Wind Power to Provide 1/4 Europe’s Electricity by 2030

Joanna Schroeder

A recent forecast from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) finds that wind power can meet a quarter of Europe’s electricity demand by 2030 if Members States deliver on energy pledges and climate goals. If these goals area achieved, wind power could serve a quarter of Europe’s electricity demand by 2030. Today, Europe’s 128.8GW can meet over 10 percent of …

Clean Energy, Electricity, International, Wind

Glycerol Recycled into Biodiesel Catalyst

John Davis

Researchers in the United Kingdom have found a way to recycle a biodiesel by-product back into a catalyst to make the green fuel. This article from Cardiff University says its scientists turned glycerol into methanol. To achieve this, the researchers reacted glycerol with water, to provide the element hydrogen, and a magnesium oxide (MgO) catalyst. The reaction involved a simple …

Biodiesel, International

UN Data Shows No Food Price Rise from Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO) has released new data showing that global food prices in August experienced the steepest monthly drop since 2008, which casts doubt upon concerns about the impact of ethanol production in food price increases. According the the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), the recent decline in food prices coincided with …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, food and fuel, Food prices, International

German Biodiesel Quality Group Starts Glycerol Test

John Davis

A German group that maintains quality standards for biodiesel will carry out round-robin tests for pharmaceutical glycerol. This news release from AGQM (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitaetsmanagement Biodiesel) says this will be the first time for the tests, and registrations will still be accepted until Sept. 20, 2015. Round Robin Tests to check test methods and the proper handling of professional laboratories have …

Biodiesel, International

Iluméxico to Bring Solar to Rural Communities

Joanna Schroeder

Iluméxico, the Mexican social enterprise focused on solar power, has made a commitment through the Business Call to Action (BCtA) to offer its Solar Home Systems to 50,000 off-the-grid rural homes. By 2020, more than 300,000 people will have access to solar power and along the way, Iluméxico will help create 180 new jobs, of which 90 will be designed …

Clean Energy, Electricity, International, Solar

U2’s Bono Helps Celebrate Solar in Africa

Joanna Schroeder

Bono of U2 fame joined a delegation of U.S. Government representatives to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the first completed solar field under the White House’s Power Africa program. The 8.5 MW project, developed by Gigawatt Global and built by Scatec Solar, is on the grounds of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village near Kigali, Rwanda. Bono’s One.org backs the Electrify Africa Act, which …

Clean Energy, Electricity, International, Solar

Olleco Acquisition Expands Biodiesel Abilities

John Davis

UK-based Olleco has acquired another company that also converts used cooking oil and food waste into biodiesel. This company news release says it bought Convert2Green Ltd. Bringing together Convert2Green and Olleco increases our number of depots to 17 across the UK and enables us to improve efficiencies and coverage to enhance the used cooking oil collection service offered to our …

Biodiesel, International, Waste-to-Energy

Brazil Sets Record for Ethanol Consumption

John Davis

Brazil hit a record high in ethanol consumption in July. The country’s ethanol industry group, the Union of Sugar Cane Industry Association (UNICA), says Brazilians used 1.55 billion liters, or about 400 million gallons, breaking a previous record of 1.51 billion liters in December 2009. The national demand for light fuels increased 3.4% compared with July 2014 and 2.75% as …

Brazil, Ethanol, Ethanol News, International