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CALL FOR PAPERS: 10th Biofuels International Conference and Expo — October 4-5, 2017 — Edinburgh, Scotland DEADLINE: uncertain
February 16, 2017 – 4:57 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  10th Biofuels International Conference and Expo — October 4-5, 2017 — Edinburgh, Scotland     DEADLINE: uncertain

Do you want to meet more Biofuels producers and be part of our 10th year celebrations?

Now that the European Commission has released its plans for biofuels post 2020 with RED II, the industry can plan …

10th Biofuels International Conference and Expo — October 4-5, 2017 — Edinburgh, Scotland
February 16, 2017 – 4:21 pm | No Comment
10th Biofuels International Conference and Expo   —   October 4-5, 2017   —   Edinburgh, Scotland

Do you want to meet more Biofuels producers and be part of our 10th year celebrations?  Now that the European Commission has released its plans for biofuels post 2020 with RED II, the industry can …

UK Government Responds to CCC Decarbonisation Recommendations
October 21, 2016 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) The UK government has released its response to the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) recommendations to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. The CCC’s progress report, published in June 2016, focused on its priorities for …

UK’s Argent Energy Wins Awards for Waste-Based Biodiesel Supply
September 21, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

(Argent Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  Argent Energy, one of the U.K.’s leading suppliers of sustainable biodiesel, has won two awards at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) Low Carbon Champions Awards 2016: the Low Carbon Fuel Initiative …

Potential of Bracken Biofuel Examined in Blair Atholl
September 13, 2016 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(BBC)  A feasibility study is examining the potential of harvesting bracken and using it to make a bioethanol fuel.  A demonstration of the machinery needed to harvest the plant, usually regarded as a nuisance by …

Seaweed Farms Could Become Important Source for Biofuels Production in UK, Report Suggests
September 6, 2016 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Large-scale seaweed farms could become an important source for biofuels production in the UK, a new report by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) suggest.

The government department …

£1.7m Boost for Biofuel Firm
August 24, 2016 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(Motherwell Times)  A Newarthill project promoting the use of biodiesels has been awarded £1.7 million in EU funding. Argent Energy will coordinate partners from Austria, France and two from the UK, Perth-based Stagecoach Bus and …

Biofuel Firm’s Plans for Grangemouth
August 23, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by  James Trimble (Falkirk Herald)  A company renowned for using residues from the whisky industry to produce biofuel capable of powering cars wants to come to Grangemouth. Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables Ltd has lodged a proposal …

Adopting a Circular Economy: The Biorefinery Concept
July 27, 2016 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Paul Hudman (Renewable Energy World)  … For many governments, part of this shift involves adopting a circular economy approach, utilising all aspects of ‘waste’ throughout the production chain.

The concept of the biorefinery embraces this standard by …

This Scottish Company Is Turning Whiskey Waste into Fuel
July 17, 2016 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

by Jonathon Ramsey (The Drive) Enterprising Scots hope to save the world —  with the help of good scotch  —  As though scotch weren’t already the world’s greatest beverage, one Scottish company plans on using it …

Brexit: What Does It Mean for the Advanced Bioeconomy?
June 24, 2016 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, the British people voted to exit the European Union in a historic vote which was announced in the early Friday hours. Following the vote, UK Prime Minister …

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 …

US Looks to Go Gig on Biofuels as It Diversifies Away from Foreign Oil
May 12, 2016 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Anmar Frangoul (CNBC.com)  …   The DOE added that the U.S. is currently spending around $1 billion every three days on “imported oil.”  …  The importance of biofuels is only set to increase. A 2011 …

Scotland Commercializing the Biorefinery Concept
May 11, 2016 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Scotland is planning the move from an oil-based economy to a bio-based future. A key principle of the government’s desire to embrace a more circular economy in the process is the broad …

Government Spent Billions Turning 45% Of American Corn Into Ethanol
May 11, 2016 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Follett (The Daily Caller)  Roughly 45 percent of American corn is now used to produce biofuels like ethanol due to enormous levels of taxpayer support, according to an infographic published Wednesday by a global …

Biogas in Europe: Current Situation and Perspectives
March 4, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Dan Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This article is the result of a technical trip to Germany and the UK to participate in strategic meetings and visit labs; to attend seminars, an expo, a short …

Ultimate Review: The Unlimited Biotech Potential of Algae
February 8, 2016 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

(Labiotech.eu)  Is the Future of Biotech…Green? The Algae Industry ranges from Biofuels to Nutrition to Fashion and Microalgae hold lots of potential for the industry to expand. But why? And do Venture Capitalists agree?

