BEI Jatropha Wave Harvester, A Mechanical Harvesting System for Jatropha Successfully Deployed in Honduras

June 24, 2010 | 1 Comment

In Honduras, the Agroipsa Farm in Choluteca has deployed the BEI Jatropha Wave Harvester, a mechanical harvesting system for Jatropha which has successfully completed an eight-month trial of the system, according to BEI International, the harvester’s manufacturer. The system was used for mechanical harvest of a 550 hectare plantation of three-year old jatriopha. Max Lint of BEI reports, “it is feasible to grow and harvest Jatropha on a commercial scale.  We are working with many Jatropha growers around the world that have a need for our Jatropha harvester.  We are currently working on a Jatropha harvester sale in Hawaii and another in Brazil.”

Source: http://biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2010/04/21/mechanical-jatropha-harvester-successfully-trialed-in-honduras/, 21 April 2010

JatrophaWorld 2010 meeting on 6 – 7 October2010 in Rotterdam is slated to offer more information on A-Z of Jatropha Production. Some of the topics & speakers at this event include:

  • Global Jatropha Practitioners’ Roundtable (on Honduras’ jatropha industry)
    Presented by: Mr. David Erazo, General Manager, Agroipsa
  • Advances in Mechanical Harvesting
    – Results from field trials
    – Plantation design to suit mechanical harvesting
    – Costs and economics
    Presented by: Mr. Max Lint, President/CEO, BEI International LLC
  • Advances in Mechanical Harvesting
    – Harvesting in Africa, experiences and results
    – Different harvesting methods
    – Future challenges with mechanization
    Presented by: Mr. Toni Sandholm, Sales Manager, Rakennustempo Oy

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“Dari Investasi, Densifikasi sampai Transportasi” – Biomass Pellets Trade Asia

June 24, 2010 | 2 Comments

“Pelet Kayu telah diidentifikasi sebagai salah satu bahan baku bioenergi pasar paling cepat berkembang, dan juga salah satu di mana ia menantang untuk memperoleh informasi yang dapat dipercaya.” ~ Marek Guizot, UK head of Forest & Wood Supply Strategies, Poyry

Asia dikaruniai sumber daya biomassa berlimpah agro-kehutanan / residu pertanian dari Palm, Tebu, Beras, Kelapa, Kayu dan Tanaman Energi muncul seperti jarak, miskantus atau Rumput Gajah. Untuk saat ini, feed-in tarif untuk energi terbarukan telah membuat kemajuan yang lambat di Asia. Hanya di Thailand, India dan Filipina, di mana insentif peraturan dilaksanakan, di dalam negeri tersedia agro-biomassa, seperti ampas tebu gula, tempurung kelapa dan sekam padi, adalah “aktif” dikumpulkan dan digunakan untuk mengurangi kekurangan pasokan listrik dan “out cokelat”. Investasi hijau seperti penerangan tidak disediakan hanya untuk rumah saja, tetapi juga meningkatkan kondisi kehidupan sosial dan lingkungan penduduk. Jadi, bisakan efek rantai ini akan menyebar ke seluruh Asia?

“Peningkatan permintaan untuk pelet di Eropa dan penurunan biaya pengangkutan laut telah menciptakan peluang-peluang baru bagi para produsen untuk ekspor pelet dari Amerika Serikat, Asia Tenggara dan Australia baru-baru ini.” ~ Wood pellets – A hot bioenergy source, Poyry

Secara tradisional, sumber daya biomassa dikonsumsi terutama di daerah di mana mereka diproduksi, tapi tren saat ini penggunaan skala besar energi biomassa, digabungkan dengan kemajuan teknologi pra-perawatan dan transportasi, adalah menciptakan kebutuhan untuk perdagangan internasional. Jadi, bisakah pelet kayu Asia dan agro biomassa akan “dipanen” dan diekspor untuk memenuhi permintaan di Eropa?

