Tag: biofuels

Breeding sorghum in South Africa could be breakthrough for biofuels

Breeding sorghum in South Africa could be breakthrough for biofuels

January 1, 2019 |

In South Africa, a breakthrough by the African Centre for Crop Improvement in the breeding of sorghum could have far-reaching implications for the biofuel and bioplastic industries in South Africa. With funding from Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), which is based in South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), Laing has been working on how […]

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Bloomberg heads to Iowa to promote biofuels ahead of potential presidential bid

Bloomberg heads to Iowa to promote biofuels ahead of potential presidential bid

December 6, 2018 |

In Iowa, the New York Post reports that the former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was touring the state as part of a potential plan to launch a presidential bid as a Democrat. Bloomberg had previously criticized the use of corn for ethanol as bad energy policy but has since changed his tune, saying […]

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Norwegian researchers find producing aviation biofuels domestically good and less good

Norwegian researchers find producing aviation biofuels domestically good and less good

November 19, 2018 |

In Norway, two researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Industrial Ecology Program decided to look at how producing aviation biofuels in Norway would affect the climate and other environmental aspects identified by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. These goals have been developed to guide the world’s transition to […]

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More than meets the eye – Carbon efficiency isn’t the whole story for biofuels

More than meets the eye – Carbon efficiency isn’t the whole story for biofuels

October 21, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, a study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center compared two processes for producing biofuels from corn stover: biological conversion to ethanol (BCE) and catalytic conversion to alkenes (CCA) and found that carbon efficiency isn’t the only factor for determining promising strategies for the production of […]

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Report shows biofuels key to zero emissions by 2030 for marine sector

Report shows biofuels key to zero emissions by 2030 for marine sector

October 15, 2018 |

In the UK, a recent report by Lloyd’s Register and UMAS, ‘Zero Emission Vessels 2030’, aimed to assess the viability of these low/zero-emission fuels and technologies through the economic lens (i.e. profitability). The report looks at five ship types and several ship sizes, in three different scenarios. It shows that costs at the ‘ship level’ […]

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Uttar Pradesh greenlights six biofuels projects worth $230 million

Uttar Pradesh greenlights six biofuels projects worth $230 million

October 4, 2018 |

In India, the Business Standard reports that Uttar Pradesh government has approved six proposals for commercial scale biofuel investments worth a total of $230 million, including SunLight Fuels’ $210 million project to produce 175,000 liters per day of drop-in fuel from sugarcane bagasse. An unnamed Dutch company will provide the technology while the bagasse will […]

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Australian researchers manipulate plant walls in hopes of easing biofuel production

Australian researchers manipulate plant walls in hopes of easing biofuel production

October 3, 2018 |

In Australia, researchers from the University of Melbourne show how plant walls could be manipulated in the future to change the way we produce biofuels, bioplastics and other biomaterials. In particular, understanding how to control the production of flexible primary walls, which support cell growth, has been an important goal for biologists. The sugar-based polymers […]

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UFOP position paper says time is now for biofuels

UFOP position paper says time is now for biofuels

September 24, 2018 |

In Germany, UFOP published a position paper intended to appeal to decision-makers in politics, business and science on why biofuels can and should play a role in climate protection goals, especially with discussion about food vs. fuel and iLUC capping limits for conventional biofuels. “With regard to climate protection goals, the paper aims at showing […]

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Biofuel use being considered in bunkering sector as IMO 2020 standards near

Biofuel use being considered in bunkering sector as IMO 2020 standards near

September 22, 2018 |

In the United Kingdom, S&P Global Platts reports that some market participants have been promoting the blending of biofuels as a way of reducing emissions in preparation for the International Maritime Organization’s tighter sulfur emission standards, but actual uptake is slow. Installing scrubbers to collect excess sulfur from traditional marine fuel is one way to […]

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UK ferry companies pushes green strategy including shift to biofuels

UK ferry companies pushes green strategy including shift to biofuels

September 17, 2018 |

In the UK, ‘Red Goes Green’ is the name given to Red Funnel’s new long-term Environmental Strategy announced Monday. It seeks to showcase the environmental successes of recent years and highlight a wide range of new green initiatives, including measures to change consumer behavior in line with the company’s commitment to operate in an environmentally […]

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