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Novozymes Sticks to Biofuel Growth Plan Despite Oil Price Rout
December 19, 2014 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Teis Jensen   (Reuters Africa)   Denmark’s Novozymes , the world’s largest enzymes producer, will stick to its plans to develop transportation fuel made from agricultural waste, despite an oil price rout that has …

FGV Set to Triple Biodiesel Production by 2016
December 10, 2014 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Zarina Zakarian  (New Straits Times) Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) aims to be the world’s leader in biodiesel by tripling its production capacity to 350,000 tonnes a year by 2016.  The country’s largest …

Entrepreneur Makes Fertilisers, Extracts Biofuel with Locally Made Oil Palm Trunk Pulveriser
December 5, 2014 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Joy Lee (The Star)  Malaysia is home to a thriving palm oil industry and we are the second largest palm oil producer in the world.
And with some 5.1mil ha of oil palm plantation land …

Ethanol Joins U.S. Fuels Dominating Global Export Market: Energy
December 5, 2014 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Mario Parker (The Washington Post/Bloomberg)  The U.S. is adding ethanol to the list of fuels it dominates in world markets.
Exports of the additive derived from corn rose 31 percent this year to the highest …

Brooke Renewables, Hock Lee Group, Beta Renewables, Novozymes Ink LOI for Commercial-Scale Malaysian Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
November 25, 2014 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Malaysia, Brooke Renewables and Hock Lee Group presented a Letter of Intent to the Sarawak State Government marking their intention to invest in the 2G Bioethanol and Bio chemical …

Biodiesel Production, Activity Impressive Despite Uncertainty
November 21, 2014 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Policy uncertainty has adversely impacted the U.S. biodiesel industry, but media reports would have you believe the sector is teetering on collapse. The facts show otherwise.
There have been numerous reports …

Global Biodiesel Additive Research Roundup
November 19, 2014 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A recent report issued by Grand View Research indicates the global market for specialty fuel additives is expected to reach $8.5 billion by 2020. Clearly there is money to be …

Growth Energy Explores Export Opportunities in Panama and Peru
November 10, 2014 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy participated in a market development mission with the U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association to explore export opportunities for U.S. ethanol in Panama and Peru. Alex Marquis, Logistics Manager …

4 Minutes With…Bill Radany, CEO, Verdezyne
September 17, 2014 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you’ve seen Bill Randany’s face lately, it’s probably in a photo opp recently in Malaysia with the Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak and US President Barack Obama — at …

Gasification of Oil Palm Biomass to Produce Clean Producer Gas for Heat, Power Generation
August 15, 2014 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(Phys.org)  … A research team led by Professor Mohamad Asadullah has embarked on a project related to gasification of biomass to produce clean producer gas. This gas mixture can be used as a fuel for internal …

Colombia’s Palm Oil Output Seen by Oil World Climbing to Record
August 7, 2014 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(BlackSeaGrain/Bloomberg)  Palm oil production in Colombia will climb to a record this year as trees planted three years ago start to bear fruit, Oil World said.
Colombian output of palm oil, used for cooking and to …

Obama, Malaysia, Verdezyne, and Business as Unusual in the Bioeconomy
April 29, 2014 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How a small, development-stage industrial biotech company, making chemicals you never heard of, landed $48M in new investment and a $100M valuation from investors like BP.
And how they got so …

FGVB Delivers First 48 MT PME To Kuantan Fuel Terminal
March 14, 2014 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(Bernama)  Felda Global Ventures Biotechnologies Sdn Bhd (FGVB) has delivered its first 48 metric tonnes (MT) of palm methyl ester (PME) under the B5 programme to a client at the Kuantan Fuel Terminal.
In a statement, …

Cool Planet Breaks Ground on Commercial Facility
February 28, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

(Cool Planet/Biomass Magazine)  Cool Planet Energy Systems, a technology company producing green fuels and biochar products, has broken ground on the company’s first commercial facility in Alexandria, La., dubbed Project Genesis. Permits have been received …

Aemetis Announces Commissioning of Biodiesel Distillation Unit at India Plant
February 5, 2014 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (OTCQB: AMTX), an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company, announced today that its 50 million gallon per year capacity biodiesel and refined glycerin production facility in Kakinada, India has been upgraded to …

