Africa & The Middle East

July 22, 2015

State-of-the-Art Algae Photobioreactors

BY Ron KotrbaPhotobioreactor manufacturers, including Algae Systems LLC, Algenol LLC and Heliae Development LLC, detail their latest designs and performance metrics and provide project updates from around the globe. READ MORE

March 25, 2015

US military base in Afghanistan to make biodiesel from UCO

BY Springboard Biodiesel Springboard Biodiesel has been selected to provide its biodiesel processing system to Bagram Airfield in the Parwan Province of Afghanistan. The BioPro 380EX and SpringPro T76 will be used to convert used cooking oil into biodiesel for use on base. READ MORE

February 05, 2015

Hundreds of Dubai municipal vehicles to fuel up with biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaNeutral Fuels LLC and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates have signed an agreement for Neutral Fuels to supply biodiesel for use in hundreds of Dubai's municipal vehicles. The deal may amount to the delivery of up to 2.5 MMgy of biodiesel from UCO. READ MORE

January 07, 2015

Researchers study new nanocatalyst for biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaThe catalyst was obtained by calcination of a mixture of potassium fluoride and gamma aluminum oxide at 500 degrees Celsius for three hours READ MORE

November 04, 2014

Appalachian Biofuels to build plant using TransBiodiesel enzymes

BY Ron KotrbaAppalachian Biofuels is investing $3.5 million to manufacture biodiesel from waste feedstocks using immobilized enzymes from Israel-based TransBiodiesel. The facility will be built in Russell County, Va. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Schott, Algatech sign new R&D agreement following 1-year study

BY Schott AG Schott and Algatechnologies, a biotechnology company specializing in algae production, have signed an R&D agreement to strengthen their partnership following a successful one-year study of new glass tubes at Algatech's algae production facility. READ MORE

August 13, 2014

Tobacco-to-biojet partnership announced

BY Ron KotrbaBoeing, South African Airways and SkyNRG are collaborating to produce biojet fuel from a hybrid tobacco plant known as Solaris READ MORE

August 12, 2014

Florida Biodiesel delivers plant to Avandith Energy in Nigeria

BY Ron KotrbaFlorida Biodiesel Inc. announced it has completed sale of a B-60 biodiesel processor to Avandith Energy in Lagos, Nigeria. The unit will be used for Avandith Energy's pilot transesterification facility. The B-60 will also be used for education. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Petrixo to build biojet fuel refinery in UAE using UOP technology

BY Ron KotrbaThe Honeywell company UOP LLC announced this month that its green fuels process technology has been selected by Dubai-based Petrixo Oil & Gas to produce biojet fuel and renewable diesel at a new refinery to be built in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. READ MORE

May 01, 2014

New TV ad exposes Saudi oil money bankrolling RFS smear campaign

BY Americans United for Change A new Sunday show TV blitz is being launched to help educate the public and decision makers in Washington about who is really behind the anti-RFS campaign and why: foreign oil interests wanting to keep America dependent on their dirty energy product. READ MORE

April 29, 2014

Global diesel engine sales forecast to rise 7.7 percent a year

BY The Freedonia Group Inc. Global diesel engine sales are forecast to rise 7.7 percent per year through 2017 to $248.5 billion, representing a marked acceleration from the 2007-'12 pace, according to "World Diesel Engines," a report published this month by The Freedonia Group. READ MORE

April 16, 2014

Portuguese firm delivers 2.4 MMgy biodiesel plant to Tunisia

BY Ron KotrbaPortugal-based biodiesel technology provider IncBio announced it has completed construction of an 8,000 ton per year (2.4 MMgy) biodiesel plant and has delivered the unit to Biokast Energy S.A., to be installed in Tunis, Tunisia, in North Africa. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

2012 global biodiesel production rises slightly

BY Ron KotrbaWhile overall global biofuel production fell in 2012 for the first time since 2000, biodiesel production rose slightly, according to a recent Worldwatch Institute report. READ MORE

March 31, 2014

Florida Biodiesel delivers biodiesel plant to Ivory Coast, Africa

BY Ron KotrbaFlorida Biodiesel Inc. recently announced it has completed sale of a B-500 biodiesel plant to the Lorymat Corp. in Ivory Coast, Africa. The company has chosen the B-500 biodiesel processor for its primary transesterification facility. READ MORE

March 18, 2014

Cold flow improvers to grow at CAGR of 7.9 percent from 2014-'20

BY Ron KotrbaThe global market for specialty fuel additives is expected to reach $8.5 billion by 2020, according to a new report by Grand View Research. With biodiesel's growth, cold flow improvers are expected to be the fastest growing product segment. READ MORE

