Tag: biofuel

European Court of Auditors slams European Commission for weakness in biofuel certification

European Court of Auditors slams European Commission for weakness in biofuel certification

July 21, 2016 |

In Luxembourg, weaknesses in the system of certifying sustainable biofuels could undermine the basis of the EU’s 2020 targets for renewable energy in transport, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Under the Renewable Energy Directive, EU Member States can only use biofuels certified as sustainable to reach their 2020 target […]

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Reuters poll shows drivers only care about their pockets and not biofuel content

Reuters poll shows drivers only care about their pockets and not biofuel content

July 20, 2016 |

In New York state, a Reuters poll conducted June 28-July 5 of about 1,500 drivers shows that about half of drivers don’t know what ethanol is and about the same pay little or no attention to the fuel the use at the pump. About 93% of respondents said price was the main driver for choosing […]

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Investment in Polish biofuel industry constrained by surplus production capacity

Investment in Polish biofuel industry constrained by surplus production capacity

July 18, 2016 |

In Poland, the USDA estimates further investments in biofuels are unlikely as the market is currently oversupplied with production. Installed production capacity for ethanol is currently around 511,000 metric tons at 11 plants around the country, 80% of which is produced from corn. Only about 200,000 tons is produced at the moment, despite a 7.1% […]

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Nidera exits biofuel trading after rogue trader loses $188 million net

Nidera exits biofuel trading after rogue trader loses $188 million net

June 29, 2016 |

In the Netherlands, a rogue trader lost around $188 million net in biofuels trades over five years for COFCO-owned Nidera. The “severe” irregularities led to the first time in five years the company declared a loss. The trades resulting in overstating stocks, its forward book and led the company to a substantial debt position, which […]

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Swedish biofuel producer agrees 10-year offtake agreement for district heating

Swedish biofuel producer agrees 10-year offtake agreement for district heating

June 20, 2016 |

In Sweden, Södra Cell Mörrum has signed a 10-year agreement to supply residual heat from its biofuel production process to Karlshamn Energi for its district heating system that supplies more than 1,500 customers. The system was first started in the 1980s. Södra recently invested in a new evaporation plant, allowing it to boost its steam […]

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Ethiopia sets up state-owned company to develop biofuels, fossil fuels and mining

Ethiopia sets up state-owned company to develop biofuels, fossil fuels and mining

June 8, 2016 |

In Ethiopia, the government has set up a state-owned Mineral, Petroleum and Biofuel Corporation will the goal of establishing biofuel as well as fossil fuel and mining operations in the country. Currently, the vast majority of biofuels used in the country comes from molasses-based ethanol following failed attempts at jatropha and castor for biodiesel. Biofuels […]

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Biofuel distribution center set for Atlanta coming up against dark past

Biofuel distribution center set for Atlanta coming up against dark past

June 7, 2016 |

In Georgia, an energy company is trying to set up a biofuel distribution center in Atlanta but the lot it is trying to use is home to a former brickmaking facility notorious for its treatment of black convicts basically sold into slavery after the Emancipation Proclamation. The site of the former Chattahoochee Brick Company has […]

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IRENA says 2015 biofuels jobs fell 6%

IRENA says 2015 biofuels jobs fell 6%

June 7, 2016 |

In the UAE, the International Renewable Energy Agency has released its annual renewable jobs report, showing that bioenergy remains a key employer within the space on a global level with liquid biofuels accounting for 1.7 million, biomass 822,000 and biogas 382,000 jobs. But biofuel employment declined by 6% due to mechanization in some countries such […]

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Weed stems ripe for biofuel

Weed stems ripe for biofuel

June 1, 2016 |

In Australia, a weedy plant found on the roadside in northern Australia has stems ripe for biofuel production. Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls at the University of Adelaide have discovered that a variety of sorghum growing wild in Australia, Arun, has the potential to yield over 10,000 litres of bioethanol […]

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South Korean researchers develop method to produce biofuels from human waste

South Korean researchers develop method to produce biofuels from human waste

May 31, 2016 |

In South Korea, a brand new outdoor laboratory has been recently launched at UNIST and this is expected to convert human waste into renewable energy sources, and possible to a monetary value. The major research facilities of this pavillion include “Waterless Energy-producing Toilet System” and “Microbial Energy Production System”. The waterless toilet system, located on the […]

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