World Bio Markets Asia June 17-18, 2014 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
January 17, 2014 – 5:07 pm | No Comment
World Bio Markets Asia    June 17-18, 2014    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Recent times have seen rapid economic growth and industrialisation in Asia. With its enriched feedstock resources and high consumer demand, there has never been a better time to develop an Asian bioeconomy and promote the …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2014
January 2, 2014 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 62 countries.
The bulk of mandates …

Special Asia Biofuels Report: The Top 10 Stories of the Year, and More
December 26, 2013 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Asia looks at petroleum reserves and exploration and concludes: our future is in biomass.
As we wrote in 2012: “There’s only one complete region for biofuels where abundant feedstock, lack of oil …

Company Says Plants Offer New Biofuel Possibilites
December 26, 2013 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by  Simon Khoo (The Star)  iNNOVATIVE Green products that can help to address climate change are the way forward as far as Kuantan-based businessman Datuk Seri Tan Hoe Beng is concerned.
Tan said after 10 years of …

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) “Sustainable Biomaterials for Better Livelihoods” Workshop in Kuala Lumpur a Success
December 6, 2013 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) has launched an initiative with the help of The Boeing Company to support small farmers in Southeast Asia by expanding their opportunities to grow feedstocks that produce …

Tax Incentives Boost Chinese Biodiesel Imports, Replace Diesel
October 23, 2013 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Jaganathan and Judy Hua (Reuters)  China’s biodiesel imports are surging, displacing local diesel sales as some trading companies take advantage of tax and trade incentives the government provides to boost usage of the blended …

Europe Importing More Palm Oil for Biofuels, Raising Risks for Rainforests
October 2, 2013 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Rhett Butler (Mongabay.com)  Palm oil imports into Europe for use as car fuel increased by more than three-fold since 2006, raising concerns than renewable fuels targets may be contributing to deforestation, displacing marginalized communities, and …

Acritaz Greentech Taps Cool Planet System for Commercial Biorefineries in Malaysia
October 2, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Cool Planet Energy Systems and Acritaz Greentech announced that they have signed an agreement to explore the building of multiple commercial facilities in Malaysia.
The plan is to begin …

Malaysia Launches RM320 Million Clean Energy Fund
September 25, 2013 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(The Malaysia Insider)  Malaysia and Japan-based Asian Energy Investments Pte Ltd. have launched a $100 million (RM320 million) venture capital fund to invest in clean energy projects in Southeast Asia.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak …

Graphene Nanochem PLC : PlatClear Receives EPA Approval
September 19, 2013 – 10:37 am | No Comment

(4-Traders.com/Graphene NanoChem plc)   Graphene NanoChem (AIM: GRPH), the performance chemicals and advanced materials company, is pleased to announce that PlatClear, the Group’s waste-based second generation biofuel and the Group’s Senawang chemicals facility (“Senawang”) have both …

What Happened to Biofuels?
September 6, 2013 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

(The Economist) Energy technology: Making large amounts of fuel from organic matter has proved to be more difficult and costly than expected
…As well as being available to countries without tar sands, shale fields or gushers, biofuels …

Fueled vs Electric Cars: The Great Race Begins
September 4, 2013 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

Thomas Blakeslee  (Renewable Energy World)  …Though solar electric is the clear winner based on land use, biofuels are still in the race (particularly if commercial scale) designer algae becomes a reality. Biofuels have a gigantic …

UMS Researchers Produce Biofertiliser from Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunches
August 22, 2013 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(Borneo Post)  The Microbiology Research Group at the University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Biotechnology Research Institute has developed a simple and easy way to produce biofertiliser from oil palm fibre empty fruit bunches (EFB) within 40 …

The Haze: Clearing Southeast Asia’s Smoky Skies with Biofuels Technology
August 19, 2013 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A technology developed for Europe finds it is in demand again, as technologists address the growing mountains of palm waste and its special opportunities and challenges.
…So, if we turn to …

Algae to Fuel Developers: LanzaTech Is Supersizing Our Fries
August 14, 2013 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Today’s hottest news comes from LanzaTech, and India’s Centre for Advanced Bio-Energy, which have partnered to create a new process for the direct conversion of waste CO2 into “drop-in” fuels …

