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National Recycling Awards 2019 Entries Now Open DEADLINE: February 15, 2019

(MRW) This year we have 19 categories for entry including Food Waste Initiative, Recycling Facility of the Year and Recycling Excellence to name just a few. Remember the more categories you enter the better your chance of winning a National Recycling Award. The National Recycling Awards celebrates and rewards excellence for the most innovative recycling and waste

November 24, 2018 Read Full Article

€1,000 from 1,000 Growers to Restart Beet Industry

by Siobhan Walsh (AgriLand)  Beet Ireland is looking for 1,000 growers to invest €1,000 in the revival of the beet industry in this country. Over 50 people attended the first grower engagement meeting held in conjunction with the Irish Tillage and Land Use Society last night (Wednesday, November 7) in Carlow. It

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Scientist Awarded OBE for Services to Engineering and Energy: Honour for Celtic Renewables Founder

(Edinburgh Napier University)  Leading biofuel and sustainability expert Professor Martin Tangney has been awarded an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) at a ceremony in City Chambers Edinburgh for services to engineering and energy. The Edinburgh Napier University scientist, joins a select list of previous

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Minister Launches BEACON Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre and National Pilot Biorefining Facility

(University College Dublin Innovation) €28 million in total invested in BEACON and National Bioeconomy Campus;  Launch at Lisheen part of inaugural Bioeconomy Ireland Day  —  Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD today launched the new €22.2 million BEACON Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre at the €5.75 million National Bioeconomy Campus

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Waste Gasification: 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 2-Stage Incineration and “True” Gasification

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) IEA Bioenergy Task 33 is a working group of international experts with the aim to promote the commercialization of efficient, economical and environmentally preferable thermal biomass gasification processes. Here, Lars Waldheim of Waldheim Consulting gave this illuminating overview of wastes as a gasifier fuel, Waste fuel characteristics

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Biogas Projects Popping up Everywhere – Are They the Magical Solution We’ve Been Looking for?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Like a beautiful unicorn flying in the sky, biogas production is taking off in Denmark, accounting for almost 19% of the gas used in Denmark this July – an impressive 50% increase from last year! The Danish state company Energinet, which owns and runs the

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

NUI Galway Scientists Identify Genetic Plant Breeding Strategies to Develop Better Sugar Beet Varieties

(NUI Galway)  Plant biotechnologists from the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway have identified genetic breeding strategies to develop bigger and better sugar beet. Sustainable intensification of agriculture to meet rapidly growing global demand for food and non-food products produced by crops will require higher yielding crop varieties that can produce

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

MaREI Secure €4.4 Million to Support Ireland’s Indigenous Biomass and Bioenergy Industry

(Science Foundation Ireland)  … The Spoke research teams will collaborate in developing technologies capable of converting a wide variety of residues and by-products to homogenous energy carriers and optimising performance of internal combustion engines using advanced fuels including biofuel blends. The Spoke work programme will complement existing MaREI activities in the

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Swiss Re No Longer Offers Re/Insurance to Firms with More Than 30% Coal Exposure

(Insurance Journal)  Swiss Re announced it no longer is providing re/insurance to businesses with more than 30 percent exposure to thermal coal across all lines of business. The thermal coal policy applies to both existing and new thermal coal mines and power plants, and is implemented across all lines of business

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Minister Humphreys Announces College Group’s €10m expansion

(College Group)  Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD today announced that College Group will invest €10m in building a new renewable energy facility producing biofuel from used cooking oil and animal fats in north Co. Meath. The investment is supported by the Irish government through Enterprise Ireland. The

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Reproducible, High-Yielding, Biological Caproate Production from Food Waste Using a Single-Phase Anaerobic Reactor System

by Corine Orline Nzeteu, Anna Christine Trego, Florence Abram, and Vincent O’Flaherty (Biotechnology for Biofuels)  … In recent years, organic waste streams have been investigated as attractive and sustainable feedstock alternatives. In particular, attention has recently focused on the production of caproate from mixed culture fermentation of low-grade organic residues. The current

April 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Ireland Increases Crop-Based Biofuel Transport Share, Provides ‘Business Certainty’

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv) Ireland’s environment ministry has decided to increase the crop-based biofuel share in transport to 10% from the existing 8% and draw a 2030 plan aiming to provide long-term business certainty in the field. Irish Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten published a draft order,

April 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Project Focus: Converting Dairy By-Products into High Value Bio-Based Chemicals.

