Biofuel News Roundup

A follow-up to my Weekly News Roundup:

  • Neste Oil has launched a joint algae research program with the Marine Research Center at Finnish Environment Institute. The program is part of Neste Oil’s efforts aimed at using algae oil as a raw material for producing NExBTL renewable diesel in the future.
  • Gevo and Mansfield Oil Company signed a commercial off-take deal where Mansfield will distribute isobutanol based fuel into the petroleum market. A 5-year contract will allow Mansfield to blend Gevo’s isobutanol for its own use and be a distributor for Gevo’s isobutanol. A 3-year contract covers a Mansfield subsidiary proving supply chain services that includes logistics management, customer service support, invoicing and billing services.
  • A number of European organizations including the UK’s National Centre for Biorenewable Energy, Fuels and materials (NNFCC) has formed a 4.5 year project called European EnAlgae to unlock the potential of algal bioenergy. EnAlgae will establish a series of pilot scale seaweed farms and microalgae growth facilities in the region to provide the crucial information needed to assess the productivity of algae production.
  • Air Products has been awarded a contract to supply onsite oxygen, compressed dry air and nitrogen to INEOS Bio’s joint venture cellulosic ethanol project in Vero Beach, Florida. Operations are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2012.
  • The American Biogas Council is pushing for support on biogas legislation Waste-To-Energy Technology Act of 2011 (H.R. 66) that would provide a 30% tax credit to eligible facilities using municipal solid waste or sewage sludge.
  • GE has joined Virgin Australia and a consortium of other partners to research and develop commercial biofuel for the aviation industry. The consortium will focus on pyrolytic biomass conversion from mallee eucalytp tree and intend to have a pilot biofuel production unit operating in Australia by 2012.



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