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CHASSY – New EU Yeast Biotech Project
May 3, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(CHASSY)  … Yeast is already the powerhouse behind many food flavourings, the anti-aging compound Resveratrol, the malaria drug Artemisinin, the grapefruit extract Nootkatone, insulin, bioethanol, bioplastics, and there is potential for many more industrial applications.

To better …

Dail Eireann Votes to Divest from Fossil Fuels
February 6, 2017 – 9:11 pm | No Comment

(Big News Network)  Following a vote in the Dail Eireann, Ireland is set to become the world’s first country to fully divest money from fossil fuels. The historic legislation was passed by members in a 90 …

Commission’s Flip-Flop on Biofuels Puts at Risk Tens of Thousands of Jobs
December 6, 2016 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Kent (Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers’ Association/Euractiv)  The key element of this renewable energy plan is that the ceiling for the crop biofuel component of EU transport fuels will be slashed from 7% …

Food Security Benefits Found in African Biofuels Production
November 18, 2016 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biofuels operations under the right conditions can lead to improved household food security in developing countries, concludes a new study.

Irish university research is adding to the body of knowledge …

Come to Bioenergy Country: or, the Bioenergy Countries’ Report
October 6, 2016 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, the International Energy Agency has released its Bioenergy Countries’ Report, outlining the national renewable energy targets, total primary energy supply and contribution of bioenergy.  We’ve presented the information …

Biodiesel Producers Set to Benefit from Green Partnership
August 4, 2016 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Biodiesel producers will benefit from a green partnership between Ireland-based industrial enzyme firm Monaghan Biosciences and Australia-based biochemicals specialist Leaf Resources, as Leaf Resources continues to seek glycerol for its …

Euro 2016 Gets Biofuel Floodlights, Thanks to Joint Effort from Greentech Biofuels, Saint Etienne Metropole and Ondaine Agro
June 24, 2016 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

(GreenTechBiofuels)  Greentech Biofuels, an Irish Company based in Kildare Ireland specialising in green energy solutions, has teamed up with Saint Etienne Metropole and Ondaine Agro in order to bring biofuel-powered floodlights to one of the …

Chicken Litter to Power a Biogas and Fertiliser Plant in Northern Ireland
June 21, 2016 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Ireland-based renewable energy developer Stream BioEnergy has commenced construction in Northern Ireland on a new biogas plant that will process large volumes of chicken litter.

The plant, to be located just outside the town …

Biodiesel to Power Lighting at Euro 2016
June 16, 2016 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Greentech Biofuels, an Irish firm specialising in green energy solutions, has teamed up with Saint Etienne Metropole and Ondaine Agro in order to bring biofuel-powered floodlights to one of the stadiums hosting Euro …

REA Report Shows Food Waste Collected Separately Will Save Money
June 6, 2016 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  A recent report entitled “The Real Economic Benefit of Separate Biowaste Collections” released by U.K.-based Renewable Energy Association shows that food waste collected separately in a majority of situations can …

Where Did Biofuels Technologies Come from?
June 2, 2016 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Gerald Kutney  (Lee Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood and the advanced biofuel of the day, charcoal – reigned supreme.  Both fossil fuels and …

Boom-boom: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel’s Growth and Horizons
April 11, 2016 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on the boom on in Renewable diesel. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from Will Thurmond, President of Emerging Markets Online — …

Brazil’s Copel Plans 480-kW Biogas Plant in Parana State – Report
December 30, 2015 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Lucas Morais  (See News)  Brazilian power utility Copel (BVMF:CPLE6) is partnering Brazil’s International Centre for Renewable Energy (CIBiogas) to develop a 480-kW biogas plant in Parana state.

The project, which will use waste from pig …

Panning for Green Gold: Developing the Algal Bioeconomy–VIDEO
December 3, 2015 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

(Enalgae)  EnAlgae has been about finding sustainable pathways for algal biomass. Initially the focus was all about energy, specifically as a biofuel. But our journey over the past four years shows that there’s likely to …

Rise in Dried Grains Supply for Use as Animal Feeds Due to Increased Global Production of Biofuels
November 27, 2015 – 11:42 pm | No Comment

(Irish Examiner)  Due to increased global production of biofuels, there is a greater supply of associated protein-rich by-products such as distillers dried grains available for use as animal feed. These have been evaluated by Teagasc researchers …

Minister Launches HITRANS Rural Airports Project
November 4, 2015 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(HITRANS)   HITRANS, the regional transport partnership for the Highlands and Islands, is spearheading a significant European-funded project to assist and develop rural and remote airports with use of new technologies.  …  Mindful of aviation’s carbon …

AOCS Oils and Fats World Market Update — November 12-13, 2015 — Dublin, Ireland
October 19, 2015 – 4:24 pm | No Comment
AOCS Oils and Fats World Market Update  —  November 12-13, 2015  —  Dublin, Ireland

The AOCS World Market Update conference series was developed to create an environment where the brightest minds and most influential leaders in the oils and fats industry could collaborate for strategic thinking, as well as …

