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Volume 3, Issue 3
Published: April 22, 2009
Last year was a far from normal for the European bioethanol fuel sector. It was a year characterised by record prices for raw materials, record prices for DDGS, an all-time high price for crude oil and... [Read more]
The US trade body the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has submitted some official comments in relation to the EU Commission’s decision on anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD). From 13 March... [Read more]
In 1973 the world experienced the first major supply shock from OPEC, leading to petrol shortages, and a sustained period of economic stagnation, and rampant inflation. As a response, the National Renewable... [Read more]
Ethanol Company (ETHCO) in Malawi is one of southern Africa’s most experienced ethanol producers, but is struggling to get optimum use out of its plant. Commissioned in 1982, the plant was originally... [Read more]
Suffi cient bioenergy in southern Africa, which mostly depends on petroleum products from the Middle East and southeast Asian countries, is expected to drastically reduce fuel import costs by almost 25%... [Read more]
South Africa’s biofuels mood could hardly be more muted as the country’s elections approach. Maize is still excluded from the government’s biofuels strategy and only a handful of projects still proceeding.... [Read more]
Many of the investors who showed initial exuberance in backing the biofuels industries and other clean energy projects have been burned. They were with companies like Aventine Renewable Energy, of Pekin,... [Read more]
A perfect biofuel crop would grow where food crops cannot, need no irrigation, no fertiliser and little care. It would grow fast, converting almost all the solar energy it soaks up into biomass and would... [Read more]
While jatropha certainly has potential as an oil crop, most of the interest to date has been driven by the short term commercial need to establish plantations, capture market share and begin developing... [Read more]
Straw, along with the many varieties of tall grasses that grow naturally in Africa and Asia; sugarcane bagasse, corn stover, and hard wood chips from trees such as willow and poplar, can all be used as... [Read more]
It is well-documented in technical literature that enzymatic processing of oils and fats into biodiesel is technically feasible, but still very few plants use this technology for commercial-scale production.... [Read more]
Demand for biodiesel in the US remains constrained, with the annual production pace currently gauged somewhere within 200 to 300 million gallons – a fraction of installed capacity. The export market... [Read more]
The world economic and financial crisis is having a huge impact on economic activity, and especially on transport. The consumption of diesel, the preferred fuel for trucks in the EU, decreased during the... [Read more]
Some biofuels plants have sunk in the global economic downturn, projects have been cancelled and assets have been sold off. Instead of simply being beaten by expensive feedstocks set against the cheaper... [Read more]