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    Industrial Biotechnology for a Sustainable Future — January 30-31, 2019 — Glasgow, Scotland

Industrial Biotechnology for a Sustainable Future — January 30-31, 2019 — Glasgow, Scotland

IBioIC’s Annual Conference is the leading general IB conference in the UK. The conference celebrates the success of the biotechnology industry in Scotland  and provides delegates with the networking opportunities needed to drive new collaborations. IBioIC’s Annual Conference 2019, Industrial Biotechnology for a Sustainable Future, will take place on Wednesday 30th and

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Ingenza Embarks on Collaborative Project to Recycle CO2

(Ingenza)  Ingenza is pleased to announce a collaboration with the University of Dundee and Drochaid Research Services on a highly innovative project that aims to reduce the waste carbon dioxide generated by industrial biotech manufacturing applications. Funded by Zero Waste Scotland, the proposal involves capturing and recycling the emerging CO2 waste streams

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

From Food Waste to Biobased

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … “About 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year – an estimated one in three mouthfuls of food every day,” according to Alessandro Demaio, Chief Executive Officer of the Norway-based EAT, an international NGO engaged in the fight against hunger. “In poorer nations,

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

New Household Cooking Oils Recycling Service Launched

(Scottish Borders Council)  A new service which allows the public to recycle their leftover cooking oils has been launched.  The service is now available at all seven community recycling centres in the Borders and has the backing of Scottish Water, who last year launched a campaign asking the public not to put cooking oil

July 2, 2018 Read Full Article

New Hydrogen Project Launched on Scotland’s Orkney Islands

(Grupo Industrial Calvera/NGV Journal)  The equipment for the road transport of gases at high pressure developed by Grupo Industrial Calvera, company based in Zaragoza (Spain), are a key element for the European BIG HIT (Building innovative green hydrogen systems in an isolated territory: a pilot for Europe) project, whose launch took

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

DNA Study of Cow Stomachs Could Aid Meat and Dairy Production

(The Roslin Institute)  Meat and milk production from cattle could one day be boosted, thanks to analysis of microbes in cows’ stomachs.  —  Beef and dairy cattle, and other milk-producing ruminants, provide food and nutrition to billions of people worldwide. Understanding how these animals convert plant-based diets into energy will be vital

March 12, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article
  ‘9th International Conference on Biofuels and Bioenergy 2018 — March 29-30, 2018 — Edinburgh, Scotland

‘9th International Conference on Biofuels and Bioenergy 2018 — March 29-30, 2018 — Edinburgh, Scotland

Euroscicon Ltd invites participants from all over the world to attend ‘9th Edition of International conference on Biofuels and Bioenergy 2018 ‘ during March 29-30, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland, which includes prompt Keynote Presentations, Oral Talks, Young Research Forum, Technical Workshops, Poster Presentations and Exhibitions. On this great occasion, Organizing Committee heartily invites participants from all over

February 27, 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

Gene Editing Could ‘Unleash’ Algae Biofuel’s Potential

(Biofuels International)  An innovative gene editing technique could allow algae to produce ‘vast’ quantities of renewable fuels, new research claims. The method, developed by scientists at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, could lead to cheap ways of producing fuels, medicine, and products to be used in the cosmetics, food and

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

VIDEO: Planning Permission for Celtic Renewables’ Whiskey Waste to Biofuel Plant

(Waste Management World)  Celtic Renewables has secured planning permission from Falkirk Council to build a commercial demonstrator plant, which will produce over half a million litres of biofuel each year from whiskey wastes. Scottish biofuel start-up, Celtic Renewables Ltd, has secured planning permission from Falkirk Council to build a commercial demonstrator plant, which will

December 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Whisky Residue to Energy AD Facility Will Lower Scottish Distillery’s Carbon Footprint

