International Sugar Journal

Cost-competitive production of biodiesel from sewage sludge and glycerol [Registered]

Researchers at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) claim to have developed a fairly cost-effective process to produce biodiesel from washed municipal secondary sludge fortified with crude glycerol mediated by the oleaginous yeast, Trichosporon oleaginosus.

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Canada – Forge to build biodiesel/jet fuel plant costing US$22.4 million [Full subscriber]

The Canadian biofuel start-up FORGE Hydrocarbons Corp recently announced an equity investment from Shell Ventures and a follow-on contribution from Valent Low-Carbon Technologies, which will help build a first-of-its-kind CA$30 million (US$22.4 million) commercial-scale, biofuel production plant in Sombra, Ontario, Canada.

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Role of aldehydede-formylating oxygenases in biodiesel production elicited [Registered]

Researchers at The University of Tokyo have identified enzymes that are responsible for the production of hydrocarbons in blue-green algae — a hydrocarbon producing cyanobacteria, reports Chemonline.

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Engineered Rhodococcus opacus produces high yields of biodiesel from glucose [Full subscriber]

Researchers the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have presented a new strategy for efficiently producing fatty acids and biofuels that can transform glucose and oleaginous microorganisms into microbial diesel fuel, with one-step direct fermentative production.

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Biowaste converted into biodiesel via hydrothermal liquefaction [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the universities Illinois’ (Prairie Research Institute) and Massachusetts (Lowell) report that they have succeeded in converting wet biowaste, such as swine manure and food scraps into biodiesel.

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USA – New Planet Energy plans to build waste-to-biofuels US$700 mln plant in New York [Registered]

New Planet Energy is proposing to build a US$700 million recycling plant that will convert the region’s municipal garbage into fuel in Stony Point.

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Argentina – 2017 likely to be a record for biofuels output [Registered]

First quarter data on biofuels output in Argentina suggests that it will be a record according to the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INDEC).

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Australia – Queensland Premier inaugurates pilot biodiesel plant processing waste [Registered]

The Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk inaugurated a pilot biodiesel plant in Gladstone on 1st June that will process a variety of feedstocks deemed to be waste products.

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Biodisel production from waste cooking oil using a microwave [Registered]

Using a microwave and catalyst-coated beads, researchers from Israel and Taiwan have devised a new way to convert waste cooking oil into biodiesel.

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Finland – Kaidi group plans to build €1bln biofuel plant [Registered]

The plant will produce 200,000 t/y of second-generation biofuels, 75% of which will be biodiesel and the remainder biogasoline. The biorefinery will be the largest single investment ever made by a Chinese company in Finland, and Kaidi has established a Finnish subsidiary to oversee the project.

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