Asia Bio Markets 2013 October 21-23 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
August 8, 2013 – 12:37 pm | No Comment
Asia Bio Markets 2013   October 21-23     Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Recent times have seen rapid economic growth and industrialization in Asia. With its enriched feedstock resources and ever-expanding consumer populations, there has never been a better time to develop an Asian bioeconomy and promote the …

UFOP Samples 60 Stations, Finds Biodiesel Feedstock Diversity Up
July 15, 2013 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V./Biodiesel Magazine)  With 53 percent raw material content, rapeseed oil remains the most important raw material source for the production of biodiesel in Germany, followed by palm oil …

Palm Oil Climbs as Crude Above $100 Increases Demand for Biofuel
July 5, 2013 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Ranjeetha Pakiam  (Bloomberg)  Palm oil gained for the first time in six days after West Texas Intermediate crude surged above $100 a barrel for the first time since September, boosting demand for vegetable oils as …

The Brussels Biofuels Debate, Part III: MEP Vidal-Quadras Scraps ‘Deficient’ ILUC Factors From Commission’s Proposal
May 28, 2013 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(The Oil Palm)  Spanish MEP and Draftsman for the influential Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE), Alejo Vidal-Quadras, has dismissed the European Commission’s proposal to introduce Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) factors as part of …

SCS Expands Biofuel Certification Services into Southeast Asia
March 28, 2013 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

( SCS Global Services/PR NewsWire)   SCS Global Services has announced the expansion of its biofuel certification services in Southeast Asia. The veteran third-party environmental certification body will now conduct audits under the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) …

Algaetech International Signs R&T Agreement with EADS and AMIC for Wastewater Remediation Using Algae for Jet Fuel Production.
March 18, 2013 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Algaetech International)  AMIC, Malaysia, and Algaetech International Sdn Bhd, Malaysia, announces the signing of a Research & Technology agreement on a “Waste to Fuel” project today 4th March 2013, at Algaetech International corporate head office. With …

Profitable Time to Venture into Biodiesel
March 18, 2013 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Intan Farhana Zainul (The Star)  …I was given a chance to attend the Palm and Lauric Oils Conference & Exhibition Price Outlook 2013/2014 (POC 2013) recently. More than 2,000 participants from over 50 nations …

SE Asian Palm Oil Producers Target U.S. Biofuel Market
March 6, 2013 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(The Star/Reuters)  A blending tax credit for alternative fuels has helped re-open the way for shipments of palm biodiesel to the United States, giving top producers Indonesia and Malaysia an outlet for palm oil stocks …

INCBIO Has Secured an Order for the Supply of an 8,000MT/year High FFA Biodiesel Plant from Green Energy Group Limited in Hong Kong
March 1, 2013 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(INCBIO)  Incbio, a leading Portuguese engineering company, who specializes in state of the art fully automated industrial ultrasonic Biodiesel plants, has signed a contract with Biofuel Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Green Energy Group Limited, …

Palm Oil, Paper, Biofuels Production on Peatlands Drive Large GHG Emissions
February 11, 2013 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

(Mongabay.com)  Degradation of peat swamps for oil palm and timber plantations is a substantially larger source of greenhouse gas emissions than previously believed, finds a new study published in the journalNature.
An international team of researchers …

Growing Palm Oil Trees For Biofuels Could Accelerate Climate Change, Study Finds
February 2, 2013 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Nina Chestney (Reuters/Huffington Post)  Growing palm oil trees to make biofuels could be accelerating the effects of climate change, new research showed on Wednesday, adding further weight to claims the crop is not environmentally sustainable.
In …

Evolving Ethanol to Meet Challenges
December 27, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Emily Bruns (Ashton Gasette)  In an effort to evolve with the constant changes and challenges within a $50 billion industry, Rochelle’s Illinois River Energy ethanol plant began producing and industrial corn oil on Nov. …

Asia Special Biofuels Report
December 26, 2012 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s only one complete region for biofuels where abundant feedstock, lack of oil & gas production, rising energy demand and supportive government policy come together — and that is Asia.
We’re …

2 New Tools Can Cut Deforestation And Support Sustainable Palm Oil In Indonesia
November 29, 2012 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Craig Hanson (WRI Insights)  At the 10th Annual Meeting of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), WRI launched two new online mapping applications designed to help the palm oil industry grow while avoiding deforestation. These free tools …

