Tag: biofuels

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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India blocks biofuels exports now too

India blocks biofuels exports now too

August 29, 2018 |

In India, just days after the government restricted imports of biofuels, the Financial Express reports that biofuel exports have been restricted now as well and will only be allowed with a license. Biodiesel exports doubled this year to nearly $5.4 million compared to last year. Previously, biofuel policy hadn’t encouraged and in some cases discouraged […]

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Philippines may suspend biofuels mandates to keep oil companies from going to Euro 2

Philippines may suspend biofuels mandates to keep oil companies from going to Euro 2

August 22, 2018 |

In the Philippines, it appears the Department of Energy is open to throwing the biofuels industry under the bus instead of standing up to the oil industry who says that high biofuel costs and higher quality diesel standards are incompatible for their economics. The oil companies want to slide back to Euro 2 diesel standards […]

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Biofuels boosts Colorado’s alternative energy economy

Biofuels boosts Colorado’s alternative energy economy

August 11, 2018 |

In Colorado, the state really stands out when it comes to biofuels with 5,900 workers involved in making fuels from corn and biomass, according to a new report from the business group Advanced Energy Economy. The alternative energy sector employs 3.2 million people in the United States, including 62,800 people in Colorado, with most of […]

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Bermuda looks forward to 2035 with shift towards biofuels and natural gas

Bermuda looks forward to 2035 with shift towards biofuels and natural gas

August 9, 2018 |

In Bermuda, the government has released the National Fuels Plan that sets out 57% biofuel and natural gas consumption by 2035 in an attempt to shore up fuel security as well as reduce costly imports of fossil fuels and reduce negative impacts on the environment. The country also aims to reduce energy consumption by 20% […]

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EU project FASTCARD moves forward advanced biofuels research via two pathways

EU project FASTCARD moves forward advanced biofuels research via two pathways

August 7, 2018 |

In Norway, EU-funded FASTCARD project used two different routes to meet European commitments to the production of advanced biofuels. The first involved the ‘liquefaction’ of biomass and is the closest to competing economically with fossil fuels, while the second employed gasification of biomass, which can be economically challenging over the short-term. Research enabled the short- […]

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Croatia approves 0.1% advanced biofuels mandate

Croatia approves 0.1% advanced biofuels mandate

July 19, 2018 |

In Croatia, not to be left behind as the European Union moves towards advanced biofuel consumption, the government has approved a 0.1% blending mandate for second generation fuels but it could be shifted higher in 2019 depending on availability of supplies. The government also implemented the 7% cap on conventional biofuels in line with the […]

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