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African Climate Technology Center (ACTC) Selects Nine Institutions to Develop Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Research Projects Across the Continent
March 23, 2017 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(AllAfrica)  The African Climate Technology Center (ACTC) has the mission of supporting Sub-Saharan countries in scaling-up the adoption of clean technologies for adaptation and mitigation, through activities that include knowledge creation and dissemination, support to …

New Research: Forcing Local Peoples off Their Lands Drives Almost Two-Thirds of Conflicts Between Companies and Local Communities in Africa
February 17, 2017 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(RightsAndResources.org)  Experts at Dakar event point to a significant cause of investment losses, work stoppages and violence across Africa: the failure of governments and companies to respect the land rights of indigenous and local communities

Sixty-three …

Novozymes Cuts Jobs, Says U.S. Policy, Monsanto Deal Pose Risks
January 20, 2017 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Teis Jensen (Reuters)  To cut 198 jobs, invest more in emerging markets; Says could take time to return to past growth rates;  Bayer takeover of Monsanto, US energy policy pose risks;  Q4 earnings beat expectations, …

Community Heroes Awards DEADLINE: February 1, 2017
January 2, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

(Awake Africa)  The Community Heroes Awards is an initiative of African Centre for Peace Building and Awake Africa Magazine which seeks to identify, celebrate and honor individuals and organizations who have committed themselves to promote …

NexSteppe Malibu Sweet Sorghum and Palo Alto Biomass Sorghum Approved for Commercial Sale in South Africa
December 15, 2016 – 8:42 pm | No Comment

(NexSteppe)  NexSteppe, a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for biobased industries, announced today that the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has approved four NexSteppe sorghum hybrids …

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

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

Petrobras Speeds Sales of Assets and Seeks Partners to Reduce Debts
September 21, 2016 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Nicola Pamplona (Folha de S.Paulo)  …  The idea is concentrate expenditure in operations connected to petroleum production, which have a higher potential to generate revenues.

All other operations, such as gas, energy, biofuel and the petrochemistry …

Global Biofuels Market Will Gain Momentum Due to Increasing Energy Security Until 2020, Says Technavio
September 18, 2016 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Technavio)  The global biofuels market is expected grow at a CAGR of nearly 6% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest report.

In this report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the …

Baseline Report of Clean Cooking Fuels in the East African Community
September 5, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Project Gaia)  Ethanol fuel production represents a significant opportunity for economic and social development in the East African Community (EAC) region. Ethanol can be produced locally using a variety of feedstocks that can be selected based on …

Doing More (and Better) with Less: 2016 Global Agribusiness Forum Shows the Ways to Provide Food and Bioenergy, with Sustainability, for an Increasing Population
July 26, 2016 – 10:48 pm | No Comment

by Lais Thomaz* and Dan Quadros** (Advanced Biofuels USA) With diverse and dynamic programming involving agribusiness, food safety, nutrition, sustainability and bioenergy, the 2016 GAF achieved its mission to gather producers, companies and academia to discuss …

Solutions from the Land Leaders Bring North American Climate Smart Agriculture Ideas to Global Summit in Rome
June 16, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(North American Climate Smart Agricultural Alliance)  Solutions from the Land (SfL) is taking an active role in the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) summit underway this week in Rome, pressing business, government, NGO …

Cars and Trucks Burn Almost Half of All Palm Oil Used in Europe
June 2, 2016 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(Transport & Environment)  …  In 2014, 45% of all the palm oil used in Europe ended up in the tanks of cars and trucks, data from EU vegetable oil industry association Fediol and obtained by green …

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

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

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: The 2016 Visual Guide
April 4, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 64 countries have targets or mandates – but how much where, and when, and what?  The bulk of mandates continue to come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive specified …

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Visits the BioCube™
April 4, 2016 – 11:28 am | No Comment

(BioCube™)  The BioCube Corporation was delighted to have The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada visit the BioCube™ at the GLOBE 2016 Conference in Vancouver last week. Held every two years in Vancouver, …

The Yield Dividend: 5-10X Increase in Sorghum Opening New Options for Africa?
April 1, 2016 – 9:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In South Africa,, Chromatin and Zaad Holdings have entered into an alliance to produce and distribute planting seed for grain and forage sorghum throughout the African continent.

