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Air New Zeland to fly bifouel

This release came in overnight from my colleagues in the US. It takes us further with the Air New Zealand/Rolls Royce biofuels trials. It is notable because it will be using Jatropha derived biofuel. The fuel will be mixed 50:50 with conventional Jet. It is part of Honewell’s research in this area, which I’ve mentioned […]

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Rolls Royce trials Jatropha biofuel in Derby

Rolls Royce is trialling Jatropha biofuel at its test beds in Derby, in the Midlands of England, the engine maker is working with Air New Zealand which is planning to fly a Boeing from Aukland using the fuel in one engine in December. As someone who went to sleep and woke up to the rumble […]

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Syngenta in high yeild sugar cane development

In a statement issued late last week, Syngenta said it is developing a new technology todramatically improve the cost efficiency of sugar cane planting inBrazil. Syngenta´s innovation would reduce planting costs per hectareby some 15%, driven by a novel approach to grow sugar cane from smallercane segments using proprietary treatments. The technology is plannedfor launch […]

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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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Fischer-Tropsch online resource

I’ve just come across a resource on line for people who are interested in gas to liquids technology developed by Fischer and Tropsch . You might like it if you’re into pyrolysis as a first step to produce gas from biomass.

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DSM starts DOE funded biofuels project

DSM an international chemicals company based in the Netherlands says it is launching a project funded by the DOE into biofuels through a “multimillion dollar cooperative funding agreement with the US Department of Energy to underwrite a portion of research and development costs aimed at enabling “second generation” biofuels from non-food feedstocks.This has to be […]

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UK grants for clean vehicles

The UK has £100m (around $175m-200m) in grants for vehicles powered by biofuel and other cleantechnologies. According to Cleantech The U.K. Regional Development Agency One NorthEast is takingapplications for its recently-launched £100 million ($173 million USD)Low Carbon Vehicle Integrated Regional Delivery Programme.Funding would start in 2009 and last for five years. 

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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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Corn estimates down in the US

The US Department of Agrculture has lowered its estimates of the volume of corn and soy that will be harvested this year. So 2008 will only be the second largest crop in history. It might have been higher if the weather had been better. That story’s in the Des Moines Register. You should subscribe to […]

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