Tag: Australia

Holden drops E85 compatibility from Commodore vehicles after slack demand

Holden drops E85 compatibility from Commodore vehicles after slack demand

April 15, 2015 |

In Australia, Holden has dropped E85 compatibility from its Commodore vehicles following its introduction in 2010 due to consumers not taking up the fuel. Caltex had agreed to supply E85 at gas stations but has begun rolling it back due to lack of demand and high costs associated with shipping the fuel from NSW to […]

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MicroRNA cell research breakthrough to enable gene manipulation for environmental conditions

MicroRNA cell research breakthrough to enable gene manipulation for environmental conditions

March 23, 2015 |

In Australia, researchers have discovered that the microRNA mechanism that controls whether a particular cell destroys or simply represses the mRNA molecules in plants relies on ‘switcher’ genes. With the switcher genes discovered, the team will be able to manipulate them, allowing them to boost the capacity for an organism’s environmental adaptation. The data comes […]

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Australian sugar coop looks to sell remaining 50% to Manildra

Australian sugar coop looks to sell remaining 50% to Manildra

March 2, 2015 |

In Australia, Sunshine Sugars Coop. may sell its 50% shareholding in itself to Manildra, who already owned 50% of the company since 1989. With much of the Australian sugar industry getting snapped up by foreign investors, the hope was to strengthen one of the country’s leading ethanol producers with complete control over some domestic sugar […]

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Australian Renewable Energy Agency grants Renergi $5.2 million for pilot plant

Australian Renewable Energy Agency grants Renergi $5.2 million for pilot plant

February 24, 2015 |

In Australia, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced $5.2 million funding for Renergi to design and construct an innovative pilot scale biofuel production facility Perth. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said the project would result in simple, cost effective production of renewable energy from biomass. “Renergi was created out of Curtin University to commercialise some […]

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Mission NewEnergy completes transformation and announces zero debt

Mission NewEnergy completes transformation and announces zero debt

February 19, 2015 |

In Australia, Mission NewEnergy announced it has successfully completed the company transformation plan commenced in 2012. Management has continued to improve the balance sheet and restructure the Company’s operations achieving major milestones in 2013 and 2014. Today Mission is pleased to announce the achievement of the final step of the transformation plan being: •Completion of the […]

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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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