(AgriChemWhey/Biobased World News)  … Producers that can access plentiful feedstocks with the minimum of fuss can have the best of both worlds – exactly the position that Ireland finds itself in. The country is in the midst of a bio-based revolution and one company is doing particularly well, calling on the

March 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Brews, Bangers and Biofuels – Ireland’s Bioeconomy Looking up

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … But it’s also about whisky, as reported in the Digest in July 2017, and how Celtic Renewables puts whisky in the car and not just in the jar. It’s about Cork County’s announcement that they are looking into using grass cuttings as biofuel to power homes. It’s

March 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Celtic Renewables Founder Awarded Honorary OBE

(Celtic Renewables)  Leading biofuel and sustainability expert Professor Martin Tangney – founder of Celtic Renewables – has been awarded an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). The Queen makes honorary awards to non-British citizens on the advice of the UK Foreign Office. The Edinburgh based

February 6, 2018 Read Full Article

The European Parliament Just Avoided a Biofuels Fail. Now Here’s How to Move forward on Decarbonising Transport

(ePure)  2030 EU target for renewables in transport leaves an opening for sustainable crop-based biofuels to help reach Paris goals  —  The European Parliament’s vote to phase out palm oil and allow some crop-based biofuels is a welcome recognition that the EU needs all the sustainable tools it can get in the

January 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Irish University Leads EU-Funded Project for Natural Gas Vehicles

(NGV Journal/NUI Galway)  National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) and Gas Networks Ireland are leading a new transport revolution as they introduce CNG and renewable natural gas for trucks, vans and buses. … In addition to this, a renewable gas injection facility will be built in 2018. This will introduce

January 3, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Ireland Funds New Bioeconomy Innovation and Piloting Facility

(Agro-Chemistry/University College Dublin)  The Irish Bioeconomy Foundation CLG will receive a funding of €4.6 million from the Ministery for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, to develop a new Bioeconomy Innovation and Piloting Facility at Lisheen, Co. Tipperary. The facility will enable industry, entrepreneurs and researchers to scale technologies that convert Ireland’s natural

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Producers Work with UN to Accelerate Shift to Low Carbon

(Ethanol Europe Renewables, Ltd./EurActiv)  EERL partners with UN Climate Change for COP 23  —  Ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Bonn (COP 23, 6-17 November), Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd (EERL) and UN Climate Change have partnered to boost the deployment of biofuels in the transport sector. Transport is the second biggest

October 19, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

These Countries Want to Ban Gas and Diesel Cars

by Alanna Petroff (CNN) China, the world’s largest car market, is working on a plan to ban the production and sale of vehicles powered only by fossil fuels.  It has plenty of company: India, France, Britain and Norway want to ditch gas and diesel cars in favor of cleaner vehicles. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has

October 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Getting to the Point (Mutations) in Re-Engineering Biofuel-Producing Bacterial Enzymes

(Newswise/U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers from Spain, Poland and Ireland have developed a new computational method to rapidly screen the effects of point mutations in bacteria to make biofuel production more efficient  —   Converting fibrous plant waste, like corn stalks and wood shavings, into fermentable simple sugars for the production

September 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Queen’s Researcher Turning Dirty Tinfoil into Biofuel Catalyst

(Queen’s University Belfast)  A researcher at Queen’s University Belfast has discovered a way to convert dirty aluminium foil into a biofuel catalyst, which could help to solve global waste and energy problems. In the UK, around 20,000 tonnes of aluminium foil packaging is wasted each year – enough to stretch

