Tag: Ireland

Ireland announces 10% biofuel blending from January 1, 2019

Ireland announces 10% biofuel blending from January 1, 2019

April 23, 2018 |

In Ireland, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, T.D., has published a draft order increasing the biofuel obligation rate to 10% (by volume) from 1 January 2019. The Minister also published a Policy Statement outlining the proposed future development of the Biofuels Obligation Scheme. The Policy Statement is intended to provide certainty […]

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Brews, bangers and biofuels – Ireland’s bioeconomy looking up

Brews, bangers and biofuels – Ireland’s bioeconomy looking up

March 18, 2018 |

With many people recovering from a weekend celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, we turn our attention to the land of saints and scholars, of legends and leprechauns…Éire, otherwise known as Ireland. It’s not just about Irish beer, though it sure is a part of why some celebrate St. Patrick’s Day these days. How can you […]

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Contact lenses with built-in biofuel cells

Contact lenses with built-in biofuel cells

March 6, 2018 |

In Ireland, researchers from the University of Limerick have modified nanoporous gold electrodes using lactate oxidase and bilirubin oxidase to create a flexible enzymatic biofuel cell (FEBC) that could provide autonomous power supply for wearable electronic devices. The research used commercially available contact lenses to embed the FEBC and tested the device with both artificial […]

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Irish biodiesel consumption rose in January and ethanol fell but blending still far from mandated levels

Irish biodiesel consumption rose in January and ethanol fell but blending still far from mandated levels

February 27, 2018 |

In Ireland, Platts reports that biodiesel consumption soared in January by more than a quarter to 12.85 million liters, outpacing fossil diesel consumption that only grew by little more than 8%. As a result, volumetric blending jumped to 4.88% from 4.16% during the same period last year. Ethanol consumption fell 7%, however, to 4.30 million […]

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Ethanol Europe releases report showing lack of advanced biofuels deployment

Ethanol Europe releases report showing lack of advanced biofuels deployment

February 8, 2018 |

In Ireland, Ethanol Europe released a report showing the relative failure of the advanced biofuels industry to launch in Europe, demonstrating that a reliance on advanced biofuels for the future decarbonization of European transport while leaving behind conventional biofuels already producing fuel with low greenhouse gas levels was a foolhardy move. ePure says that real […]

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Irish Bioeconomy Foundation receives EUR4.3 million grant for innovation and piloting facility

Irish Bioeconomy Foundation receives EUR4.3 million grant for innovation and piloting facility

January 1, 2018 |

In Ireland, Lisheen Task Force and the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation (IBF) welcomed the announcement by Minister Heather Humphreys of EUR4.3 million of financial support through Enterprise Irelands’ Regional Economic Development Fund for the establishment of a Bioeconomy innovation and piloting facility at Lisheen Co. Tipperary. The facility will enable industry, entrepreneurs and researchers to scale […]

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Ireland and France continue to hold up EU-Mercosur trade deal

Ireland and France continue to hold up EU-Mercosur trade deal

December 12, 2017 |

In Argentina, Reuters reports that Ireland and France continue to stand in the way between the European Union and Mercosur countries concluding a multilateral trade deal before the end of the year. European ethanol producers have complained about increased import quota, saying an increased quota in a stagnant market will push them out of business. […]

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Irish biodiesel consumption and blending rate fall from June but up on year

Irish biodiesel consumption and blending rate fall from June but up on year

August 31, 2017 |

In Ireland, biodiesel consumption fell by more than 10% in July to 15.54 million liters from its June consumption figure for a volumetric blending level of 5.79% but compared to July 2016, it was a nearly 48% increase when the blending rate was just 4.1%. The blending mandate is set to increase to 8.695% from […]

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Ireland to fully divest from fossil fuels over the next five years

Ireland to fully divest from fossil fuels over the next five years

January 31, 2017 |

In Ireland, the parliament has voted 90-53 to fully divest from fossil fuels, the first country to do so. The EUR8 billion Ireland Strategic Investment Fund must sell all of its investments in coal, gas and oil during the next five years. A member for County Claire has called on the government to focus on […]

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Ireland’s Bord na Móna taking heat over PKS feedstock

Ireland’s Bord na Móna taking heat over PKS feedstock

January 10, 2017 |

In Ireland, state-owned Bord na Móna is taking heat for using what is being called unsustainable palm kernel shells used for co-firing in its Edenderry, Co Offaly power station. In 2016, it purchased 36,000 metric tons of PKS, 75% of which comes from Indonesia, while total imports since 2010 reach around 150,000 tons. Currently about […]

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