Tag: biofuels

Danish researchers modifying bacteria to produce biofuels from CO2

Danish researchers modifying bacteria to produce biofuels from CO2

May 25, 2015 |

In Denmark, researchers at the University of Southern Denmark are developing a bacteria that can eat surplus electricity produced from solar and wind or other renewable energy sources to convert CO2 into biomaterials and biofuels. Currently the bacteria can only turn CO2 into methane and acetate but the researchers believe with some small genetic mutations […]

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Voices from Europe, on Europe and renewable fuels

Voices from Europe, on Europe and renewable fuels

May 25, 2015 |

The EU is changing its ambitions on biofuels — some say, “with every passing fad”, others say that EU biofuels have “not met the sustainability goals many hoped for it.” Why use biofuels at all, in terms of carbon goals? How does the European renewable fuels industry look at itself? Too focused on survival instead […]

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IRENA 2015 jobs report shows 1.78 million jobs in liquid biofuels

IRENA 2015 jobs report shows 1.78 million jobs in liquid biofuels

May 20, 2015 |

In the UAE, the International Renewable Energy Agency reported in its annual survey of renewable energy jobs that a total of 7.7 million people worldwide were employed by the renewable energy industry in 2014, including 822,000 jobs in biomass, 381,000 jobs in biogas, and 1.788 million in liquid biofuels.

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UK farmers union wants transport dept. to push for more biofuels

UK farmers union wants transport dept. to push for more biofuels

April 30, 2015 |

In the UK, in light of recent EU legislation changes affecting biofuel production, the NFU is urging the Department for Transport to raise the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation to restore confidence in markets for farmers and processors and meet the country’s current EU biofuel target. The cap on the volume of crops allowed to be […]

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Global renewable investments up 17% in 2014 but biofuels investments fall 8%

Global renewable investments up 17% in 2014 but biofuels investments fall 8%

April 9, 2015 |

In Germany, global investments in renewable energy rebounded strongly last year, registering a solid 17% increase to $270 billion in 2014 after two years of declines and brushing aside the challenge from sharply lower crude oil prices. According to UNEP’s 9th annual Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015, prepared by the Frankfurt School –UNEP […]

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Biofuels must be sustainability certified to receive South African Climate Bond funds

Biofuels must be sustainability certified to receive South African Climate Bond funds

March 19, 2015 |

In South Africa, the Bioenergy Technical Working Group has proposed a set of criteria that would include bioenergy and biofuel projects under the Climate Bonds Standard including environmental criteria such as a minimum of 60% GHG emissions reductions. Projects must be certified under at least one of the following: Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), Round […]

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European Commission to support alternative fuels via Energy Union plan

European Commission to support alternative fuels via Energy Union plan

February 26, 2015 |

In Belgium, the European Commission is looking to again support biofuels from 2017 when it presents an action plan for alternative fuels as part of legislation supporting the new Energy Union plan announced on Wednesday. Legislative proposals supporting the new policy should be unveiled throughout 2016 and 2017. Electric vehicles are expected to play a […]

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Why Tim Searchinger Is Dead Wrong About Biofuels and Land Use

Why Tim Searchinger Is Dead Wrong About Biofuels and Land Use

February 18, 2015 |

By Brent Erickson, executive vice-president, the Biotechnology Industry Organization; head, Industrial & Environmental Section The World Resources Institute (WRI) recently issued a new working paper, authored by Tim Searchinger and Ralph Heimlich, resurrecting a previously discredited attack on the carbon neutrality of biomass feedstocks. Ironically the working paper makes plain the fallacies behind this attack […]

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“The ONLY introductory book to cover solid, liquid and gaseous bioenergy.”

“The ONLY introductory book to cover solid, liquid and gaseous bioenergy.”

January 28, 2015 |

If you remember the old Hammacher-Schlemmer Christmas catalogues, they were filled with pages and pages of The ONLY this, the ONLY that, and the BEST that. But sometimes, along comes a product that’s worth the hype — and we’re told by the Digesterati that’s here’s one. “Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels” “Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels” by […]

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Southeast to get its own biofuels testing lab

Southeast to get its own biofuels testing lab

January 14, 2015 |

In North Carolina, the Enka campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is set to host the Southeast’s first biofuels testing lab, allowing local producers to have their batches tested quicker, easier and cheaper than having to send them to Iowa or Oregon for testing. The facility was partly funded by grants from A-B Tech and […]

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