Tag: biofuels

Knock on wood: why trade and brand will trump tech in the advanced bioeconomy

Knock on wood: why trade and brand will trump tech in the advanced bioeconomy

June 22, 2016 |

Adapted from remarks by Digest editor Jim Lane at the 2016 International Bioenergy Conference. Knock Knock Who’s there? Noah. Noah who? Noah good low carbon technology? Well, yes, you do. Lucky you. With all the uncertainty about the future of the world in the face of trade issues, immigration woes, energy and national security concerns, […]

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Leaked data on European palm oil use shows 45% goes towards biofuels

Leaked data on European palm oil use shows 45% goes towards biofuels

June 1, 2016 |

In Belgium, in 2014, 45% of all the palm oil used in Europe ended up in the tanks of cars and trucks, data from EU vegetable oil industry association Fediol and obtained by green group Transport & Environment has revealed. Europe’s use of palm oil in diesel increased six fold between 2010 and 2014. This explosion […]

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Where did biofuels technologies come from?

Where did biofuels technologies come from?

June 1, 2016 |

By Gerald Kutney. VP, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest In the modern world, fuels are often equated with fossil fuels: coal, oil and natural gas.  However, fossil fuels only came into their own during the 20th century. From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood and […]

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Competing With Sub $50 Oil: A Strategy for the Biofuels Industry

Competing With Sub $50 Oil: A Strategy for the Biofuels Industry

May 26, 2016 |

By Irshad Ahmed, Consultant with Lee Enterprises Consulting and Member of MITSBAA Entrepreneurs Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Special to The Digest If bioenergy represents a sustainable energy future for the planet, then why must it compete with oil prices to be deemed a feasible energy alternative for the society? The answer is simple: It […]

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Aviation execs push support of global carbon scheme for air transport

Aviation execs push support of global carbon scheme for air transport

May 15, 2016 |

In Canada, a High Level Meeting being convened by the International Civil Aviation Organization sector encouraged governments to progress their deliberations on a global carbon offsetting scheme for air transport. The ICAO discussions have been gathering pace since the UN specialised aviation agency agreed to the development of an economic mechanism at its Assembly in […]

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Cruz aims to declaw energy security hawks with appropriations amendment

Cruz aims to declaw energy security hawks with appropriations amendment

May 12, 2016 |

In Washington, news arrived from Advanced Biofuels USA that the “Defense Department Budget put together by Republican leadership would stop the US Navy from buying biofuels for the Fleet. This would end the “Great Green Fleet” and related projected that Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has heroically pushed despite great opposition.” The Def Con […]

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D-Day: DOE offers $90M for advanced biofuels pilots and demonstrations, starting June 6

D-Day: DOE offers $90M for advanced biofuels pilots and demonstrations, starting June 6

May 9, 2016 |

In Washington, the US Energy Department is making $90 million in project funding available, focused on designing, constructing and operating integrated biorefinery facilities. Project Development for Pilot and Demonstration Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower is a funding opportunity meant to assist in the construction of bioenergy infrastructure to integrate cutting-edge pretreatment, process, and […]

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Biofuels driving emissions cuts thru 2030, says Lux: but which feedstocks?

Biofuels driving emissions cuts thru 2030, says Lux: but which feedstocks?

April 26, 2016 |

Lux Research projects that the emergence of low-carbon fuels and vehicle efficiency will cut emissions by 29% in 2030 compared to a business as usual scenario, with biofuels and natural gas vehicles together accounting for 45% of potential fossil fuel displacement as nations look for new technologies to cut emissions. The sharp cut – exceeding […]

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EU biofuels: A lost opportunity?

EU biofuels: A lost opportunity?

April 20, 2016 |

By Dick Roche, former Irish Minister for Environment and EU Affairs Special to The Digest When the EU Commission produced its 2012 proposal to cap at 5% the contribution crop-based biofuels can make under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the logic of the Commission’s position was widely questioned. Critics, including this writer, challenged the extraordinary […]

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Nigeria issues call for strategic biofuels investors to implement projects

Nigeria issues call for strategic biofuels investors to implement projects

April 6, 2016 |

In Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has launched a call for strategic investors to fund and operate a variety of biofuels projects it has developed under the automotive biofuels industry program. One such project includes a sugarcane ethanol facility with at least 50,000 ha for cane already secured. The projects, which would be […]

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