New NIR Models Speedup Feedstock Analysis Process
September 16, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Hayes (Celignis/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Current chemical methods take days and are dependent on analyst’s skill. This contribution appears in the October issue of EPM. — Efficient cellulosic ethanol processes will depend upon the accurate …

Is HVO the Holy Grail of the World Biodiesel Market?
September 8, 2015 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(Greenea)  Overcapacity, shortage of sustainable feedstock, blending wall… they all contribute to the increasingly challenging situation on the biodiesel market in Europe. At the same time, new HVO investments start to pop up like mushrooms …

EnAlgae Research Points to Seaweed as Sustainable Feedstock of the Future
August 21, 2015 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(EnAlgae)  Studies conducted by EnAlgae partners in Ireland, France and Belgium point the way to seaweed being a viable and sustainable feedstock for the future in North West Europe (NWE).

This is the conclusion of a …

Seaweed as a Sustainable Feedstock of the Future
July 16, 2015 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Studies conducted by EnAlgae partners in Ireland, France and Belgium point the way to seaweed being a viable and sustainable feedstock for the future in North West Europe (NWE). This is the …

Flogas Group Signs Letter of Intent with Sparks-based Alkcon Corporation
July 10, 2015 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(Alcon Corporation)  Alkcon Corporation (the “Company”), a developer of natural gas
processing equipment, has entered into an exclusivity agreement and a Letter of Intent with Flogas Group
(“Flogas”) of Leicestershire, England. The agreement grants Flogas the exclusive …

EnAlgae Publishes Economic Model for Offshore Cultivation of Macroalage
June 30, 2015 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(EnAlgae)  EnAlgae researchers have published an economic model to help to explore the economics of cultivating macroalgae at sea.  The model and report can be found here  as outputs WP2A7.06 and WP2A7.11. Both documents together …

Uncertainty in RFS Sends the US Ethanol Industry to Overseas Markets: A Report from the National Ethanol Conference, “Going Global”
February 26, 2015 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Lais F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Last week, from February 17 to 21, the 20th National Ethanol Conference “Going Global” was held in Grapevine, Texas, with the participation of several representatives of the ethanol …

Beyond Boats To China
January 19, 2015 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  After halting distillers grains imports late last year, the world’s top DDGS buyer is poised to resume business, but on what terms?

The prospect of China reissuing distillers grains import …

Ireland Forced to Import 84% of Biofuel Needed
August 6, 2014 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Margaret Donnelly (Agriland) Ireland imported 126 liters of biofuels in 2013, 84% of what we used, according to An Taisce.

An Taisce says the EU biofuels policy is failing to meet one of its key aims, namely, …

National Trust for Ireland says Biofuel Targets Unsustainable
July 1, 2014 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Ireland, to meet binding EU transport targets, Ireland imported 126 million litres of biofuel in 2013 – some 84% of the total 150 million litres used last year. That’s according …

From the Sea to the Pump: Is Kelp a Viable Biofuel?
March 4, 2014 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (RenewableEnergyWorld.com)  Brown kelp macroalgae — the strange, foul-smelling seaweed so often found washed up on the Pacific Northwest’s volcanic sand beaches — could ultimately offer an almost unlimited global supply of commercial-quality ethanol …

Grass as the New Biofuel
December 27, 2013 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Deeney (Agriland)  A new European research project seeks grass crops that could be grown and harvested on marginal lands, away from areas suitable for food crops.

According to the researchers, grass could be used to …

Algae Aquaculture for Bioethanol Production
September 19, 2013 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(The Fish Site)  A team of European scientists is on a mission to prove that microalgae can be used to produce bioethanol as a biofuel for less than €0.40 a litre.

… The EU-funded project DEMA (‘Direct …

Seaweed Biomass Cultivation Trials Concluding for At-Sea Project
July 9, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Biomass Magazine)  The three-year European biofuel and biomaterial project, At-Sea, will conclude its first trials of seaweed cultivation off the coasts of Norway, Scotland and Ireland the end of the week of …

Seaweed Biofuels: A Green Alternative that Might Just Save the Planet
July 2, 2013 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington (The Guardian)  Producing biofuels in the sea removes at a stroke many of the serious problems with conventional biofuels

“It’s best to get it out of the water now or it’ll start getting grazed …

Innovation Coupons Worth € 10.000 to Assess the Feasibility of an Innovative Bio-Based Idea
May 3, 2013 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(Bio Base NWE)  The project Bio Base NWE is funded under the Interreg IVB NWE framework and has the objective to support the development of the bio-based economy in North West Europe (see www.biobasenwe.org for …

EU Biofuels Policy Still Driving the Second Scramble for Africa
February 15, 2013 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(ActionAid)  At a seminar on biofuels in Dublin yesterday, David Barissa, a leading expert on food security and land rights from ActionAid Kenya spoke of the litany of broken promises, rights violations and destruction which …

