Nidera Biodiesel Earns Sustainability Certification

John Davis

A Dutch company specializing in commodity services and solutions for the global agricultural markets has earned an important sustainability certification for its biodiesel made from waste cooking oil. Nidera received the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production of the green fuel. “We were very pleased to work with RSB to certify UCO biodiesel produced at the Biodiesel …

Biodiesel, International

Cup of Joe Provides Biomass for London Homes

John Davis

While England might be better known for its tea, Londoners certainly have a taste for coffee. And the waste grounds will soon be heating home’s in the United Kingdom’s capital. This article from the London Evening Standard says Bio-bean is collecting waste coffee grounds to be turned into biomass pellets. Although only a couple of hundred tonnes will be collected …

biomass, International

ReNew Commissions Unique Wind Project in India

Joanna Schroeder

ReNew Power Ventures has completed installation of India’s tallest wind tower. The S97 stands at 120 m and according to company, offers a 33 percent increase in hub height when compared to the conventional tower design. In addition, ReNew said it is a revolutionary on-shore installation of lattice/tubular combination towers (hybrid towers) of 120 m height. The hybrid towers are …

Clean Energy, Electricity, International, Wind

Aemetis 100% Biodiesel Replaces Diesel in India

John Davis

California-based Aemetis is replacing 100 percent diesel with 100 percent biodiesel in India. This news release from the company says the pure biodiesel reduces emissions by 80 percent in the warm climate areas of India. Traditionally, in Europe and in the United States, biodiesel is blended in the range of 5% to 20% with petroleum diesel due to colder temperature …

Biodiesel, International

Florida Biodiesel Delivers Plant to Bahamas

John Davis

Florida Biodiesel, Inc. has delivered a refinery to the Bahamas. This company news release says it sent a B-500 Biodiesel plant to the Grand Bahama Power Company, Bahamas. The Grand Bahama Power Company has chosen the B-500 Biodiesel processor for their prime transesterification facility. The B-500 Biodiesel plant is economical to operate and will allow the Grand Bahama Power Company …

Biodiesel, International

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