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Alliance BioEnergy's Next-Gen CTS 2.0 Underway (Ind Report)
Alliance BioEnergy
Date: 2020-04-10
In the Sunshine State, Palm Beach Gardens-based Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. reports construction is underway on its new 4th generation Cellulose-to-Sugar (CTS 2.0) prototype.

CTS 2.0 can convert virtually any plant material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, fruit casings, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into sugars and subsequently into biofuels, and bioplastics, without the use of enzymes or liquid acids. CTS stands for Cellulose to Sugar. The cellulose is converted into sugar and lignin. The sugar is further converted into bio-ethanol and other biofuels; the lignin may be further converted into bioplastics. The company notes that biofuel originating from the CTS process will receive the generous D3 cellulosic Renewable Fuel Credits (RINs) which are currently $1.40/gallon of ethanol. (Source: Alliance Bioenergy, PR, 9 April, 2020) Contact: Alliance Bioenergy Plus, Inc., Ben Slager, CEO,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Biomass,  Alliance BioEnergy,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  

UK DfT Announces Biofuel Projects Funding (Int'l. Report)
UK Department for Transport
Date: 2020-01-06
In London, the UK Department for Transport (DfT) has announced funding for four British plants producing biofuels from feedstock including household waste, unused straw from farmland and old wood.

According to the DfT release, two of the projects are being funded under the government's £20 million Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C).

KEW Projects and Rika Biogas have been awarded a share of £6.5 million for the production of biofuel for trucks. The KEW project will also begin research on aviation biofuel.

Tow additional projects being funded under the £25 million Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition (ABDC) are in the final stages of development. This includes Nova Pangaea Technologies which will focus on the production of bio-ethanol from wood waste that can be blended with existing petrol used in road transport.

These latest investments build on the government's push to go further and faster to harness innovation, drive down emissions and improve air quality -- including through the ground-breaking Transport Decarbonisation Plan which will set out plans to end the UK's transport emissions by 2050, according to the DfT website. (Source: Gov. of UK, DfT Website, Jan., 2019)Contact: UK Department for Transport,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Department for Transport,  Biofuel,  

Blue-green Algae for Biodiesel Production Explored in Finland (R&D)
University of Turku
Date: 2019-05-29
Finland's University of Turku doctoral candidate Mikael Jamsa is touting his work on converting algae and cyanobacteria -- commonly known as blue-green algae -- from wastewater to produce biofuels.

Jamsa examined various types of wastewater to determine the most suitable for cultivation of the types of algae which are best at producing bio fuel -- as well as clean up the wastewater itself -- and found "municipal wastewater" the best candidate. According to Jamsa, the algae are removed from wastewater systems then the algae's fat is separated and extracted then converted to fuel.

The researcher noted the best results for biodiesel production were found in green algae. "The blue-green algae are not as effective as green algae because the carbohydrates in the blue-green algae are more easily converted into bio-ethanol, while the fats in green algae are more readily converted to biodiesel," he explained. (Source: University of Turku, Svenska Yle, May, 2019) Contact: University of Turku, +358 29 450 5000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  

Flanders Commits €400Mn to CCS, CCU Initiative (Int'l Report)
Arcelor Mittal
Date: 2019-03-25
Reporting from Antwerp, the Flemish government reports the approval of a plan to spend €400 million over the next 20 years in an effort to manage carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions and to become climate neutral by 2050. The plan calls for a reduction in fossil fuels consumption while implementing carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture and utilization (CCU) of CO2 that is still being produced. Although CCS and CCU technology is not new it is expensive, and there is no related income from CCS for climate protection.

The Flemish government is interested in CCU, an example of which is a pilot project launched in Ghent last week between steel producer Arcelor Mittal and chemicals manufacturer Dow, to split the carbon monoxide and CO₂ from steel production and use the CO₂ to produce bio-ethanol, a renewable energy source.

