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New Biobased Projects Around the World
November 18, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s building what, where, now. 29 projects in construction or in commissioning in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas
Despite low oil prices, first-gen biofuels and advanced …

Biofuel Offers Solution to Reduce Carbon Dioxide, Sulphur Dioxide Emissions
October 21, 2015 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

(Borneo Post/Bernama)  In the light of the current haze Malaysians are facing, a local company, Biofuel Sdn Bhd, has come out with a solution to reduce carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide emissions.
Its director, P Muguntha, …

That Was Then, This Is Now: 10 Signature Biofuels Projects for 2015-16, and Where They Are
October 19, 2015 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  All have soaring ambitions, some will be realized on schedule, some later, some probably not now or possibly ever.  Where are 10 key projects that were announced in recent years …

BASF, Genomatica Target Asia for Commercial Production of Renewable Butanediol
September 28, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  License agreement adds countries in Southeast Asia; Optional capacity for up to 75,000 metric tons per year; Targeting large-scale commercial production of renewable butanediol using Genomatica technology
In California, BASF and …

FGVH Said to Be Target of Global Anti-Palm Oil Lobby
September 24, 2015 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Mohamad Azlan Jaafar   (Malaysia Reserve)  Several anti-palm oil groups are pressuring international manufacturers to boycott products from Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGVH), according to industry sources.
FGVH, Malaysia’s largest oil palm planter, is being …

One Darn-Hot Renewable Chemicals Play: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Verdezyne
September 9, 2015 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Verdezyne is a privately held industrial biotechnology company that is developing and commercializing novel genetically engineered microorganisms for use as “factories” to manufacture renewable chemicals. Verdezyne’s unique microorganisms permit greener, …

Biofuel Use in International Markets: The Importance of Trade
September 3, 2015 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Jayson Beckman (US Department of Agriculture)  Global biofuel production rose tremendously over 2001-13, led largely by rapid growth in the United States and the European Union (EU). Brazil, the second largest biofuel producer, doubled its …

Glucan Biorenewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide
August 24, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Glucan Biorenewables is producing furan derivatives from biomass.  The furfural platform will be used to launch other value-added co-products: 5-hydroxyl-methyl furfural (HMF) and downstream derivatives
The company’s TriVersa Process meets the …

Andhra Pradesh, Telangana Have Miles to Go for Biofuels
August 18, 2015 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by V. Nilesh (Deccan Chronicle)  The government’s national policy on biofuels which aims to blend 20 per cent biofuels by 2017 seems a farfetched dream, at least in the case of biodiesel in Andhra Pradesh and …

Malaysia’s Biodiesel Exports in Explosive Growth
August 17, 2015 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Malaysia’s biodiesel exports surged twelvefold year on year to 46,601mt in July, bolstered by an open arbitrage to Europe.  Exports are at their highest level since the Malaysian Palm Oil Board began reporting …

India’s B5 Program Could Ease Crude Palm Oil Surplus in Southeast Asia: Market Sources
August 13, 2015 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

(Hellenic Shipping News)  India’s newly launched biodiesel mandate would have limited impact on the region’s balances but could potentially help ease Malaysia’s crude palm oil surplus, market participants said Tuesday.

Reactions in the region were mixed, …

Commentary on the Recent Development of Price Indices for Oilseeds and Meals
August 11, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)  In July, the FAO price indices for oilseeds and meals rose by 3–4 percent compared to the previous month, gaining, respectively, 4 and 7 points. By contrast, …

The Pyromaniax, Class of 2015: The Top 10 Pyrolysis Projects in Renewable Fuels
August 4, 2015 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been around for a generation or so — fast pyrolysis, that is. Though in the original low-tech incarnation — known as “cooking fire” — pyrolysis has been around since …

EPA Touts Biodiesel Made from Recycled Cooking Oil
July 10, 2015 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Sean Lin (Taipai Times)  The EPA said more than 100,000 tonnes of biodiesel per year are made from recycled cooking oil, which have an estimated total value of about NT$3 billion
The Environmental Protection Administration …

Uggah: B10 Biodiesel Programme Will Utilise Crude Palm Oil from Stockpile if Implemented
July 3, 2015 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

(Bernama/The Malay Mail Online)  Some 1.22 million tonnes of crude palm oil (CPO) from the country’s stockpile will be utilised annually upon the implementation of the B10 biodiesel programme, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister …

Mercedez-Benz Changes Tune, Now Says B10 Biodiesel Is Okay
July 2, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

