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    Spanish company Ferry Group is to invest €42/US$55.2 million in a project for the production of biomass fuel pellets in Bulgaria. The 3-year project consists of establishing plantations of paulownia trees near the city of Tran. Paulownia is a fast-growing tree used for the commercial production of fuel pellets. Dnevnik - Feb. 20, 2007.

    Hungary's BHD Hõerõmû Zrt. is to build a 35 billion Forint (€138/US$182 million) commercial biomass-fired power plant with a maximum output of 49.9 MW in Szerencs (northeast Hungary). Portfolio.hu - Feb. 20, 2007.

    Tonight at 9pm, BBC Two will be showing a program on geo-engineering techniques to 'save' the planet from global warming. Five of the world's top scientists propose five radical scientific inventions which could stop climate change dead in its tracks. The ideas include: a giant sunshade in space to filter out the sun's rays and help cool us down; forests of artificial trees that would breath in carbon dioxide and stop the green house effect and a fleet futuristic yachts that will shoot salt water into the clouds thickening them and cooling the planet. BBC News - Feb. 19, 2007.

    Archer Daniels Midland, the largest U.S. ethanol producer, is planning to open a biodiesel plant in Indonesia with Wilmar International Ltd. this year and a wholly owned biodiesel plant in Brazil before July, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The Brazil plant is expected to be the nation's largest, the paper said. Worldwide, the company projects a fourfold rise in biodiesel production over the next five years. ADM was not immediately available to comment. Reuters - Feb. 16, 2007.

    Finnish engineering firm Pöyry Oyj has been awarded contracts by San Carlos Bioenergy Inc. to provide services for the first bioethanol plant in the Philippines. The aggregate contract value is EUR 10 million. The plant is to be build in the Province of San Carlos on the north-eastern tip of Negros Island. The plant is expected to deliver 120,000 liters/day of bioethanol and 4 MW of excess power to the grid. Kauppalehti Online - Feb. 15, 2007.

    In order to reduce fuel costs, a Mukono-based flower farm which exports to Europe, is building its own biodiesel plant, based on using Jatropha curcas seeds. It estimates the fuel will cut production costs by up to 20%. New Vision (Kampala, Uganda) - Feb. 12, 2007.

    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has decided to use 10% biodiesel in its fleet of public buses. The world's largest city is served by the Toei Bus System, which is used by some 570,000 people daily. Digital World Tokyo - Feb. 12, 2007.

    Fearing lack of electricity supply in South Africa and a price tag on CO2, WSP Group SA is investing in a biomass power plant that will replace coal in the Letaba Citrus juicing plant which is located in Tzaneen. Mining Weekly - Feb. 8, 2007.

    In what it calls an important addition to its global R&D capabilities, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is to build a new bioenergy research center in Hamburg, Germany. World Grain - Feb. 5, 2007.

    EthaBlog's Henrique Oliveira interviews leading Brazilian biofuels consultant Marcelo Coelho who offers insights into the (foreign) investment dynamics in the sector, the history of Brazilian ethanol and the relationship between oil price trends and biofuels. EthaBlog - Feb. 2, 2007.

    The government of Taiwan has announced its renewable energy target: 12% of all energy should come from renewables by 2020. The plan is expected to revitalise Taiwan's agricultural sector and to boost its nascent biomass industry. China Post - Feb. 2, 2007.

    Production at Cantarell, the world's second biggest oil field, declined by 500,000 barrels or 25% last year. This virtual collapse is unfolding much faster than projections from Mexico's state-run oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos. Wall Street Journal - Jan. 30, 2007.

    Dubai-based and AIM listed Teejori Ltd. has entered into an agreement to invest €6 million to acquire a 16.7% interest in Bekon, which developed two proprietary technologies enabling dry-fermentation of biomass. Both technologies allow it to design, establish and operate biogas plants in a highly efficient way. Dry-Fermentation offers significant advantages to the existing widely used wet fermentation process of converting biomass to biogas. Ame Info - Jan. 22, 2007.

    Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited is to build a biofuel production plant in the tribal belt of Banswara, Rajasthan, India. The petroleum company has acquired 20,000 hectares of low value land in the district, which it plans to commit to growing jatropha and other biofuel crops. The company's chairman said HPCL was also looking for similar wasteland in the state of Chhattisgarh. Zee News - Jan. 15, 2007.