In Africa, sorghum is …

AP Interview: Corruption Probe Holds Lessons for Monaco
April 1, 2016 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Angela Charlton (Associated Press/Washington Post)  Monaco’s government says it’s investigating how an alleged vast oil corruption scandal involving a Monaco-based company long went unnoticed, even though the principality has opened up its financial sector …

US Agency Sets Sights on Grass in Bid to Make a Better Biofuel
March 21, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  Arpa-E project deploys drones and robots to breed fast-growing, drought-resistant and greener biofuel from sorghum which could replace corn ethanol — A US government agency is trying to build a better …

Women Are Central to Africa’s Energy Transformation
March 9, 2016 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

by Fiona Lambe and Marion Davis (Stockholm Environment Institute/Reuters)  … The reality, of course, is that electricity will not reach all households in the immediate future – not to mention, power is so unreliable in much of …

Biodiesel Opportunities Abroad
January 13, 2016 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Several U.S. producers, including Genuine Bio-Fuel, Hero BX and the now-defunct Promethean Biofuels, in addition to Miami-based biodiesel exporter and hopeful technology provider Lagosur, sketch out overviews of international developments.

“Taxation, …

14 More Answers for your Burning Questions about Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, the New Agriculture, and Biobased Products
December 28, 2015 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Q. How have the US elections and the regulatory situation in the US impacted development of biofuels for other countries, particularly Latin America? …  Not much impact from the 2014 …

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: From Rhetoric to Reality
December 22, 2015 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Shelagh Whitley and Laurie van der Burg (New Climate Economy)  The research underpinning this New Climate Economy Working Paper was a major input into the 2015 New Climate Economy report and articulates the practical steps …

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 …

U.S. Oil Refiners Look Abroad for Crude Supplies as North Dakota Boom Fades
November 4, 2015 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Catherine Ngai (Reuters) … North Dakota’s Bakken production peaked at 1.153 million barrels per day in June, and had fallen to 1.13 million barrels per day by August, according to state data.

The …

The African Development Bank and Partners Host Energy Week in Abidjan
September 15, 2015 – 10:58 am | No Comment

(African Development Bank Group)  The African Development Bank (AfDB) is hosting and co-organizing Energy Week, a series of events, including high-level discussions and partnerships focusing on lighting up and powering Africa, and unlocking the continent’s …

Cooking with Ethanol: Benefits, Key Challenges and Lessons Learned
August 7, 2015 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(Partnership for Clean Indoor Air)  Over the last ten years, organizations like Project Gaia Inc. and its partners have been promoting clean cookstoves that are powered by ethanol, and have worked to help communities become …

Technology No Silver Bullet for Africa’s Farming Challenges, Says Entrepreneur
August 4, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Dinfin Mulupi (How We Made It in Africa)  Africa is seeing a surge in mobile phone-based solutions promising to revolutionise the agricultural industry. Technology entrepreneurs have developed mobile platforms offering a variety of solutions, …

Understanding Global Agriculture in 15 Minutes
July 17, 2015 – 10:09 am | No Comment

by By Tom Schenk (Agriculture 2.0)  Over the past ten years, scores of articles have been written about the merits of investing in farmland as well as the challenges of producing enough food to feed a …

THE CASE FOR BIOFUEL: The Magic Bullet for Energy Security and Rural Development in Africa
July 16, 2015 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Around 770,000 BC, it was fire, at some point – wood, dung and coal, to the now-ominous fossil fuels. This is the evolution of energy, and today the evolution …

Food in the Age of Biofuels
July 3, 2015 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Jose Graziano da Silva (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization/Project Syndicate) … But this is a false dichotomy. The choice cannot be between food and fuel. We can make good use of both. Given the right conditions, biofuels …

Stoves that Save: Poet Partners to Fight Pollution and Deforestation in Haiti with Ethanol Cookstoves
June 29, 2015 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Janna Farley (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Deforestation and pollution have distressed the country’s environment and beauty. The chronic effects of disease, economic instability and social unrest, coupled with the infrastructure devastation from the 2010 earthquake, …

Wasting the Savanna
May 11, 2015 – 9:30 am | No Comment

By Tim Searchinger and Lyndon Estes (The Washington Post/Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs)  In recent years, as governments have begun to protect tropical forests because of the carbon they store, …