August 10, 2017 Read Full Article

EU’s Biofuels U-Turn Is Final Nail in Coffin of Irish Sugar

by Dick Roche (Irish Examiner)  When it was enacted in 2009, the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive was seen as a progressive step towards meeting Europe’s climate change targets ….  —  The directive — which provided that by 2020 at least 10% of EU transport sector energy must come from renewable

August 7, 2017 Read Full Article

OFTEC’s Future Vision Launched at Annual Conference

(OFTEC)  … OFTEC CEO Paul Rose formally shared OFTEC’s vision for the future with attendees on Tuesday 20 June at The Hilton Puckrup Hotel near Tewkesbury. The vision focuses on a two-stage approach, looking at a boiler replacement programme in the short term (2018-2022) and introducing a low carbon liquid

August 2, 2017 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  ECO-BIO 2018 — March 4-8, 2018 — Dublin, Ireland     DEADLINE:  September 15, 2017

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: ECO-BIO 2018 — March 4-8, 2018 — Dublin, Ireland DEADLINE: September 15, 2017

ECO-BIO 2018 will highlight the latest research and innovation towards developing industrially viable, safe and ecologically friendly biobased (renewable biological sources) solutions to build a sustainable society. A topical and comprehensive programme will include: plenary and invited speakers, forum discussions, contributed oral presentations, a large poster session and exhibition. The

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article
  ECO-BIO 2018   —   March 4-8, 2018   —   Dublin, Ireland

ECO-BIO 2018 — March 4-8, 2018 — Dublin, Ireland

One of the main challenges of today’s society involves the much needed transition from an almost exclusively fossil-based economy to a more sustainable one, in order to counteract and reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases and associated rise in global warming. ECO-BIO 2018 provides a platform where industries, scientists, NGOs

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Ireland’s Public Transport Fleets Will Begin Transition to Sustainability

(Gas Networks Ireland/NGV Journal)  The National Transport Authority announced that Ireland’s public transport fleet will begin the journey to sustainability. Thus, energy company Gas Networks Ireland has called on the country’s transport operators to move towards natural gas and ultimately biomethane, since vehicles fueled by CNG benefit from fuel cost

July 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Irish MEP Criticises RED II Biofuel Phase Out

(Biofuels International)  MEP Sean Kelly, the lead negotiator for the largest group in the European Parliament on the Renewable Energy Directive, has heavily criticised the European Commission’s proposal to phase out conventional biofuels made from food or feed crops. Proposed changes to the Renewable Energy Directive, dubbed ‘RED II’, would

July 20, 2017 Read Full Article

CHASSY – New EU Yeast Biotech Project

(CHASSY)  … Yeast is already the powerhouse behind many food flavourings, the anti-aging compound Resveratrol, the malaria drug Artemisinin, the grapefruit extract Nootkatone, insulin, bioethanol, bioplastics, and there is potential for many more industrial applications. To better exploit the potential of yeast fermentations, microbiologists in ireland have joined forces with scientists

May 3, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Dail Eireann Votes to Divest from Fossil Fuels

(Big News Network)  Following a vote in the Dail Eireann, Ireland is set to become the world’s first country to fully divest money from fossil fuels. The historic legislation was passed by members in a 90 to 53 vote in favour of the move. This will result in dropping of investments

February 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Commission’s Flip-Flop on Biofuels Puts at Risk Tens of Thousands of Jobs

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% to 3.8% by 2030. The ultimate objective of the Commission is to remove crop based

December 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Food Security Benefits Found in African Biofuels Production

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biofuels operations under the right conditions can lead to improved household food security in developing countries, concludes a new study. Irish university research is adding to the body of knowledge about the impact biofuels production has on food security in Africa.  Stephen Thornhill, research

November 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Come to Bioenergy Country: or, the Bioenergy Countries’ Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, the International Energy Agency has released its Bioenergy Countries’ Report, outlining the national renewable energy targets, total primary energy supply and contribution of bioenergy.  We’ve presented the information relating to EU counties, below. The complete report can be downloaded here. This report was

October 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Producers Set to Benefit from Green Partnership

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Biodiesel producers will benefit from a green partnership between Ireland-based industrial enzyme firm Monaghan Biosciences and Australia-based biochemicals specialist Leaf Resources, as Leaf Resources continues to seek glycerol for its proprietary Glycell process, its CEO said. Leaf Resources is currently commercialising its trademarked Glycell process.