March 11, 2014

Boeing, South African Airways explore sustainable biofuel crops

BY Boeing Boeing is launching a pilot program initiative with South African Airways and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials to expand opportunities for "smallhold" farmers in Southern Africa to grow crops that produce sustainable fuels. READ MORE

March 03, 2014

In Depth: Biodiesel Separation, Washing and Polishing: Upstream and Downstream Considerations

BY Ron KotrbaSeveral methods to cleanse and polish biodiesel are utilized, but the story on how well these work begins upstream. Therefore, the cost-effectiveness of biodiesel purification methods should be evaluated based on composition of upstream product. READ MORE

February 11, 2014

Annual biofuel demand forecasted at 51 billion gallons by 2022

BY Navigant Research The global biofuels industry is now on the verge of entering a new phase of development. According to a new report, global demand for biofuels for road transportation will grow from 32.4 billion gallons in 2013 to 51.1 billion by 2022. READ MORE

January 30, 2014

The energy yo-yo: When will renewables replace oil & gas?

BY Peter Brown We may already be over the tipping point where greenhouse gases (GHG) have so altered the delicate balance in nature that climate changes are irreversible. We, the purveyors of solutions, can but do the best we can with whatever weapons we can build. READ MORE

January 29, 2014

12 MMgy ultrasonic biodiesel facility planned for Saudi Arabia

BY Ron KotrbaPortugal-based biodiesel technology provider Incbio announced it has signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia-based Bio Renewable Energy Factory to supply a 40,000 ton per year (12 MMgy) ultrasonic biodiesel refinery that will use rendered fats. READ MORE

October 16, 2013

Don't be overlooked in the biodiesel industry

BY Ron KotrbaSecure your spot in the 2014 Biodiesel Industry Directory, and make your presence known READ MORE

September 11, 2013

Incbio to supply biodiesel plant to firm in N. Africa's Tunisia

BY Ron KotrbaPortuguese biodiesel technology provider Incbio announced it has signed a contract with Biokast Energy S.A. to supply an 8,000 metric ton per year (2.4 MMgy) ultrasonic biodiesel plant for installation in Tunis, Tunisia, a small North African nation. READ MORE

September 06, 2013

Lignol Energy to acquire stake in Dubai-based Neutral Fuels

BY Lignol Energy Corp. Lignol Energy Corp. is providing A$4.07 million (USD$3.73 million) to acquire a 40 percent equity stake in Neutral Fuels Parent Company and a 51 percent interest in Neutral Fuels' Australia and New Zealand biodiesel operation, Neutral Fuels Pty Ltd. READ MORE

August 22, 2013

New GRFA map shows 62 countries have biofuel-friendly policies

BY The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance According to the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, 62 countries now have biofuels-friendly policies in place that have driven global demand. Governments in every corner of the world, from Australia to Zimbabwe, have embraced biofuels. READ MORE

August 19, 2013

Biodiesel couch-surfing tour to help empower West African women

BY Alaffia Alaffia, a fair-trade body care company based in Olympia Wash., is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by sending CEO Olowo-n'djo Tchala on an 8,780 mile, couch-surfing tour across the U.S. in a biodiesel van. Proceeds will benefit women of Togo. READ MORE

July 12, 2013

Friends of the Earth and Searchinger still wrong about biofuels

BY The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance Today the GRFA slammed a new study by Friends of the Earth for its glaring omissions and use of a controversial theory on land use impacts of biofuels. The report relies on unproven ILUC and is silent on underlying causes of global hunger. READ MORE

July 11, 2013

BASF, National Prawn Co. cooperate on algae technology

BY Ron KotrbaOne important reason for this collaboration, the National Prawn Co. stated, is the climatic conditions of the Red Sea desert coast line of Western Saudi Arabia that meet the environmental needs of seawater algae and promote algae growth. READ MORE

July 10, 2013

Brazil biodiesel stats, EU vote and more int'l news

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel production stats from Brazil; a pending EU vote; Canadian biodiesel pump opens; and more international biodiesel news READ MORE

July 08, 2013

McDonald's UAE supplier Del Monte adopts biodiesel campaign

BY Del Monte A total of 20 vehicles from Del Monte's logistics fleet are currently running on biodiesel made from McDonald's UAE's used vegetable cooking oil. Del Monte's entire fleet of vehicles is expected to run on biodiesel by the end of 2013. READ MORE

June 21, 2013

US EPA approves EcoEngineers, Genscape importer RIN QAPs

BY Ron KotrbaThe QAP program as outlined in the EPA's NPRM was written to cover only domestic production, but now RINs generated by importers on foreign production and RINs generated by foreign companies are covered by EcoEngineers' and Genscape's QAP programs. READ MORE