The False Choice Between Palm Oil And Indonesian Forests
November 29, 2012 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Nigel Sizer (WRI Insights/The Jakarta Post)  …The world’s top scientists are also raising concerns. According to a recent study in Nature Climate Change, from 1990 to 2010, 90 percent of lands converted to oil palm plantations in …

EU Commission Backs Controversial Sustainable Palm Oil Scheme
November 29, 2012 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Lewis  (Reuters)  The European Commission has approved a scheme that would certify as sustainable transport fuel made from palm oil, condemned by environmental groups as one of the most damaging sources of biodiesel.
The …

In Indonesia and Malaysia, as Demand for Palm Oil Grows, So Do Environmental, Labor Concerns
November 29, 2012 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Jason Motlagh (The Washington Post/Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)  Long a preferred cooking ingredient in developing countries, palm oil is now in greater demand in Western markets because of its low price and long …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2012
November 28, 2012 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Brazil, India, the US, China and the EU point the way towards a 60 billion gallon biofuels market by 2022 – but can the capacity be built, and can the …

NIST Posts Presentations for 4th International Conference on Biofuels Standards
November 26, 2012 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced that it has posted presentations from the 4th International Conference on Biofuels Standards:  Current Issues, Future Trends on its web site.  The purpose of the meeting was …

Ensyn: Biofuels’ Big, Fast Cracker, in Pictures
November 19, 2012 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn – moving rapidly towards scale as a transport fuel technology after decades in smaller, high-value markets.  What does Ensyn’s signature RTP technology, that’s making such a splash, look like?
…Ensyn …

Gas-to-Liquids: A Risky Investment?
November 18, 2012 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Biofuels Digest)   …Oxford Catalysts claims that with natural gas at $3.89 per million BTU (MMBTU), they can produce diesel for $1.57 per gallon. But I would caution investors in this situation.
Without …

Mitsubishi Funding Algae Research in Kuala Lumpur
November 8, 2012 – 9:32 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Mitsubishi Corp has signed a research collaboration agreement with the Sarawak Biodiversity Council, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to explore the state’s diverse algal biodiversity as a potential source of renewable energy. Over …

The Greening of Petronas: Oil Giant Signs with LanzaTech to Turn Waste CO2 into Sustainable Chemicals
October 16, 2012 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Malaysia, LanzaTech and the Malaysian national oil company, Petronas, announced they will work together to accelerate the development and commercialization of technologies to produce sustainable chemicals from carbon dioxide …

Raising Money for the New Biofuels: A Digest Special Report
October 15, 2012 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …We say that biofuels are “capital-intensive,” mainly to be polite. It’s like saying that Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great or Attila the Hun had “land interests”.
…Put it this way. How much …

Environmental Regulations Kindle the Southeast Asian Automotive Biofuels Market, Finds Frost & Sullivan
September 20, 2012 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(Frost & Sullivan/Sacramento Bee)  Removing subsidies for conventional fuels and providing incentives for biofuels will bolster market growth
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.chemicals.frost.com), Strategic Analysis of Southeast Asian Automotive Biofuels Market, finds that the market …

The Top 10 Advanced Biofuels and Biorefining Companies in Asia
September 4, 2012 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …While the economic growth in China has been drawing virtually all the headlines in recent years, the “Tiger” economies of Southeast and South Asia have been fast-growing for a long …

Cooking Waste Converted into Biodiesel for Schoolbuses
July 20, 2012 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Kan Yean Thoong  (The Star)   TWENTY secondary schools and two universities in Selangor will be participating in the “Environment Assessment Savvy Youths (Easy) Inter-School Used Cooking Oil Collection” programme, which was launched recently.
Fathopes …

AEC Biofuel Teamwork Urged
July 20, 2012 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Bankok Post)  Thailand is being urged to step up joint development and know-how exchanges with Malaysia and Indonesia on ethanol and biodiesel to stave off reliance on oil imports, according to energy veterans.
“We should get …

Biomass Refinery in the Offing
July 18, 2012 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(EcoBusiness/The Borneo Post)  Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water is planning to set up a biomass refinery at a major city in Sarawak.
Without going into full details, its minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin said the refinery …

