Opportunities for Global Equipment Suppliers in Asia, more opportunities to discover at Biomass Pellets Trade Asia

August 29, 2010 | 13 Comments

The last decade has witnessed a change in biomass power generation in Asia, where most of the plants are now designed for multi-fuel operation.

Over the last 10 years, there has been a considerable change in biomass power generation in Asia. Indeed, owing to the scarcity and cost of biomass fuel, most power plants are in fact designed for multi-fuel and unconventional fuels. This creates several challenging issues in combustion and boiler maintenance, demanding improvised combustion technologies, modern fuel preparation and handling systems, for example.

In the last decade, several new approaches to power plant implementation and technology have also been introduced. Despite these challenges, the regional potential for agricultural and wood based multi-fuel biomass power plants is very high and the market is attractive. The highest potential in Asia exists in the sugar sector, followed by palm oil, rice, and wood industries and multi-fuel biomass power plants.

The most common and predominant biomass power plant fuels used in Asia are: bagasse, palm shell, palm fibre, rice husk and wood waste. Apart from these fuels, unconventional materials such as empty fruit bunches, corn cob, cassava rhizome, coffee husk and such like are also increasingly being used.

Source: Renewable Energy World.com, 5 Aug 2010

For more information on Biomass business opportunities in Asia, attend Biomass Pellets Trade Asia on 27-29 September 2010 in Jakarta as invited speaker panel discusses;

  • Growth in co-firing & impact on wood pellets’ market dynamics
  • Rise of agro biomass & energy crops (Palm Kernel Shells (PKS), Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB), Rice Husk, Sugar Bagasse, Jatropha, Miscanthus, etc)
  • Pricing, specification & sustainability criteria for biomass
  • Investment & setting up pellets facility in Asia
  • Terminal investment, storage & handling
  • Economics of pretreatment technologies (Pelletizing, Torrefactions, etc)

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SG Biofuels to discuss on how an integrated platform will bring opportunities of Jatropha to reality

August 29, 2010 | 3 Comments

California-based SG Biofuels has launched JMax 100, a proprietary cultivar of jatropha optimized for growing conditions in Guatemala with yields 100 percent greater than existing varieties, according to the company.

SG Biofuels is a plant oil company specializing in the development of jatropha as a low-cost, sustainable source of oil and has the largest library of jatropha genetic materials in the world. JMax 100 is the first elite cultivar developed through the company’s JMax Jatropha Optimization Platform, which provides growers and plantation developers with access to the highest-yielding and most profitable jatropha, the sequenced genome and advanced biotech and synthetic biology tools to develop cultivars specifically optimized for their unique growing conditions, according to SG Biofuels.

JMax 100 increases the profitability of jatropha to greater than $400 per acre, more than 300 percent above existing commercial varieties. That equates to more than 350 gallons per acre at $1.39 per gallon, according to SG Biofuels. “JMax 100 is the tip of the iceberg in the development of jatropha as a renewable energy crop,” said Kirk Haney, SG Biofuels president and CEO. He added that Guatemala has a head start, but the company anticipates advancements through the JMax platform that will further enhance the profitability and productivity of jatropha for growers around the world.

Source: http://www.biomassmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=3540, 23 February 2010

For more information on SG Biofuels’ jatropha breeding activities, join them at JatrophaWorld 2010 on 6 October in Rotterdam as they discuss on;

Jatropha 2.0 – Breeding, Biotech and Molecular Agronomics: How an Integrated Platform is Bringing the Opportunities of Jatropha to Reality

  • Major strategic partnerships that drives advancements
  • The role of breeding, biotechnology and molecular agronomics in accelerating crop improvements
  • Community farming initiative in Guatemala
  • JMax 100 – elite cultivar of Jatropha
    Presented by: Mr. Kirk Haney, President & CEO, SG Biofuels

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Potential of Oil Palm Biomass in Malaysia Not Fully Tapped for Export

August 22, 2010 | 12 Comments

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia needs to tap the full potential of oil palm biomass like empty fruit bunches (EFB), palm fibre, palm kernel shells and palm oil mill effluent (POME) which can be developed into a renewable source of energy as well as high-income generating green products for export, said Plantation Industries and Commodities secretary-general Datuk Wira Ismail Salleh.

Of the total output from the oil palm tree, about 10% is palm oil while 90% is in the form of oil palm biomass which has yet to be fully exploited.

Source from article: Potential of oil palm biomass not fully tapped for export, http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/8/3/business/6781220&sec=business,Tuesday August 3, 2010

More on rise of oil palm residue for export and power generation, will be addressed by our speakers at Biomass Pellets Trade Asia conference from 27 -29 September 2010 in Jakarta.

Featured presentation topics include:

  • A Waste to Become a New Commodity: Dawn of Palm Kernel Shells (PKS) for Power Generation

    Presented by :Mr. Michael Wild, CEO, Ebes AG

  • Rise of Palm Kernel Shells (PKS) for Export from Indonesia?

    Presented by :Mr. Dionixius Joko, PT. Piramida Indotama

  • Biomass utilization from Oil Palm and Jatropha Curcas

    Presented by : Mr. Tony Liwang, Division Head, PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources & Tech Tbk (SMART)

  • Palm Oil Residue as Potential Biomass Source for Power Generation

    Presented By: Mr. Jae-pil Song, Branch Head, Eco-Frontier

For updated details about the presentation and full program schedule please click here.

