No. 27 | December 2009
Welcome to the 27th issue of the Biofuel Cities Update, your monthly electronic newsletter providing information on developments in the field and from the Biofuel Cities European Partnership, the multi-stakeholder forum for the application of biofuels.
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Inside this issue
1. Latest Biofuels News
- Scientists find key to creating clean fuel from coal and waste
- Biogas production and utilisation in the Baltic States in the spotlight
- Biofuel as social fuel
- German bioethanol demand up four-fold
- Interdisciplinary study into Jatropha
- UNEP: New report brings greater clarity to burning issue
1. Latest Biofuel News
26.11.09 Scientists find key to creating clean fuel from coal and waste
Millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide could be prevented from entering the atmosphere following the discovery of a way to turn coal, grass or municipal waste more efficiently into clean fuels.
24.11.09 Passengers test biofuels flight
It has been tested in aeroplanes before, but now biofuels have made new aviation headlines.
On Monday 23 November KLM Royal Dutch Airlines transported passengers above the Netherlands for 90 minutes with one engine powered with a 50 percent mix of biofuel and 50 percent kerosene, the typical air craft fuel, which fuelled the three other engines. >>more
23.11.09 Could abandoned mines help grow biofuel?
Researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (U.S) are planning to grow algae for fuel in abandoned mines using light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
Algae need light to produce lipids, or oil, but they work best when they use only the red and blue parts of the light spectrum and when they are given time in the dark to process the photons. That is where LEDs can come in as they can be tailored to emit only the needed light frequencies. >>more
20.11.09 Large-scale algae cultivation at coal-fired plant in Australia
The Australian company MBD Energy has ambitious plans to produce algae to be used for biofuels and protein-rich animal fodder in Australia. The company plans to utilise the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by coal-fired power plants and plans to build a 500 square metre demonstration plant in Townsville, Queensland.
18.11.09 Risk of EU biofuel policy causing more harm than good
In a report that raises significant questions for the corn ethanol industry, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Friday (2 October) questioned the need for tax credits supporting the industry while urging the U.S. Congress to consider broad effects on air, water and wildlife before expanding biofuel production.
16.11.09 Biogas production and utilisation in the Baltic States in focus
Use and production of biofuels in the European Baltic States is the focus of the 9th edition of the Biofuel Cities quarterly newsletter. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – the three Baltic States on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea joined the European Union (EU) in 2004. Gradually, the three countries have been adopting the EU’s bioenergy policies and are now facing the target to increase the market share of biofuels in transportation to 5.75 percent.
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12.11.09 Biofuel as social fuel
Based on the question how biofuels might become a synonym of social progress and global responsibility, the project 'Biofuel as Social Fuel' refers to the necessity of a socio-ecological transformation process into north and south. This includes technological development as well as changes in methods of production and consumption habits.
06.11.09 German bioethanol demand up four-fold
Figures for the first half of 2009 show an improvement in Germany's bioethanol market. Data from the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) shows that bioethanol production was up 61 percent during the first half of 2009, with demand standing at 453,000 tonnes. This figure is more than 3.6 times the demand for the same period in 2008, which stood at 91,000 tonnes.
(source: GAVE-news/Biofuels International)
28.10.09 Interdisciplinary study into Jatropha
The Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW) and the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) are financing a five-year interdisciplinary research project, led by the Van Vollenhoven Institute, into biofuels made from Jatropha seeds (Jatropha curcas).
26.10.09 UNEP: New report brings greater clarity to burning issue
According to a major report released on the 16 October by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), a far more sophisticated approach needs to be taken when developing biofuels as an environmentally-friendly energy option. Current and future approaches should include discussions about the types of energy crops grown and the processes used for converting plant materials into fuels.
2. Projects and Activities
Highlights of the new projects and activities added to the Biofuel Cities Project Database at www.biofuel-cities.eu/index.php?id=4024
The production of sustainable diesel-miscible-biofuels from the residues and wastes of Europe and Latin America (DIABNET)
DIBANET is a research project funded under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme. DIBANET will develop technologies to help reduce the need for fossil diesel imports in the EU and Latin America by advancing the art of producing ethyl-levulinate from organic wastes and residues.
3. New Publications and Resources
The Biofuel Cities Resources Database has over 500 different kinds of resources available on-line through an easy to use system. Publications on the results of studies, projects and conferences; on-line information (e.g. websites), press releases, fact sheets and presentations are some of the many resources available on the application of liquid and gaseous biofuels. Some of the new resources that arrived at the editor's desk this month include the following:
All resources can be accessed through the Biofuel Cities Resource Database at:
4. Event Highlights
To keep up to date, plan your attendance and contribute to the biofuels debate, visit the Biofuel Cities Events Calendar www.biofuel-cities.eu/index.php.
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Highlights of some upcoming events:
International Algae Congress 2009
1-2 December 2009, Hamburg, Germany
This edition of the International Algae congress will highlight and focus on the theme of ‘performance and potential of photothrophic aquaculture - microalgae, cyanobacteria and microcrops’ and will include at least one session on biofuels.
2nd Jatropha World Americas
3-4 December 2009, Miami, USA The main emphasis of this year's event is the Practitioner Roundtable. Leading jatropha growers from the region including USA, Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru will share the ups of downs of planting and maintaining jatropha. Some of the issues they will address include: seed selection and pre-treatment, optimum soil conditions, fertilisation, pest and disease management, pollination, pruning, and cold tolerance which are especially important for projects situated in U.S.
7th European Motor BioFuels Forum
16-17 December 2009, Paris, France
This congress and trade fair will provide delegates with the latest developments and insights in European biofuel production, sustainability issues, international trade, emerging biodiesel technologies and second generation biofuels processing.
All these events as well as many other events on biofuels can be accessed All these events as well as many other events on biofuels can be accessed through the Biofuel Cities Events database at www.biofuel-cities.eu/index.php?id=4023
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