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Biofuels Nigeria Ltd. signs deal for $16.5 million biodiesel plant in Kogi state

Biofuels Nigeria Ltd. signs deal for $16.5 million biodiesel plant in Kogi state

February 20, 2017 |

In Nigeria, Biofuels Nigeria Ltd. has signed an agreement with Kogi state for the offtake of a proposed $16.5 million 100,000 liter per day biodiesel plant. The company has been producing biodiesel from used cooking oil for more than a decade and has been working to develop biodiesel from jatropha. The government’s strategy to push […]

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Borregaard invests $70.7M in bioethanol plant upgrade

Borregaard invests $70.7M in bioethanol plant upgrade

September 16, 2016 |

In Norway, Borregaard is going to install modern production technology at a bioethanol plant and construct a facility to capture and store biogas. This will create sufficient capacity to deliver the whole production as 100% water-free bioethanol. The demand for bioethanol in automotive fuel is increasing. The new installation will also make it possible to […]

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EU Contest for Young Scientists: BBI JU awards bioeconomy non-food prize

EU Contest for Young Scientists: BBI JU awards bioeconomy non-food prize

September 16, 2016 |

The European Union organizes every year the EUCYS Prize, which has been set up to promote the ideals of co-operation and interchange between young scientists. It serves as an annual showcase of the best of European student scientific achievement and gives students the opportunity to compete with the brightest of their contemporaries at European level. […]

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Wilson Bio-Chemical debuts pilot plant for fuels, chemicals from MSW

Wilson Bio-Chemical debuts pilot plant for fuels, chemicals from MSW

September 16, 2016 |

In the UK, Wilson Bio-Chemical has opened its Micro Autoclave Fiber Production Plant for turning MSW into biomass fiber that can be converted into a range of products, such as butanol, hydrogen, acetone and ethanol. The facility has been developed with the help of the University of York’s subsidiary, the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), and […]

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Pita Pit choose Vegware eco packaging to break into UK market

Pita Pit choose Vegware eco packaging to break into UK market

September 16, 2016 |

As Pita Pit serves fresh Mediterranean inspired pitas with sustainably sourced ingredients, the company wants food packaging that echoes their eco-friendly ethos. With 600+ stores worldwide, the company has been expanding in the UK since 2013. In all their British stores, Pita Pit has been using a customized range of compostable Vegware packaging. Apart from […]

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Dutch gov’t backs project for power, heat from ‘shroom waste

Dutch gov’t backs project for power, heat from ‘shroom waste

September 16, 2016 |

In the Netherlands, mushroom-grower Gemert (CKG) has opened a plant that turns its organic waste, derived from growing mushrooms, into compost and heat. The name of the plant is Upcycling Gemert. CKG produces five million kilo mushrooms each year, and this creates a lot of organic waste that consists for 60-70% out of water. This […]

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Seven-figure grant for Finnish researcher producing carbon fiber from wood

Seven-figure grant for Finnish researcher producing carbon fiber from wood

September 16, 2016 |

Michael Hummel, postdoctoral researcher at the Aalto University in Finland, has been awarded a €1.5 million ($1.68 million) starting grant by the European Research Council (ERC). The funding is allocated to a five-year project aiming at the manufacturing of high-quality carbon fibers from wood. “We can produce hybrid fibers composed of cellulose and lignin as […]

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Toyobo, Avantium partner on PEF polymerization and PEF films

Toyobo, Avantium partner on PEF polymerization and PEF films

September 16, 2016 |

In the Netherdlands, news arrived that Avantium and Toyobo formed a partnership to produce PEF-based thin films, a 100% biobased plastic based on Avantium’s proprietary YXY technology for the production of FDCA. These PEF films are about 10 micrometer in thickness and can be applied for food packaging, in electronics applications such as displays or solar […]

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Viridor turns Scottish council waste into renewable energy

Viridor turns Scottish council waste into renewable energy

September 16, 2016 |

In South Lanarkshire, Scotland, Viridor has signed a ten year contract to process around 80,000 tonnes of residual waste each year. This project starts on 1 April 2017 and its contract value is £127 million ($142.7 million). The aim is to convert residual waste into renewable energy. South Lanarkshire SME and Wm Hamilton & Sons […]

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