CMT’s Biomass Pellets Trade Asia memanggil semua peserta dalam rantai nilai “biomassa untuk pembangkit tenaga listrik” untuk datang ke Jakarta bulan September untuk melaksanakan “Global Buyers & Asia Sellets Meet “. Biomassa Pelet Asia Perdagangan bertujuan untuk memberikan penjelasan mendalam pada pasokan dan potensi investasi pelet kayu di Asia dan limbah pertanian (biomas), dan diskusi akan difokuskan untuk menangani isu-isu berikut:

  • Pertumbuhan penggunaan biomasa untuk Co-Firing Pembangkit Lisitrik & dampaknya pada dinamika pasar Wood Pelet
  • Berkembangnya of biomassa Agro & Tanaman Energi
    (Cangkang dan Tandan Kosong Sawit(TKS), Sekam Padi, Gula tebu, jarak, miskantus, dll)
  • Harga, Spesifikasi & Keberlanjutan Kriteria untuk biomassa
  • Investasi & Penyiapan Fasilitas Pelet Kayu di Asia
  • Investasi Terminal, Penyimpanan & Penanganan
  • Ekonomi dari teknologi pretreatment (Peletisasi, Torrefactions, dll)

Juga, yang tidak akan terlewatkan adalah acara pasca konferensi yaitu Workshop tentang Teknologi Torrefaction dan Ekonomi, yang dilakukan oleh sebuah panel ahli dimana akan memberikan perspektif yang luas secara komersial, teknologi dan pengguna akhir (pembangkit listrik).

Hal yang paling pokok dari Biomass Pellets Trade Asia akan membawa Anda ke realitas produksi pelet biomassa, dalam kunjungan ke industri pelet kayu (memenuhi spesifikasi ekspor ke Uni Eropa) dan fasilitas produksi agro biomassa. Anda akan memiliki kesempatan untuk memahami keselruhan matarantai pekerjaan dan berinteraksi dengan manajemen personalia dan operasional.

Jadikan acara ini menarik dan dimana terjadi transaksi bisnis. CMT’s Biomass Pellets Trade Asia menawarkan kesempatan baik untuk memiliki jaringan dengan pemain global dalam satu wadah! Segera daftarkan dengan tim Anda untuk menikmati diskon grup. Daftar email ke hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg.

Exxon Mobil Corp assessing the Commercial Viability of Algae Biofuels as an Alternative Energy Source

June 18, 2010 | 1 Comment

Exxon Mobil Corp is testing the commercial viability of algae biofuel as an alternative energy source to supplement oil and natural gas, a senior executive said.

“We are testing the hypothesis that algae biofuels could become commercially viable and achieve sufficient scale to make meaningful contribution to the future energy mix,” saidExxonMobil’s senior vice president Andrew Swiger.

Global energy demand is expected to rise by almost 35 percent by 2030, from 2005 levels, he said. “It is early days in this research, and the obstacles we face are formidable, but the potential is great,” Swiger added.

He said Exxon currently has an interest in 4,900 megawatts of cogeneration capacity at more than 30 sites worldwide. New facilities under construction in Singapore will boost that capacity to more than 5,000 megawatts by next year 2011. Source: Reuters (Jun 7, 2010)

Those keen to explore commercialisation strategies and to gather progress report on algae biofuel, should attend the 3rd Algae World Asia in Singapore, 19-20 October 2010.

Besides algae biofuels, the 3rd Algae World Asia will also discuss the latest on algae production systems, algae high value co-products, and algae application in carbon capture and wastewater treatment industries.

Email leelin@cmtsp.com.sg to receive more information on the 3rd Algae World Asia.

Mark your calendar for the 3rd Algae World Asia 2010 – coming to Singapore this October!

June 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Mark your calendar for the 3rd Algae World Asia 2010 – coming to Singapore this October!

The 3rd Algae World Asia 2010 is coming back to Singapore! Mark your calendar to join us for interactive and intensive sessions on the market prospects in Asia Pacific, as well as addressing technological achievements worldwide!

We are currently finalizing on the program details. Email leelin@cmtsp.com.sg if you need more information!

Algae World 2010 Industry Survey ReportIn conjunction with the 3rd Algae World Asia 2010, we are re-launching the “Algae World 2010 Industry Survey Report”. The key objective of conducting the survey is to gather feedback from algae stakeholders so as to pin-point the critical algae industry issues, and to find out where the industry stands.