(Malaysian Digest)  Barely two weeks after casting doubt on the viability of Malaysia’s B10 biodiesel fuel for car engines, Mercedez-Benz Malaysia today said the fuel is fine after all.
In a statement, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia said: “After …

Mercedes, Toyota, Isuzu, VW – B10 Biodiesel No Go
June 19, 2015 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(Paultan.org)  Following BMW Malaysia announcing it found “technical challenges” running its diesel engines on B10 biodiesel (10% palm-based biodiesel/90% petroleum diesel blend, will reportedly be implemented nationwide by October), and that its engines can take …

Biofuel RIN Prices React Wildly to US EPA’s RFS Proposals
June 2, 2015 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Platts) …  In immediate reaction, market participants viewed the proposed obligations as bearish for corn-based ethanol (D6) RINs and bullish for biomass-based diesel (D4) RINs. Advanced biofuel (D5) RINs were expected to also track biomass-based …

Palm Oil Could Become an 84m Tonne Market
May 29, 2015 – 8:47 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International) Palm oil is predominantly consumed for food applications, however in the last decade palm oil consumption for biofuels has increased considerably.
According to Frost & Sullivan, global palm oil production is expected to grow at …

The Aviation Renewable Fuels Imperative
May 26, 2015 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From remarks by Antonio De Palmas — president, Boeing Italy, at the World Bioenergy Leadership Forum … Aviation is 2% of all 2010 CO2e emissions, expected to grow to 3.5% …

Remembering a True Visionary: Novozymes Honors Guido Ghisolfi
April 28, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The renewable energy industry was saddened on March 3 by the news of the death of Guido Ghisolfi, Vice Chairman of the Mossi & Ghisolfi group and CEO of Beta …

Smart Plantation — June 18-19, 2015 — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
April 20, 2015 – 11:57 am | No Comment
Smart Plantation —  June 18-19, 2015 —  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Farming the smart way is the way to stay ahead of game. To keep up with future demand, planters and farmers will need to work in smarter ways to increase productivity. Given the lack of …

Digital Soil: The Four Secrets of the New Agriculture
March 10, 2015 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To make fuel, chemicals, fiber, food more productively than ever before — it starts in the field with the New Agriculture.  Here’s what’s happening as Silicon Valley converges with Silicon …

The Neodiesel Revolution Heads Offshore: Benefuel, Felda Expand in Malaysia
March 4, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s New, it’s Neo — the neodiesel companies — brimming with technologies to create cleaner alternatives to a powerhouse fuel. They have the performance, half the carbon, and a range …

The Outlook for Renewable Fuels: The Top 10 issues for 2015
February 13, 2015 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …Here’s our most recent update, focusing on 10 key issues (though not ranked in order of importance):
1. Oil price volatility — will it stabilize?
2. RIN price volatility — will the …

China Sees Biofuel Potential
February 11, 2015 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Daily Express)  Kota Kinabalu: A biofuel expert based in China has identified Sabah as a suitable location for planting sweet sorghum that can produce biofuel.  Minister of Special Tasks Datuk Teo Chee Kang recently met …

4 Minutes with… Douglas Furtek, Director, Operational Innovation, R&D, Teck Guan Group
February 9, 2015 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Teck Guan Group is a progressive multinational (Malaysia, China, Indonesia) oil palm plantation, palm oil mill, and oleochemical company. We are now converting our massive amounts of agricultural residues into …

B7 Biodiesel To Be Sold In Sarawak, Sabah, Labuan From End Of January
January 17, 2015 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Bernama)  A total of 366 petrol kiosks in Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan will be selling B7 palm oil biodiesel from the end of this month, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas …

VC Surprise: Spruce Capital, Xeraya Capital Announce First Close of New $150M Biogreentech Venture Fund
January 9, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As a newly-closed venture fund opens for business with a distinctly Malaysian flavor, we look at the state of venture capital and the new role of integrated sovereign investment.
From California …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2015
January 5, 2015 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what?  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014: Asia and Oceania
December 29, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The East is Green. Asia is confirmed as “the new Brazil” as project developers head en masse to the friendly receptions in Asian countries — based on energy diversification and …

Fancy Writing on Paper Made from Seaweed?
December 22, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Allan Koay (The Star Online)  The Algae Research Lab in Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, smells like the sea. …  Prof Dr Phang Siew Moi, director of the university’s Institute Of Ocean And Earth Sciences, …

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 …