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  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Biofuel to power dover port

    Renewable Energy Generation Group, owner of biofuel manufacturer REG Bio-Power, has signed a five-year contract to supply the Port of Dover with heat and electricity. REG has constructed a combined heat and power plant at Dover Docks, which will be powered with fuel derived from waste cooking oil. As part of the firm’s first independent ...

  • Food as fuel - are biofuels to blame?

    The United Nations has accused the US and the European Union of having taken the "criminal path" by contributing to an explosive rise in global food prices through using food crops to produce biofuels. This comes in the wake of skyrocketing prices and plummeting food supplies in the developing world. But many questions remain as to whether biofuels are the root cause of the current world food ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Algae Biofuel Biology Science Education System launched

      Biodiesel Business Academy (BBA) has launched Algae Biofuel Biology Science Education System as a part of its campus biofuel initiative for serving schools, colleges and universities, as well as developing world applications. The Centre for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel (CJP) is a bioenergy crop research and development company and has highest priority to contribute to the transition ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • Roundtable reveals international biofuel standard

    Biofuels offer the promise of a low-carbon fuel that could power vehicles and stimulate the world's rural economies. Yet biofuels are also among the most vilified of environmental technologies. Ethanol refineries are not always clean. The labor on biofuel farms is not always fair. The diversion of feedstocks from food to fuel may be driving up global commodity prices. And the forests, fields, and ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Biofuels ignite food crisis debate

    Taking up valuable land and growing edible crops for biofuels poses a dilemma: Is it ethical to produce inefficient renewable energies at the expense of an already malnourished population? David Pimentel and his colleagues from Cornell University in New York highlight the problems linked to converting a variety of crops into biofuels. Not only are these renewable energies inefficient, they are ...


    By Springer

  • Five Energy Department Accomplishments in Algal Biofuels

    Algae are an attractive biofuel feedstock because they grow fast, absorb carbon dioxide, and can utilize waste resources, such as municipal waste water. Algae store energy from sunlight and can then be converted to advanced hydrocarbon fuel and used as a direct replacement for petroleum fuel. However, the ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Student finds new way of turning plastic into biofuel

    A method for generating biofuel by breaking down plastics using a low-cost catalyst will be developed further in the United Kingdom next month (2 July). The process was developed by a sixteen-year-old Egyptian ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Biofuels executives increasingly bullish for industry growth in 2011

    Biofuels Digest reports that 80 percent of bioenergy executives are more optimistic both about their organization’s prospects for growth and industry growth, than 12 months ago, and that confidence about industry growth prospects has jumped 11 percentage points in the past quarter. The findings were among the highlights of the Winter 2010 Bioenergy Business Outlook Survey conducted by the ...


    By Green Power

  • Dyadic Demonstrates Industry-leading Biofuels Enzyme Performance

    Dyadic International, Inc. ("Dyadic") (OTC Pink: DYAI), a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of enzymes and other proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemical, biopharmaceutical and industrial enzyme industries, today unveiled its latest biofuels enzyme advancement, ...


  • New rules could block biofuel’s alien invaders

    Researchers in the US have warned those anxious to cut greenhouse emissions to make quite sure that the cure they choose will not turn out worse than the disease. They have developed a tool that should help to avoid the danger that efforts to address climate change could allow invasive plant species to spread where they are not wanted. Making fuel from plants ...


    By Climate News Network

  • New analysis of energy and environmental performance of biofuels

    New research identifies important influences on the energy and environmental performance of biofuels made from agricultural crops. Type of land use change, type of biofuel crop and the by-products from the conversion process all influence performance. The benefits of introducing biofuels in the transport sector or as feedstock in the chemical industry are widely debated. Research has produced ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Current biofuels do not add to the sustainability of transport

    The climate has more to gain from converting biomass into electricity, than to use it to replace petrol or diesel. Therefore, proposals to replace current transport fuels by biofuels are not the best investment in sustainability. This is shown in the report “Local and global consequences of the EU renewable directive for biofuels: testing the sustainability criteria”, by the Netherlands ...

  • Advanced Biofuels, tool to combat climate change

    COP21 has just reached its midpoint and progress has been encouraging. However, concrete targets and policy measures are still to be agreed during the second half of the negotiations. Every region and nation needs to deliver in every sector, including transport. Here EU can take the lead and at the same time, increase its competitiveness. Today transport is responsible for around 25 % of the ...

  • Ensuring your biofuels effluent meets regulatory limits

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as other regulatory agencies around the world, have established limitation guidelines for discharges of “oily wastes” from facilities utilizing any type of oil and grease in their manufacturing process. However, recently several biodiesel plants in the US have been fined for illegally discharging vegetable-based oil and grease and polluting ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Solid Biofuels map for the Iberian Peninsual and South America

    Since we published the latest Solid Biofuels Map for the Iberian Peninsula and South America in April 2014, new pellet factories have been built with large production capacities through the Spanish area. A major one, for example, is the Naturpellet plant in Segovia, with 30,000 t/year; Ebinor in La Rioja, which began activity at 10,000 t/year and plans to increase that to 20,000 ...

  • IDB releases new version of Biofuels sustainability scorecard

    Update incorporates feedback from five regional consultations and addresses concerns regarding food security, indigenous peoples and biodiversity preservation. The Inter-American Development Bank has released a new version of its Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, which will enable users to better anticipate the impacts of potential biofuel projects on ...

  • FAO calls for review of biofuel policies and subsidies

    Biofuel policies and subsidies should be urgently reviewed in order to preserve the goal of world food security, protect poor farmers, promote broad-based rural development and ensure environmental sustainability, FAO said in a new edition of its annual flagship publication The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2008. “Biofuels present both opportunities and risks. The outcome would depend on ...

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