Microalgae have already …

European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy — October 18-20, 2016 — Glasgow, Scotland
January 29, 2016 – 7:29 pm | No Comment
European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy   —  October 18-20, 2016  —   Glasgow, Scotland

EuropaBio, Smithers Rapra and Scottish Development International are proud to announce the globally renowned European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy will be held in Glasgow, Scotland from 18-20 October 2016.

This year’s event is set …

Researchers to Produce Aviation Fuel from CO2, Waste Biomass
December 31, 2015 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(Heriot-Watt University/Biomass Magazine)  Heriot-Watt University is to lead a £2 million ($2.98 million) project to develop low carbon aviation fuels from captured CO2 and waste biomass.

The multi-disciplinary project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research …

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 …

To Be, or Not to Be…Butanol and The Case of a Global Sustainable Society
October 15, 2015 – 9:58 am | No Comment

by Dr Kapil S Lokare (Biofuels Digest/Emerging Technologies Division of Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc.)  … Globally it has been recognized that there is an urgent need to create paradigm shifting disruptive technology that would help sustain individual …

Unlocking Nature’s Treasure-Chest: Screening for Oleaginous Algae
September 15, 2015 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

Stephen P. Slocombe, QianYi Zhang, Michael Ross, Avril Anderson, Naomi J. Thomas, Ángela Lapresa, Cecilia Rad-Menéndez, Christine N. Campbell, Kenneth D. Black, Michele S. Stanley & John G. Day (Nature) Micro-algae synthesize high levels of lipids, …

Whisky Biofuels Company Wins £11m in Government Funding
September 8, 2015 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Ben Martin (The Telegraph)  Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables uses waste products from malt whisky production to produce biobutanol, which power cars and lorries — A Scottish company that makes bio-fuels from the waste produced by the …

Scotland’s Argent Energy Commissions BDI for Multifeedstock Plant
August 26, 2015 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Austria-based BDI-BioEnergy International AG announced it has been commissioned to implement the next phase of construction—installation of multifeedstock technology—at Argent Energy (U.K.) Ltd.’s 13 MMgy biodiesel plant in Motherwell, Scotland, …

Scottish Biofuel Programme Secures Follow on Funding of a Quarter of a Million Pounds
August 19, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Scottish Biofuel Programme)  Following its successful run, the Scottish Biofuel Programme has been awarded a combined £219,000 from funders Zero Waste Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Transport Scotland as part of a quarter of a million …

Scientists Reveal Algal Oil Potential as Fuel for the Future
August 4, 2015 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Euan Paterson (Phys.Org/Scottish Association for Marine Science)  Researchers at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) have unlocked a treasure chest of ‘super-algae’ that could provide a previously untapped source of oil.

Using a newly …

Seaweed Farm to Begin Production off Argyll Coast
August 3, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Ilona Amos (The Scotsman)  PLANS have been unveiled that will see mainland Britain’s first commercial-scale seaweed farm set up in Scottish waters later this summer.  The new facility will be run as a demonstration …

3rd International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics (ECM3) – towards a Big Picture — July 7-9. 2015 — Aberdeen, Scotland
June 12, 2015 – 7:09 pm | No Comment
3rd International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics (ECM3) – towards a Big Picture — July 7-9. 2015 — Aberdeen, Scotland

To facilitate a rich exchange of knowledge between academia, industry, and research societies whom seek solutions to address energy challenges worldwide.

Introduction
Since James Watt, a Scottish inventor, improved the efficiency of steam engine, human civilization relies …

World’s First Biofuel from Whisky Residues Aim for Lead in £100m Market
February 26, 2015 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(The Engineer)  A Scottish company has revived a defunct fermentation technology to create biofuel from the residues of whisky production.  Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables said it now plans to build a production facility in central Scotland …

Celtic Renewables Opts For A Well-Oiled Remedy
November 20, 2014 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Ann M. Thayer  (Chemical and Engineering News) Scottish startup to make biobased chemicals 
from the leftovers of whisky production

The process for making Scotch whisky uses three ingredients: water, yeast, and a grain, primarily barley. About …

Seaweed Shortage Sets Back Dunbar Biofuel Plans
October 16, 2014 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(East Lothian Courier)  A Study involving seaweed washed up at Dunbar has been delayed – due to a lack of seaweed! Earlier this year, it was announced a project could be created to use the …

Celtic Renewables Wins Top Motor Vehicle Sustainability Award
September 15, 2014 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(Celtic Renewables) Celtic Renewables has been recognised by the motor industry, winning a top honour at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP)’s annual Low Carbon Champions awards.