Share your views on the industry with us by participating in the survey today! Simply click >>here<< to participate & reserve a copy of the Algae World 2010 Industry Survey Report that will be published subsequently.

About Algae World 2010 Industry Survey Report
In a follow-up to the 1st Algae World Survey report that was published in 2008, the Algae World 2010 Industry Survey is yet another collaboration with Mark R. Edwards, PhD. Professor at Arizona State University. Dr. Edwards conceptualised the idea of the survey because he realized the need to measure where the industry stands and what needs to be done to move forward as an industry towards commercialization.

Biomass More Attractive to Investors than Renewables?

June 18, 2010 | 2 Comments

A KPMG annual survey on global renewable energy mergers and acquisitions worldwide found that 37% of respondents plan to invest in biomass, 36% plan to invest in solar and 35% in wind energy. Here’s the link to the survey, Powering Ahead: 2010 – an outlook for renewable energy M&A.

Survey respondents indicate they prefer biomass plants because of their potential to yield much higher returns than other renewable technologies.

“A well-executed biomass plant can deliver substantially greater economies of scale than wind, and the heat generated from incineration can supply neighbouring buildings, creating another revenue stream,” explained Andy Cox of KPMG.

Large companies, such as the utilities, are looking for the next global trend and biomass looks like it will be the “new wind”, he said.

Source: http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/20479, 11 June 2010

For more information on Emergence of Agro-Biomass for Export Purpose, join our esteemed panel of speakers at Biomass Pellets Trade Asia on 27 -29 September 2010 in Jakarta, with discussions on;

  • A Waste to Become a New Commodity: Dawn of Palm Kernel Shells (PKS) for Power Generation
  • Sugar Bagasse – Managing Local Usage & Export Potential
  • Converting Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB) to Trade & Export-Ready Product
  • Rise of Palm Kernel Shells (PKS) for Export from Indonesia?
  • Biomass utilization from Oil Palm and Jatropha Curcas

Click here for latest agenda.

Wood pellets – a hot bioenergy source – Key topic of discussion at Biomass Pellets Trade Asia

June 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Wood pellets – a hot bioenergy source – Key topic of discussion at Biomass Pellets Trade Asia

“Increasing demand for pellets in Europe and decrease in ocean freight costs have created new opportunities for producers to export pellets from the US, South East Asia and recently Australia”. Poyry Forestry Industry Consulting.

Wood pellets are underpinning the emergence of a new commodities business in biomass. The key driver is bioenergy and Pöyry expects double digit growth in pellet markets over the next five years.

The wood pellet market is immature and the reliability of data on trade, prices, production capacity and actual production varies considerably between countries. Through its study, Pöyry hopes to establish an authoritative base of reliable data and analysis which can be used for strategic decision-making by existing or prospective market participants.

The global wood pellet market is and will continue to be a growth area. The current and future demand for wood pellets is strongly driven by the world’s need to develop renewable forms of energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“The wood pellet market is attractive, but highly complex”, said Ania Krolak, the study project manager. “It has attracted a high level of investment from both existing players expanding their operations and newcomers”. However she cautioned that there are threats as well as opportunities in this business.

Source from http://newenergyfocus.com/do/ecco/view_item?listid=1&listcatid=32&listitemid=3940&section=Bioenergy%20%26%20Waste posted on Wednesday, 19 May 2010.

Obtain more insights from Poyry & Poyry Forestry Industry, Indonesia when they deliver 2 key presentations pertaining to Wood Pellets at the Biomass Pellets Trade Asia on 27 -28 Sep, 2010 in Jakarta. The topics that they will address are:

GLOBAL PELLET MARKETS OUTLOOK & GROWTH OF BIOMASS CO-FIRING
Saku Rantanen,
Head of Bioenergy, Asia-Pacific Consulting,
Poyry

&

KEY CONCEPTS FOR SETTING UP AN INTEGRATED FORESTRY TO PELLETS PRODUCTION FACILITY
Tony Wood,
President Director
, Poyry Forestry Industry, Indonesia

Click here for more information on the rest of speakers and topics line-up for Biomass Pellets Trade Asia .

Those keen to register, or explore sponsorship and media exchange opportunities, can enquire with Ms. Reema Patnaik at reema@cmtsp.com.sg.