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Category: Government

Coimbatore municipal corporation to install first waste to energy plant

In India, the city municipal corporation for Coimbatore has selected a private firm based in Pune to set up a bio methanation plant with a capacity to process 5 tonnes of vegetable and other organic waste. The plant will use the resulting biogas for use by local community kitchens and to power street lights. According […]

November 27, 2013 More

Harper Government Invests $12 million in anaerobic treatment of mill effluent streams

In Canada, the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development announced $12 million in funding to go to AV Cell Inc. in Atholville, New Brunswick, for capital upgrades to treat two mill effluent streams using an anaerobic process. This form of effluent treatment will allow the mill to produce more renewable energy […]

November 27, 2013 More

UK and India collaborate in sustainable bioenergy research

In the United Kingdom and India, Sir Mark Walport, the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, has announced funding towards sustainable fuels during a visit to India. Over £4M of UK funding, with matched resource from India, has been awarded to four research projects. The University of Nottingham and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology […]

November 20, 2013 More

EC funds OSIRYS to develop biocomposites for interior partitions and facades

In the United Kingdom, NetComposites reports it is now a partner of the OSIRYS consortium, comprised of seventeen other partners across Europe. Funding is being supplied by the EC’s Seventh Framework Programme. OSIRYS is a four year projected focusing on developing solutions to current emissions issues in the construction industry. The consortium will look to […]

November 20, 2013 More

Spain bans import of Argentinean biodiesel

In Argentina, the Buenos Aires Herald is reporting that Spain has banned Argentinean biodiesel from entering the country. The article quotes a CARBIO statement: “We are facing a new non-tariff barrier that excludes Argentine companies from selling in Europe’s leading biodiesel market.” The article reports that annual Argentinean biodiesel sales amount to $800 million.

November 13, 2013 More

BIO commends the Equity Capital Formation Task Force

In Washington, BIO applauded members of the Equity Capital Formation Task Force for their report designed to stimulate investment and growth in small public companies. The Task Force was formed by professionals from across America’s start-up and small-cap company ecosystem in order to examine the challenges that growing issuers face on the market. “From the […]

November 13, 2013 More

Agriculture Energy Coalition praises House and Senate members

In Washington, the Agriculture Energy Coalition praised key House and Senate members for their letters of support for the Farm Bill’s Energy Title. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), Representatives Dave Loebsack (D-2-IA) and Aaron Schock (R-18-IL), and more than 40 bipartisan House and Senate members this week sent “Dear Colleague” letters to […]

November 6, 2013 More

Butamax meets with OMB to discuss the RFS

In Delaware, Butamax Advanced Biofuels announced that it met with officials of the Office of Management and Budget to discuss the EPA’s 2014 RVO targets. At that meeting Butamax informed OMB, EPA and other agency officials in attendance that it would submit documentation detailing how the RFS is working successfully. That document was submitted to […]

November 6, 2013 More

CAR awarded federal grant to study automotive bio-based materials cluster in Michigan

In Michigan, the Center for Automotive Research, recieved a $1,471,800 grant, to be shared amongst CAR and its partners, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board, and National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, collectively known as the “Biotech Partnership.”  “Our project, Building Capacity and Capability in the Bio-Based Materials Manufacturing Sector, will build […]

October 30, 2013 More

Unnamed sources report that Malaysia will be increasing biodiesel blend to 7%

In Malaysia, the government is planning to increase the palm oil biodiesel blend to 7%, up from 5%.  In an article published by Malaysian Insider, an unnamed Malaysian Biodiesel Association official is quoted, “So far the direction from the ministry is quite clear. We’re really moving to B7.” A government official, also unnamed, told the […]

October 30, 2013 More