Biofuels

EIA: US fuel ethanol production continues to grow in 2017

Through the first six months of 2017, US weekly ethanol production averaged 1.02 MMbpd, an increase of 5% over the same period in 2016. On a weekly basis, US ethanol production set a record of 1.06 MMbpd in the week of Jan. 27, and it has averaged near or above 1 MMbpd in every week of 2017 except for a few weeks in April, when ethanol plants typically undergo seasonal maintenance. If ethanol production remains relatively high through the second half of the year, as EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) expects, 2017 will set a new record for annual fuel ethanol production.

ExxonMobil, University of Wisconsin-Madison to advance research into fuel from biomass

IRVING, Texas & MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil have announced a 2-yr renewal of an agreement to research the fundamental chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels. The research is part of a broad effort to identify scalable and commercially viable solutions to help meet increasing global energy demand with a renewable resource.

AFPM 'encouraged' by EPA proposed changes to biofuel mandates

WASHINGTON – Following the release of the 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), AFPM President and CEO Chet Thompson released the following statement:

Shell sees rising investment in renewables

ISTANBUL (Reuters) — Royal Dutch Shell will be spending up to $1 B a year by 2020 on projects within its new energies division, Chief Executive Ben van Beurden told an industry conference on Monday.

Neste renewable diesel supplied to Stara working machines, trucks

As part of Europe's largest coordinated advanced biofuels project BioSata, Neste provides Helsinki City Construction Services, Stara, with Neste MY Renewable Diesel to be used in Stara's working machines and trucks.

US proposes cutting total biofuels requirements in 2018

NEW YORK (Reuters) — The US government on Wednesday proposed to reduce the volume of biofuel required to be used in gasoline and diesel fuel next year as it signaled the first step toward a potential broader overhaul of its biofuels program.

Chilean scientists produce biodiesel from microalgae

SANTIAGO (Reuters) — Biodiesel made from microalgae could power buses and trucks and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 80 percent, Chilean scientists said, possibly curbing pollution in contaminated cities like Santiago.

Shell signs biofuel technology agreement with SBI BioEnergy Inc.

CALGARY — Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its subsidiary Shell International Exploration and Production B.V., and SBI BioEnergy Inc. have reached an agreement granting Shell exclusive development and licensing rights for SBI's biofuel technology.

Watchdog group sues EPA to access communications with Icahn

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A US watchdog group filed a lawsuit in a federal court on Tuesday to force the Environmental Protection Agency to release communications with billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who it says tried to influence biofuels policy for personal gain.

ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics report breakthrough in algae biofuel research

IRVING, Texas & LA JOLLA, Calif — ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. announced a breakthrough in joint research into advanced biofuels involving the modification of an algae strain that more than doubled its oil content without significantly inhibiting the strain’s growth.