In California, researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing the amount of enzymes needed to breakdown the raw materials that form biofuels.
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 […]
In Belgium, the European Parliament’s environmental committee voted to cap first generation biofuels at 6%, lower than the 7% sought by member states and 8% sought by the biofuels industry. Rather than waiting for a parliamentary vote, the committee agreed to move forward with negotiations the European Commission.
In Sweden, the World Bioenergy Association released a factsheet ‘Advanced Biofuels’ – the seventh in the series of publications. This succeeds the release of the summary of oil price drop survey conducted by WBA to understand the effects of oil price drop on bioenergy industry. The WBA factsheet aims to provide better understanding of the […]
In Belgium, without the deployment of renewable energy since 2005, greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 could have been 7% higher than actual emissions, according to the European Environmental Agency report ‘Renewable energy in Europe – approximated recent growth and knock-on effects’. The renewable heating and cooling market sector contributed most towards overall renewable energy in […]
In Spain, biofuel consumption in 2014 rose 6.6% on the year to 1.16 million metric tons, but that’s far from the record 2.46 million tons consumed in 2012. Demand increased due to an uptick in road transport as well as traders seeking to hoard sustainability certificates ahead of the country finally implementing the Renewable Energy […]
In Michigan, nearly all of the studies used to promote biofuels as climate-friendly alternatives to petroleum fuels are flawed and need to be redone, according to a University of Michigan researcher who reviewed more than 100 papers published over more than two decades. Once the erroneous methodology is corrected, the results will likely show that […]
In South Africa, the South African Institute of International Affairs has released a new study saying that the Southern African Development Community has significant opportunity to produce and supply ethanol and biodiesel for the 15-member region but that a lack of regional policy infrastructure supporting biofuels have inhibited investment and consumption.
In Germany, Copa-Cogeca is calling for EU agriculture ministers and MEPs to fight the European Commission for a higher use of crop-based biofuels following the extensive investment made into the fuels following the EU’s policy to demand 10% blending by 2020. The organization rejects the studies used to establish ILUC penalties, saying they’re based on […]
In Washington, Tim Searchinger is yet again hitting out at biofuels, calling for policies supporting them to be phased out. His new report from the World Resources Institute says that biofuels would require all of the crops grown today to provide the biofuels needed for 2050. He says solar is a better energy source because […]