The company won the Low CVP’s award for Low Carbon Innovation by an SME at …

Celtic Renewables Raises $2M, Partners with Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant
June 26, 2014 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Celtic Renewables raises $2M, partners with Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

Celtic Renewables, the Edinburgh-based biofuel company, has signed an agreement with Europe’s foremost biotechnology pilot facility to undergo next stage …

Of Auxins, Toxins and Raging Hormones: Does Biochar Really Work?
April 1, 2014 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … One of the latest entries is a study out of the UK’s University of Southampton, with assist from researchers in Scotland and Italy, that delves into the pros and cons …

Government Announces Boost in Funding for Scottish Biofuel Programme
March 10, 2014 – 11:43 pm | No Comment

(The Edinburgh Reporter) The Scottish Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing, on Wednesday announced a funding boost for the Scottish Biofuel programme at Edinburgh Napier University’s Sighthill campus. He pledged that along with funding …

EPSRC Awards £1.15m Grant to RGU and University of St Andrews Researchers for Biofuel Project in UK
December 5, 2013 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

(Energy Business Review)  The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded funding of £1.15m to Robert Gordon University (RGU) and University of St Andrews researchers for a project to investigate photocatalytic bioethanol production.

The …

How Whisky Makers Could Soon Be Providing A Superior Biofuel
November 21, 2013 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Spross (ThinkProgress.org)  With any luck, future whisky fans may be able to enjoy their three fingers in the afternoon with the added knowledge they’ve contributed to a climate-friendly energy economy.According to E&E News, …

Biofuels, Whiskey and Me
August 27, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In China, Dr. Martin Tangney recently appeared at the TEDxWanChai meet-up in Hong Kong, with a talk entitled “Biofuels, Whiskey and me”.

It reflects on Tangney’s experience of establishing the UK’s first …

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 …

Scottish Startup Thinks Whiskey Can Fuel More than an Epic Bender
July 1, 2013 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Signe Brewster (GigaOm/The Washington Post)  That 15-year Macallan you’ve been saving for a special occasion has a dark side: It was extremely inefficient to produce. The Scottish malt whiskey industry currently disposes of 90 percent of the …

Biochar Slashes Bioenergy Soil Emissions
April 8, 2013 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Tom Marshall (Planet Earth Online)  Adding charcoal to land used to grow bioenergy crops can greatly increase their overall benefit in helping cut our greenhouse-gas emissions, scientists have shown.

Applying so-called ‘biochar’ before planting energy …

Europe Hopes Algae Biofuel Grown in Seawater will Reduce Coal Consumption
February 11, 2013 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Joao Peixe (OilPrice.com)  In Europe’s quest for alternative energy sources to reduce its ever growing consumption of coal, a new EU research consortium, known as AccliPhot, has been created. Based at the University of Aberdeen …

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 …

Biofuels Programme Launched in Scotland
November 29, 2012 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A new Scottish biofuel programme officially launched this month after securing over a million pounds worth of investment.

The programme is a partnership between five Scottish universities and research institutions, with the £1.6 million …

Centre for Process Innovation Helps Make Whisky Fuel
November 5, 2012 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Kelley Price (Evening Gazette)  A Scottish whisky distillery is about to become the first in the world to turn its waste into advanced biofuel – here on Teesside.

Tullibardine, an independent malt whisky producer, is …

Scottish Buses Switch up to B30 Biofuel
October 30, 2012 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(The Green Car Website)  Stagecoach buses in Scotland are cleaning up their act with a new blend of biofuel.

Some 530 buses and coaches in East Scotland area and almost 400 vehicles vehicles operating as part …

Green Investment Bank Cleared by European Commission
October 23, 2012 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(BBC News)  The Green Investment Bank being set up by the UK government has been given the green light by the European Commission.

It ruled that the plan to lend for low carbon investment projects did …

Whisky Distillery Tries a Wee Dram of Biofuel
September 26, 2012 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Reuters) A small Scottish whisky maker is aiming to turn its by-products into biofuel and become the world’s first whisky distillery to fuel car and trucks in a move which could see Scotland’s 100-plus distilleries …

Biofuels Approval Boost to Scottish Oilseeds
August 26, 2012 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

(The Bioenergy Site)  NFU Scotland and Scottish Quality Crops (SQC) have welcomed the announcement that the European Commission has accepted SQC into the sustainability certification scheme for biofuels. That recognition is a huge boost ahead …

Scottish Renewables Investment Tops £2.8bn
August 13, 2012 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by James Murray (Business Green)  Scotland’s status as one of the world’s leading renewable energy markets was again underlined last week, after new figures revealed the sector has attracted more than £2.8bn of capital investment …

Tobacco, Alcohol And … Seaweed? Three Innovative Methods For Producing Biofuels
June 14, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Max Frankel (ThinkProgress)   …But in the world of science, researchers around the world are working on some very innovative ways to produce gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from more sustainable feedstocks.