(Bioenergy Insight)  UK anaerobic digestion specialist Clearfleau has started construction on a new biogas facility at a distillery in Scotland. Part of a £3 million project commissioned by Inver House Distillers, the new facility will generate energy in the form of methane-rich biogas from whisky residues. Inver House’s distillery at Balmenach

December 12, 2017 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2017 Guide to the 20 Top European Biorefinery Projects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You won’t hear it from the NGOs orbiting Brussels who have long figured out that bashing biotechnology is good for the fund-raising cash register, but Europe has become the hottest geography on the planet for deploying advanced bioeconomy projects. What was once a great place

November 23, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Zero Waste Scotland Report Shows 27 Million Tons of Waste and Residues Available for Biorefineries

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, a new report prepared by Ricardo Energy & Environment for Zero Waste Scotland found more than 27 million metric tons of available waste, by-products, agricultural residues and wastewater sludge could be used by biorefineries in Scotland, with an eye on grouping them into hubs

November 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Waste from Industry Could Drive Sustainable Investment in Scotland, New Report Finds

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  … The new report is entitled Biorefining Potential for Scotland and has been produced by Zero Waste Scotland. It aims to provide detailed insight into circular economy opportunities for waste and by-products generated in Scotland. … Maximising value from ‘bio’ resources is identified as a priority area with

October 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels International Conference and Bioenergy Insight Conference Cover Range of Issues

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  The future of bioethanol, advanced biofuel developments and an uncertain policy landscape were some of the hot topics discussed at this year’s Biofuels International and Bioenergy Insight conference. The conference took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 4-5th October. Rob Wakely, head of low carbon fuels division, energy technology and international directorate, at

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Scottish Growers Could Cash in on Green Biofuel Crisis

by Brian Henderson (Scotsman)  It became clear yesterday that Scottish wheat growers could have a major opportunity to supply grain to biofuel plants south of the Border – as the farm assurance scheme SQC moved to reassure producers that their validation for the EU’s renewables energy directive (Red) was still

August 25, 2017 Read Full Article

World’s First Car to Be Fuelled by Whisky Residue Biofuel Takes Its Inaugural Journey

(Celtic Renewables)  Celtic Renewables Ltd, the innovative and award winning start-up company, set the wheels in motion of the first car to be fueled by a whisky residue biofuel. The fuel – biobutanol – is a new advanced and sustainable biofuel, which is a direct replacement for petrol and diesel.

July 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Trial of Seaweed Farm under Way near Oban

by Kevin Keane (BBC Scotland) Trials have begun near Oban to create one of the UK’s first seaweed farms. Harvesting of wild seaweed has been taking place for centuries but researchers say there is huge potential to create a farmed industry. Experts say 96% of the world’s seaweed comes from Asia

April 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Novel Technology to Be Used in Search for Disease-Free Seaweed

(The Fish Site)  A hi-tech piece of lab equipment that could be used for the first time to help breed disease-resistant algae for the seaweed-growing industry has been delivered to the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) this week. Representatives from BMG LABTECH have recently delivered a NEPHELOstar to Dr

April 21, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

The EU’s Sweet 16: 16 of the Most Fascinating Projects under Development and in Deployment in Europe

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Europe is often thought of as a dead-end for biofuels, owing to a thorny debate over fuel mandates, and agricultural protection. But it’s a reputation entirely undeserved; some of the most fascinating projects are there. In this survey, we did not look at some excellent

April 11, 2017 Read Full Article
  International Intensive Biogas Training — June 20-22, 2017 — Dundee, Scotland

International Intensive Biogas Training — June 20-22, 2017 — Dundee, Scotland

For the second time the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the International Biogas and Bioenergy Center of Competence (IBBK Fachgruppe Biogas) are delighted to welcome you for a 3-day long (June 19-21, 2017) in-depth Biogas Operators & Planners Course at the Abertay University in Dundee. The course will be delivered

