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German firms to invest in the Philippines bioenergy sector

Eight German companies are keen to assist the Philippines in advancing its bioenergy sector, providing technology solutions and by sharing expertise. According to an ABS-CBN News report, these companies include Vastani GmbH, Eckrohrkessel GmbH, Envitec Biogas Ag, GTP Solutions GmBH, Binder GmbH, Ascentec GmbH, Novis GmbH and Pregobello GmbH. Representatives from the companies are currently in the country seeking to identify...

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Let the wind blow: Better willows for biofuel production

The gentle sway of willow trees in the wind does not only paint a pretty picture; it also triggers the production of more fermentable sugars for the biofuel industry. British researchers have identified a genetic trait within willows that is activated when the trees sense they are at an angle, such as when they are blown sideways in the wind. The effect is an excess of strengthening sugar molecules in the willows’ stems...

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Germany supports Ukraine’s bioenergy sector

Ukraine will be producing its own biofuel in 2013 with an assist from Germany. A decade’s old scientific exchange between the two countries intends to take things to the next level by bringing to life biofuel projects in the Ukraine by this year, according to Victor Tymoshchuk, an expert with the department of engineering and agricultural machinery at the Ukraine’s Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food. Ukrainian scientists have already presented draft projects for the pilot biofuel projects,...

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First biomethane-to-grid facility heating 56,000 homes in Dorset

Around 56,000 houses in the county of Dorset in South West England will be getting sustainable heating with the opening of the first fully operational commercial scale biomethane-to-grid project in the United Kingdom. The Rainbarrow Farm anaerobic digestion plant is owned and operated by JV Energen and is a joint venture between local farmers and the Duchy of Cornwall. It will provide renewable gas to the...

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E.U. proposes limiting production of food-based biofuels

The European Commission is proposing to limit the conversion of non-agricultural land for biofuel production by limiting the use of food-based biofuels to 5 percent. While biofuels are seen as viable alternative sources of energy, scientific studies have shown that they could also deliver adverse impacts, such as competition with food production, displacement of non-agricultural land and even carbon emissions...

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Transportation fuel derived from sunlight, waste CO2 working with Audi

Massachusetts-based biofuel startup Joule is partnering with German automaker Audi A.G. to commercialize their transportation fuel derived from sunlight and waste carbon dioxide. Joule developed a renewable fuel platform called Helioculture which uses proprietary, engineered photosynthetic microorganisms to produce diesel, ethanol and commodity chemicals. The partnership will focus on producing the sustainable...

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Japan taps algae for renewable fuels and radioactive waste cleanup

A government-backed algae production project in Japan seeks to look into algae as a source of renewable fuels as well as a way to eliminate radioactive materials. According to Dr. Takaaki Maekawa, president of the Research Institute of Tsukuba Bio-tech, they have received grant approval from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to build one-acre sites to prove that biofuels production...

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Sapphire Energy harvests 81 tons of algae biomass in New Mexico

The first-phase of operations in the world’s first commercial demonstration algae-to-energy facility is now underway in New Mexico. Sapphire Energy, Inc has seeded and harvested the first ponds in the Green Crude Farm, garnering 21 million gallons of algae biomass totaling 81 tons. The Green Crude Farm, or “Integrated Algal BioRefinery,” is a 300 acre facility in Columbus,

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Malaysian biogas project to tap palm oil industry emissions

Camco Southeast Asia, a regional clean energy company, will build a 2-megawatt biogas project in Malaysia that will make use of methane pollutants found in the country’s palm oil mills. To be set up at a leading palm oil mill in Malaysia’s Pahang state, the biogas project will use anaerobic digestion technology for breaking down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen.

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Plastics: From Discarded Waste Material to Fuel Oil

Ecoseed sits down with Mr. James P. Navarro of Poly-green Technologies and Resources to know the underlying facts behind the technology that may be the stepping stone for a cleaner and greener Philippines. Stroll around the streets of Manila and you’ll bound to come across a piece or two, perhaps more, of discarded plastic lying around, some even swimming in all sorts of places,

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