Tag: biofuel

University of Michigan study says biofuel worse than fossil fuels while Growth Energy hits back

University of Michigan study says biofuel worse than fossil fuels while Growth Energy hits back

August 25, 2016 |

In Michigan, new study from University of Michigan researchers challenges the widely held assumption that biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are inherently carbon neutral. Contrary to popular belief, the heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas emitted when biofuels are burned is not fully balanced by the CO2 uptake that occurs as the plants grow, according to […]

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Kuwait negotiating with lenders for $5.6 billion biofuel complex

Kuwait negotiating with lenders for $5.6 billion biofuel complex

August 22, 2016 |

In Kuwait, the country’s national petroleum agency is negotiating with agencies in Korea, Japan, Britain, Holland, and Italy as well as 20 international banks to fund a $5.6 billion biofuel plant. Between three and five banks will be the ultimate lenders for the project that should be online by the end of 2018. Spanish company […]

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HECO and the Army break ground on $167-million Hawaiian biofuel-powered plant

HECO and the Army break ground on $167-million Hawaiian biofuel-powered plant

August 22, 2016 |

In Hawaii, the state’s electric company HECO and the Army held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for a $167 million biofuel-powered plant at the Army’s Schofield Barracks on Oahu. The facility is being sited in an area that is the safest on the island away from potential tsunami threats and storm surges. It will be supplied […]

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Texas A&M to hold practical short course on biofuel facility plant operations

Texas A&M to hold practical short course on biofuel facility plant operations

August 22, 2016 |

In Texas, the Process Engineering R&D Center, a part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station at Texas A&M, is offering a short course, entitled “Practical Short Course on Plant Operations and Process Engineering for Solvent and Biofuel Facilities,” Oct. 16-19 at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. The course objectives are to receive comprehensive […]

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Nigeria to invest in biofuel R&D center

Nigeria to invest in biofuel R&D center

August 17, 2016 |

In Nigeria, the Petroleum Technology Development fund will set up a national coordination center for biofuel R&D at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic studies in Kaduna and has called on the national petroleum industry to provide support and funding to getting biofuel production to commercial scale in the country. One of the fund’s […]

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India’s biofuel industry to get a big push with $2.25 billion in investment by 2020

India’s biofuel industry to get a big push with $2.25 billion in investment by 2020

August 10, 2016 |

In India, the biofuels industry is set to invest $2.25 billion in new projects over the next few years to build up the industry’s value towards $7.5 billion by 2022 thanks to the new policies coming into place that will boost production of cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel. A subsidiary of Bharat Petroleum Corporation announced it […]

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20 Latin American countries pitch for biofuels

20 Latin American countries pitch for biofuels

August 8, 2016 |

In El Salvador, 20 Latin American countries have promised to promote biofuel production and use, with the support of development finance institutions. The region has a wide variety of possible feedstocks available from sugarcane and palm oil to corn and soy. Between increasing petroleum scarcity, the future return of high oil prices and negative impacts […]

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UK biofuel consumption fell 9% during 2015/16

UK biofuel consumption fell 9% during 2015/16

August 8, 2016 |

In the UK, biofuel consumption fell 9% during 2015/16 to 1.522 billion liters with 52% coming from ethanol while 46% was made up of biodiesel, including FAME (fatty acid methyl esters), HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oils) and off-road biodiesel and the rest comprising biogas and biomethanol. Biodiesel consumption reached only 3% blending, compared to the 4.5% […]

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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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