Liquid Biofuels - international articles and reports

  • Lower Nitrogen Losses with Perennial Biofuel Crops - Perennial biofuel crops such as miscanthus, whose high yields have led them to be considered an eventual alternative to corn in producing ethanol, are now shown to have another beneficial characteristic – the ability to reduce the escape of nitrogen in the environment. More details here
  • Miscanthus Shows Great Potential as Ethanol Feedstock - In the largest field trial of its kind in the United States, researchers have deter-mined that the giant perennial grass Miscanthus x giganteus outperforms current biofuels sources - by a lot. Using Miscanthus as a feedstock for ethanol production in the U.S. could significantly reduce the acreage dedicated to biofuels while meeting government biofuels production goals. Read Researchers Report.
  • 4 Reasons Why Canada is becoming a biofuels hotspot -  Strong biofuels flight results, advances in algae, new commitments in venture capital and revived interest from the Canadian Navy.  Biofuels are off to a fast start in 2013 in Canada.  Four reasons as follows - 1. Canadian Navy examining marine biofuels to replace diesel. 2. Government outlines sovereign investments in venture capital. 3. Algae biofuels surge with Pond Biofuels, US Steel, Union Gas project.  4. NRC reports that 100% biofuels flight test shows huge emission reductions – and increase in fuel efficiency.   Read the full story here
  • ENEnergy gets ethanol, butanol project support from Australian government - ENEnergy Australia (ENA) announced approval has been received from the Australian Government for its first project in Northern Australia under the R&D tax incentive scheme. The project approval covers the development of a commercial scale plant and integrated biomass plantation with capability to process up to 1 million dry tonnes of biomass per annum and produce approximately 7500 barrels of ethanol/butanol per day. This development will be the first stage of a much larger project and the proving ground of an entirely new & sustainable industry for the Australian economy.  Read more here.
  • Evaluating the opportunities for high blend liquid and gaseous biofuel penetration in the UK, report prepared for Low CVP by Transport and Travel Research Ltd in association with Fleetsolve, December 2009. Read more here.
  • Biofuels in Australia - Issues and Propects: A report for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporatio.  This report has reviewed the positive and negative impacts of biofuels across the value chain. The emergence of a ‘main game’ biofuels (or bio-based products) industry (which contributes 10–20 % of transport fuels) has the potential to significantly shift agriculture, forestry, environmental and fuel value chains — towards the emergence of a bio-based economy. Read the report