Asian Researchers Develop Oil Palm Waste-to-Ethanol Process
July 3, 2012 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers in Southeast Asia have identified an approach to producing ethanol using an abundant waste feedstock that could potentially add a significant source of biofuel production from oil palm …

12 Tons of Palm Biomass Ships from Malaysia to Italy in Test to Extract Valuable Chemicals
June 4, 2012 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert/Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology)  Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology and palm oil giants Felda, Sime Darby, in landmark collaboration on biomass waste
Twelve tons of waste oil palm tree biomass is en route …

Contribution of Biofuels to the Global Economy
May 21, 2012 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Association/Cardno ENTRIX)  …As is the case with virtually all other emerging and developing countries, biofuels offer the prospects of a new cash crop for farmers, increased employment in rural areas, expanded manufacturing output, reduced …

Malaysia, Indonesia Refute EPA Report on Palm Oil-Based Biofuels
March 29, 2012 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(Bernama)  Malaysia and Indonesia, the world’s largest producers of palm oil, are on a joint mission to correct and update a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report that could impact future exports of palm …

Palm Oil Mills Target Zero Emission
March 22, 2012 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

By Meng Yew Choong  (The Star)  Palm oil milling is far from benign, but the industry is frantically conducting research to realise low-emission technologies. The zero-discharge plant is one such bold concept.
THE extraction of palm …

JOil Announces Elite Jatropha Varieties Returns Repeatable Yields of over 2 Tons of Seeds per Hectare in First Year of India Field Trials
March 22, 2012 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(JOil)  • Tamil Nadu sites achieve first-year flowering in three months and first harvest in five months
• Field trials now being conducted in India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Cambodia
JOil (S) Pte. Ltd., a scientific bioenergy …

Indonesia and Malaysia Launch Palm Oil Offensive against U.S. Ruling
March 13, 2012 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

(FreshFruitPortal.com)  Indonesia and Malaysia have questioned a U.S. decision  that their palm oil fails to meet regulatory greenhouse gas reduction standards, website Antaranews.com reported.
They disagreed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ruling that biofuels from Indonesia …

The Palms Of Controversy
March 13, 2012 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest Asia) Palms are said to be a symbol of peace and prosperity, but you can’t prove it by the past few weeks of heated debate over palm biofuel. Last week, we …

News Release: Inaugural Report Shows Impressive Uptake of RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil in 2011
March 5, 2012 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil)  Multi stakeholder initiative, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) reported unprecedented growth for Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) in the year 2011 as accounted for in its inaugural qualitative …

Gov’t To Test Jatropha Biodiesel Offered By Company From Malaysia
March 5, 2012 – 10:16 am | No Comment

(Manila Bulletin)  The government is subjecting to fuel standard testing the jatropha biodiesel of Malaysia-based Bionas which is offering to supply what it claims to possibly become the world’s first jatropha biodiesel.
The Department of Energy …

EPA Issues Notice of Data Availability Concerning Renewable Fuels Produced from Palm Oil Under the RFS Program
January 27, 2012 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) to release its lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis of palm oil used as a feedstock to produce biodiesel and …

LanzaTech Raises $58M in Series C Round; Petronas Becomes Strategic Investor
January 23, 2012 – 8:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In India, LanzaTech is working with Indian Oil and Jindal Power and Steel Limited on a facility to convert industrial waste gases into ethanol. It also has partnered with Concord …

Japan’s Toyo to Build 10,000 mt/year Ethanol Plant in Malaysia by Q2 2013
January 19, 2012 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Japanese Toyo Engineering Co is to build a 10,000 mt/year industrial-grade ethanol plant in Johor Baru, Malaysia by Q2 2013, the company said in a statement Wednesday.
The plant, to be run by a joint …

Too Costly to Turn Cooking Oil into Biodiesel, Says Middleman
December 28, 2011 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

(The Star)  Most of the used cooking oil collected from kitchens are no longer recycled for biodiesel because of the high cost involved, according to a middleman.
The middleman, who only wanted to be known as …

Leadership Role for Malaysia in Aviation Biofuel
December 14, 2011 – 9:39 am | No Comment