August 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Euro 2016 Gets Biofuel Floodlights, Thanks to Joint Effort from Greentech Biofuels, Saint Etienne Metropole and Ondaine Agro

(GreenTechBiofuels)  Greentech Biofuels, an Irish Company based in Kildare Ireland specialising in green energy solutions, has teamed up with Saint Etienne Metropole and Ondaine Agro in order to bring biofuel-powered floodlights to one of the stadiums hosting Euro 2016. The three organisations will join forces to produce large amounts of

June 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Chicken Litter to Power a Biogas and Fertiliser Plant in Northern Ireland

(Bioenergy Insight)  Ireland-based renewable energy developer Stream BioEnergy has commenced construction in Northern Ireland on a new biogas plant that will process large volumes of chicken litter. The plant, to be located just outside the town of Ballymena, will generate 3MW of renewable electricity from up to 40,000 tonnes of

June 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Biodiesel to Power Lighting at Euro 2016

(Biofuels International)  Greentech Biofuels, an Irish firm specialising in green energy solutions, has teamed up with Saint Etienne Metropole and Ondaine Agro in order to bring biofuel-powered floodlights to one of the stadiums hosting Euro 2016. The three organisations will join forces to produce large amounts of biodiesel, which will be

June 16, 2016 Read Full Article

REA Report Shows Food Waste Collected Separately Will Save Money

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 reduce costs for businesses and local authorities. The U.K. has a legally binding recycling target

June 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Where Did Biofuels Technologies Come from?

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 originate from biomass.  The major difference between them is that fossil fuels are sequestered

June 2, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Boom-boom: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel’s Growth and Horizons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on the boom on in Renewable diesel. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from Will Thurmond, President of Emerging Markets Online — highlights from the upcoming Drop In Fuels 2020: A Global Market Study.  The recorded version

April 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Brazil’s Copel Plans 480-kW Biogas Plant in Parana State – Report

by Lucas Morais  (See News)  Brazilian power utility Copel (BVMF:CPLE6) is partnering Brazil’s International Centre for Renewable Energy (CIBiogas) to develop a 480-kW biogas plant in Parana state. The project, which will use waste from pig and poultry farming, will require an investment of BRL 17 million (USD 4.3m/EUR 3.9m)

December 30, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Panning for Green Gold: Developing the Algal Bioeconomy–VIDEO

(Enalgae)  EnAlgae has been about finding sustainable pathways for algal biomass. Initially the focus was all about energy, specifically as a biofuel. But our journey over the past four years shows that there’s likely to be a different future ahead for using algae – as energy in food for one

December 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Rise in Dried Grains Supply for Use as Animal Feeds Due to Increased Global Production of Biofuels

(Irish Examiner)  Due to increased global production of biofuels, there is a greater supply of associated protein-rich by-products such as distillers dried grains available for use as animal feed. These have been evaluated by Teagasc researchers at the Grange centre in Co Meath. They compared intakes and performance of beef cattle

November 27, 2015 Read Full Article

Minister Launches HITRANS Rural Airports Project

(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 footprint, two work strands have been developed to foster more sustainable energy use in the

November 4, 2015 Read Full Article
  AOCS Oils and Fats World Market Update  —  November 12-13, 2015  —  Dublin, Ireland