March 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Whisky Business: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Celtic Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In uniquely combining the whisky by-products, Celtic Renewables Ltd adapt the traditional Weizmann Fermentation process (also known as ABE fermentation) to a brand new and entirely sustainable novel substrate – not only providing a sustainable disposal route for the by-products of one of the UK’s

March 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Scottish Farmers Body Calls for Rethink over Distillery Biomass Plants

(Bioenergy Insight)  The Scottish Tenant Farmers Association (SFTA) is repeating its warning to the UK government that the “headlong drive to produce renewable energy from by-products of the distilling industry through anaerobic digesters and biomass plants will cause severe damage to the beef industry”. The supply of distillery by-products, draff,

February 28, 2017 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR PAPERS: 10th Biofuels International Conference and Expo — October 4-5, 2017 — Edinburgh, Scotland DEADLINE: uncertain

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 and prepare accordingly. Opportunities undoubtedly still remain as the sector evolves taking new legislation

February 16, 2017 Read Full Article
  10th Biofuels International Conference and Expo — October 4-5, 2017 — Edinburgh, Scotland

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 plan and prepare accordingly. Opportunities undoubtedly still remain as the sector evolves taking new legislation

February 16, 2017 Read Full Article

UK Government Responds to CCC Decarbonisation Recommendations

(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 the UK Government’s forthcoming emissions reduction plan. The response report, however, fails to give high

October 21, 2016 Read Full Article

UK’s Argent Energy Wins Awards for Waste-Based Biodiesel Supply

(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 of the Year Award and the highest accolade, the Grand Prix, or Winner of Winners,

September 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Potential of Bracken Biofuel Examined in Blair Atholl

(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 landowners, was held near Blair Atholl last week. … The study is looking at the

September 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Seaweed Farms Could Become Important Source for Biofuels Production in UK, Report Suggests

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 recently unveiled a report entitled, Seaweed in the UK and abroad – status, products,

September 6, 2016 Read Full Article

£1.7m Boost for Biofuel Firm

(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 Liverpool John Moores University, to recover waste oils and fats. They will then demonstrate how

August 24, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuel Firm’s Plans for Grangemouth

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 of planning application with Falkirk Council to build a plant facility in the town’s Earls

August 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Adopting a Circular Economy: The Biorefinery Concept

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 making use of the entire waste stream, recycling secondary products, valorizing co-products and even

July 27, 2016 Read Full Article

This Scottish Company Is Turning Whiskey Waste into Fuel

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 to help save the world. Edinburgh-based green energy company Celtic Renewables is planning to use

July 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Brexit: What Does It Mean for the Advanced Bioeconomy?

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 David Cameron said he would resign, and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was

June 24, 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

US Looks to Go Gig on Biofuels as It Diversifies Away from Foreign Oil

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 report from the IEA projects that by 2050, biofuels could provide 27 percent of the

May 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Scotland Commercializing the Biorefinery Concept

(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 application of Industrial Biotechnology (IB). IB applications drive Scotland’s “Biorefinery Roadmap,” specifically via the development

May 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Government Spent Billions Turning 45% Of American Corn Into Ethanol

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 warming researcher. … The infographic was compiled by Robert Wilson, an ecosystem and climate change

May 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Biogas in Europe: Current Situation and Perspectives

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 course and a symposium.  Posted after the article are two interviews with important researchers in this

March 4, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Ultimate Review: The Unlimited Biotech Potential of Algae

(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 been established as incredibly valuable to the biotech industry, in part due to their

February 8, 2016 Read Full Article
  European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy — October 18-20, 2016 — Glasgow, Scotland

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 to surpass the success of the 2015 edition, which attracted 650 bio-based professionals to

January 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Researchers to Produce Aviation Fuel from CO2, Waste Biomass

(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 Council will be led by Heriot-Watt engineers and scientists in conjunction with teams from Aston

December 31, 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

To Be, or Not to Be…Butanol and The Case of a Global Sustainable Society

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 economies – with the goal to sustain life on earth. Events such as the 1973-oil

