Tag: Australia

Manildra Ethanol Plant under fire for poor treatment of foreign workers

Manildra Ethanol Plant under fire for poor treatment of foreign workers

January 26, 2015 |

In Australia, nearly 30 Chinese and Filipino workers are reportedly working at the Manildra Ethanol Plant for under $4 per hour and under unhealthy conditions. All of them are allegedly living together in a five-bedroom, one bathroom house. The workers are apparently run by a Chinese company that provides their services to the ethanol plant.

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New book The Growth of Biofuels in the 21st Century analyzes contemporary international biofuels policy landscapes

New book The Growth of Biofuels in the 21st Century analyzes contemporary international biofuels policy landscapes

January 26, 2015 |

In the US, a new book entitled The Growth of Biofuels in the 21st Century has been published, drawing on interviews with policy insiders in Brazil, the EU, and the US to analyze the ambition and landscape in biofuels policy. Authors Rob Ackrill, professor at Nottingham Trent University, and Adrian Kay, professor at the Australian […]

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NSW planning department wants more information from ethanol plant developers

NSW planning department wants more information from ethanol plant developers

January 6, 2015 |

In Australia, a proposed 115 million liter per year ethanol plant in New South Wales continued to be delayed, now with the state’s planning department seeking more details from developers. The A$90 million facility, that would source grain from up to 500km from its Deniliquin location, was meant to begin construction in June. Korean group […]

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10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014: Asia and Oceania

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014: Asia and Oceania

December 24, 2014 |

The East is Green. Asia is confirmed as “the new Brazil” as project developers head en masse to the friendly receptions in Asian countries — based on energy diversification and rural development opportunities. Whether you look at financing, mandates or project announcements, there’s no question that the hottest region is Asia — which started slowly […]

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Algae.Tec secures additional investment from existing shareholder

Algae.Tec secures additional investment from existing shareholder

December 22, 2014 |

In Australia, Algae.Tec announced a further subscription agreement with Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Limited (RIIHL), its largest partner, to raise A$2.4 million. Algae.Tec has assigned an immediate agreement to raise A$1.4 million via the issue of 20 million shares at A$0.07 per share In addition Algae.Tec is issuing 14,285,714 options to subscribe for shares […]

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New South Wales really only blending 3.1% ethanol instead of 6%

New South Wales really only blending 3.1% ethanol instead of 6%

December 11, 2014 |

In Australia, despite having a 6% ethanol blend in New South Wales, actual consumption is only about 3.1% because of market exceptions available to oil companies. Ethanol sales only hit 14.6 million liters in November rather than the 28.21 million liters that should have been sold if the mandate had been enforced. The state pledged […]

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Australia’s biodiesel industry may only survive until 2018

Australia’s biodiesel industry may only survive until 2018

November 25, 2014 |

In Australia, the biodiesel industry expects the industry to fold by 2018 thanks to the excise duty waiver ending next July, five years earlier than planned, and a flood of imports that are receiving subsidies locally and undercutting domestic production. The Cleaner Fuels Grant gives roughly 38 cents per liter to imported biodiesel, making the […]

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Science Network WA says pure canola biodiesel emissions worse than diesel

Science Network WA says pure canola biodiesel emissions worse than diesel

November 4, 2014 |

In Australia, exhaust from pure canola oil biodiesel is more lethal for human epithelial cells than that from traditional diesel, new research contends. Epithelial cells, which are found in the lining of the airways and lungs, provide the body’s first line of defense against viruses and particles capable of invading the body. The research found […]

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Muradel launches Australia’s first algae to green crude integrated demonstration plant

Muradel launches Australia’s first algae to green crude integrated demonstration plant

November 3, 2014 |

In Australia, Muradel has launched its integrated demonstration plant to convert algae into green crude in Whyalla. The $10.7 million plant will produce 30,000 liters per year and represents the company’s first step toward an 80 million liter per year commercial scale plant. Murdel’s technology, Green2Black, uses microalgae produced on site, plant biomass, and organic […]

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Australia’s Biofuels Association seeks bleak future due to instable policy

Australia’s Biofuels Association seeks bleak future due to instable policy

October 29, 2014 |

In Australia, the country’s Biofuels Association says that by 2018, biodiesel won’t be economically viable anymore following the national government’s move in May to impose an excise tax on the fuel from July 1, 2016. Biodiesel is more expensive to produce in Australia and competes with cheaper, allegedly subsidized at origin, biodiesel. Investors are becoming […]

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