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EU may support first generation biofuels after all

In Belgium, the European Commission’s draft guidelines for supports to renewable energy shows that member states can continue to provide subsidies to first generation biofuels. Text stipulating that aid could only go to second generation biofuels post-2020 has been dropped. The distinction between advanced biofuels and food-based biofuels has also been eliminated from the guidelines.

April 10, 2014 More

EU research project finds rapeseed cake reduces GHG emissions

In Spain, the EU-funded LIFE-SEED CAPITAL project has determined that using rapeseed cake as animal feed reduces both methane and carbon dioxide emissions by between 6% and 13% each. Including the animal cake also improves digestion in ruminants by increasing the amount of organic matter digested by up to 10% while reducing fermentation in the […]

March 25, 2014 More

EU-funded project looks to get power and polyphenols from olive waste

In Austria, the University of Technology in Vienna is leading the EU-funded Phenolive project that is gasifying waste from the olive industry in an attempt to get as much energy from it as possible in a small-enough scale that it’s viable for use on olive farms. But before the olive mush gets gasified, Phenobia Laboratory, […]

March 17, 2014 More

University of Limerick leads EU project to improve biomass processing

In Ireland, researchers at the University of Limerick are taking on the challenge to improve the viability of biomass processing. The UL team are part of a consortium involved in the €4 million project ‘CellulosomePlus’ involving nine private and public-sector partners. Dr Damien Thompson, Department of Physics leads the UL research team involved in this […]

March 12, 2014 More

Rapeseed cake use can cut methane and carbon dioxide emissions

In the EU, the use of rapeseed cake in the production of livestock feed cuts methane and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 13%, according to the initial results of the research carried out by Neiker-Tecnalia within the framework of the Life-Seed Capital Project. Specifically, the incorporation of this oilseed plant into animal food cuts […]

March 9, 2014 More

EU report shows biofuel driving demand for agricultural products overall

In Belgium, the European Commission has released a report saying that it expects biofuels demand to be a main driver for increased agricultural production across the board in the 28-member state block through 2023. Overall grain production is expected to increase by nearly 12 million metric tons during that period while meal production, a key […]

January 14, 2014 More

European Energy Research Alliance’s Joint Programme for Bioenergy taps Carrasco as new chief

In the EU, Juan Carrasco has been elected as the new Joint Programme Coordinator of the European Energy Research Alliance Joint Programme for Bioenergy.  From January 2014 onwards, Juan who is based at CIEMAT in Spain takes over from Kai Sipilä of VTT, Finland who has successfully led this Joint Programme since 2010. He will […]

January 13, 2014 More

Rabobank sees agriculture residues as key for EU’s energy targets

In the Netherlands, Rabobank expects agricultural waste in Europe to become a key feedstock for renewable energy because its extremely low price point will outweigh the practical challenges associated with using it. Using agricultural residues for co-firing with coal rather than more expensive forestry residues means the price savings could be used to offset risk […]

January 6, 2014 More

Special EU Biofuels Report: The Top 10 Stories of the Year, and More

The technology is there. Demand for alternative fuels, chemicals and materials is there. Feedstock is expensive. In so many of the signature developments announced around the world this year, there’s been an EU technology in the mix. Whether it is the host of EU technologies targeting Brazil, the US or China, there’s been a lot […]

December 26, 2013 More

European Investment Bank to loan €65M to Biochemtex

In the EU, the European Investment Bank is providing a €65M (USD$89M) loan to Biochemtex, an engineering subsidiary of the Mossi and Ghisolfi Group, for research to improve non-food biomass to biofuels and molecules including ethylene glycol (for PET production). The loans, directed toward the Piedmont and Puglia facilities, match half of Biochemtex’s investment of […]

December 16, 2013 More