Food vs. Food and Fuel
March 13, 2015 – 8:36 pm | No Comment

By Hilary Landfried (Project Gaia)  … We rarely think of it here in the West, hooked up to electric and gas grids as we are, but nearly half of the world’s population still cooks on biomass fuels …

Tough Characters: Looking for Biofuel Plants that Can Survive Drought and Other Harsh Conditions
February 16, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Chris Woolston (Bioenergy Connection)  With its crown of pink blossoms, the humble seashore mallow may look unassuming, even delicate. But when it comes to brutal environments, this seaside shrub is no pushover.  Seashore Mallow …

Imposing Carbon Price Would Spur Bioenergy, Slash Emissions — MIT Study
January 16, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka  (E&E Publishing / Greenwire) Bioenergy production would boom and spur steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions if a global price is slapped on carbon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say in a …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014 (EU, Middle East and Africa)
December 29, 2014 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aviation biofuels on the rise, in the skies” tops the trend list; drop-in and cellulosic ethanol projects; M&A and cap raises, and action from strategic investors and customers dominate the …

A New Three-Legged Platform for the Advanced Bioeconomy? The Castor, Jatropha, Pongamia Strategy.
December 17, 2014 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Castor, jatropha, pongamia — the three steps that Bosques Energeticos is taking in piloting its way to success in fuels, chemicals and other markets. Can the early-stage company thrive, based …

Meghan Sapp, Secretary General, PANGEA, and Senior Editor, The Digest
December 15, 2014 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  PANGEA is a leader in the promotion of technology transfer and investment into Africa’s growing bioeconomy, … .  PANGEA in 2015 is breaking out beyond its traditional policy-oriented focus, away …

Biofuels Help Boost Sustainable Transport and Support Rural Development in Africa: GRFA
October 29, 2014 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, as the first African Sustainable Transport Forum gets under way in Nairobi, Kenya, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) called on forum attendees to adopt biofuels friendly policies and regulations that …

Is the Next “Green Revolution” Right Around the Corner?
October 17, 2014 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Caitlin Kennedy (Biotech NOW)  National Geographic’s October issue contains an in-depth article, “The Next Green Revolution” on how plant biotechnology will be one part of a multifaceted solution to feeding a rapidly growing population in the face of …

Africa, ME, Asia to Drive Global Biofuels Demand to 115 mn Tonnes by 2018
September 9, 2014 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(Business Standard)  Growth in 2013-18 period likely to be moderate compared to 2008-13 period as demand from the US stagnates, says the Freedonia Group report.

Asia-Pacific region, Central and South America, and the Africa/Mideast region are …

New Council of International Biotech Associations Formed
July 22, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  An international confederation of biotechnology trade associations announced today the ratification of bylaws creating the International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA), with the expressed purpose of advocating for public policies that support …

Summary of World Bioenergy Association Global Bioenergy Statistics 2014
June 27, 2014 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Bioenergy is considered to be an important source of energy for the next decades for several reasons. Most important reasons are: bioenergy can contribute to the reduction of CO2, …

China New Energy Limited Agreement to Provide Specialist 2nd Cellulosic Generation Biofuel Technology
December 17, 2013 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

(China New Energy)  The Board of CNE (AIM:CNEL), the AIM quoted engineering and technology solutions provider to the bioenergy sector, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an contract with Jilin Province New …

Leave the Oil in the Soil; Leave the Coal in the Hole
November 22, 2013 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

Excerpts from a November 10, 2013, letter from 74 African organizations to US President Barack Obama.

Dear President Obama,

We are African organizations working for the realization of a healthy and just environment for the people of …

Argentine Biodiesel Exports Seen Increasing on Demand From U.S.
November 19, 2013 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by  Whitney McFerron (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Argentina, the world’s biggest biodiesel exporter, is increasing shipments of the fuel on stronger U.S. demand, Oil World said.