(Business Times)  Selecting an optimal algae strain to produce jet fuel in Malaysia will be a top research priority in the first year of Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre’s (AMIC) operation.
With RM15 million having been approved …

As Government Talks Strike Out, Business Steps up to Bat
December 9, 2011 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest Asia)  This week, while the world’s biofuel producers were busy ramping up production towards the 54.1 billion gallon global capacity predicted by 2015, the people who regulate biofuels and make …

Implications of Biodiesel-Induced Land-Use Changes for CO2 Emissions: Case Studies in Tropical America, Africa, and Southeast Asia
December 7, 2011 – 9:56 am | No Comment

by Achten, W. M. J., and L. V. Verchot (Ecology and Society)  Biofuels are receiving growing negative attention. Direct and/or indirect land-use changes that result from their cultivation can cause emissions due to carbon losses in …

Asian Palm-Based Biofuel May Struggle in U.S.
December 6, 2011 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Niluksi Koswanage (Reuters)  Indonesian palm-based biodiesel shipments seeking a foothold in the United States will face stiff competition from feedstocks such as corn oil and waste oils, which will become cheaper as more supplies …

Biomass a New Strategic Industry for the Economy
November 29, 2011 – 9:53 am | No Comment

(The Star)  …Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said in a speech during the launch of BioMalaysia 2011 and the 2011 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial and Bio-Energy on Monday that the country could reap …

Study Shows High Emissions from Growing Biodiesel from Palm Oil
November 28, 2011 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(Transport & Environment)  Biofuels produced from palm oil grown in tropical peatlands are a significant source of greenhouse gases. This is the finding of a new study done for the International Council on Clean Transportation …

Smallholder Farmers Risk Being Forgotten in Sustainable Biofuels Race
November 17, 2011 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Maya Thatcher (Center for International Forestry Research)  Smallholder farmers in developing countries risk being left behind in the push to produce sustainable biofuels, deterred by complex and expensive certification schemes, according to a recent …

Maybank Launches US$500m Clean Energy Fund
November 17, 2011 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Premalatha Jayaraman (The Sun Daily)  Malayan Banking Bhd has launched a US$500 million (RM1.57 billion) private equity fund to invest in the wind, solar, geothermal, small hydro, biomass, biofuel and energy efficiency sectors in …

Mission to Extract Biodiesel from Palm Oil Waste in Malaysia
November 15, 2011 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Isaac Leung (PACEToday.com)  Mission NewEnergy will construct a major waste material processing facility in Malaysia which will recover palm oil from waste material in the palm oil refining process.
The Spent Bleaching Earth Extraction Plant …

Farming for Energy Starts to Gain Ground
October 28, 2011 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Sonya Kolesnikov-Jessop  (New York Times)  Pahang State in central Malaysia is about to becomehome to the world’s largest commercial farm project producing microalgae for biofuel.
The farm will start to take shape in the first quarter …

Algae Industry Magazine Interview: Syed Isa Syed Alwi
October 17, 2011 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  When Syed Alwi speaks about the algae industry, you get the feeling that he really has his finger on what’s going on globally. He gets around, and is a …

INKUD, Lestari Pasifik to Build 616 Bio-Ethanol Plants
September 22, 2011 – 7:08 am | No Comment

(Jakarta Post)   PT INKUD Exchange signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Monday with Malaysian biotechnology firm Lestari Pasifik Berhad to establish a joint venture aiming to set up 616 bio-refinery factories to process …

19th IUPAC International Conference on Chemical Research Applied to World Needs (CHEMRAWN XIX) September 27-29, 2011 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
August 31, 2011 – 7:18 am | No Comment
19th IUPAC International Conference on Chemical Research Applied to World Needs (CHEMRAWN XIX) September 27-29, 2011   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM) is organizing the above 19th IUPAC International Conference on Chemical Research Applied to World Needs (CHEMRAWN XIX) 2011 with the theme of “Bioenergy and Biomaterials from Renewable Resources” in Kuala Lumpur, …

Joint Nature Conservation Committee Publishes “Indirect Land Use Change from Biofuel Production: Implications for Biodiversity”
August 30, 2011 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Monika Bertzky, Valerie Kapos & Jörn P.W. Scharlemann (Joint Nature Conservation Committee)  Inference from production statistics and modelling studies suggest that iLUC has occurred, is likely to increase with increasing demand for biofuels and needs …

