Tag: New Zealand

LanzaTech eyeing two possible additional spin-offs

LanzaTech eyeing two possible additional spin-offs

September 17, 2020 |

In New Zealand, TechCrunch reports that LanzaTech’s CEO expects to spin out two additional businesses in the future following the June spin-off of its technology to produce aviation biofuel. One of the future spin-offs is likely to focus on synthetic biology to produce biomaterials for automobile interiors, as an example. The other would look to […]

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NZ dairy giant drops biodiesel for no longer being economically viable

NZ dairy giant drops biodiesel for no longer being economically viable

August 25, 2020 |

In New Zealand, Stuff reports that Fonterra, the largest dairy producer in the country who has committed to net zero emissions by 2050 and a 30% reduction by 2030 has abandoned its biofuels ambitions because it is no longer economically viable. When Z Energy shut down production in March due to rising tallow prices, the […]

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Z Energy says exporting biodiesel to the US more profitable than domestic sales

Z Energy says exporting biodiesel to the US more profitable than domestic sales

August 24, 2020 |

In New Zealand, Stuff reports that the head of Z Energy says exporting its biodiesel to the US is more economically viable than selling its fuel domestically. In the US market, the company’s biodiesel can get NZ$0.17 per liter in subsidies whereas in New Zealand there are no such programs to make the fuel viable […]

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New Zealand awards grant funds to study hand sanitizer production from grape marc

New Zealand awards grant funds to study hand sanitizer production from grape marc

May 26, 2020 |

In New Zealand, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has awarded funding to Bragato Research Institute for a pilot study that explores transforming grape marc – the skins and seeds remaining after pressing – into hand sanitizer. The hand sanitizer from the study will be donated to Marlborough health workers and first responders. […]

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Z Energy mothballing biodiesel plant after tallow prices skyrocket

Z Energy mothballing biodiesel plant after tallow prices skyrocket

May 12, 2020 |

In New Zealand, Stuff reports that Z Energy has mothballed its biodiesel facility but that it may reopen again next year depending on market conditions. A bidding war on animal tallow made biodiesel production uneconomical but the company is looking to reduce its cost of production by doubling the installed capacity of the facility if […]

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MetGen licenses technology to New Zealand’s Futurity to produce bioproducts from lignin

MetGen licenses technology to New Zealand’s Futurity to produce bioproducts from lignin

March 10, 2020 |

In New Zealand, Futurity, whose mission is to outperform oil with trees through the production of advanced chemicals and materials from plantation forestry in New Zealand has finalized a licensing agreement with the Finnish company MetGen Oy. Cooperation will allow the development of a full range of high value lignin-based products including resins and adhesives, […]

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Air New Zealand launches trial of edible coffee cups

Air New Zealand launches trial of edible coffee cups

December 9, 2019 |

In New Zealand, Air New Zealand has begun trialing edible coffee cups with customers in the air and on the ground as it explores new and innovative ways to meet its sustainability challenges. The airline currently serves more than eight million cups of coffee each year. The ‘twiice’ edible cup trial backs up Air New Zealand’s recent switch to […]

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New Zealand may get first bioplastics plant

New Zealand may get first bioplastics plant

November 28, 2019 |

In New Zealand, the Herald newspaper reports that NZ Bio Forestry has been awarded an NZ$380,000 Provincial Growth Fund grant to research whether radiata pine could be an appropriate feedstock for biodegradable bioplastic. The project is meant to be co-located with a new tree processing facility in Marton. Taiwanese technology will be employed to produce […]

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New Zealand researcher awarded grant to study advanced biomass gasification

New Zealand researcher awarded grant to study advanced biomass gasification

September 18, 2019 |

In New Zealand, a researcher at the University of Canterbury has been awarded NZ$999,999 funded over three years by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise to study integrated chemical looping and oxygen uncoupling with advanced biomass gasification, for renewable hydrogen production and carbon dioxide capture. This research will develop a new system that combines […]

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New Zealand seen looking at wood for power after China closes its doors

New Zealand seen looking at wood for power after China closes its doors

July 17, 2019 |

In New Zealand, with wood not able to be sold in China the alternative of it being used as biofuel can be good for woodlot owners. “The news that the export of logs to China is dropping off and harvesting of some trees for export is unprofitable should result in woodlot owners looking to new […]

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