Tag: biofuel

IFAD to fund Karnataka biofuel program with $50 million soft loan

IFAD to fund Karnataka biofuel program with $50 million soft loan

August 20, 2015 |

In India, the International Fund for Agricultural Development will lend the Karnataka government $50 million at 1% interest to further develop its biofuel program. The financing that will be paid back over 50 years will go to feedstock development as well as biofuel processing. Currently, 33 biofuel centers across the state have been set up […]

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India opens public comment period for new more open biofuels policy

India opens public comment period for new more open biofuels policy

August 19, 2015 |

In India, the ministry of new and renewable energy is seeking public comments on the proposed changes to the national biofuel policy. The comment period is open until September 20 and feedback can be sent to [email protected] At the moment, the policy requires oil marketing companies to distribute, store and market biofuels but the new […]

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South Africa revamps biofuels policy in wake of low oil prices

South Africa revamps biofuels policy in wake of low oil prices

August 13, 2015 |

In South Africa, the government has had to adjust its biofuel subsidy plans in light of lower oil prices. The new subsidy plan will now be on a competitive bidding basis, not far from the mechanism for contracting solar power, a move that local project developers are concerned may not work. The idea of a […]

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Progress made at ISO on solid biofuels standards

Progress made at ISO on solid biofuels standards

August 5, 2015 |

In the UK, substantial progress was made at the seventh formal international meeting of ISO Technical Committee 238 (TC238), Solid Biofuels, held recently in York, England, where attendees gave special attention to a series of solid biofuel test standards and related topics. Significant time was also devoted to discussions on a classification standard for thermally […]

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Europe’s 2014 biofuels consumption up more than 6%

Europe’s 2014 biofuels consumption up more than 6%

August 4, 2015 |

In Belgium, European biofuels consumption increased more than 6% in 2014, reversing the negative consumption trend seen in 2013, at 12.5 million metric tons oil equivalent. Ethanol consumption remained fairly flat while the increased in consumption came almost entirely from biodiesel. More than 89% of the biofuels consumed for transport were certified sustainable, accounting for […]

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UK´s first commercial algae farm to be set up off Scottish coast

UK´s first commercial algae farm to be set up off Scottish coast

August 3, 2015 |

In the UK, the country´s first commercial seaweed farm will be set up off the Scottish coast neary Argyll in hopes of supplying a future biofuel industry. The one hectare farm will produce up to 24 metric tons of seaweed annually and will first be used as a demonstration site. Brown and red varieties of […]

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UC Santa Cruz students look to crowdfunding to boost biofuels from MSW

UC Santa Cruz students look to crowdfunding to boost biofuels from MSW

July 23, 2015 |

In California, students at the University of California Santa Cruz are crowdfunding their summer research project that is looking to boost biofuel yields through manipulation and use of organisms to break down cellulose from MSW in hopes of making production more economically viable. Funds will also go towards sharing the results at an international synthetic […]

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Amylases biofuels enzymes market seen strengthening but policy a barrier

Amylases biofuels enzymes market seen strengthening but policy a barrier

July 22, 2015 |

In New York state, increasing demand for renewable energy source is expected to drive the demand for amylases biofuel enzymes market within the forecast period. Additionally, rising cost of fossil fuels is anticipated to augment the demand for amylases biofuels enzymes market. However, the machinery required to farm the plants for producing biofuels emit high […]

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Hawaii governor vetoes bill aiming to change biofuel tax credit

Hawaii governor vetoes bill aiming to change biofuel tax credit

July 15, 2015 |

In Hawaii, the governor has vetoed a bill meant to change the biofuel tax credit to only be applied for fuels produced in the state, as expected. The governor says the law would go against the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution and likely be open for a legal challenge. The bill also has […]

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Nebraska ethanol board sees biofuels as way to tackle pollution and ozone

Nebraska ethanol board sees biofuels as way to tackle pollution and ozone

July 9, 2015 |

In Nebraska, the state’s ethanol board is working with cities across the region to use agriculture and biofuels to make EPA’s proposed Ozone regulations more workable, such as using higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel. By taking these small steps with renewable fuels, the board believes that there can be a significant impact on ozone […]

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