Aviation’s Declan Ryan Invests in Irish Algae-Based Fuels Venture
January 28, 2013 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ireland, former Ryanair CEO Declan Ryan has joined investors in backing Aer Sustainable Energy Ltd, better known as Aer Bio. He was a director of Ryanair Holdings from August …

EU Farmers and Biofuel Industry Mobilise against the EC Biofuel U-Turn
December 17, 2012 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(AgiTrade) In a letter to the European Commission in early October 2012, Copa-Cogeca, the EU farmers’ and agricultural cooperatives’ organisation, affirmed its opposition to EC proposals to limit to 5% ‘the use of crop-based biofuels’ in …

A Million Tonnes of DDGs Pushed onto UK Market
October 31, 2012 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(All About Feed)  Two huge wheat-for-ethanol plants are coming on stream in Britain supplying and extra one million tonnes of distillers grains to the animal feed industry.

Material from these plants will help fill the cattle …

What’s a Biodiesel Guy Like You Doing in a Spark Ignition Place Like This?
October 18, 2012 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  That’s the question that Greg Murphy wants you to ask as he pilots the year-old Dublin-based Murphy Prototypes endurance race team to contention in European Le Mans and American …

Aquadudes: 15 Saltwater-Based Energy Technologies Here to Save the Day
September 11, 2012 – 10:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Take the conflict over drilling for oil on federal lands in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. If you drilled the provable oil reserve in the entire federal ANWR and …

Ireland Says Competitive Algal Biofuels within 15 Years
September 5, 2012 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Mark Keenan writes in The Independent that within 15 years, Irish drivers will be filling up their vehicles with biofuel made from Irish grown algae. The projection comes from Julie Maguire, of …

National University of Ireland Galway Partners in EnAlgae project
February 22, 2012 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  National University of Ireland Galway recently announced that researchers within its Ryan Institute are participating in a €14 million ($18.5 million) European algae initiative. The program, known as the Energetic …

Sunflower Power And The Next Generation of Ulster Engineers
December 13, 2011 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(University of Ulster)  University of Ulster engineers and pupils at a Portadown primary school have teamed up in a search for greener, more sustainable new fuels that could prove vital to our future energy requirements.

Scientists from …

Sugar Beet Industry Could Create 5,000 Jobs
December 5, 2011 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Suzanne Lynch  (Irish Times)  SOME 5,000 jobs could be created by the revival of the sugar beet industry, according to a feasibility study by the Irish Sugar Beet Bio-Refinery Group.

The PWC-backed study is calling …

Ethanol Firm’s Next Bet: Algae
October 31, 2011 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  An emerging green industry aims to develop a new source of fuel to replace oil, but the quick money could be elsewhere.

Green slime is growing in ponds next to an …

Sugar Could Be Produced Again, Says Minister
September 13, 2011 – 9:35 am | No Comment

SEÁN Mac Connell (Irish Times)  Ireland could be producing sugar and ethanol again when the European Commission ends its current quota system in 2016, the Agricultural Science Association annual conference in Maynooth heard yesterday.

Minister for Agriculture …

7 Guilty in European Biodiesel Investment Fraud
September 13, 2011 – 9:18 am | No Comment

by The Serious Fraud Office (Biodiesel Magazine)  Seven men are facing jail after being convicted at Ipswich Crown Court for their roles in a boiler-room fraud that pulled in more than £8 million ($12,650,400). The Spanish-based …

European Partnership to Unlock the Potential of Algal Bioenergy
September 7, 2011 – 7:35 am | No Comment

by Dr Matthew Aylott   (National Non-Food Crops Centre)  A major new €14 million (£12.3 million) initiative – bringing together experts from across North West Europe to develop the potential of algae as a source of …

Streamlining a Community-Scale Solution
August 17, 2011 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  …According to Greg Springer, president of Green Fuels America Inc., interest in community-scale biodiesel production is increasing all around the world. He attributes this to both high fuel prices and …

Foster Wheeler Provides Engineering Services to Cynar for Conversion of Waste Plastics into Liquid Fuels in Ireland
March 18, 2011 – 8:55 am | No Comment

Foster Wheeler AG  announced that its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by Cynar Plc to provide basic process engineering design services for a 6,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) plant to …

Qantas and Solena to Explore Feasibility of a Waste to Jet Biofuel Production Plant in Australia
February 5, 2011 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  US-based Solena Group, which is seeking to build and operate a facility in London to convert waste biomass feedstock into sustainable jet fuel, has signed a letter of intent with Qantas to develop …

EUR 6.1 mln Project to Farm Algae for Biofuels
September 30, 2010 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(FIS)  Scientists are proposing the creation of methane gas from algae grown in great offshore farms to power adapted vehicles. A new GBP 5 million (EUR 6.1 million) UK and Irish joint project called BioMara disclosed …

Ireland – Biofuel Debate
June 25, 2010 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(Meat Trade News Daily)  BIOFUEL producers want the Government to protect jobs by prioritising home-produced fuels over exports under its new green fuel usage scheme.
The IFA is enraged that the new Biofuels Obligation Scheme (BOS) …