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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 72, March 2018

Category: biofuels
Published: 05/04/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.


This month, we saw the achievement of a great landmark for aviation biofuel.
Back in October, we reported that Australian airline Qantas had announced that all of their flights from Los Angeles airport would be powered by a 50% biofuel blend by 2020. Back in January, they achieved a milestone in this transition, by undertaking the first successful trans-Pacific biofuel powered flight. The 15-hour flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne utilised 24 tonnes of blended biofuel, derived from Brassica carinata. The blend used on this flight was only 10%, but shows promise for Qantas’ future target of 50%. Qantas claim that once the project comes to fruition, the biofuel-powered flights will show an 80% reduction in carbon emissions from these flights. Hopefully, if this conversion is a success, other long-haul airlines will follow in their footsteps. Many airlines are currently......

Other news this month includes:


  • US anti-dumping duties to price out Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel


  • China ups tariffs on US ethanol imports

Research & Development

  • Algal biofuels program enters next phase
  • Reducing microbe contamination in biofuels
  • Microbial production of aromatic fuels
  • Approval for Italian advanced biofuels scheme


  • Novozymes new yeast product solves ethanol production problems
  • Chinese refiners in rush to blend ethanol


  • Enerkem develops high-octane biofuel from waste
  • Clariant releases de-waxing catalyst for diesel
  • Valtra now selling all tractors with biodiesel on startup

Aviation Biofuel

  • First trans-Pacific biofuel flight
  • Specification change opens up opportunities for Byogy's alcohol jet fuel

Other Fuel

  • Hydrogen from algae still in early development

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