Growing palm oil for biodiesel not only not only contributes to the deforestation of tropical peatlands, but can end up generating as much as 2,000 per cent more greenhouse gases than fossil fuels, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report concludes that... Read more
Forget corn, soy and even jatropha; Boeing and Honeywell’s UOP have commissioned a study to see whether renewable jet fuel could one day come from saltwater-loving plants like mangroves. Commissioned as part of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group consortium, the study will be led by the Masdar Institute... Read more
Increasing the cultivation of willow and miscanthus grass as biofuel stock wouldn’t come with the wildlife damage often seen with other energy crops, according to UK researchers. Both short-rotation coppice (SRC) willow and miscanthus grass could help the UK reduce carbon emissions and benefit wildlife, according to scientists from... Read more
A unique dual-fuel, low-emissions bus is making its debut this week at the UK’s leading low-carbon vehicles technology exhibition. Adapted from a standard Optare Solo single-deck midibus, the vehicle’s Mercedes-Benz engine can be powered by either diesel or biomethane, a low-carbon fuel generated from biowastes. The innovative design can... Read more
The Government today approved plans for a new 60-megawatt biomass- and waste-to-energy plant to be built on an old industrial site at Tilbury Docks in Essex. The plant will be built by Tilbury Green Power Ltd, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Express Energy Holdings. “If we are... Read more
Coming on the heels of ExxonMobil’s announcement that it’s pursuing a genetically-modified algal biofuel, BP has now also launched a joint venture to develop microbial oils for biofuels. BP and Martek Biosciences Corporation will work together with the goal of developing a step-change technology for the conversion of sugars... Read more
As in “colonialism.” It’s a word being used more and more as developed nations, large corporations and large consortiums increasingly eye — and buy — lands in developing countries to grow food or biofuels, or to tap the sun’s energy for their own needs. Just last month, a group... Read more
Ahh, we’ve written about so many “next-generation” transport fuel sources — corn, soybeans, used cooking oil, switchgrass, algae, jatropha — we thought we’d heard them all. Then along comes the news that scientists in China are researching ways to boost biodiesel power with … wait for it … shrimp... Read more
Plans have just been approved for the UK’s largest anaerobic digestion plant, to be built on the site of a former citric acid factory in Selby. Planning permission for the Selby Renewable Energy Park was granted this week by North Yorkshire County Council. Once completed, the anaerobic plant is... Read more
Will the marriage of an oil giant and a company dedicated to tweaking the genetic forms of life as we know them lead to a cheap, clean and renewable source of energy or a Frankenfuel of unpredictable consequences? Thanks to a new partnership, we might all have a chance... Read more