AOCS Oils and Fats World Market Update — November 12-13, 2015 — Dublin, Ireland

The AOCS World Market Update conference series was developed to create an environment where the brightest minds and most influential leaders in the oils and fats industry could collaborate for strategic thinking, as well as discuss the progress, opportunities, and challenges facing the industry. These conferences showcase world-class speakers and

October 19, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

New NIR Models Speedup Feedstock Analysis Process

by Daniel Hayes (Celignis/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Current chemical methods take days and are dependent on analyst’s skill. This contribution appears in the October issue of EPM. — Efficient cellulosic ethanol processes will depend upon the accurate analysis of lignocellulosic feedstocks. The relative importance of various biomass constituent properties depends largely on

September 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Is HVO the Holy Grail of the World Biodiesel Market?

(Greenea)  Overcapacity, shortage of sustainable feedstock, blending wall… they all contribute to the increasingly challenging situation on the biodiesel market in Europe. At the same time, new HVO investments start to pop up like mushrooms after a rain. But can this be the golden mean to what is happening in

September 8, 2015 Read Full Article

EnAlgae Research Points to Seaweed as Sustainable Feedstock of the Future

(EnAlgae)  Studies conducted by EnAlgae partners in Ireland, France and Belgium point the way to seaweed being a viable and sustainable feedstock for the future in North West Europe (NWE). This is the conclusion of a new paper entitled “Comparative environmental life cycle assessment of two seaweed cultivation systems in

August 21, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Seaweed as a Sustainable Feedstock of the Future

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Studies conducted by EnAlgae partners in Ireland, France and Belgium point the way to seaweed being a viable and sustainable feedstock for the future in North West Europe (NWE). This is the conclusion of a new paper entitled “Comparative environmental life cycle assessment of two seaweed cultivation

July 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Flogas Group Signs Letter of Intent with Sparks-based Alkcon Corporation

(Alcon Corporation)  Alkcon Corporation (the “Company”), a developer of natural gas processing equipment, has entered into an exclusivity agreement and a Letter of Intent with Flogas Group (“Flogas”) of Leicestershire, England. The agreement grants Flogas the exclusive right to market and sell the Company’s proprietary methane-to-propane gas conversion technology in

July 10, 2015 Read Full Article

EnAlgae Publishes Economic Model for Offshore Cultivation of Macroalage

(EnAlgae)  EnAlgae researchers have published an economic model to help to explore the economics of cultivating macroalgae at sea.  The model and report can be found here  as outputs WP2A7.06 and WP2A7.11. Both documents together are a study into the business economics behind growing seaweed at sea. They are free

June 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Uncertainty in RFS Sends the US Ethanol Industry to Overseas Markets: A Report from the National Ethanol Conference, “Going Global”

by Lais F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Last week, from February 17 to 21, the 20th National Ethanol Conference “Going Global” was held in Grapevine, Texas, with the participation of several representatives of the ethanol production chain in the States and other countries such as Brazil, Germany, Canada, Italy, Peru,

February 26, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Beyond Boats To China

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  After halting distillers grains imports late last year, the world’s top DDGS buyer is poised to resume business, but on what terms? The prospect of China reissuing distillers grains import permits bodes well for the product’s American exporters, but Randy Ives isn’t ready to

January 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Ireland Forced to Import 84% of Biofuel Needed

by Margaret Donnelly (Agriland) Ireland imported 126 liters of biofuels in 2013, 84% of what we used, according to An Taisce. An Taisce says the EU biofuels policy is failing to meet one of its key aims, namely, to boost self-sufficiency in terms of transport fuels. … However, compared to the amount

August 6, 2014 Read Full Article

National Trust for Ireland says Biofuel Targets Unsustainable

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Ireland, to meet binding EU transport targets, Ireland imported 126 million litres of biofuel in 2013 – some 84% of the total 150 million litres used last year. That’s according to An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland, which is drawing attention to the

July 1, 2014 Read Full Article

From the Sea to the Pump: Is Kelp a Viable Biofuel?

