Tag: Germany

German rapeseed crop at risk of frost damage

German rapeseed crop at risk of frost damage

January 29, 2015 |

In Germany, the rapeseed crop is at risk of severe damage from frost after it was left weakened by insects following an EU ban on a common pesticide. The French and British crops suffered less damage and look to better survive any potential cold snaps. European rapeseed production is seen down 11% on the year […]

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Copa-Cogeca calling on EU member states to support biofuels

Copa-Cogeca calling on EU member states to support biofuels

January 29, 2015 |

In Germany, Copa-Cogeca is calling for EU agriculture ministers and MEPs to fight the European Commission for a higher use of crop-based biofuels following the extensive investment made into the fuels following the EU’s policy to demand 10% blending by 2020. The organization rejects the studies used to establish ILUC penalties, saying they’re based on […]

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BASF pulls out of acrylic acid research JV with Novozymes and Cargill

BASF pulls out of acrylic acid research JV with Novozymes and Cargill

January 29, 2015 |

In Germany, BASF is leaving Novozymes and Cargill to continue carrying on the R&D work they’ve done together on bio-based acrylic acid, saying it couldn’t reach the targets for commercializing the product. Novozymes and Cargill started the partnership in 2008 with BASF joining in 2012. The founding companies are now looking for a new partner […]

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FAO chief says time to move beyond food vs fuel to food and fuel

FAO chief says time to move beyond food vs fuel to food and fuel

January 21, 2015 |

In Germany, the Director General of the FAO says that the food vs fuel debate most move on to food and fuel, where biofuels are not good nor bad. Biofuels mandates should be flexible, he said, to ensure that food always comes first. Food prices supported by biofuels benefit rural farmers.

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Freudenberg-NOK study impact of biofuels on sealing materials

Freudenberg-NOK study impact of biofuels on sealing materials

January 13, 2015 |

In Germany, Freudenberg-NOK recently completed a series of studies on how ethanol, methanol, lubricants and biodiesel fuel-oil blends impact the molecular structure and performance of various elastomeric sealing materials. It has also collaborated with a major customer on analyzing how exhaust fuel-oil condensate affects vehicle seals. Information generated by this research is crucial to understanding […]

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Oil World sees EU’s 2015 rapeseed harvest down 15% due to bug infestation

Oil World sees EU’s 2015 rapeseed harvest down 15% due to bug infestation

January 12, 2015 |

In Germany, Oil World says the EU’s 2015 rapeseed crop could be as much as 15% smaller following a 2013 ban on a major pesticide that was said to harm bees, and therefore discontinued. The analysts estimate production could be as low as 20.5 million metric tons, down from a record 24 million tons in […]

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German Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein plants advocates for 7% iLUC base quantity in Europe

German Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein plants advocates for 7% iLUC base quantity in Europe

January 12, 2015 |

In Germany, the European biofuel economy should develop on the basis of a 7% “iLUC” base quantity, according to Wolfgang Vogel, the chairman of the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants. Vogel wrote to the members of the European parliament committees responsible for the European biofuel policy, stating that the security of […]

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Residual biomass process proven at KIT’s bioliq pilot plant in Germany

Residual biomass process proven at KIT’s bioliq pilot plant in Germany

December 22, 2014 |

In Germany, the bioliq pilot plant at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has launched successfully after EUR 64 million in investment. All of the plant’s stages, which produce synthetic fuels from residual biomass, have been successfully connected: flash pyrolysis, high-pressure entrained flow gasification, hot gas cleaning, and synthesis. As the bioliq process is based on […]

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German ethanol consumption down in September but E10 blending up on year

German ethanol consumption down in September but E10 blending up on year

November 27, 2014 |

In Germany, September consumption of ethanol for direct blending fell 3.2% on the month to 85,156 metric tons, down 3.8% on the year. As a result, the blending rate was just 5.2% compared to 5.5% in September, yet somehow E10 consumption was higher at 15.4%, compared to 14.9% in September 2013. Total consumption for E10 […]

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Audi launches synthetic fuels pilot plant in Dresden

Audi launches synthetic fuels pilot plant in Dresden

November 25, 2014 |

In Germany, Audi is active in the development of CO2-neutral, synthetic fuels. The latest project is a pilot plant in Dresden that produces diesel fuel from water, CO2 and green electricity. Audi and its project partners Climeworks and sunfire opened the plant last week. With this collaboration, Audi and its partners are demonstrating that industrialization […]

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