In another example, energy provider Engie has joined with waste incinerator Indeval to use CO2 capture to produce ethanol in Antwerp. (Source: Various Media, Brussels Times, Apr, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arcelor Mittal,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Storage,  CCS,  

STEELNOL Touts Steelmaking Waste Gases Ethanol Tech. (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-08-13
The EU Community Research & Development Information Service (CORDIS) is reporting an innovative process developed in the EU-funded STEELANOL -- production of sustainable, advanced bio-ethANOL through an innovative gas-fermentation process using exhaust gases emitted in the STEEL industry -- project has demonstrated a new, greener use for steel waste gases. Coordinated by steel and mining company ArcelorMittal Belgium, the project has shown that these gases can be recycled and fermented to produce bioethanol transportation fuel and other valuable products including aviation fuels.

STEELANOL is demonstrating the environmental benefits entailed in recycling waste streams, and reducing steelmaking emissions at source and producing fuel that isn't made from oil keeps fossil fuels in the ground. STEELNOL's technology was developed by project partner and carbon recycling company LanzaTech. In a pioneering gas fermentation process, anaerobic bacteria feed on the CO in steel waste gases to produce bioethanol. This process has no impact on water, food, land use or biodiversity.

When fully operational in 2020, the Ghent facilities are expected to produce around 80 million lpy of bioethanol with a greenhouse gas impact greenhouse gas impact that is expected to be more than 65 pct lower than that of oil-derived fuels. (Source: CORDIS ( EU Community Research & Development Information Service) , Aug., 2018) Contact: STEELANOL, John Kennedylaan, + 32 (0) 9 347 31 11 ,,; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  B)2,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Fuel,  Bioethanol,  Ethanol,  

AZOLLA Touted for Biofuels Potential (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2018-07-03
Venezuelan international trade expert, banker and entrepreneur Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan is touting the development of AZOLLA in Latin America as a feedstock for biofuels, "green manure" fertilizer for rice fields, a feed supplement for aquatic and terrestrial animals, and various other applications.

AZOLLA is an aquatic plant that produces a substantial biomass quickly when planted in contaminated waters which improves by consuming chemicals in the contaminated waters. AZOLLA can "potentially produce up to 20.2 tons per hectare per year of bio-oil, and up to 48 tons per hectare per year of bio-char" while doubling in mass within 2-5 days.

According to Gonzalez Dellan, AZOLLA would be especially effective in a Latin American context "by moving the production of bio-ethanol from arable land to wastewater, the reclaimed land can then be used for the development of further sustainable crops while continuing the production of bioethanol." (Source: Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan, NewsAnyway, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock,  

Punjab Promoting Paddy Straw CNG/Bio-Ethanol Production (Int'l)
Punjab Energy Development Agency
Date: 2018-06-13
In India, the government of Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) reports it has entered into Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with four companies to construct and operate CNG/bio-ethanol from paddy straw plants. Currently, 20 million tpy of paddy straw is produced in the state, with 75 - 80 pct be being burned as waste.

Under the MoUs, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Indian Oil Corporation, Verbio India Private Limited and Rika Biofuel Development Limited will produce Biogas/bio CNG/bio-ethanol from paddy straw. he said. When fully operational, each plant is expected to use about 500 tpd pf paddy straww to generate 100 kilo litre of bio-ethanol. (Source: Punjab Energy Development Agency, Business Standard, 11 June, 2018) Contact: Punjab Energy Development Agency, +91 172 266 3382,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biofue;,  CNG,  Biomass,  

Indian Bamboo Biofuel Biorefinery JV Announced (Int'l Report)
Numaligarh Refinery,Fortum
Date: 2018-06-06
In India, Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) is reporting a JV -- Assam Bio-Refinery Pvt Limited (ABRPL) -- with equity participation of Finland's Chempolis Oy and Fortum 3 B.V. of the Netherlands, to construct and operate a bio refinery in India. NRL will hold 50 pct of the new venture. Fortum 3 B.V. will hold 28 pct and Chempolis Oy will hold 22 pct, according to a press statement.