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

March 4, 2014 Read Full Article

Grass as the New Biofuel

by Lisa Deeney (Agriland)  A new European research project seeks grass crops that could be grown and harvested on marginal lands, away from areas suitable for food crops. According to the researchers, grass could be used to produce biofuels. The advantage of using grass crops is that they can be grown

December 27, 2013 Read Full Article

Algae Aquaculture for Bioethanol Production

(The Fish Site)  A team of European scientists is on a mission to prove that microalgae can be used to produce bioethanol as a biofuel for less than €0.40 a litre. … The EU-funded project DEMA (‘Direct Ethanol from MicroAlgae’) is focusing on cyanobacteria – a microalgae found in almost every

September 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Seaweed Biomass Cultivation Trials Concluding for At-Sea Project

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 July 1. At-Sea, which began in April 2012, addresses the challenge of mass harvesting of

July 9, 2013 Read Full Article

Seaweed Biofuels: A Green Alternative that Might Just Save the Planet

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 by the little beasties,” says Lars Brunner as he hauls 50kg of glistening, translucent

July 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Innovation Coupons Worth € 10.000 to Assess the Feasibility of an Innovative Bio-Based Idea

(Bio Base NWE)  The project Bio Base NWE is funded under the Interreg IVB NWE framework and has the objective to support the development of the bio-based economy in North West Europe (see www.biobasenwe.org for additional info). Within Bio Base NWE, innovation coupons providing access to the facilities of an

May 3, 2013 Read Full Article

EU Biofuels Policy Still Driving the Second Scramble for Africa

(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 have faced poor communities in Kenya as part of the second scramble for Africa. …Against

February 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Aviation’s Declan Ryan Invests in Irish Algae-Based Fuels Venture

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ireland, former Ryanair CEO Declan Ryan has joined investors in backing Aer Sustainable Energy Ltd, better known as Aer Bio. He was a director of Ryanair Holdings from August 1986 until 2004, holding several senior management positions including CEO. The Ireland-based group, AER Sustainable

January 28, 2013 Read Full Article

EU Farmers and Biofuel Industry Mobilise against the EC Biofuel U-Turn

(AgiTrade) In a letter to the European Commission in early October 2012, Copa-Cogeca, the EU farmers’ and agricultural cooperatives’ organisation, affirmed its opposition to EC proposals to limit to 5% ‘the use of crop-based biofuels’ in meeting transportation energy needs and to introduce indirect land use change (ILUC) criteria within EU

December 17, 2012 Read Full Article

A Million Tonnes of DDGs Pushed onto UK Market

(All About Feed)  Two huge wheat-for-ethanol plants are coming on stream in Britain supplying and extra one million tonnes of distillers grains to the animal feed industry. Material from these plants will help fill the cattle fodder gaps for the coming winter. In particular, the ethanol co-products will make a

October 31, 2012 Read Full Article

What’s a Biodiesel Guy Like You Doing in a Spark Ignition Place Like This?

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  That’s the question that Greg Murphy wants you to ask as he pilots the year-old Dublin-based Murphy Prototypes endurance race team to contention in European Le Mans and American Le Mans Series’ races. His passion, he explains, is motorsport .  He drove in a

October 18, 2012 Read Full Article

Aquadudes: 15 Saltwater-Based Energy Technologies Here to Save the Day

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Take the conflict over drilling for oil on federal lands in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. If you drilled the provable oil reserve in the entire federal ANWR and flooded the world market with it – the reserve would be used up in 9

September 11, 2012 Read Full Article

Ireland Says Competitive Algal Biofuels within 15 Years

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Mark Keenan writes in The Independent that within 15 years, Irish drivers will be filling up their vehicles with biofuel made from Irish grown algae. The projection comes from Julie Maguire, of Daithi O’Mhurchu Marine Research Station (DOMRS), in Bantry, which is set to become Ireland’s first

