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10 May 17 Biofuels: could agave, hemp and saltbush be the fuels of the future?

Biofuels have long been touted as a carbon-neutral alternative to fossil fuels, doing for the world’s planes, ships and automobiles what windfarms and solar panels are doing for its electricity grids.But the past decade has seen the biofuel industry face ...

09 May 17 India’s ‘first’ second generation bio-refinery goes official

India’s first integrated bio-refinery for renewable fuels and chemicals has been inaugurated by the country’s minister for road transport, highways and shipping, Nitin Gadkari. Implemented by Indian process and project engineering company Praj Industries, the new facility will play a ...

16 Mar 17 NASA study confirms biofuels reduce jet engine pollution

Using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and Earth's environment. The findings are the result ...

11 Jan 17 US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office publishes biofuels report

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the publication of a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities. According to the US department, the report is the first comprehensive ...

10 Jan 17 'This is our future' – Kenya's croton tree touted as new biofuels crop

Tall, spindly and grey, croton trees grow everywhere in Kenya. Although they tend to be used for little more than firewood or shade, their nuts turn out to be an excellent source of biofuel. This overlooked plant could be the ...

30 Nov 16 EC releases RED II, proposes first-generation biofuels phase-out and new sustainability criterion for forest biomass

The European Commission has released its long-awaited revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and proposed the phase-out of food crop-based biofuels from 2021.  The EC also wants to simultaneously introduce a sub-mandate for advanced biofuels. It also proposes to introduce a ...

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