First Government-Funded Bio-diesel Plant in Uttar Pradesh for Extracting Oil from Jatropha for Biodiesel

March 31, 2011

The state department of science and technology is establishing a bio-diesel plant here for extraction of jatropha oil and its conversion into bio-diesel.

The plant, funded by the department of science and technology, Government of India, will be the first government-funded bio-diesel plant in Uttar Pradesh.

Established in the Biotech Networking Facility Center, run by the state’s department of science and technology near Bakshi Ka Talab area of Lucknow, the basic aim of the plant will be to train farmers by giving them first hand-experience in bio-diesel production. The facility can also be used by farmers who do large-scale jatropha farming to extract diesel from the oil.

“The plant is not a production unit, but rather a demonstration unit, which will enable farmers to know how to extract jatropha oil and then convert it into diesel for their usage,” said BL Meena, Principal Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Uttar Pradesh.

The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, has granted Rs 24 lakh for the one-time establishment of the plant. The state government has agreed to bear the expenses of running the establishment, including manpower and other infrastructure, she said.

(Source: Indian Express, March 20, 2011)

Jatropha’s rise in Asia as a promising source for bio-diesel has been given a boost in countries such as India. With increased emphasis on sustainability alongside recent innovations for optimizing jatropha yields quality & mechanical harvests, more governments are recognizing the potential of jatropha as a viable alternative feedstock option.

What are the latest developments in effective large-scale jatropha commercialization and cultivation methods? How will the global industry be shaped by new sustainability standards? Experts at the JatrophaWorld Asia 2011 will provide answers to these issues and more. Due to convene in Hainan Island, China, on 27-28 June 2011, the conference is the 7th in the industry-setting series.

The program is being finalized & will be uploaded online shortly. For more information, click here to submit enquiries or contact Ms. Hafizah at to pre-register your interest now.

Dr Stefan Kraan Shares Insights on Mass Production of Macroalgae, Bioethanol & Value Added Ingredients

March 21, 2011

3rd Algae World Europe 2011The 3rd AlgaeWorld Europe recently caught up with invited speaker Dr Stefan Kraan, Scientific Director and co-founder, Ocean Harvest Technology Ltd., for some of his views on the state of Algae commercialization in Europe.

Specifically, he shared on large-scale seaweed (macroalgae) aquaculture and bio-ethanol production. Said Dr Kraan:

“…recent growth in green technologies has changed the political and scientific arena and seaweed aquaculture is starting to become a mainstream activity for value added ingredients and potentially bioethanol production.

The global demand for biofuels continues unabated.  Driven by high prices, rising concerns over environmental pollution and global warming, and the movement to alternate fuels, the world bioethanol market is projected to reach 126 billion litres per annum by the year 2012.

However, the demand for bioethanol needs to be balanced by the problems associated with the supply of the raw material feedstock.”

At 3rd AlgaeWorld Europe Dr Kraan will examine seaweed cultivation technologies available and economic aspects of using brown seaweeds for bio-ethanol production, as well as feasibility of biofuel production from seaweed and direction European seaweed aquaculture should advance towards for success.

For more information on the program, click here. Or send any questions on registration to Ms. Huiyan at

Algenol’s algae-to-ethanol process can deliver 67% to 87% reduction in carbon footprint compared to gasoline

March 1, 2011

A team from Algenol and Georgia Tech calculated the life cycle energy and greenhouse gas emissions for three different system

scenarios for this [Algenol’s] proposed ethanol production process, using process simulations and thermodynamic calculations. They found that, on a life cycle basis in comparison to gasoline, the direct to ethanol technology can provide a 67% to 87% reduction in carbon footprint on an energy equivalent basis for initial ethanol concentrations (given in weight percent) ranging from 0.5% to 5%.

(Source: Green Car Congress, 25 October 2010)

Algenol Biofuels’ Direct to Ethanol technology is based on an intracellular photosynthetic process in cyanobacteria that produces ethanol that is excreted through the cell walls, collected from closed photobioreactors as a dilute ethanol-in-water solution, and purified to fuel grade ethanol.

Algenol were awarded a $25 million US-DOE grant to build a pilot-scale biorefinery that will make ethanol directly from carbon dioxide using hybrid algae. They are one of only 19 companies (and one of only 3 algae companies) to be selected for a biorefinery grant.

Their innovative technology attracted the interest of Dow Chemicals, who partnered with the company to construct a $50 million pilot algae biofuels plant in Freeport, USA. The plant will be located with Dow’s existing chemicals complex, and will supply CO2 as well as land for the pilot algae facility. Dow wants to use algae to produce ethanol, which can be converted to ethylene, a major building block for high value chemicals. Traditionally, natural gas are used as feedstock for ethylene production.