    The Zimbabwean national police begins planting jatropha for a pilot project that must result in a daily production of 1000 liters of biodiesel. The Herald (Harare), Via AllAfrica - Jan. 12, 2007.

    In order to meet its Kyoto obligations and to cut dependence on oil, Japan has started importing biofuels from Brazil and elsewhere. And even though the country has limited local bioenergy potential, its Agriculture Ministry will begin a search for natural resources, including farm products and their residues, that can be used to make biofuels in Japan. To this end, studies will be conducted at 900 locations nationwide over a three-year period. The Japan Times - Jan. 12, 2007.

    Chrysler's chief economist Van Jolissaint has launched an arrogant attack on "quasi-hysterical Europeans" and their attitudes to global warming, calling the Stern Review 'dubious'. The remarks illustrate the yawning gap between opinions on climate change among Europeans and Americans, but they also strengthen the view that announcements by US car makers and legislators about the development of green vehicles are nothing more than window dressing. Today, the EU announced its comprehensive energy policy for the 21st century, with climate change at the center of it. BBC News - Jan. 10, 2007.

    The new Canadian government is investing $840,000 into BioMatera Inc. a biotech company that develops industrial biopolymers (such as PHA) that have wide-scale applications in the plastics, farmaceutical and cosmetics industries. Plant-based biopolymers such as PHA are biodegradable and renewable. Government of Canada - Jan. 9, 2007.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Biomass project wins British top award

Earlier we reported about France's renewed taste for wood energy (making it Europe's leaders), and Norway's massive €2.5 billion investment in woody biomass projects. We also focused on the huge biomass power plant in Les Awirs, Belgium, which used to be a coal-fired plant, but now runs entirely on solid biofuels imported from all over the world.
Wood energy is definitely becoming a major part of our bioenergy future (and we want the EU to import woody biomass from Central-Africa.)

In Britain too, attention is going to applications of wood biofuels. A pioneering environmental scheme in Yorkshire that has slashed carbon monoxide emissions by 40 per cent from council-run buildings has been recognised with a national British award. The local authority has the largest programme of biomass-fired community heating in the country, using waste wood for heating boilers in buildings used by its own workers and tenants in communal homes. Councillors introduced a policy two years ago that, where it was financially viable, biomass would be the preferred option for heating where new buildings were constructed or existing premises refurbished.

To date carbon dioxide emissions from heating have dropped by 40 per cent and it is expected the decline will continue, with a target reduction of 60 per cent by 2010.
That record was enough to secure Barnsley Council first prize in the national Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, announced at a ceremony attended by Tory leader David Cameron, who has helped to push global warming up the political agenda and who has environmentally friendly energy-generating equipment in his own home.
The awards are recognised as the most important in the country in that field and the prize of £30,000 will be used to help establish a public centre to demonstrate and promote the use of renewable technology.
Historically, Barnsley's public buildings have been heated with coal but those boilers are being gradually replaced with others that burn wood instead.
Because wood creates oxygen as it grows, it is regarded as carbon dioxide neutral when it is burned.
A second advantage to using wood is that waste is burned in boilers that would otherwise end up dumped in landfill sites.
The decision by councillors to favour biomass fuel was made jointly because of fears that fossil fuels will eventually become ex-hausted and concerns for the environment.
A wood chip store, capable of holding 700 tonnes of the fuel, has been created as a central point to supply the increasing numbers of boilers throughout the town.
Those already working are operating at the authority's Smithies Lane depot, a community housing site in Sheffield Road and some schools, where boilers have been converted to run on wood rather than coal.
Biomass provides cheaper heating, so tenants who pay for communal services have seen their bills reduced.
A new business, called Silvapower, has been established to supply wood chips and uses waste from the forestry industry and sawmills.
A spokesman for the South Yorkshire Forest Partnership, Robin Ridley, said: "What the council has done will bring more woodland in South Yorkshire into active management. We're closing the loop, reaching a critical mass of boilers so the likes of Silvapower becomes a self-financing business."
The next development will be to use biomass at the council's new flagship office development in Westgate.
The boilers there will be used at night to generate power for the Town Hall and Central Library, which are both currently heated by electricity.
Judges praised Barnsley's "pioneering work in demonstrating that wood is a practical and cost-effective fuel for 21st century towns and cities".

Yorkshire Today.


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