In Tennessee, A UT-ORNL is using supercomputing to figure out ways to ease the path of turning vegetation into biofuel. A huge barrier in converting plant polymers to biofuel lies in removing other biomass polymers that subvert this chemical process. To overcome this hurdle, large-scale computational simulations are picking apart lignin, one of those inhibiting polymers, and […]
In Brazil, Petrobras announced it will refocus its energies on the production of oil products and divest other industries where it participates including biofuels, if the market shows interest to buy its assets. The company owns significant minority shareholding in sugarcane ethanol plants with France’s Tereos International, run locally as Guarani. Petrobras has been reeling […]
By Lorenz Bauer and Gerald Kutney, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest The concept of early stage, breakthrough technologies is a bit of an oxymoron: at an early stage how do you determine if it is a breakthrough technology? The only way is for experts to give their opinion, and, usually, they are wrong, […]
This week, we conducted a webinar on Biorenewables Megatrends with NEXANT principal Ron Cascone, who gave these incisive slides on the state of commercialization in fuels, chemicals, biomaterials and nutrition.
In Australia, Queensland’s future as the biofuel hub for the Asia-Pacific has further been advanced with the signing of a high-level agreement between the Palaszczuk Government and the United States Navy. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and United States Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy for Management Thomas Hicks today signed a Statement of Cooperation as part […]
By Wayne Lee, CEO, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest As the CEO of the world’s largest bioenergy consulting group, I am fortunate to have a unique opportunity to view alternative fuels projects from many different perspectives. Within our group, now numbering over 75 experts, I find that each member has his or her […]
In Pennsylvania, proposed ASTM standard will provide a means to test and evaluate alternate fuel sources, such as biofuels, for metals. The proposed standard (WK54683 Test Method for Determination of Metals in Biofuels by Microwave Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (MPAES)) is being developed by Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants. The standard […]
In Belgium, biofuels remain the likely lynchpin to reducing aviation carbon emissions as efficiency in design reducing fuel consumption can’t outpace the increase in air traffic. When the International Civil Aviation Organization meetings in late September to finalize an agreement on the creation of a global market-based mechanism to offset CO2 emissions from international flights, […]
A Digest reader writes: I’m looking to summarize the changes over the last 2-3 years in the biofuels market. Are you aware of any articles or summaries on this topic? It’s a good question without a ready resource to point to. So, here’s our summary of the Top 10 Trends in Biofuels.
In Finland, the country’s economic affairs minister and former European Commissioner Olli Rehn says that liquid biofuels for transport and especially second-generation biofuels are vital in order to achieve the country’s energy and environmental goals for 2030. They are seen as a main way to cut vehicle emissions in line with the aim to end […]