October 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Unlocking Nature’s Treasure-Chest: Screening for Oleaginous Algae

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, carbohydrates and proteins photoautotrophically, thus attracting considerable interest for the biotechnological production of fuels, environmental

September 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Whisky Biofuels Company Wins £11m in Government Funding

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 whisky industry is to share in a £25m prize from the UK government to fund

September 8, 2015 Read Full Article

Scotland’s Argent Energy Commissions BDI for Multifeedstock Plant

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, owned by John Swire and Sons Ltd. The projected cost to install BDI’s multifeedstock biodiesel

August 26, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Scottish Biofuel Programme Secures Follow on Funding of a Quarter of a Million Pounds

(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 pound programme to continue its support to Scottish business until the end of 2015. The

August 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Scientists Reveal Algal Oil Potential as Fuel for the Future

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 devised technique, scientists examined micro-algae strains in the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa

August 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Seaweed Farm to Begin Production off Argyll Coast

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 project that will help shape the country’s embryonic seaweed cultivation sector. … But now scientists

August 3, 2015 Read Full Article
  3rd International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics (ECM3) – towards a Big Picture — July 7-9. 2015 — Aberdeen, Scotland

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 more and more on a steady supply of energy. Today we are at

June 12, 2015 Read Full Article

World’s First Biofuel from Whisky Residues Aim for Lead in £100m Market

(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 after manufacturing the world’s first samples of bio-butanol from the by-products of whisky fermentation. Celtic

February 26, 2015 Read Full Article

Celtic Renewables Opts For A Well-Oiled Remedy

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 10% of the output is spirits, and the rest is by-products. Those spirits can’t

November 20, 2014 Read Full Article

Seaweed Shortage Sets Back Dunbar Biofuel Plans

(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 seaweed from the town’s East Beach and turn it into a renewable bio-fuel. On average,

October 16, 2014 Read Full Article

Celtic Renewables Wins Top Motor Vehicle Sustainability Award

(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 a gala dinner in Milton Keynes where the Master of Ceremonies was actor Robert

September 15, 2014 Read Full Article

Celtic Renewables Raises $2M, Partners with Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

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 testing of its process to turn whisky by-products into biofuel that can power current

June 26, 2014 Read Full Article

Of Auxins, Toxins and Raging Hormones: Does Biochar Really Work?

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 of the soil amendment known as biochar. It’s a hot topic in the environmental world,

April 1, 2014 Read Full Article

Government Announces Boost in Funding for Scottish Biofuel Programme

(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 from the EU, Scottish Enterprise and partner institutions, will grant additional funding to the tune

March 10, 2014 Read Full Article

EPSRC Awards £1.15m Grant to RGU and University of St Andrews Researchers for Biofuel Project in UK

(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 four-year project is aimed at finding a cost effective, environmentally friendly way to produce

December 5, 2013 Read Full Article

How Whisky Makers Could Soon Be Providing A Superior Biofuel

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, a biochemist in Scotland recently founded a company to piggyback biofuel production off the whisky

November 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels, Whiskey and Me

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 Biofuel Research Centre and spinning out Celtic Renewables Ltd.  READ MORE includes video

August 27, 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

Scottish Startup Thinks Whiskey Can Fuel More than an Epic Bender

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 liquid it produces because it is undrinkable. Scotland-based startup Celtic Renewables wants to change that.

