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  • Biofuel breakthrough

    Doncaster based biofuel manufacturer, Amplefuel is set to produce 40 million litres of biofuel each year, focusing on making it from used cooking oil and solid fats. The plant, which utilises a variety of feedstocks from waste products, is one of a handful of firms that is able to break the solid fats down to a liquid biodiesel that does not solidify to later cause ...

  • Biofuel Production Declines

    In 2012, the combined global production of ethanol and biodiesel fell for the first time since 2000, down 0.4 percent from the figure in 2011. Global ethanol production declined slightly for the second year in a row, to 83.1 billion liters, while biodiesel output rose fractionally, from 22.4 billion liters in 2011 to 22.5 billion liters in 2012. Biodiesel now accounts for over 20 percent of ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Butanol as Biofuel for Vehicles

    Butanol shows strong potential to be used as a biofuel. Now, a new ASTM International standard covers butanol that is intended to be blended with gasoline at 1 to 12.5 volume percent for use as an automotive spark-ignition engine fuel. D7862, Specification for Butanol for Blending with Gasoline for Use as Automotive Spark-Ignition Engine Fuel, was developed by ...


    By ASTM International

  • World Biofuels Report

    Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:   World Biofuels Report ...


    By ReportLinker

  • Biofuels benefit billionaires

    Biofuels will serve the interests of large industrial groups rather than helping to cut carbon emissions and ward off climate change, according to research to be published in the International Journal of Environment and Health this month. Simone Vieri of the University “La Sapienza” of Rome, Italy, explains that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Algae: Biofuel of the future?

    In the world of alternative fuels, there may be nothing greener than pond scum. Algae are tiny biological factories that use photosynthesis to transform carbon dioxide and sunlight into energy so efficiently that they can double their weight several times a day. As part of the photosynthesis process algae produce oil and can generate 15 times more oil per acre than other plants used for biofuels, ...

  • From Mules to Biofuels

    Farmers and policymakers are wrestling with two main concerns when it comes to ethanol production: the effect of ethanol demand on food prices, and changes in land use that are detrimental to the environment. While families were sharing corn at backyard barbecues this summer, both issues perked up ears across the globe. The Environmental Protection Agency rejected Texas Governor Rick Perry's ...

  • Biofuels Wrongfully Accused

    The media is at it once again: accusing biofuels of harming our nation’s natural resources. it surprises me that a clean burning, renewable product is such a target. After all, if the alternative is increased amounts of oil imported from the Middle East, I will choose the product that is produced in rural America, is more environmentally friendly, and supports the rural economy. ...


    By National Farmers Union (NFU)

  • Advanced biofuels factsheet launched

    World Bioenergy Association (WBA) is pleased to announce the release of the factsheet ‘Advanced Biofuels’ – the seventh in the series of publications. This succeeds the release of the summary of oil price drop survey conducted by WBA to understand the effects of oil price drop on bioenergy industry. The WBA factsheet aims to ...

  • Biofuels Commercialization by Oil Majors

    At 30 billion gallons in 2011, the global biofuels industry has become big business. Although conventional biofuels derived from commodity crops account for the bulk of production today, a proliferation of national blending mandates have triggered a stampede to commercialize advanced conversion pathways that rely on low cost, non-food feedstocks. Currently valued at over $2 ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Biofuel use to double 2015

    Global biofuel use is expected to increase twofold by 2015 and Brazil will remain the world's top exporter of biofuel, according to a report released Wednesday by Hart Energy Consulting. The U.S. is expected to see the largest increase in biofuel use per country, increasing its current consumption by more than 30 percent, according to data from the 'Global Biofuels Outlook: 2009-2015' report. ...

  • New Infrared Analysers For Biofuels

    QUANTITECH LTD is launching two easy-to-use mid-infrared analysers for biofuels analysis aimed at production facilities and fuel blending at distribution centres. The instruments have been specifically designed for on-site analysis and can be operated by users having limited or even no knowledge of infrared analytical techniques. The first - the InfraCal Filtometer - is a low-cost, single ...


    By Quantitech Ltd

  • Crunch year for US biofuels

    US biofuel policies are set to collide this year – with each other and with reality – Bloomberg New Energy Finance finds in new “What to Watch for” biofuels white paper. New York, 25 February 2013 – Policies that govern the use of US corn-based ethanol – one which calls for a minimum amount of consumption, and another which limits how much can go into ...


    By Bloomberg New Energy Finance

  • Grass Is Greener For Biofuels Future

    A genetically-engineered bacterium developed by scientists in the US can produce ethanol biofuel from coarse, wild-growing switchgrass, rather than using vital food crops such as maize. Scientists in the US claim they have developed a simple, one-step process that turns plant tissue into biofuel. A genetically-engineered bacterium can convert switchgrass into ethanol directly, without any ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Wastepaper could be biofuel source

    Converting waste such as paper and cardboard into biofuel is a neglected option that could provide clean energy, cut the amount of municipal waste and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, researchers say. Around 83 billion litres of ethanol could be produced from waste paper, according to their model. This could replace five per cent of the world's global petrol demand. Moreover, ethanol produced ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • When biofuels and biosecurity meet

    “New agricultural non-food crops, especially those developed to meet the growing demand for biofuels and other renewable industrial needs in the 21st Century, will have to meet triple bottom line – people, planet, profit – criteria,” says CSIRO Entomology’s Dr Andy Sheppard. “Sustainable management of pests in new crops and minimisation of any invasive threats these crops pose to the environment ...

  • Biofuel law change in NZ

    Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee today tabled in Parliament a Bill to repeal the obligation placed on oil companies to sell a certain proportion of biofuel. 'The government supports the introduction of biofuel as an alternative fuel source with potential for New Zealand,' Mr Brownlee said. 'However, we do not support any form of mandatory obligation. It will mean consumers have a free ...


    By New Zealand Government

  • World biofuels markets 2011

    Things are going fantastically well here at the home of World Biofuels Markets – the full programme is now available for your perusal and it’s bigger and better than ever.  Just some of the new highlights for 2011 are sessions on Military Biofuels, Bioenergy and Investment and Trading Biofuels, 3 co-located ...


    By Green Power Conferences Ltd.

  • An economical method of biofuel production

    Fuels made from plant materials could play a role in the move to more sustainable energy production. A new costing study suggests that large-scale biomass-to-liquid (BTL) plants, could manufacture such synthetic fuels ('biosynfuel') at a cost of about 1 Euro per kg in central Europe. Under the EU Climate Action and Renewable Energy package1, Member States need to source a minimum of 10 per cent ...

  • Biofuels searching for a place in the sun

    Biofuels have long been viewed as a means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. However recent research indicates that extracting this fuel from plants has the potential to release more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than the burning of fossil fuels. This is just one of many problems facing biofuels as it seeks to find a place in the renewable energy landscape. Currently the ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

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