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Biofuel prices and farewell

ICIS has a series of price reports toassess biofuels markets globally. We now cover ETBE, biodiesel andfuel-grade ethanol prices in Europe, Asia, the USA and Latin America.  In addition to price reporting, ICIS also provides news coverage of the biofuels market.This will be the last entry in the blog for quite some time. I am […]

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Smart Choices for Biofuels

I missed this about a month ago, but it is worth looking at, The Sierra Club and World Watch Institute produced Smart Choices for Biofuels.It rounds up quite a lot of stuff we’ve gone over here. It is good to see the Ogallala aquifer getting a mention. Slightly disappointing that it doesn’t call for global […]

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Shell puts all of its renewables eggs into the biofuels basket

Shell will concentrate on biofuels in its future alternative energy investments, according to a story in the Guardian online. I have been slightly surprised that Shell has invested in wind, solar and hydrogen technologies. Shell really understands liquid fuels and liquid distribution. Most vehicles for the foreseeable future will be based on some kind of […]

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EU puts tarrif on US Biodiesel

The European Union has started applying tariffs to biofuel exported from the US to the EU. The EU says that American biodiesel is being sold at less than the true cost of production in the US because of local, state and national subsidies to producers and that this competition is unfair. The report comes from […]

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The Malaysian Minster of Plantation Indusries on sustainability

The Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries spoke exclusively to the World Refinning Association ahead of the Asian Biofuels Roundtable to be held in Malaysia at 23-25 March. It is interesting that there is no discussion of prior informed consent of the people who live in the land and who may not be farmers. He is […]

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AMFI enewsletter arrives

I’ve just been sent a copy of the AMFI enewsletter. The AMFI is the group which is implementing the Agreement on Advanced Motor Fuels of the International Energy Agency. It appears four times each year, apparently, and gives  around up of some of the more obscure, but vital legislation behind biofuels implementation. Contact Paivi.Aakko@vtt.fi if […]

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Will water be the limiting factor in biofuel production?

I have blogged in the past about the relationship between water and biofuels. There can’t be conventional grain-based biofuels without water. But there was an interesting post on EurActive a little earlier today in response to the annual Davos meeting. This year it produced a  Water Initiative. Buried deep (page 22),the Davos report it suggests […]

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CORRECTED: Two Jatropha projects in India

CORRECTEDLinks sorted out.Two Jatropha to biofuels projects have got under way in India in the past two days. According to the SindhToday 100 million Jatropha saplings have been planted in Chhattisgarth. Meanwhile Sulekha.com has Bharat Petroleum to invest Rupee 21.31bn ($438m) in a biodisel project. Good to see India looking to non-food crops to boost […]

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Could Moringa be the new Jatropha?

It is not that I’m bored by Jatropha yet, in the same way that I’m bored by some of the feverishness about corn ethanol, but there is another protential tropical biofuel from a tree called Moringa. Wikipedia sugests the trees could produce 112-185 gal/acre/year. The oil contains 65-75% oleic acids. Thanks for the tip David!

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Emami Biotech in commercial jatropha biofuel production

Emami Biotech is using Jatropha in commercial jatropha biofuel production according to the Bioenergy site. If this is the case, and the report is a little garbled, then could it be the first commercial application of that technology?

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