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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 82, January 2019

Category: biofuels
Published: 31/01/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.


In the bioeconomy, the circular economy ethos is key: products at end-of-life are re-utilised and fed back into the system. With biofuels, this is somewhat difficult, as their entire purpose is to be burned to power vehicles. However, this month we have a story that demonstrates how circular economy can still be incorporated into the biofuels sector. Sometimes, biobased alcohols are produced as wastes or by-products from biobased industrial processes, but biofuels manufacturer Gevo has developed a process by which these alcohols, can be turned into biobased isoprene. Isoprene is one of the major polymers used in the manufacture of synthetic rubber, meaning that the by-product bioethanol could be utilised for the production of vehicle tyres, creating a curious instance of circular bioeconomy, with the potential for vehicles to be both powered and shod with bioethanol. While in reality the end-use of this biobased isoprene.........

Other news this month includes:


  • French National Assembly declare palm oil “not a biofuel”
  • France to raise biofuel mandates​


  • Attis to purchase New York bioethanol plant

Research and Development

  • Novel biosensor to better detect biofuel-producing microbes
  • Project aims to produce biofuels from sewage sludge
  • Boosting pyrolysis yields through catalyst research
  • Partnership for seamless biomass to bio fuel process
  • Cellulose research could lead to more efficient biofuel production​


  • Waste bioethanol could be used to make tyres
  • Turning emissions from steel manufacturing into biofuels​


  • Less maintainance for trucking company running on biodiesel

Aviation Biofuel

  • Etihad makes its first biofuel-powered flight
  • Dutch air force to fly with biofuel
  • Gevo and Renmatix to evaluate commercial biobased jet fuel​

Other Biofuels

  • Methane-powered tractor wins design award

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