Here’s a look …

Environmental Benefit of Biofuels Is Overestimated, New Study Reveals
June 11, 2012 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert)  Two scientists are challenging the currently accepted norms of biofuel production. A commentary published today in GCB Bioenergy reveals that calculations of greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions from bioenergy production are neglecting crucial information that has led …

Scotland Creates £3.4m Fund to Help Business Develop Green Technologies
March 1, 2012 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

(ClickGreen) Scotland’s Finance Secretary John Swinney has today announced funding to increase the energy and low carbon support available to Scottish companies.

The Scottish Government has awarded £3.4 million of European Regional Development Funding to six projects …

Glasgow Biofuels Scientist Unfurls ‘Electric Leaf’
February 20, 2012 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Clive Cookson (Financial Times)  Scottish scientists have found a more efficient way to make biofuels, using electricity rather than sunlight.

Their “electric leaf” is based on photosynthetic bacteria whose biochemistry has been changed through radical …

Scots Whisky Biofuel Team Launch Start-Up
January 27, 2012 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

(Edinburgh Napier University)  A NEW company has been launched to commercialise a process for producing biofuel made from whisky by-products.

Celtic Renewables Ltd, a spin-out from Edinburgh Napier University’s Biofuel Research Centre, will initially focus on Scotland’s …

B30 Biodiesel Blend Fuels Carbon Reduction Bid
October 21, 2011 – 7:00 am | No Comment

(Argent Energy)  Switching to Argent Energy’s 30 per cent biodiesel blend is helping a leading leaflet marketing specialist in its ambition to become carbon neutral by 2015.

EAE Ltd, who distribute display stands, tourist information leaflets and other …

Argent Secures £7m in Funding from RBS
October 12, 2011 – 10:05 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Biodiesel producer Argent Energy Group has been awarded £7 million (€8.1 million) from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to help fund its development.

…Lombard is funding the purchase of innovative equipment that will …

Scientists Look to Milk Potential of Cows’ Stomachs for Biofuels
July 29, 2011 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(News.stv.tv) Researchers hope that the animals’ ability to break down trees and plant material can be harnessed to create renewable fuels.

Scottish scientists are hoping to harness the power of cow’s stomachs to create a new …

More Advances in Producing Inexpensive Hydrogen
May 31, 2011 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Glenn Meyers (CleanTechnica)  There is now more good news on producing hydrogen, the clean-burning fuel that leaves behind water as an emission.

An international scientific team has announced creating hydrogen using ambient temperatures and pressure …

Key Players: Advanced Biofuels
April 5, 2011 – 7:52 am | No Comment

by David Beattie (Renewable Energy World Magazine)   …Importantly, and what sets these latest fuels apart from their first-generation predecessors, is the fact that they are produced using feedstock that would normally be classed as …

Scientists Aim to Improve Photosynthesis to Increase Food and Fuel Production
April 1, 2011 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(University of Glasgow)   Scientists from the University of Glasgow are working with international colleagues on a £5.4m collaboration to improve the process of photosynthesis.

Photosynthesis is the process whereby biological systems convert sunlight into food and …

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 …

Potato Power Future of Biofuels, Vodka Maker Says
September 9, 2010 – 8:38 am | No Comment

by Emma Jackson (WardsAuto.com)   First scotch, now vodka.  William Chase, founder of Chase Vodka, has launched a plan to convert waste potatoes from his U.K. distillery into a high-grade biofuel for vehicles.

“We have known for a …

Whisky By-Products Used to Produce Biofuel to Power Cars
August 20, 2010 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(Telegraph)  Scientists say they have created a new biofuel made from whisky by-products which could be used to help power cars currently on the road.   

Edinburgh Napier University has filed a patent for the product, which …

Salt Water: The Tangy Taste of Energy Freedom
April 9, 2010 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Scott Carpenter once noted that we know more about the heavens than the sea — but for biofuels, there is every urgent reason to look carefully to salt-friendly projects that …