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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 96, March 2020

Category: biofuels
Published: 26/03/2020
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.


Things have taken an unprecedented turn in the past month. The coronavirus is having a huge impact on our lives with the UK recently joining multiple other countries on lockdown. Regardless, there is still plenty of bioeconomy news from this month! Some in the biofuel industry have turned their attention to helping out in this difficult time. There have been several examples of fuel ethanol and alcoholic beverage producers alike having shifted production to ethanol-based hand sanitisers, after seeing global shortages. Californian renewable fuels company Aemetis for example, initiated shipments of alcohol for use in hand sanitiser production, following the US government relaxing regulations on alcohol fuel permits.
Elsewhere, Neste, a global player in renewable diesel, has had to delay some crucial work at its refinery in Porvoo, Finland. For the next couple of months from April until June, there’s only going to be.........

Other news this month includes:


  • E10 consulation
  • Tax credit for biofuel makers in Maine


  • Advanced biofuel cost reduction?
  • US ethanol production helps sanitiser demand
  • INA and Axens licence agreement

Research and Development

  • Ethanol vehicles advantages
  • Fresh take on seaweed biofuel​


  • Difficultly with bioethanol blending in India
  • 5,000 sellers of E85
  • Bioethanol demand slows​


  • Work at refinery paused due to Coronavirus

Aviation Biofuel

  • Gevo makes agreement with Australian Viva Energy
  • Gevo discusses low carbon ethanol​

Other Biofuels

  • Hydrogen projects backed by UK gov
  • Fuel pellet made out of waste
  • Hydrogen production in Rotterdam​

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