Boeing and Chinese Academy of Science to Expand Collaboration on Algae-Based Aviation Biofuels

August 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Boeing and Chinese Academy of Science to Expand Collaboration on Algae-Based Aviation Biofuels

Boeing Research & Technology and the Chinese Academy of Science’s Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) have agreed to expand their collaboration to include other research institutions and aviation supply chain entities as part of their efforts on algae-based aviation biofuel development.

Boeing and QIBEBT previously announced the establishment of a joint research and development laboratory focused on algal growth, harvesting and processing technologies. The Joint Laboratory for Sustainable Aviation Biofuels will be located in Qingdao and managed by Boeing Research & Technology-China and QIBEBT, which will work together to place a strong emphasis on commercial applications for developed technologies.

Source: Read more about the US-China project collaboration on algae aviation biofuels

The 3rd Algae World Asia has invited Prof Dr Jian Xu, Director of Bioenergy Genome Centre – QIBEBT to be one of the panellists to present on the algae technology developments in Asia Pacific. Prof Dr Jian Xu will share QIBEBT’s algae feedstock development technologies, at the 3rd Algae World Asia in Singapore on 19-20 October 2010.

Visit 3rd Algae World Asia for more details or send your enquiry to leelin@cmtsp.com.sg.

TNT, Moving the World with Jatropha Project in Malawi

August 17, 2010 | Comments Off on TNT, Moving the World with Jatropha Project in Malawi

TNT, WFP and local Malawian partner BERL (Bio energy Resources Ltd) are building a sustainable Jatropha business in Malawi that will give local smallholder farmers a new cash crop to grow and harvest that will create a reliable source of income.

The Jatropha project aims to alleviate poverty in third world countries by the most sustainable means possible. This fits seamlessly within TNT’s efforts to fight the root causes of hunger. And by the cultivation of Jatropha trees, TNT can compensate for its own CO2 emissions which will help TNT reach its goal to be carbon neutral in the year 2015. The Jatropha project is also completely aligned with WFP’s goal to support long term solutions to the hunger challenges.

The cultivation of Jatropha tackles several challenges in one go:

  • The alleviation of poverty and protection from food shortages. By growing and selling the Jatropha nuts, farmers’ income levels will improve in a more sustainable way, providing food security.
  • It fights the financial problems in Malawi with the creation of an additional income for farmers, and the replacement of fossil-fuel import with bio-energy production.
  • Growing Jatropha trees has positive effects on the environment as it produces ‘green’ fuels, compensates for CO2 emissions an prevents deforestation.
  • It combats the energy crisis in Malawi as Jatropha produces sources of energy (e.g. candles and firewood)

Source: http://www.movingtheworld.org/the_jatropha_project

For more information on TNT’s Jatropha project, join them at JatrophaWorld 2010 on 6 October in Rotterdam, as they further discuss on;

  • Challenges of Building an Integrated Sustainable Biofuels Business Supported by Small Scale Farmers in Malawi
    Presented by Mr. Willem Jan van Wijk, Managing Director, TNT N.V.

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Aurora Biofuels Shares on Pathway to Large Scale Algal Biofuel Production at 3rd Algae World Asia in Singapore

August 3, 2010 | Comments Off on Aurora Biofuels Shares on Pathway to Large Scale Algal Biofuel Production at 3rd Algae World Asia in Singapore

Aurora Biofuels said it has secured an additional $15 million in a recent funding round led by Oak Investment Partners, with the continued support of Gabriel Venture Partners and Noventi Ventures. This third-round financing brings the startup’s total fundraising to $40 million. The new funding will be used to support the continued path to commercialization for its advanced algae biofuel technology.

Source: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aurora-biofuels-secures-15m-in-funding-appoints-scott-mcdonald-cfo-88139497.html

In August 2009, Aurora Biofuels announced that they had successfully optimized its base algae strains to more than double CO2 consumption and fuel production, and has proven these results in an outdoor open system.

The company has also been working with Florida Tech on a research project which focuses on developing biofuel with co-products to enhance animal feed as a means to improve the economics of the fuel-production process.

The continued funding from investors shows positive signs that Aurora’s technologies are viable and that they are heading on the right track towards commercialization.

About Aurora Biofuels
Aurora Biofuels manufactures fuel from genetically optimized algae in specially engineered open ponds that provide a favorable environment for rapid algae production. These conditions include a carbon dioxide-rich environment with optimal fluid dynamic characteristics. Techniques have been developed to minimize energy demands throughout the growth and production phases of the process. Once extracted, the algae oil is ready for further processing into the end products, Omega 3 fatty acids, valuable proteins, and biodiesel. And, the remaining algae mass becomes protein-rich animal feed.

Those keen to find out more on how Aurora Biofuels deals with the technological challenges of Large Scale Algal Biofuel should attend the 3rd Algae World Asia in Singapore from 19-20 October, 2010.

Mr Matt Caspari, Managing Director, Aurora Biofuels Pty Ltd, will also be sharing on the commercial viability of Large Scale Algal Biofuel Production at the conference.

Click here to find out more about the event schedule or contact leelin@cmtsp.com.sg for other details on the 3rd Algae World Asia.

Mechanical Jatropha harvester successfully trialed in Honduras

August 2, 2010 | Comments Off on Mechanical Jatropha harvester successfully trialed in Honduras

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/

For more information on A-Z of Jatropha Production, hear from our speakers at JatrophaWorld 2010 on 6 – 7 October 2010 in Rotterdam.

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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