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According to the new research results of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, lignocellulosic biomass can be used in the production of high-quality biofuels for the price of less than one euro per litre. A new technology developed in Finland allows the transfer of more than half the energy of wood raw materials to the end-product. The technology is considered ready for the construction of a commercial-scale production plant in Europe.
Recent articles / 11 April 2013 / Giuliano Grassi, Secretary General and Andrea Salimbeni, Scientific Consultant and Project Manager, EUBIA
Western developed countries are all well aware that fossil fuel stocks, for example oil wells and natural gas reserves, are running out at a rapidly increasing rate. Furthermore, an increasing concentration of CO2 and global warming are hanging over earth’s environment with oil prices not intended to decrease further from the current $100bbl. New sustainable sources of energy are urgently needed. For these reasons, European governments, as well as most of the major emerging countries have started looking hard for a valuable renewable substitute. Electricity can be produced thanks to photovoltaic panels, wind turbines (offshore and onshore), hydropower plants and biomass. What seem to be hard to replace are all the chemical products made from fossil fuels, which are of core importance for global and European markets. For example, transport fuels (gasoline, diesel, gas) and chemicals used for plastics, ceramics such as ethane, ethylene and butane are all produced with fossil fuels. (more…)
Thomson Airways makes aviation history with its first flight for UK customers on sustainable biofuels
Thomson Airways will today be the first UK airline to fly customers on sustainable biofuel when flight TOM 7446 takes off from Birmingham Airport to Arrecife. Carrying 232 passengers on a Boeing 757-200 it is scheduled to depart on 06th October at 14:25 HRS for the four hour flight.
Global production of biofuels increased 17 percent in 2010 to reach an all-time high of 105 billion liters, up from 90 billion liters in 2009. High oil prices, a global economic rebound, and new laws and mandates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, and the United States, among other countries, are all factors behind the surge in production, according to research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute’s Climate and Energy Program for the website Vital Signs Online. (more…)
As the world’s richest countries gather at the G8 Summit and the OECD’s annual International Transport Forum the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) is calling on them to immediately adopt the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Technology Roadmap which sees biofuels accounting for over a quarter of the world’s transport fuels by 2050.