July 1, 2013 Read Full Article

Biochar Slashes Bioenergy Soil Emissions

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 crops can cut soil greenhouse-gas emissions by around a third. Soils are among the

April 8, 2013 Read Full Article

Europe Hopes Algae Biofuel Grown in Seawater will Reduce Coal Consumption

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 it is researching the potential of using seawater as a source of biofuel. …Traditional algae

February 11, 2013 Read Full Article

Growing Palm Oil Trees For Biofuels Could Accelerate Climate Change, Study Finds

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 a paper published in the journal Nature, an international team of scientists examined how

February 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels Programme Launched in Scotland

(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 ($2.5 million) funding coming via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Scottish Government and

November 29, 2012 Read Full Article

Centre for Process Innovation Helps Make Whisky Fuel

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 using Centre for Process Innovation’s world-class biotech facilities at Wilton. The fuel could be

November 5, 2012 Read Full Article

Scottish Buses Switch up to B30 Biofuel

(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 of the Stagecoach’s West Scotland business area are now using B30 fuel-a fuel blend

October 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Green Investment Bank Cleared by European Commission

(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 not break Europe’s state aid rules. Permission to use £3bn of government funds has

October 23, 2012 Read Full Article

Whisky Distillery Tries a Wee Dram of Biofuel

(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 feed a new 60-million-pound industry. Independent whisky maker Tullibardine has linked up with Edinburgh Napier

September 26, 2012 Read Full Article

Biofuels Approval Boost to Scottish Oilseeds

(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 of the Scottish oilseed rape harvest starting in the next few weeks.  The SQC quality

August 26, 2012 Read Full Article

Scottish Renewables Investment Tops £2.8bn

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 since the start of 2009. The figures from industry group Scottish Renewables were released on

August 13, 2012 Read Full Article

Tobacco, Alcohol And … Seaweed? Three Innovative Methods For Producing Biofuels

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 at three cool recent developments in biofuels: Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em: Scientists at

June 14, 2012 Read Full Article

Environmental Benefit of Biofuels Is Overestimated, New Study Reveals

(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 to the overestimation of the benefits of biofuels compared to fossil fuels. The critique extends

June 11, 2012 Read Full Article

Scotland Creates £3.4m Fund to Help Business Develop Green Technologies

(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 from leading Scottish universities and colleges. The projects will help up to 1,000 small

March 1, 2012 Read Full Article

Glasgow Biofuels Scientist Unfurls ‘Electric Leaf’

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 genetic engineering to make a liquid hydrocarbon very similar to petrol. The energy input

February 20, 2012 Read Full Article

Scots Whisky Biofuel Team Launch Start-Up

(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 £4 billion malt whisky industry to develop bio-butanol – a next generation biofuel –

January 27, 2012 Read Full Article

B30 Biodiesel Blend Fuels Carbon Reduction Bid

(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 promotional material to some 5,000 locations in Scotland have just taken delivery of 7

October 21, 2011 Read Full Article

Argent Secures £7m in Funding from RBS

(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 enable Argent to convert used cooking oil and tallow recovered from wastewater treatment companies

October 12, 2011 Read Full Article

Scientists Look to Milk Potential of Cows’ Stomachs for Biofuels

(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 range of biofuels. Researchers in Aberdeen and Edinburgh are studying the animals’ ability to

July 29, 2011 Read Full Article

More Advances in Producing Inexpensive Hydrogen

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 through a combination of sunlight and ethanol. The news has been reported in Nature Chemistry.

May 31, 2011 Read Full Article

Key Players: Advanced Biofuels

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 waste or non-food. These include parts of crops such as stems, leaves and husks as

April 5, 2011 Read Full Article

Scientists Aim to Improve Photosynthesis to Increase Food and Fuel Production

(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 the source of all the fossil fuels we burn today. Glasgow scientists Professor Lee

April 1, 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

Potato Power Future of Biofuels, Vodka Maker Says

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 long time that potato starch is an excellent source of bio fuel, but this

September 9, 2010 Read Full Article

Whisky By-Products Used to Produce Biofuel to Power Cars

(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 can be used in ordinary cars without any special adaptions, scientists said.    The biofuel

August 20, 2010 Read Full Article

Salt Water: The Tangy Taste of Energy Freedom

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 can utilize brackish water, or marshes, or the abundant three-dimensional world of the oceans. Virtually

April 9, 2010 Read Full Article

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