Argentine exports of biodiesel made from soybean oil will climb to 450,000 metric …

Dust Unto Dust
November 7, 2013 – 10:31 am | No Comment

by Mary C. Scholes, Robert J. Scholes (Science Magazine)    In the past, great civilizations have fallen because they failed to prevent the degradation of the soils on which they were founded (1). The modern world could suffer …

Biofuels Producers Hunting Foreign Fields
October 25, 2013 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Mackinnon Lawrence (Forbes)  … Companies like SG Biofuels, Ceres, and others are squarely focused on biotechnology innovation, involving complex biological modifications at the crop’s cellular and genetic level.  The central focus of these efforts is the optimization of …

One-Sided Report on Biofuels Cost is Wrong
September 25, 2013 – 8:13 pm | No Comment

by Rob Vierhout  (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The “accountancy-model” IISD used was one-sided, looking only at government expenditure but leaving out of the picture the revenues the industry is generating for government and society. A well-respected …

Project on Bioenergy in Africa Successfully Completed
September 19, 2013 – 9:45 am | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotriebstoffe)  The ERA-ARD project “Bioenergy in Africa: Opportunities and Risks of Jatropha and Related Crops” was officially closed at the end of March 2013. Within this project the coordinator published 5 Policy Briefs with …

7 Hot Energy Crops for Advanced Biofuels: What’s Happening?
August 8, 2013 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Miscanthus, sorghum, switchgrass, jatropha, camelina, carinata, and arundo. Who’s doing what to bring these crops to scale — and who are the potential big winners?

… Just when you start feeling great …

Alternative Biofuel Crops to Fuel the Future of the Poor
July 24, 2013 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert/World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF))   The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have launched the IFAD-ICRAF Programme for the Development of Alternative Biofuel Crops, an initiative focused on providing clean …

Africa: Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity
July 22, 2013 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Makhtar Diop (AllAfrica)  Few development challenges in Africa are as pressing and controversial as land ownership and its persistent gap between rich and poor communities.

With a profound demographic shift in Africa from rural areas …

Africa: Algae Biofuels Deemed Unsuitable for Developing Nations
July 22, 2013 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Joel Winston (AllAfrica)  Significant uncertainties about the development of algae biofuels and a lack of research and development capabilities make this potential energy source an unsuitable option for developing countries, according to researchers from …

How Biobased Energy, Consumer Goods Will Become the Biggest Vertical in Cleantech
July 22, 2013 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Richard Herbert (Biofuels Digest)  Portfolios may be littered with the bones of first generation biofuels startups, but for strategic investors, the biofuels industry as a whole is far from cold in the grave. In fact, …

Walking Away from Biofuels Will Not Solve Concerns about Them
July 5, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Carlo Hamelinck  (Euractiv.com/Ecofys)  …By effectively decreasing the ambition on biofuels, as it is currently debated in the European Parliament and the Council, we walk away from concerns without solving them.

There are a few key …

Scientists Alarmed by Rapid Spread of Brown Streak Disease in Cassava
May 13, 2013 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!)  World’s cassava experts to wage war against cassava viruses; introduction into Nigeria, the largest cassava producer in the world, could result in drastic food shortages in this part of Africa

Cassava experts are reporting new …

Who’s Fooling Whom? The Real Drivers in Africa’s Food Crisis
April 24, 2013 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, PANGEA (Partners for Euro-African Green Energy) launched an update to its report “Who’s Fooling Whom? The Real Drivers Behind the 2010/11 Food Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa”.

The report demonstrates …

Versalis Invests $20M in Genomatica, Launches JV for Bio-based Butadiene
April 11, 2013 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Italy, Versalis and Genomatica announced the establishment of a technology joint venture for bio-based butadiene from non-food biomass. The resulting process will be licensed across Europe, Asia and Africa by …

SG Biofuels Sees Deal in Southeast Asia or Africa in Six Months
April 5, 2013 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by  Louise Downing (Bloomberg)  SG Biofuels Inc., the green fuel biotech company working with Airbus SAS, is seeking a partner in Southeast Asia or Africa and expects to complete a cooperation deal within 180 days to expand its …

WBA: Enough Land for More Food, Feed, Biofuels
March 29, 2013 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  There is enough land available to produce more food, more feed and more biofuels, which are not the cause of global malnutrition problems, according to the World Bioenergy Association.

