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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 64, July 2017

Category: biofuels
Published: 27/07/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.


As well as looking ahead to future developments, here at NNFCC we like to celebrate the bioeconomy’s history of success, and what better way to do that than to mark an anniversary? July of this year marks five years since E15 biofuel made its market debut in the USA. Since then, it has spread out from one state to twenty-nine, with 80% of the country’s new vehicles being able to run on the fuel. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, over 1 billion miles have been driven on E15 over those five years, with “Not a single verified case of misfuelling, engine damage, or inferior performance” reported. This latter statement is likely hyperbole, coming from an NGO, but still represents the high performance it is still possible to achieve with biofuels, and that is only increasing.
However, despite the successes of biofuels over the years........

Other news this month includes:


  • E15 biofuel, five years on
  • US to cut Advanced Biofuel targets
  • EU's FP7 bioeconomy projects have less than 5% success rate
  • Report highlights biofuels' potential for UK emissions reduction​

Research & Development

  • Novel pyrolysis process for wood-based biofuels developed
  • Empirical study demonstrates particulate reduction from switching to ethanol
  • Shell partners with SBI to produce biofuels from waste oils
  • ExxonMobil renews UW-Madison partnership for biofuels research​


  • Alliance Bio-Products receives approval to purchase ethanol plant
  • Strong first quarter for CropEnergies​


  • Arriva wins Netherlands trains bid with biodiesel focus
  • Tesoro plans 5% biodiesel co-processing​

Aviation Fuel

  • US researchers look to produce jet fuel from sorghum

Other Fuels

  • SerEnergy develops long-range methanol power for cars
  • Clearfleau report highlights potential for transport biogas from AD
  • ETI invests in demo plant for clean syngas​

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