016 winter season. Youngstown Thermal will use the RFO to displace up to 50 percent of its fuel need in their natural gas fueled boiler.
The first plastic bottle made entirely from plant-based materials made its debut in Wednesday at the World Expo in Milan, Italy. Coca-Cola has been making its plant-based bottles since 2009, but the plastic in those bottles was only 30% from plant-based materials. Technology developed by Virent enabled plant-based materials to be used on the 70% of the bottle previously used for petroleum.
The world’s leading producer of renewable fuels, Neste is going Google by introducing Google Drive for Work services to its personnel globally. Being at the forefront of technology development Neste is taking the next step in creating an environment for innovation and enabling new ways of working. At the same time Google is moving forward with Neste’s innovative NEXBTL renewable diesel which is being used on selected Google’s shuttle buses (gBuses) in Silicon Valley, California.
The G7 leading industrial nations have agreed to cut greenhouse gases by phasing out the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century, Angela Merkel, has announced, in a move hailed as historic by some environmental campaigners. Merkel said the leading industrialised countries were committed to raising $100bn (£65bn) in annual climate financing by 2020 from public and private sources.
Alaska Airline is teaming up with the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) to advance the production and use of alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals, the tree limbs and branches that remain after a forest harvest.
From June 1-3 the RSB General Assembly took place. The assembly opened on Monday with the approval of the New Low iLUC Risk Standard, a strategy session and the election of the Board of Directors. At the latter Maarten van Dijk was re-elected as treasurer for the Board of Directors. The Low ILUC Risk Standard was approved by consensus and will be an ‘optional module’ for operations undergoing RSB certification. Participants of the three-day program reiterated that the RSB is the most comprehensive standard on biofuels and biomaterials and they provided a range of new ideas to increase the uptake […]
Russ Gesch, a plant physiologist with the USDA Soil Conservation Research Lab in Morris, Minnesota, reports encouraging results when growing the two crops in the Midwest. “Finding any annual crop that will survive the [Midwest] winters is pretty difficult,” says Gesch, “but winter camelina does that and it has a short enough growing season to allow farmers to grow a second crop after it during the summer.”