BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

  • BioEnergyBytesDF1A new paper from CAST looks at how to prevent invasive species from taking over marginal lands converted to grow crops for bioenergy. The paper shows that the risk of invasion can most effectively be prevented through a life-cycle approach that adopts appropriate scientific and policy tools at each step in the production process: from crop selection to field production, during feedstock transport and storage, and during decommissioning.
  • Clariant, in cooperation with Werner & Mertz, the producer of Frosch® cleaning products in Germany, has launched a project which extends the application of bio-ethanol based on agricultural residues such as straw to cleaning agents. Since the beginning of the year Werner & Mertz is using sunliquid cellulosic ethanol for its Frosch Bio-Spirit Multisurface-Cleaner.
  • Duckweed USA is investing $4 million in a biodiesel facility that will produce fuel from duckweed grown at the wastewater treatment plant in Sparta, Georgia. Equipment is set to arrive on site in the next 45 days with production to begin this summer.
  • A joint venture project between Chempolis Ltd and Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) has received approval from NRL’s board.  The parties will jointly build a biorefinery using Chempolis formicobio technology in North East India (Assam) for producing bioethanol from bamboo with co-production of furfural and acetic acid from locally available bamboo.
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