WBA makes …

SGB Confirms Genetic Diversity of Jatropha Is Comparable to Corn
March 20, 2013 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(SG Biofuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  …Through the use of new genetic technologies, SGB’s scientists have revealed that the company’s germplasm collection can be divided into a number of distinct heterotic clades, or genetically related groupings of plants. In …

BP Biofuels: Time for “The Really Hard Yards” in Biofuels Commercialization
March 14, 2013 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At World Biofuels Markets, BP CEO Phil New delivered a keynote speech which attempted to turn the industry’s attention towards “the hard yards” of operational excellence, saying that “it is arguable …

Myths and Facts about Bioenergy in Africa
March 12, 2013 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, PANGEA (Partners for Euro African Green Energy) is launching today a booklet outlining Myths and Facts about Bioenergy in Africa. The brochure is intended to demystify the …

Addax Bioenergy Earns First African Certification by Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB)
February 28, 2013 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(RSB Services)  The RSB Services Foundation, the implementing entity of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) which has developed a global sustainability standard and certification system for biofuel production, is pleased to announce that Addax …

VayuGrid Signs Agreement for Biofuel Zones in Zambia
February 15, 2013 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(VayuGrid/PR NewsWire)  EEP-SEA Selects VayuSap™ Among 168 Other Projects for a Grant of Over $1 Million

India-based VayuGrid and Zambia-based BetterWorld Energy have inked an agreement to partner on VayuSap™ biofuel development zones in Zambia. The development zones, based …

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

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

That Darn Devil, Them Dang Details: What’s Really Driving Food Prices?
February 15, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the new USDA long-term forecasts, rising global meat consumption stands out as a driver of rising food prices, exports.

…But you might ask yourself — in a world where you …

Despite Urban Migration, Scale Elusive for MSW-to-Fuels
December 5, 2012 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Mackinnon Lawrence  (Biofuels Digest/Pike Research)  There are few topics that get the clean technology sector excited less than trash. Meanwhile, the news is littered with stories discussing municipal areas from Zimbabwe to Los Angeles and …

The GM Tree Plantations Bred to Satisfy the World’s Energy Needs
November 16, 2012 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by John Vidal (The Guardian)  Israeli biotech firm says its modified eucalyptus trees can displace the fossil fuel industry

It’s a timber company’s dream but a horrific industrial vision for others: massive plantations of densely planted GM eucalyptus …

World Bank Rejects Call to Halt Land Deals
October 15, 2012 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Newstime Africa)  The World Bank has rejected a call to suspend its involvement in large scale agricultural land acquisition following the release of a major report by the international aid agency Oxfam on the negative …

Insight: U.S. and Brazil – At Last, Friends on Ethanol
September 17, 2012 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Brian Winter (Reuters/Chicago Tribune)  After years at each other’s throats, Brazil and the United States are working together to promote the use of ethanol in a collaboration that could revolutionize global markets and the makeup of …

Africa’s Water-Bioenergy Nexus Ensuring Sustainable Water Management in Africa’s Biofuel Sector
August 24, 2012 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

(Pangea)  Partners for Euro-African Green Energy (PANGEA) published a new report, Africa’s Water-Bioenergy Nexus. Ensuring Sustainable Water Management in Africa’s Biofuel Sector. The report describes ways to ensure a low water footprint in the African …

Southern Africa Development Community Countries Meet on Algae Development
August 10, 2012 – 9:40 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Leaders of the 14-member Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) came together at the St. George Hotel in Pretoria, South Africa, July 24-27, for a workshop on emerging technologies for sustainable biofuels and …

Face the Truth: Europe’s Biofuels Bonanza Causes Hunger in Africa
July 4, 2012 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by David Cronin (New Europe Online)  …The production of biofuels is a central factor behind the grabbing of land in Africa. Yet rather than using food crops, many of the players in this murky game …

The World Bioenergy Award to North America and Africa
June 4, 2012 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Expert)  The winner of the World Bioenergy Award 2012 was announced on 29 May in Jönköping Sweden: Mr. Harry Stokes, USA.

Mr. Harry Stokes has developed, funded and managed Project Gaia to improve the health, economic status …

East Africa: U.S. Firm to Turn Hyacinth Into Ethanol
May 24, 2012 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by David Muwanga  (AllAfrica.com)  As the East African Community (EAC) was planning to release a total of Ksh1b for the removal of the water hyacinth from Lake Victoria, a United States based technology company has …

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 …

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 …

JOil Sees Tripling of Jatropha Productivity over Next Eight Years through Application of Biotechnology
March 12, 2012 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(CheckBioTech/JOil)  JOil (S) Pte Ltd, a scientific bioenergy crop developer of New Generation Jatropha, discussed cutting edge science and biotechnology processes that could increase the present productivity of Jatropha from the less than 1 ton …

