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India’s biofuel market: a report

There’s a new report on the outlook for India’s biofuels market. The key take-away for me is that despite a growing ethanol industry, India is going to have an ethanol deficit until at least 2017 as demand outstrips supply by about 4.5%/year. 

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ICIS has broadened the scope of its biofuel price reports.

ICIS has broadened the scope of its biofuel price reports. In Europe, adding to the comprehensive biodiesel coverage of rapeseed methyl ester (RME) and fatty acid methyl ester (FAME -5 & -0 CFPP), the report will now also reflect biodiesel (methyl ester) prices of palm-based methyl ester (PME CIF ARA T2) soya-based methyl ester (SME […]

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Biofuels offer considerable scope for catalysts

The Catalyst Group says that biofuels offer considerable scope for catalysts, which could help improve yields and reduce reaction times. It’s not on the Catalyst Group’s website yet… so here’s what they said in an email… The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR) has identified a number of attractive avenues worthy of further consideration.  Developed for members […]

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Bill Clinton’s ideas for agriculture

Bill Clinton, ex US president, was speaking at world food day recently. He said: “We should go back to a policy of maximum agriculturalself-sufficiency,” Clinton said. While there would always be a globalmarket for crops like rice, wheat and corn, he added, “it is crazy forus to think we can develop a lot of these […]

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Meatpackers say aid to ethanol plants would be unfair and discriminatory

US meat producers are saying in the Des Moines Register that aid to ethanol producers that are facing trouble because of movements in the price of corn over the previous year would be unfair and  “would be a startling new development that discriminates in favour of one segment of American agriculture,”in a letter to the […]

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ICIS bioresources summit

ICIS (the people that I work for: About ICIS) will be holding the 2nd ICIS Bioresources Summit, in Hardwick Hall, County Durham, UK on November 25. The conference will discuss the advances in bio-engineering and their impact on biofuels, bio-polymers and other emerging markets. The conference will also address the latest thinking in raw materials […]

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US Government offers small grants to biofuel firms

The US government started asking for grant applications as part of its Clean Cities programme. This includes biofuel from biomass. Also the US department of Agriculture is offering grants to help turn forest waste into energy. Worth checking out. 

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Could Russia become a biofuel superpower?

This is a bit of a long shot but reading this report in the UK’s Daily Telegraph about Russia using big a good harvest as a foreign policy tool, got me thinking about the possibility of it becoming a biofuel superpower. While the trust of the article is about a record wheat harvest, this paragraph […]

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Shell is involved in six new biofuel research ventures

Shell announced on 17 September that it was involved in six new research agreements for biofuels. This builds on a number of piecemeal announcements including an interest in a Hawaiian biofuel from algae venture and an agreement with Codexis. The best thing for the second generation biofuels sector would be for another petechm titan, to […]

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EU Parliament’s decison to change its biofuel approach worries Malaysians

The European Parliament’s decision to change its approach to biofuels has worried the Malaysian government, accroding to a report in Bernama.com.The Euroepan parliament decided on 11 September that there would be a binding 5% quota on the use of biofuels across Europe by 2015 but that there should be less emphasis on palm oil, soya […]

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