September 5, 2012 Read Full Article

National University of Ireland Galway Partners in EnAlgae project

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  National University of Ireland Galway recently announced that researchers within its Ryan Institute are participating in a €14 million ($18.5 million) European algae initiative. The program, known as the Energetic Algae—or EnAlgae—project, was announced in 2011 and is led by Swansea University. The four-year program,

February 22, 2012 Read Full Article

Sunflower Power And The Next Generation of Ulster Engineers

(University of Ulster)  University of Ulster engineers and pupils at a Portadown primary school have teamed up in a search for greener, more sustainable new fuels that could prove vital to our future energy requirements. Scientists from the Biomolecular Diagnostics and Engineering Group at Ulster’s Jordanstown campus – led by Professor

December 13, 2011 Read Full Article

Sugar Beet Industry Could Create 5,000 Jobs

by Suzanne Lynch  (Irish Times)  SOME 5,000 jobs could be created by the revival of the sugar beet industry, according to a feasibility study by the Irish Sugar Beet Bio-Refinery Group. The PWC-backed study is calling for the establishment of a bio-refinery plant in the southeast, which would produce sugar

December 5, 2011 Read Full Article

Ethanol Firm’s Next Bet: Algae

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  An emerging green industry aims to develop a new source of fuel to replace oil, but the quick money could be elsewhere. Green slime is growing in ponds next to an ethanol plant here, and Todd Becker intends to turn it into green money. Becker,

October 31, 2011 Read Full Article

Sugar Could Be Produced Again, Says Minister

SEÁN Mac Connell (Irish Times)  Ireland could be producing sugar and ethanol again when the European Commission ends its current quota system in 2016, the Agricultural Science Association annual conference in Maynooth heard yesterday. Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said figures in the first of two feasibility studies on the revival

September 13, 2011 Read Full Article

7 Guilty in European Biodiesel Investment Fraud

by The Serious Fraud Office (Biodiesel Magazine)  Seven men are facing jail after being convicted at Ipswich Crown Court for their roles in a boiler-room fraud that pulled in more than £8 million ($12,650,400). The Spanish-based operation targeted thousands of investors in the U.K. applying high-pressure telesales techniques to push shares

September 13, 2011 Read Full Article

European Partnership to Unlock the Potential of Algal Bioenergy

by Dr Matthew Aylott   (National Non-Food Crops Centre)  A major new €14 million (£12.3 million) initiative – bringing together experts from across North West Europe to develop the potential of algae as a source of sustainable energy – has been announced today (September 6, 2011). A number of leading European

September 7, 2011 Read Full Article

Streamlining a Community-Scale Solution

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

August 17, 2011 Read Full Article

Foster Wheeler Provides Engineering Services to Cynar for Conversion of Waste Plastics into Liquid Fuels in Ireland

Foster Wheeler AG  announced that its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by Cynar Plc to provide basic process engineering design services for a 6,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) plant to convert non-recyclable waste plastics into liquid fuels, primarily diesel. The plant will utilize Cynar’s pyrolysis

March 18, 2011 Read Full Article

Qantas and Solena to Explore Feasibility of a Waste to Jet Biofuel Production Plant in Australia

(GreenAir Online)  US-based Solena Group, which is seeking to build and operate a facility in London to convert waste biomass feedstock into sustainable jet fuel, has signed a letter of intent with Qantas to develop a business plan over the next 12 months with a view to building a similar

February 5, 2011 Read Full Article

EUR 6.1 mln Project to Farm Algae for Biofuels

(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 the plan and seeks to show the feasibility of turning algae into the next generation

September 30, 2010 Read Full Article

Ireland – Biofuel Debate

(Meat Trade News Daily)  BIOFUEL producers want the Government to protect jobs by prioritising home-produced fuels over exports under its new green fuel usage scheme. The IFA is enraged that the new Biofuels Obligation Scheme (BOS) could lead Irish people to buy imported fuels. The IFA argues that the Government’s

June 25, 2010 Read Full Article

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