Shell Uses Football + Solar to Create Energy

Joanna Schroeder

Shell has been working on some creative ways to create renewable energy and one of their latest projects has been unveiled in Africa using human energy and solar power to create electricity. Music star Akon helped to bring attention to the project at the Federal College of Education in Akoka, Lagos. The new pitch is part of Shell’s #makethefuture program. …

Clean Energy, Electricity, International, Solar

U.S. & Britain Partner to Power Up Africa

Joanna Schroeder

Bringing reliable, renewable power to Africans has been an ongoing conversation around the climate talks in Paris this month. Both the U.S. and the UK have programs with goals to do just this. Going forward, however, the programs will be power amplified with the new collaboration between the two countries. The partnership was announced during COP21 by UK International Development …

Clean Energy, Climate Change, Electricity, International, Renewable Energy

Global Geothermal Alliance Launched at #COP21

Joanna Schroeder

As a means to increase geothermal energy globally, this week during the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, (COP21) a coalition of 38 countries along with 20 development and industry partners have launched the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA). The nonprofit was organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and was founded with the goal of achieving a 500 percent …

Clean Energy, Climate Change, Electricity, Geothermal, International

Global Groups Call on COP21 to Support Biofuels

Cindy Zimmerman

Biofuels organizations representing multiple nations may have their differences but they have come together in a call for world leaders attending the COP21 in Paris to set a goal for increasing use of biofuels for transportation. The call for a global commitment to replace at least 15 percent of the world’s total oil use in transport with sustainable biofuels by …

biofuels, Climate Change, Ethanol, Ethanol News, International

Novozymes CEO at COP21: Biofuels Only Alternative

John Davis

Biofuels are the only alternatives to fossil fuels… that was the message the head of Novozymes told attendees at COP21 in Paris. “Solutions exist for many of the problems we face – it’s about the political courage and long-term vision to implement them,” says CEO Peder Holk Nielsen, who is leading Novozymes’ delegation at COP21, in Paris. “We urgently need …

biofuels, International

Global RFA Urges COP21 to Support Biofuels

Cindy Zimmerman

As world leaders continue to meet in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21), the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) is asking them to signal their support for biofuels as one of the tools to fight climate change. “This conference is a real opportunity for world leaders to recognize the role that renewable fuels have played, and …

biofuels, Climate Change, Ethanol, Ethanol News, International

RFA Offers Webinars on International Buyer Program

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association is offering two free webinars next week for ethanol producers to learn more about the International Buyer Program that will be part of the 2016 National Ethanol Conference, February 15-17 in New Orleans. The National Ethanol Conference (NEC) has been selected to be a participant of the U.S. Department of Commerce International Buyer Program, which recruits …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Exports, International, National Ethanol Conference

McD’s Cooking Oil Biodiesel Runs to Mars and Back

John Davis

Biodiesel made from McDonald’s used cooking oil in the United Arab Emirates hit an impressive milestone: running the equivalent of the distance to Mars and back. This article in the UAE’s The National says McDonald’s UAE fleet completed 5 million kilometres this month fueled entirely by biodiesel. The green fuel is possible thanks to a four-year partnership between Mickey D’s …

Biodiesel, International

20 Countries Pledge “Mission Innovation” at #COP21

Joanna Schroeder

Leading up to the World Climate Summit and #COP21 that kicked off in Paris today, three major announcements were make regarding the acceleration of technological developments in clean energy and clean technologies. The first announcement came from Bill Gates about the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, that will will working directly with Mission Innovation, a “pledge” by 20 countries to commit to …

Alternative energy, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Environment, International

Nanoparticle Helps Harvest Algae, Brew Biodiesel

John Davis

Researchers in Taiwan have made a magnetic nanoparticle for harvesting microalgae, extracting algae oil and converting the oil’s fatty acids into a methyl ester, used in biodiesel. This article from the Taipei Times says a National Taiwan University (NTU) team led by Wu Chia-wen developed the product. The team used iron oxide and silicon dioxide to form nanoparticles, which, when …

Biodiesel, International