Biofuels

UK grocer first in Europe to use new trucks fueled by food waste

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) -- A British supermarket has become the first retailer in Europe to use a new type of tank that keeps trucks motoring on fuel made from food waste for 500 miles, almost twice the current average.

Green Plains sees 2017 US ethanol exports around 1.1 B gallons

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- US ethanol manufacturer Green Plains Inc sees the total industry on track to export 1.1 billion or more gallons of the biofuel in 2017, even with China absent as a buyer, an executive said on Thursday.

US ethanol producers pump at record levels, policy clouds loom

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- US ethanol producers pumped out the biofuel at a record pace last week, but higher output belies growing concern in the industry that policy changes in the United States and China could upend demand for their product.

Report: Cheaper renewables to halt coal and oil demand growth from 2020

LONDON (Reuters) -- The falling cost of electric vehicle and solar technology will halt demand growth for oil and coal from 2020, according to research published on Thursday, posing a threat to fossil fuel companies unprepared for the transition.

Editorial Comment: The future of refining lies in clean fuels

Nichols, L., Hydrocarbon Processing

Each year, Hydrocarbon Processing devotes an issue to the topic of clean fuels—and rightly so. As the world continues to welcome more vehicles on the road, and as emerging economies invest in civil, industrial and energy projects, global fuels demand is forecast to increase through the end of the decade.

Valero says record biofuels compliance costs to continue in 2017

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Valero Energy Corp on Tuesday signaled that record high costs to comply with the US renewable fuels program will continue this year, after the oil refiner was hit with a ballooning tab for the program in 2016.

GE collaborates with Canadian university to produce biosolids fertilizer

GUELPH, ONTARIO, CANADA — GE’s Water & Process Technologies today announced it is collaborating with the University of Guelph (U of G) in Ontario, Canada, on a federal government-funded, research initiative to maximize renewable energy generation and simultaneously produce a pathogen-free biosolids fertilizer.

Traveling sauna in US will run on Neste renewable diesel

When traveling the US roads in 2017, drivers may encounter a surprise amidst the conventional cars, trucks, and 18-wheelers. Throughout the year until December, a fully-functional Finnish sauna on wheels will travel 12,000 miles across the country. Neste is a sponsor of the Traveling Sauna, which is one of the many ways in which Finland celebrates its 100 years of independence in 2017.

Buffett's BNSF cuts ethanol shipper costs amid push for safer train cars

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- BNSF Railway Co will start offering discounts to ethanol shippers this April if they agree to use new, safer train cars, as it pushes to scrub puncture-prone ones from its rail lines at a faster pace than required by US regulations.

In Trump freeze, US agencies delay biofuels regulations affecting farm towns

NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) -- US regulators under the new presidential administration have instituted a freeze on rules key to the country's farm belt, agricultural groups said on Tuesday, heightening uncertainty for some of the regions that helped propel Donald Trump into office.