BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

  •, a biotech company developing innovative processes for producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals, has announced that its patent, “High-performance metabolic bacteria1”, has been granted in the U.S. This patent covers the biofuel production process from cellulosic or hemicellulosic material – biomass components – by a consolidated bioprocess of degradation and fermentation based on Deinococcus bacteria.
  • To commemorate International Women’s Day and Beijing +20, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the International Center for Research on Women, and ENERGIA will host a high level meeting to address the critical role energy access plays in driving gender equality. Hosted by UN Women, the event will take place during the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Westin Grand Central in New York, NY. The event is to raise awareness among the global gender community that access to energy is a critical driver of gender equality, is necessary for achieving global gender equality goals and targets, and provides significant opportunities for women’s empowerment.
  • The Dutch Research Centre Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research just released a short biorefinery film that clarifies the key role that biorefinery plays in a bioeconomy. Biorefinery, a process that enables the full and sustainable utilization of biomass. Media and companies struggle to create a clear image of this process to the public. With this film, Wageningen UR aims to create a short and clear understanding of what biorefinery actually is and how it is used to make sustainable biobased products, such as food and feed, materials, chemicals and energy.
  • Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems (Vestas) has maintained its position as the world-leading wind turbine installer in 2014, having achieved global capacity installations of just over 6,053 Megawatts (MW), according to research firm GlobalData. The company’s latest findings also show that of the world’s top five wind turbine installers in 2014, Siemens has climbed three positions since 2013 into second place.
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