Chevron Seeks to Expand Caltex Network via Enhanced Retailer Program, All Systems Go for B5 Biodiesel Launch
August 17, 2011 – 7:24 am | No Comment

by Paul Tan (Paul Tan’s Automotive News)  Chevron Malaysia Limited, the operator of retail brand Caltex, is seeking to expand Caltex’s footprint in Malaysia, and the company plans to draw in retailers via its revitalised …

China to Finance Biofuel Projects in Malaysia; but see: Lestari: No Intention to Solicit Funds from the Public
August 9, 2011 – 8:57 am | No Comment

by Liz Lee (The Star)  Lestari, Arter Group to build 616 plants
Lestari Pasifik Bhd, in an unprecedented joint venture with Russian company Arter Group, is expecting to receive project financing from the Chinese government to build …

Malaysia Plans Green Palm Oil Certification Scheme- Paper
August 3, 2011 – 7:23 am | No Comment

by Niluksi Koswanage   (Reuters Africa)  Malaysia, the word’s No.2 palm oil producer, will come up with a certification scheme to ensure the tropical oil is grown without clearing forests and destroying wildlife, a newspaper reported …

Malaysia: Producing Biofuel from Algae
July 30, 2011 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Marilyn Tenn in the Borneo Post talks about biotechnologists and researchers from Swinburne University of Technology, in Sarawak, Malaysia pooling their expertise to meet the challenge of developing viable alternative fuels. The university …

Analysis: EU Cushions Biodiesel from Damning Carbon Research
July 18, 2011 – 8:03 am | No Comment

by Charlie Dunmore  (Reuters)  The EU will protect existing investment in its $13 billion biodiesel sector even as it acts on new evidence that suggests making the fuel from food crops can do more harm …

Shell to Focus on Natural Gas and Biofuel
July 12, 2011 – 8:35 am | No Comment

(The Star) …“Biofuels are the only low-carbon transport fuel that can be scaled up fast enough to tackle carbon emissions from transport in the next 20 years,” Royal Dutch Shell Plc CEO Peter Voser said at …

Mitsubishi Energy Collaborates with SBC to Explore Biofuel Alternatives
July 1, 2011 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(Borneo Post)  Mitsubishi Corp Energy Business Group (Mitsubishi Energy), which is involved in the oil and gas industry in Bintulu, will collaborate with the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) to explore the algal biodiversity in Sarawak …

Environmentally Friendly Biodiesel Now on Sale
June 9, 2011 – 10:23 am | No Comment

(The Star)  Biodiesel is now available in the market. Beginning this month until October, the supply of the new fuel will be available in stages starting at Putrajaya followed by Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur …

Malaysia and Indonesia Bolster Defence of Palm Oil Industry to West
May 27, 2011 – 10:24 am | No Comment

(The Guardian/Eco-Business)  Malaysia and Indonesia, which together account for about 90% of the world’s palm oil production, have launched a joint PR offensive to defend the industry’s environmental record.
…(M)inisters from the two countries agreed to finalise plans for …

Opportunities for Australia as Europe Seeks More Biofuel
May 26, 2011 – 7:35 am | No Comment

(ABC Rural)   The European Union wants more of its transport fuel to be made from renewable biomass like canola oil.
…EU member states can’t supply enough canola or soy oil to meet the demand, so …

Biodiesel 2011: The Real Opportunity
May 12, 2011 – 7:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  An interview with James Garton, president of Mission Biofuels USA subsidiary. We look at the jatropha 1.0 catastrophe, actual biodiesel capacity in the US, palm biodiesel, the RFS, and more.
…The …

Europe May Introduce Land Use Sustainabilty Criteria
May 5, 2011 – 8:43 am | No Comment

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest Asia)  This was one of the best weeks yet in the Asian biofuels industry. China decided to promote 2G biofuels production and reduce its CO2 emissions by up to 45 …

The Need for Biofuels
April 29, 2011 – 8:03 am | No Comment

(The Star Malaysia)  Experts predict the majority of the world’s oil fields will reach maximum petroleum extraction capacity in 2020, a state otherwise known as “peak oil”. After this point, a reduction in pressure causes …