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Take aways from Warsaw

The 2006 European Biofuels Forum has just ended and what are my take aways from the meeting? Delegates want a number of things, whether they are possible is another matter. They feel it is imperative that they get a sensible long term legislative framework that will give them some certainty that the investments they make […]

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Nanocatalyst could help speed lignocellulose

Bioecon, says it has a silver bullet for converting cellulolsic biomass into useful ethanol or biodiesel starting materials. I can’t say much more than that because Paul O’Connor, the firm’s director did not say much more than that. But his group, which features academics from blue chip universities is looking to trial the process commercially […]

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Biobutanol looks useful

Interesting stuff about the new biofuel, biobutanol, from Chris Wilks of BP this afternoon. While he is positioning the product as a direct competitor to ethanol because of its much greater energy density, typically 27MJ/litre compared to 32MJ/l for gasoline and 21 MJ/l for bioethanol, he also seemed to be suggesting that it can be […]

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Biofuels find ways round indifference

What do you do if you make biofuels and the monopoly gasoline supplier in your country is not interested in your product? One delegate here has an interesting take on the problem… sell to alternative users. That’s groups like fishermen and farmers and sell them B100. If they like it they’ll find a way to […]

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The answer lies in the soil…

I’m not a farmer, which may explain why I was blown away by one statistic from Jeff Oestermann, business development manager of Cargill, who told us that 16 to 18% of the US corn (that’s maize to me) crop is used to make ethanol. I’m not a farmer, which may explain why I got slightly […]

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Integrate or leave the party

One comment late in the day got me thinking yesterday. A delegate said that at the moment ‘the profit is with the crushers’ this made me realise that there is not much integration in biofuels from the soil to the wheel. And in other industries I’ve written about if integrated players go to the wall, […]

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Just how big and safe for investors is the biofuels industry?

Biofuels is big and growing, but just how big was brought home to the meeting here yesterday by Michael Liebreich, ceo, New Energy Finance. In 2005 global investment in clean energy was, by his estimate $48.9bn which includes venture capital/private equity, public markets, corporate R&D, government R&D, asset finance and small scale projects. If you […]

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Yesterday

Wow. I was going to apologise for not posting more and sooner from this excellent meeting, but you ever seen a kid in a sweet shop? I fired off a couple of things yesterday lunchtime from this European Biofuels Forum in Warsaw, but after listening to the papers in the morning I decided on a […]

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Use biofuel certificates to decide tax breaks

One of the ideas that I liked best this morning came from Pieter Tjan, of the European Petroleum Industry Association (EUROPIA) he suggested that the tax breaks that biofuels attract should depend upon just how green they are. He said in the European Union the current policy is… Driving biofuels in the wrong direction. If […]

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Part of the EC is planning biofuel certificates

An interesting morning here, immersed in the world of Biofuels. For me some of the highlights came in the paper by Alexandra Langenheld, from the European Commission, which has admitted that it will miss its own target of ensuring 5.75% of all motor fuel sold in the European Union is biofuel by 2010. Langenheld, seconded […]

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