Biofuels Become a Victim of Own Success – but Not for Long
January 12, 2012 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington (Government Online)  For the first time in a decade, the vast biofuel industry has stalled. But with crude prices still high, charting a course towards biofuels that do more good than harm is …

VIASPACE Executive Highlights Giant King Grass Advancement & Commercial Opportunities in Africa to Generate Electricity, Manufacture Energy Pellets and Produce Bio-Fuels
December 12, 2011 – 7:33 am | No Comment

(Reuters/VIASPACE)  VIASPACE Executive Highlights Giant King Grass Advancement & Commercial Opportunities in Africa to Generate Electricity, Manufacture Energy Pellets and Produce Bio-Fuels:  Presents at the Biomass West & Central Africa Congress in Ghana

VIASPACE, Inc., a clean …

Africa’s Farmland in Demand: ‘Is There a Better Place than This?’
December 5, 2011 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Rick Westhead (The Star)  …Indian industrialist Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi has his eye on this lush scenery, too, but he sees something much different: the potential for large-scale commercial farming.

Karuturi, from the South Indian city …

African Association Aims to Drive Cleantech Development
November 29, 2011 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The African CleanTech Association launched Oct. 24 and, according to ACTA spokeswoman Suza Adam, the primary goal of the group is to assist in the development of African enterprises and …

Clean Food, Via Clean Fuel
November 28, 2011 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The secret that “food vs fuel” proponents don’t want you to think about? Not all food is created equal. Dirty food, made using dirty process, makes a dirty world. And …

SADC Urged to Consider Biofuel Regulations
November 28, 2011 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(Alternative Energy Africa)  Foreign firms are increasing their interest in the biofuel sector resulting in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) being urged to implement policy and legal mechanisms to foster responsible investments.

The World Wild …

China is Interested in Biofuels – Why Not the West?
September 15, 2011 – 8:53 am | No Comment

by John C.K. Daly (OilPrice.com/Clean Techies)   …According to PetroChina’s Petrochemical Research Institute deputy chief engineer Fu Xingguo, China is looking at generating 933,000 tons annually of fuel ethanol and 165,000 tons of biodiesel.

According to …

Assessing Opportunities and Constraints for Biofuel Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
August 29, 2011 – 8:57 am | No Comment

by Graham von Maltitz, William Stafford    (Center for International Forestry Research)    Sustainable biofuel production should provide opportunities for sub-Saharan African countries and their inhabitants, especially in impoverished rural areas. Biofuel feedstock production has the …

Nature Outlook Biofuels–Special Supplement
July 2, 2011 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

(Nature:  International Weekly Journal of Science)  Biofuels have big boots to fill. After more than 150 years of using petroleum and its products we have become dependent on it. First generation biofuels are showing us …

Addax Bioenergy Signs Loan Agreement for €258 Million Renewable Energy Project in Sierra Leone
June 27, 2011 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire)  Addax Bioenergy S.A. (“Addax Bioenergy”), a subsidiary of the Swiss-based energy group, The Addax and Oryx Group Limited (AOG), announced today the signing of a loan agreement with seven European and African development …

Biofuels in Africa June 9, 2011 Free Webinar
June 7, 2011 – 8:37 am | No Comment
Biofuels in Africa   June 9, 2011  Free Webinar

Biofuels in Africa: When it comes to clean energy production, Africa is at a crossroads. The production of industrial biofuels has the potential to be a boon for producers and could potentially sow the seeds …

Biofuels Boom in Africa as British Firms Lead Rush on Land for Plantations
June 1, 2011 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington and Stefano Valentino (The Guardian)  British firms have acquired more land in Africa for controversial biofuel plantations than companies from any other country, a Guardian investigation has revealed.