We are happy to announce that the Managing Director of Algenol Switzerland GmbH, Mr Dirk Radzinski, has confirmed his participation as a speaker at the 3rd Algae World Europe conference. He will talk about the company’s state-of-the-art technology: Direct Ethanol Production from Algae.

Mr. Radzinski will be joined by other leading algae specialists and innovators, please click <here> to view the program agenda.

Contact Ms. Huiyan at with any questions, or click here to reserve your seat.

Exclusive Panel Discussion Showcases Utilities’ First-hand Perspectives at 2nd Biomass Trade & Power

February 16, 2011

The authoritative line-up of speakers due at the 2nd Biomass Trade & Power (Rotterdam, 16-18 March 2011) has already attracted participation from many senior industry executives.

The key attraction is clearly the exclusive Utilities’ Perspectives & Discussion Panel where Major biomass utilities will be on hand to share their experiences and insights on successfully executing large scale biomass co-firing. Issues to be explored during this interactive session include industrial wood pellets requirements and sourcing, latest technical standards and sustainability criteria, biomass trading & logistics, and commercial economics for biomass based power generation & CHP.

Confirmed panelists in this interactive session include:

Dr Yves Ryckmans, Chief Technology Officer Biomass
Laborelec-Sustainable Process Technologies

Jeppe Bjerg, Senior Innovation Manager
DONG Energy A/S

Martin de Wolff, Vice President Biofuel Origination
RWE Supply & Trading Switzerland S.A.

Mr. Rob Marcus, Biomass Origination and Sourcing
Vattenfall Energy Trading Netherlands NV

Click here to view the full program agenda, or send your questions to Ms. Hafizah at

U.S. EPA Delays Implementing GHG Rule for Biomass Facilities for 3 years

February 15, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it will defer greenhouse gas permit requirements for biomass energyproduction for at least three years for reconsideration of the science and rulemaking.

(Source: Environment News Service, Jan 13, 2011)

According to the US EPA, the three-year delay will commence in coming July. During the next few years, the agency will study the effects of burning biomass in order to conclude whether biomass facilities are eligible to stay exempt from GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions regulations.

Senior biomass executives will convene in Atlanta for the Biomass Trade & Power Americas, to be held on 23-24 February 2011. The international panel will discuss latest biomass rulings and global industry outlook in the future, as well as provide clarity on wood pellets production & trade considerations.

Send any questions on registrations or program to Ms. Hafizah at

Enviva LP to build 330,000-ton Wood Pellet Plant in North Carolina

February 1, 2011

Enviva LP last month announced plans to construct a new 330,000-ton wood pellet manufacturing plant in North Carolina over the next 3 years, with possibility of additional plants in the near future.

This follows their recent acquisition of Piney Wood Pellets and CKS Energy Inc., on top of a major long-term wood pellet supply contract with Electrabel, subsidiary of GDF SUEZ Group, one of the largest utilities in the world.

(Source: Biomass Magazine, December 21, 2010)

Enviva LP is confirmed to share perspectives from the biomass supply markets at the 2nd Biomass Trade & Power held in Rotterdam on 16-18 March 2011.

Mr. Thomas Meth, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, will lead a key presentation entitled “Supply Chain of Wood Pellets from US to Europe”. Issues to be addressed include:

  • Demand outlook (industrial vs. retail US and Europe), projections and key drivers
  • Supply from the US to Europe, key benefits and challenges
  • Sustainability: Ensuring sustainable supply of wood pellets for global demand
  • Key considerations of vertical integration in the biomass value chain

Click here to view full program agenda, or send enquiries to Hafizah at

Exclusive Paper Download for 3rd Algae World Europe – Oilgae’s “Algae Status Report: How Far Are We from Commercialization?” Available Now!

January 25, 2011

As a forerunner to the 3rd Algae World Europe 2011 taking place on 16-17 May 2011 in Madrid, CMT is pleased to once again offer you an Exclusive White Paper on the Algae Industry!

3rd Algae World Europe 2011Leading algae player Oilgae brings their expertise to the table in a special report entitled “Algae Status Report: How Far Are We from Commercialization?”.

The paper is a must-read if you are seeking in-depth knowledge on algae. Featuring a real world status report on today’s algae industry, it compiles valuable information on:

  • Major players and their algae cultivation strategies
  • Updates on progress & efforts of prominent algae projects worldwide
  • Forecast of trends and analysis of the industry’s development in the next ten years
  • Examples and updates on large oil companies joint ventures and tie-ups – signifying their belief in the potential of algae
  • And much more…

Also, the paper addresses the Key Barriers to Algae Fuels under 3 main categories: Key Challenges, Algae Fuel Production Cost, and Entry Barriers.

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