The new JV will produce 62 million lpy of bio-ethanol from approximately 0.5 million mtpy of locally sourced bamboo. Bio-coal will be used for production of steam and green power to the bio-refinery. (Source: Numaligarh Refinery, Shillong Times, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Numaligarh Refinery, +91-03776-265493,; Chempolis Oy, +358 10 387 6666,; Fortum Oyj, Vesa Koivisto, Development Manager, +358-50-453-6322, +358 10 4511,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum ,  Chempolis ,  Bamboo Bioethanol,  Biofuel,  

Indian Cabinet Expands National Biofuel Policy (Int'l)
India Biofuel
Date: 2018-05-16
A meeting of the Indian Government Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved a new National Policy on Biofuels . The new policy categorises biofuels as First Generation (1G), which produce bio-ethanol from molasses and bio-diesel from non-edible oilseeds, and Second Generation (2G) ethanol which can be produced from municipal solid waste and Third Generation (3G) fuels like bio-CNG. Till now only 1G ethanol produced from sugarcane was permitted to be mixed in petrol.

The newly approved Policy expands the scope of raw material for ethanol production by allowing use of sugarcane juice, sugar containing materials like sugar beet, sweet sorghum, starch containing materials like corn, cassava, damaged food grains like wheat and broken rice, and rotten potatoes. It also permits use of surplus food grains for production of ethanol for blending with petrol with the approval of National Biofuel Coordination Committee. The policy also encourages setting up of supply chain mechanisms for biodiesel production from non-edible oilseeds, used cooking oil and short gestation crops.

Download the full National Policy on Biofuels HERE. (Source: Press Trust of India, 18 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  

Indian Bamboo Bio-Ethanol JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
Numaligarh Refinery , Chempolis
Date: 2018-04-04
Further to our 17 Feb., 2016 coverage, India's Numaligarh Refinery Ltd., a public sector crude oil refinery located at Morangi Golaghat district, Assam, reports it's previously announced $200 million bamboo bio-ethanol joint venture with Finland's Chempolis is advancing.

The JV anticipates production of approximately 60 million lpy of bio-ethanol to meet the mandatory 10 pct ethanol-gasoline blending for northeastern India. More importantly, this is only a fraction of the potential market given the abundance of bamboo in the northeast. (Source: Numaligarh Refinery, The Week, 3 April, 2018) Web Desk April 03, 2018) Contact: Numaligarh Refinery Ltd.,; Chempolis, Chempolis Limited, +358 10 38 76666,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chempolis,  Biofuel,  Bamboo,  Ethanol,  

Greenbelt Resources, Biofuels and Energy LLC Ink LOI (Ind. Report)
Greenbelt Resources,Biofuels and Energy, LLC
Date: 2018-03-21
In the Golden State, Paso Robles-based Greenbelt Resources Corporation reports it has inked a Letter of Intent (LOI) with New Mexico-based Biofuels and Energy, LLC (B&E). B&E plans to utilize Greenbelt's proprietary ECOsystem model, which uses a patented membrane dehydration technology to convert agricultural waste into various biobased products such as bioethanol and high protein animal feed.

The first series of B&E projects will be located in Colorado, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. Greenbelt Resources' small-scale, end-to-end modular systems convert food, beverage and other cellulosic wastes into commercially viable advanced biofuels (bio-ethanol), animal feed, fertilizer and filtered water. (Source: Greenbelt Resources, PR, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng., CEO, (888) 995- 4726 x101,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources,  

84 Mn LPY Ethanol Plant Proposed in Nigeria (Int'l)
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
Date: 2018-02-28
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Kogi State Government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a fuel-ethanol plant that will produce 84 million litres of biofuel annually.