Half of the 3.2m hectares (ha) …

Germany Joins up with Lufthansa to Sponsor Biofuel Six Times Worse than Fossil Fuel
April 29, 2011 – 8:29 am | No Comment

by William McLennan (The Ecologist)  Campaigners are outraged over airline Lufthansa and German government funding for jatropha biofuels trial

The German government is financing a leading European airline’s biofuel trials despite claims from environmental groups it …

Microfuelers: Biofuels Companies Aim Big, by Thinking Small
March 28, 2011 – 9:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …NGOs in Africa have been touting for some time the use of ethanol cook stoves, to replace three-stone, wood based stoves that can trigger local deforestation and expose women and …

AfDB Group Approves Euros 65 Million to Finance Markala Sugar Project in Mali
December 13, 2010 – 8:39 am | No Comment

(AllAfrica.com)  The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved on Monday, 6 December 2010 in Tunis, a €30-million senior private sector loan and a €35 million loan from the public sector window to …

Brazil Set to Assist Tanzania Survey Biofuel Farming Areas
October 15, 2010 – 9:05 am | No Comment

by Beatrice Philamon (IPP Media)  Tanzanian and Brazilian experts are expected to carry out a countrywide survey to identify and propose strategic areas that would be allocated for biofuel farming.

“Our intention is to have special areas …

BioEnergy World Africa 2011 March 30-31 Johannesburg, South Africa
October 14, 2010 – 9:13 am | No Comment
BioEnergy World Africa 2011 March 30-31 Johannesburg, South Africa

Africa provides fertile ground for biofuels, biopower and biogas. Untap her potential!

Bio-Energy World Africa 2011 co-located with Africa’s biggest energy show Power & Electricity World Africa provides the ideal platform for innovation, best practices and …

Report Finds Bioenergy Production Can Expand across Africa without Displacing Food
July 27, 2010 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert)  Policies needed to address potential conflicts, but report views bioenergy as crucial to ‘unlocking Africa’s latent potential’.

Crops can be produced for bioenergy on a significant scale in west, eastern and southern Africa without doing …

LL Biofuels Namibia Produces Biodiesel
May 12, 2010 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)   LL Biofuels Namibia is set to produce its own biodiesel after signing an agreement that will see the cultivation of jatropha on 300,000 hectares of land located in the north-eastern Caprivi Region, Namibia.

The …

Namibia to Produce Own Biodiesel
April 22, 2010 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Chrispin Inambao (New Era)  LL Biofuels Namibia, a highly ambitious foreign-initiated and multi-billion-dollar venture, has secured 300 000 hectares of land from chiefs in Caprivi to plant jatropha, whose seeds will be press-crushed to produce …

Botswana Plans a 50m-Litre Per Year Biodiesel Plant
March 29, 2010 – 9:28 am | No Comment

by Mokagedi Gaotlhobogwe (MmegiOnline) Coal-rich Botswana has announced its ambitious plans to reduce carbon emissions by setting up a 50 million-litre per year bio-diesel processing plant to be fed from jatropha (oil seed) plantations by 2012. …

Biofuels Association of Zambia Urges Govt to Set up Biofuels Fund
March 23, 2010 – 9:12 am | No Comment

by Mutale Kapekele (The Post Online)  The government should set up a biofuels fund, Biofuels Association of Zambia (BAZ) chairperson Professor Thomson Sinkala has advised. …“Biofuels is a turnkey industry for Zambia. We must go …

How Food And Water Are Driving a 21st-Century African Land Grab
March 16, 2010 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by John Vidal (The Guardian; The Observer) …The farm manager shows us millions of tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables being grown in 500m rows in computer controlled conditions. Spanish engineers are building the steel structure, Dutch technology …

“Bioenergy for Sustainable Development in Africa” Lessons Learned from COMPETE, Brussels, 24-25 November 2009
January 21, 2010 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(Pangea Quarterly Newsletter)  … In 2009, PANGEA staff spent a great deal of time looking at the food vs. fuel controversy and working to find ways to re-frame the discussion into one of food and …

Africa: Land-Grabbing – the Why and the How
October 12, 2009 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Nikolaj Nielsen (All Africa.com; Pambazuka News)   … Biofuels were then and continue to be in many respects hyped as an environmentally friendly alternative to oil-based transport fuels. The United States, the EU and other …

Life Cycle Assessment of Biofuels from Jatropha curcas in West Africa: a Field Study
June 30, 2009 – 9:00 am | No Comment

by Robert Ndong, Mireille Montrejaud-Vignoles, Oliver Saint Girons, Benoit Gabrielle, Roland Pirot, marjorie Domergue and Caroline Sablayrolles (Global Change Biology Bioenergy)   In recent years, liquid biofuels for transport have benefited from significant political support due to …