Tag: biofuels

South Korea to invest $8.7 million in virtual currency that would pay people to poop for biofuels

South Korea to invest $8.7 million in virtual currency that would pay people to poop for biofuels

March 9, 2017 |

In South Korea, the government will invest $8.7 million to develop a virtual currency that pays people the equivalent of 43 cents every time they use the new waterless toilet developed by the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology that turns human waste directly into biogas. Hope is that by 2020, the value of […]

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Neutral Fuels successfully uses dairy waste to produce biofuels

Neutral Fuels successfully uses dairy waste to produce biofuels

February 22, 2017 |

In the UAE, after two years of research into new and improved ways to create biofuels, Neutral Fuels has become the first company to successfully use butter, cream and ghee waste as a feedstock for creating commercial biofuel. Importantly, the new fuel is of the same high quality as the vegetable oil-derived biofuel that Neutral […]

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EU headed for imported oil dependency via backtrack on conventional biofuels

EU headed for imported oil dependency via backtrack on conventional biofuels

February 19, 2017 |

In the EU, Emmanuel Desplechin,  Secretary-General, ePure wrote in Politico Europe that “Europe needs more ambition if it wants to decarbonize transport. Europe needs a realistic mix of renewable energy solutions — including low-emission fuels such as sustainably produced and renewable European ethanol — if it wants to achieve its goal of decarbonizing EU transport.” Desplechin adds that “the […]

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Hawaiian islands on track for 100% renewables in part thanks to biofuels

Hawaiian islands on track for 100% renewables in part thanks to biofuels

February 16, 2017 |

In Hawaii, biofuels have a strong role to play in helping the islands achieve their 100% renewable energy goals, with Molokai aiming for 2020, Lanai for 2030 and Maui for 2040, ahead of the state’s 2045 target. Though the islands are integrating solar and wind power into the electrical supply, generators continue to provide a […]

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Vivergo Fuels highlights challenges for EU farmers without biofuels market

Vivergo Fuels highlights challenges for EU farmers without biofuels market

January 23, 2017 |

In the UK, Vivergo Fuels’ managing director published a passionate plea to European policymakers in Politico to take into consideration the impact on farmers should conventional biofuels be phased out. With expected increased competition from US and Canadian ethanol as a result of TTIP and CETA, he argues that farmers need policy support more than […]

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DOE jobs report says biofuels provides about 9% of energy jobs nationally

DOE jobs report says biofuels provides about 9% of energy jobs nationally

January 17, 2017 |

In Washington, the Department of Energy released its annual energy jobs report, showing corn ethanol employment represents about three percent of the nation’s Fuels workforce, accounting for 28,613 jobs while other ethanol and non-woody biomass including biodiesel equates to 23,088 jobs, another 2 percent of the Fuels workforce. Then woody biomass fuel for energy and […]

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Defense secretary nominee not clear if will support military biofuels

Defense secretary nominee not clear if will support military biofuels

January 17, 2017 |

In Washington, president-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for defense secretary, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, has not clarified whether he will support renewable fuels for the ships and aircraft even though he has in the past been a supporter of renewable energy for troops in combat zones. Trump has said that he is against policies that […]

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The Industrial Status of Biofuel Technologies

The Industrial Status of Biofuel Technologies

January 11, 2017 |

By Gerald Kutney, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest A myriad of biofuel technologies exist, but which ones are truly industrial processes? The question is not always easy to answer. And one must define what is meant by an industrial process. To facilitate this task, three classifications of industrial status are utilized: Established – […]

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Transport & Environment blasts EU for “stunning U-turn” crop-based biofuels

Transport & Environment blasts EU for “stunning U-turn” crop-based biofuels

January 10, 2017 |

In Belgium, Transport & Environment says food-based biofuels can still be counted towards the EU’s renewable energy target, the European Commission has proposed – in a stunning U-turn on its commitment to phase-out first-generation biofuels that are worse for the climate than fossil fuels. Member states will be able to use a maximum 3.8% share […]

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German biofuel consumption to increase in 2017 but challenges lie ahead

German biofuel consumption to increase in 2017 but challenges lie ahead

January 4, 2017 |

In Germany, biofuels are set to benefit from the country’s ‘climate protection rate’ that will raise to 4% in 2017 from 3.5% in 2016, meaning oil companies will have to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the fuels they sell by 4%. One such way to do so is to blend with ethanol or biodiesel. […]

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