Tag: feedstock

Irish agriculture minister cautious about biogas plans due to seasonality of feedstock

Irish agriculture minister cautious about biogas plans due to seasonality of feedstock

June 25, 2019 |

In Ireland, Agriland reports that the country’s agriculture minister is taking a wait-and-see attitude towards the development of a biogas industry to fuel public transport in major cities like Dublin, saying that the level of subsidy required to get production off the ground and to commercial scale might not be the best use of funds. […]

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EU researchers developing small-scale biofuel facility using forest waste feedstock

EU researchers developing small-scale biofuel facility using forest waste feedstock

November 6, 2018 |

In Germany, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microengineering and Microsystems IMM, working together with twelve research groups from seven countries in the EU project BIOGO, have developed a technique to produce just such an eco-friendly biofuel. The novel fuel’s ingredients come from forests. A prototype novel biofuel plant stands in the courtyard behind the […]

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EU offers farmers support after drought affects production

EU offers farmers support after drought affects production

August 5, 2018 |

In Belgium, the European Commission announced help for farmers dealing with European drought conditions that is affecting crop production and animal feed. First, “farmers will be able to receive up to 70% of their direct payment and 85% of payments under rural development as of mid-October,” instead of December in order to help farmers’ cash […]

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India will only allow grain unfit for human consumption for biofuel feedstock

India will only allow grain unfit for human consumption for biofuel feedstock

July 25, 2018 |

In India, the oil minister assured the parliament that only grains unfit for human consumption would be allowed on a conditional basis to be used as feedstock for ethanol production in an attempt to quell concerns that deregulation of feedstock allowing grains would potentially negatively impact food security. He said the policy deregulation was to […]

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What Price Biomass? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Feedstock supply forecasting

What Price Biomass? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Feedstock supply forecasting

August 9, 2017 |

How much biomass is there? What types, prices, when will they be available, and produced by whom, and how? These are questions that the US Department of Energy undertook to answer, to address a program-wide need for information on feedstock supplies (quantity, cost, quality). At the DOE’s Project Peer Review 2017, science team leader Matt Langholtz […]

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What’s My Feedstock Worth? A primer for measuring bio-value

What’s My Feedstock Worth? A primer for measuring bio-value

June 5, 2017 |

What’s it worth? It’s the cry of a thousand fortune-hunters combing garage sales and close-out auctions this spring. Whether you are owner or seller, you need to know the underlying value of a feedstock in the advanced bioeconomy — and that is not the same thing as its current market price. In fact, what makes […]

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UN report shows Zambia has potential for viable biofuel industry but needs support

UN report shows Zambia has potential for viable biofuel industry but needs support

April 17, 2017 |

In Zambia, the United Nations University has published a paper reviewing the status of the biofuels industry, as a land-abundant country, for the local and wider Southern African market. It identifies potential biofuel feedstocks as crucial elements for establishing a viable industry. Identified potential bioethanol feedstocks include sugarcane, cassava, sweet sorghum, and maize; for biodiesel, […]

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China’s push to corn-based bioeconomy slow despite surplus feedstock

China’s push to corn-based bioeconomy slow despite surplus feedstock

March 9, 2017 |

In China, despite the central government’s efforts to boost consumption of its spoiled corn stocks for use in bioplastics and ethanol among other industrial uses, demand for these cheap inventories have not picked up nor have the industries grown significantly as a result of feedstock availability. Now it will be pressured further by farmers who […]

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Nearly all of Australia’s canola exports seen headed to EU for biofuel feedstock

Nearly all of Australia’s canola exports seen headed to EU for biofuel feedstock

January 31, 2017 |

In Australia, Lachstock Consulting says 2.36 million metric tons of the 2.87 million tons of canola the country is expected to export this year is likely to go to the European Union for use as biofuel feedstock due to lack of GM crops. Japan and China will also import insignificant volumes for human and animal […]

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India pushing for UCO but policy needed to support more feedstock supplies

India pushing for UCO but policy needed to support more feedstock supplies

October 17, 2016 |

In India, oil marketing companies plan to buy a total of 20 million liters of UCO biodiesel to begin blending as first steps towards eventual 5% blending in 2020. To achieve a 5% blend would require 6.75 billion liters of biodiesel annually. Currently, as much as 20% of domestic biodiesel production is from UCO but […]

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