The project would be an integrated feedstock plantation and process plants complex and include a cane mill and a raw and refined sugar plant of 126,000 tonnes annually. The Bagasse co-generation plant would generate 64 megawatts of power, and include a 2,000 tpy carbon dioxide recovery and bottling plant as well as approximately produce 63,000 tpy of livestock feed from locally grown sugarcane and/or cassava. (Source: NAN Leadership Ng., , 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: NNPC Group, Dr Maikanti Baru, Managing Dir.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol news,  Bio-Ethanol news,  Biofuel news,  Casava news,  

Praj, Indian Oil Partnering on New Indian Bio-Ethanol Plants (Int'l)
PRaj Industries,Indian Oil Corp.
Date: 2018-01-29
In India, Mumbai-headquartered Praj Industries Ltd. reports it will partner Indian Oil Corporation for the construction of multiple 100,000 lpd ethanol plants in India. Under the terms of their agreement, Praj will provide plant machinery and help IOCL in operating and maintaining the facilities. Few detail have been released.

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd is India's largest commercial enterprise. The IndianOil Group of companies owns and operates 10 of India's 20 refineries and supplies more than 47.5 million households through a network of 4990 Indian distributors. (Source: Praj Industries, Coherent News, 29 Jan., 2016)Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000,,; Indian Oil Corporation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries,  Indian Oil Corp,  Ethanol,  Bio-Ethanol,  Advanced Biofuel,  Algae,  

Dhaka Approves Bioethanol Production, 5 pct Blending (Int'l)
Date: 2018-01-05
In Dhaka, The government of Bangladesh Energy and Mineral Resources Division reports it has approved the 5 pct blending of bioethanol and petroleum fuel. The initiative is intended to reduce the use of conventional fuel oil, cut carbon emission, and to mitigate environmental pollution .

In December, 2017, the Energy and Mineral Resources Division approved the establishment of bio-ethanol plants. The produced Bio-ethanol must be certified to have met required standards by the Department of Narcotics Control and supplied only to Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) nominated depots. (Source: Bangladesh Energy and Mineral Resources Division, Dhaka Tribune, 3 Jan., 2017) Energy and Mineral Resources Division,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  

Lignocellulosic Bio-Ethanol Market Outlook and Opportunities in Grooming Regions; Edition 2017-2022 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-01-03
Lignocellulosic Bio-Ethanol Market Research Report provides an analysis of the principal global lignocellulosic bio-ethanol manufactures and geographic regions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure, development trends, competitive landscape analysis, key regions distributors analysis, production and market share, revenue, price and gross margin, supply, consumption, regional export and import values and other pertinent data.

A PDF report sample and details are available HERE. (Source: Market Reports World, PR, SATPRNEWS, 30 Dec., 2017) Contact: Market Reports World, (408) 520-9750, +44 (020) 3289 7501,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Cellulosic,  Bioethanol,  Biofuel,  

Clariant Announces Romanian Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Plans (Int'l)
Date: 2017-11-01
Swiss specialty chemical developer Clariant reports it will invest in a new commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues using its Sunliquid® technology.

The new 50,000 tpy plant will be constructed in southwestern Romania. technology at commercial scale thus supporting Clariant's Sunliquid® licensing business strategy. To further focus on the commercialization of bio-ethanol, licenses and enzymes, the company has established a new Business Line Biofuels & Derivatives, as part of the Business Area Catalysis. The new plant is expected to break ground in 2018 for startup and production in 2020when it will process approximately 250.000 tpy of locally sourced wheat straw and other cereal straw into fuel.

Clariant's Sunliquid® technology offers a completely integrated process using already established process technology. In order to achieve a strong commercial performance, feedstock production is integrated into the technology, alongside process specific enzymes and simultaneous C5 and C6 fermentation. (Source: Clariant, NewsWire, Nasdaq, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Head of Start-up Business Biofuels & Derivatives, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, Anja Pomrehn, Inv. Relations, +41 61 469 67 45,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

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